A Sam Dryden Novel (Volume 1)

Patrick Lee, read by Raúl Esparza

Macmillan Audio

Sam Dryden, retired special forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While out on a run in the middle of the night, a young girl runs into him on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she’s running from a group of heavily armed men with one clear goal—to kill the fleeing child. After Dryden helps her evade her pursuers, he learns that the eleven year old, for as long as she can remember, has been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. But she doesn’t know much beyond her own name, Rachel. She only remembers the past two months of her life—and that she has a skill that makes her very dangerous to these men and the hidden men in charge.

Dryden, who lost his wife and young daughter in an accident five years ago, agrees to help her try to unravel her own past and make sense of it, to protect her from the people who are moving heaven and earth to find them both. Although Dryden is only one man, he’s a man with the extraordinary skills and experience—as a Ranger, a Delta, and five years doing off-the-book black ops with an elite team. But, as he slowly begins to discover, the highly trained paramilitary forces on their heels is the only part of the danger they must face. Will Rachel’s own unremembered past be the most deadly of them all?


Read an Excerpt

Just after three in the morning, Sam Dryden surrendered the night to insomnia and went running on the boardwalk. Cool humidity clung to him and filtered the lights of El Sedero to his left, the town sliding past like a tanker in the fog. To his right was the Pacific, black and silent as the edge of the world tonight. His footfalls on the old wood came back to him from every part of the darkness.
It was just as well not to sleep. Sleep brought dreams of happier times, worse than nightmares in their own way.
Mercury lights over the boardwalk shone down into



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Praise for Runner

“Veteran actor Esparza knows how to handle action while giving the characters necessary depth. This thriller never slows or falters.” – Booklist


“Raul Esparza’s high-speed narration sets listeners up for one wild ride. He manipulates his cadence throughout his narration, and the effect is nothing short of game changing as a listening experience. The only disappointment in this listen is that it ends.” – AudioFile Magazine



“Patrick Lee is a huge talent and Runner is his best book yet—breathless, involving, smart, and completely convincing.” –Lee Child


“Pure adrenaline rush! Finally, an action-packed novel brimming with complex characters as well as genuine heart.  Not to be missed.” –Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Touch and Go and Catch Me

“I’m going to sue Patrick Lee for giving me whiplash: that’s how furiously paced this book is. A terrific cast of characters, unrelenting action—strap in and enjoy the ride.” –Jesse Kellerman, author of Sunstroke and Trouble:

“This is a thriller done right. It literally begs to be read in one sitting. I said it before and I'll say it again. Patrick Lee is the real deal.” –Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Amber Room and The Columbus Affair


“It's all here: brilliantly devious enemies; nifty, innovative gadgets and weaponry; hang-on-to-your-hat action; and razor-sharp plot twists aplenty.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Breach

“WOW! Double Wow! Starkly original…the techno-thriller meets sci-fi, and the result is mind-blowing.” –Stephen Coonts

“Patrick Lee is in a word: Brilliant. Less a novel, than an adventure, it left me breathless and awed. It's explosive, innovative and ultimately mind-blowing. Pure exhilaration from the first page to the last.” –James Rollins

“Settle back and savor this one. Patrick Lee has an intense brand of storytelling. The real deal. I look forward to reading more from him.” –Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor's Tomb

“Marvelous…smoothly combines the pulse-pounding suspense of the TV show 24 with the SF intrigues of the X-Files.”  –Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Deep Sky

“Lee imaginatively blends a Baldacci-like political tale of betrayals and assassination with time travel in a thoughtful science-fictional thriller.” –Publishers Weekly on Ghost Country 

“A fantastic read, The Breach…introduces us to what might be the next Bourne-worthy series. Our synopsis: The Breach is as terrifying as it is action packed. Result? Page turner.” –Gear Patrol

“Lee’s writing, stark and swift, only gets better as the story gathers speed.” –Men's Journal on The Breach

“A must-read thriller… Think James Rollins, Michael Crichton and some Lee Child thrown in for good measure. Yeah, Patrick Lee is that good.” –Examiner.com

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  • Patrick Lee, read by Raúl Esparza

  • PATRICK LEE lives in Hudsonville, Michigan. He is the author of three previous novels: The Breach (a New York Times Bestseller), Ghost Country, and Deep Sky.

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    A Sam Dryden Novel

    Patrick Lee, read by Raúl Esparza



    Macmillan Audio