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Runner

Runner

A Sam Dryden Novel (Volume 1)

Patrick Lee; Read by Raúl Esparza

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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?

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CHAPTER ONE


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...

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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

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About the author

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.

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile's Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. Lee narrated the audiobook for A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin, volume four of A Song of Ice and Fire. He has also read for Jack London, John Banville, Charles Dickens, and Barbara Taylor Bradford.

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