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Author: Michael Floyd, Patrick Lee, Philip Houston, Susan Carnicero Narrator: Raúl Esparza Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Sam Dryden Series Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781427236081
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

  • “A superbly engrossing novel, distinguished by both a lively intelligence and a surprisingly subtle and persuasive development of its characters.”

    USA Today

  • “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
  • “Runner is one of the best listens I have had this year, in no small part due to the expert narration by Raúl Esparza, a Broadway actor who gives vivid life to every character. Runner was a totally captivating experience and I highly recommend it.”

    Winston-Salem Journal (audio review)

  • “Raul Esparza’s high-speed narration sets listeners up for one wild ride. With government contractors in control of a piece of dangerous biomedical research, it appears that life on earth is about to change forever. But then, black-ops alum Sam Dryden needs something to do. Esparza manipulates cadence throughout his narration, and the effect is nothing short of game changing as a listening experience. His characters are completely believable, even little Rachel, the girl Sam must protect. There are even voices in some characters’ heads, which he clearly distinguishes from the actual dialogue. The only disappointment in this listen is that it ends.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, February 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bunches McGuinty | 10/25/2016

    " Awesome book. After it finished, I had a book hangover. Very well read, clear and easy to follow. Raul Esparza did a fantastic job. And a storyline that sucks you in straight away. "

About the Author

Philip Houston’s twenty-five-year career with the CIA included thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies, both as an investigator and as a polygraph examiner. He, along with former CIA agents Michael Floyd and Susan Carnicero, founded Qverity, a provider of behavioral analysis and screening services for private- and public-sector clients worldwide. Houston is also the author of Spy the Lie.

About the Narrator

Raúl Esparza is a Cuban-American actor best known for his performances on Broadway. He has received Tony nominations for his roles in Taboo, Company, The Homecoming, and Speed the Plow, and his performance in the Center Theatre Group’s production of Leap of Faith earned him an Ovation Award in 2011. He also has a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba.