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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,943 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Reich Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739329320
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July 1945. U.S. attorney Devlin Judge has come to Europe as part of an international tribunal to try Nazi war criminals. But Judge has his own personal agenda: to find Erich Siegfried Seyss, the man responsible for his brother’s death.


An SS officer and former Olympic sprinter, Seyss has just escaped from a POW camp, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. But he won’t escape Devlin Judge. 
Between the two men are miles of German countryside ... and the beautiful daughter of one of Nazi Germany’s most powerful families — a woman loved by them both. 
But as Judge hunts his prey across a devastated nation, he finds himself caught up in a staggering conspiracy. Because Erich Seyss is no rogue SS killer. He is a man running a final race to make one last, unforgettable contribution to the Fatherland. And he is acting on orders from the last person anyone would ever suspect.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This is a wonderfully well written book, a sophisticated story of political intrigue, conspiracy, and treachery. Reich's evocation of post-war Germany in ruins has an uncanny sense of you-are-there; a trip into virtual reality--the author is a master of moody atmosphere and historic detail. A fascinating look at the world that existed between the hot war and the cold war, populated by larger-than-life characters who gamble for incredibly high stakes."
  • --Nelson DeMille, author of Lion's Game
  • Smart and sophisticated--.--.--.--Wonderfully credible. The New York Times
  • Reich keeps things moving at breakneck speed. The Wall Street Journal
  • Fascinating--.--.--.--The tension crackles. People
  • Chilling detail, suspense, and intrigue. The Denver Post
  • Big story--.--.--.--Big enjoyment--.--.--.--A completely different kind of thriller. Newsday

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.J. | 2/15/2014

    " amazing. if you have ever run ever at all....ever. read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregoire Lyon | 2/15/2014

    " Best book about serious running ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 2/2/2014

    " Without question one of the greatest books I've ever read. Trial of miles... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 1/14/2014

    " If I were not a runner, this book would be torture. It nearly is, and I am. But it's worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 spenca | 1/13/2014

    " A terrific 'inside' look at high-level running competition. An engaging, intelligent and talented hero moving through a compelling narrative. A great book for real 'trackies'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tushar | 1/13/2014

    " Great book! Good insight into being a real runner. A little dramatic at times but its well written overall. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 12/26/2013

    " It's pretty rare that I find a book I just cannot get through and this was it. As a runner I was surprised I couldn't get into it but sometimes that happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike McGowan | 12/14/2013

    " Being a runner myself I really enjoyed this book. Just reading the workouts that Denton put Quenton through made my body cringe. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 11/17/2013

    " One hell of a book about running. One hell of a book. Non runners probably won't dump adrenaline in sync with the protagonist, but it'd still rate 4 stars without that bonus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/5/2013

    " I'm not a runner. This was very cleverly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 10/31/2013

    " I was really into running when I read this so I don't know if only athletes would enjoy it but I sure did. It was inspiring and gave me an itch to go race somebody. I had my doubts about this book but it didn't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 10/25/2013

    " A must read for runners, even those who take up the sport as middle-aged mid-packers. If you're not a runner, you probably shouldn't bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Higgins | 10/17/2013

    " great writing, easy to follow.Iam enjoying the story line and brings back the memories of more competitive years. A must read! There are some slow parts but the last section was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannette | 7/18/2013

    " As the description states reading this book is a rite of passage for runners. If you are a runner, it's a must read and a good read. 'Nuff said! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 4/28/2013

    " Not a literary masterpiece, but as a newbie jogger, this was a really fun read - I had no idea how many miles a week track stars run just for general conditioning, much less racing :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 King Dozer | 4/24/2013

    " Great for anyone who has ever run for fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Byrd | 8/21/2012

    " I've read this over and over again and it's no less inspiring each time. When you're younger, all anyone tells you to do is to go after your dreams. When you're older, they question you for trying. This book evokes the contradiction of who we are when we are younger and who we become. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Nuccio | 4/13/2012

    " This book is for the runner and for those who wonder why we do what do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 6/8/2011

    " Excellent book. not sure how accurate the actual training is but the descriptions of what it is like to devote 110% to something, and when I mean something I mean running, are both enthralling and moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Millicent | 3/2/2011

    " The author continues to demonstrate why forensic accounting wins the day, when you need to solve the crime, follow the money. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 9/27/2010

    " Not one of Reich's best but still entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 3/1/2010

    " I really liked this book. It was a about an organization that ran parallel to the US Gov't, and they ran the agenda that had any association with money and power. Great plot....and it probably is going on today in our country as we speak.

    I recommend this as a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 9/27/2009

    " Fast moving, non-stop book from Christopher Reich. I'll agree with others that the end was wrapped up rather rapidly and neatly. The book was definitely a page turner though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/11/2009

    " Least favorite of his books so far (5th) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 3/3/2009

    " I liked the story. It was very good listening. I figured out the end early, but was still enjoyable.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 2/11/2009

    " I enjoyed this book until the last 100 pages or so. The ending wrapped up so neatly it was almost painful to read. I couldn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 12/21/2008

    " A good thriller. Not as good as his other book. Good conspiracy theorist read. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Reich

Christopher Reich is the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Deception, Rules of Vengeance, Rules of Betrayal, Numbered Account, The Devil’s Banker, and many other novels. The Patriots Club won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel in 2006.

About the Narrator

Stephen Lang is a Tony Award–nominated actor who has made a name for himself on stages both at home and abroad. Perhaps most well-known for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar, his other film credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats, Public Enemies, Tombstone, and many more.