BOOK REVIEW: Runner by Patrick Lee

REVIEW SUMMARY: This is how page-turning books are written.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The chase is on from the very first pages when an ex-military operative stumbles across a young girl and the plot orchestrated by some very powerful people to capture her.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Fast-paced action; builds genuine moments of suspense; it’s an engrossing page-turner.
CONS: Some the thriller aspects were a little harder to swallow than the science fictional aspects.
BOTTOM LINE: A worthwhile thrill ride with promise for even better things to come.

One of the things I love about speculative fiction is its versatility. Science fiction stories aren’t always about spaceships and fantasy stories aren’t always about dragons. Oftentimes, stories are written from a different angle entirely even though they include speculative elements layered on top of them. Or at least, that’s how they are marketed.
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Macmillan has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Runner by Patrick Lee. The description doesn’t immediately sound like a speculative fiction book…but then, neither did the The Breach and that was a start of quite an excellent trilogy. I’m thinking/hoping that the “skill that makes her very dangerous” is something sf-nal. Even if it’s not, I’m looking forward to this one. Lee’s writing is compelling and hard to put down.

Here’s the synopsis:
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REVIEW: Deep Sky by Patrick Lee

REVIEW SUMMARY: Will easily be one of my best reads of the year.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Travis Chase, member of the covert government agency named Tangent that’s charged with researching a doorway to another dimension from which strange objects are emitted, stumbles upon a decades-old secret that forces him to face his destiny.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Engrossing story; well-plotted; fast-paced; cool technological (and science fictional) ideas; thrilling; hard to put down.
CONS: Distracting use of specific times; the heroes powers of deduction are unnaturally accurate.
BOTTOM LINE: A superb ending to an outstanding trilogy that is everything a science fiction thriller should be.
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