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Runner (Jak Rebo Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013


    She sat in the shadows listening

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    Doesn't Follow Through, Disappointing

    This book has a great general plot. Your in the future, with humanity imploding on itself. Communications between worlds in nearly obselete and there's nothing that can be done about it. A guild of people known as Runners do whatever it takes to deliver a message, package, etc. Runner Jak Rebo has been selected to deliver the reincarnation of a religious icon to the planet Thara, which happens to be Rebo's homeworld he hasn't returned to since he left. Along the way, Rebo will meet a beautiful woman with a secret to die for. The problem with this book is it's development. The characters all have nearly the same personalities, if they have a personality at all. The author skips to so many characters it's hard to keep track of them all. The author can't keep the book exciting even though he attempts to. And things happen so abruptly it isn't close to realistic. For example, the reincarnated future religion leader is talking to his wise old master. The young boy correctly answers the question and then out of the blue the master says, 'It is time for us to part. You're leaving, I'll never see you again, blah blah blah.' Where did that come form? First your being introduced to the characters, then you never will see them again. This book had a great plot planned out, but it's so incredibly boring I only managed to read 80 some pages before I couldn't take it any longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    Dietz has a great run with this book

    From the McCade series to his Legion Of The Damned story arcs, William Dietz has shown a knack for placing the reader in a fictional future that is more 'yeah, I can see that' than 'what if.' Runner is no different. The texture of this story is rich and deep and the characters, both good and evil, remind you of people you may know, or have heard about. They are all undeniably human, which is what makes their interaction and experiences in the future that Dietz has conjured more touching and thrilling. To blend so many elements into a compelling high adventure requires a masterful touch, and Dietz has done so, again. I'd recommend that you buy this book, but I would not lend it out. You may not get it back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006

    Very good book.

    I really enjoyed this book. He discribed things very well. This book will keep you reading because of the non stop contriversy and new characters. He also did the type of thing were it is so far in the future humans have evolved backwards, kind of like in the book Anthem. One thing that I didn't like was the ending because he could have put way more stuff into the end. I got the feeling that he rushed it because it ended quite abruptly.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong science fiction

    In the distant future humans have traveled throughout the star systems using interstellar portals, but over time the technology became lost. Antiquated ships deliver cargo and passengers between planets, but are slow and no major inter-galaxy travel exists anymore. Runner Jak Rebo delivers a package that he carried for two years to a customer¿s wealthy brother on planet Anafa, colonized over 10,000 years ago. Not long afterward, Brother Sua Qwa hires him to deliver a special golden child Tra Lee to the holy city of CaCanth on planet Thara where the lad will be proclaimed as the Norm Maa. Qwa warns the runner that a rival black hat sect has their own candidate and will try to assassinate the boy. --- Sensitive Lanni Norr reads individual energy fields that enable her to speak with the dead. During a performance, deceased scientist Milos Lysander using a metal man as his source tries to take over Lanni¿s body. She manages to escape, but has to flee. Lanni and Jak meet when separate people try to harm them they unite while people chase after them and his cargo Tra Lee. --- Runner is an exciting thriller that sort of places Tibetan Buddhism in outer space at a time when civilization is imploding. The background comes alive as readers will believe they are at a time when earth is so distant a memory that the planet is considered by most as the mythos home world. Jak and Lanni are an interesting duo as they escort Tra Lee while another sect provides not only another heir contender, but attempts to kill the trio because they feel so strongly that they have the next Norma Maa. William Dietz is at his best with this strong science fiction tale. --- Harriet Klausner

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