Runner (Jak Rebo Series #1)

Runner (Jak Rebo Series #1)

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by William C. Dietz
     
 

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In a crumbling futuristic society, Earth is only a myth, the technological advances of centuries have faded into distant memory, and space travel depends on a fleet of run-down, unreliable ships. Only the brave—or foolhardy—undertake such risky journeys. The brave, the foolhardy—and the runners...

 Jak Rebo is one such runner, whose current

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In a crumbling futuristic society, Earth is only a myth, the technological advances of centuries have faded into distant memory, and space travel depends on a fleet of run-down, unreliable ships. Only the brave—or foolhardy—undertake such risky journeys. The brave, the foolhardy—and the runners...

 Jak Rebo is one such runner, whose current job is to deliver a future religious leader to his people, while avoiding assassins. If that’s not enough, he gets involved with a very beautiful woman who holds the secret to instantaneous travel between star systems—a secret that some would kill for.

With death waiting at every port, Jak soon realizes that this time he is running for his life...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Known for his hard SF, Dietz (Legion of the Damned) changes pace with this engaging effort, whose philosophical themes evoke Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series. In a bleak far future, many technological advances, including interstellar travel, have fallen into disuse, leaving most people in despair. Followers of a faith the author acknowledges is modeled on Buddhism cling to a faint hope for redemption when rumors circulate that a legendary spiritual leader has been reborn, but that good news is tempered by the existence of rival claimants for the position. Jak Rebo, a "runner" entrusted with valuable missions requiring travel between star systems, gets enmeshed in this religious conflict when he accompanies one of the aspirants to the planet where the tests to establish the true heir are to be administered. Action-packed, albeit with a few improbable escape scenes, this novel stands out with its intriguing spiritual explorations. Agent, Richard Curtis. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Far-future, planet-hopping adventure, the first in a new series from the author of The Legion of the Damned novels (For Those Who Fell, 2004, etc.). Interstellar messenger Jak Rebo is contracted to carry a very special piece of cargo to the planet Thara-a young boy thought to be the reincarnation of a great spiritual leader. En route, Rebo and the boy cross paths with a woman "sensitive" who runs afoul of the Techno Society when she channels the spirit of its founder in a public forum. Circumstances force them to work together, but with assassins trying to kill both the boy and the sensitive, delivering this package intact will be the toughest assignment of Rebo's career. Rebo and company are likable, plucky heroes, and the pulse-pounding action sequences make for a fast and enjoyable read. The story is full of inventive concepts and has a richly detailed setting-one readers will no doubt look forward to exploring more deeply in future volumes. For fans of space opera and action/adventure, this one is not to be missed.
From the Publisher
“Probably [Dietz’s] best-realized character to date.”—Chronicle

“Far-future, planet-hopping adventure…this one is not to be missed.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging…Action-packed.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441013265
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/04/2005
Series:
Jak Rebo Series, #1
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.35(d)

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From the Publisher
“Probably [Dietz’s] best-realized character to date.”—Chronicle

“Far-future, planet-hopping adventure…this one is not to be missed.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging…Action-packed.”—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

William C. Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a medic, graduated from the University of Washington, lived in Africa for a year, and has traveled to six continents. Dietz has been variously employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, news writer and television producer, and currently serves as Director of Public Relations and Marketing for an international telephone company.

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