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Data Runner

Data Runner

3.8 21
by Sam A, Patel

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In the not-too-distant future, in what was once the old City of New York, megacorporations have taken over everything. Now even the internet is owned, and the only way to transmit sensitive information is by a network of highly skilled couriers called "data runners" who run it over the sneakernet. It is a dangerous gig in a dirty world, but Jack Nill doesn't have


In the not-too-distant future, in what was once the old City of New York, megacorporations have taken over everything. Now even the internet is owned, and the only way to transmit sensitive information is by a network of highly skilled couriers called "data runners" who run it over the sneakernet. It is a dangerous gig in a dirty world, but Jack Nill doesn't have much choice in the matter. A brilliant young math whiz and champion of parkour, Jack must become one of these data runners in order to get his father out of a major gambling debt.

When a mysterious stranger loads Jack's chip with a cryptic cargo that everybody wants, he soon becomes the key figure in a conspiracy that could affect the entire North American Alliance. Now it's all up to Jack.

With the help of his best friend, Dexter, and a girl who runs under the name Red Tail, Jack will have to use all his skills to outrun the retrievers and uncover the truth before they catch him and clip him for good.

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Diversion Publishing
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4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
HL790L (what's this?)
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12 Years

Meet the Author

Although born in Waukegan, Illinois (same as literary icon Ray Bradbury), Sam A. Patel grew up in New Jersey. An avid collector of comic books and roll-playing games, he first joined the internet at the age of 14 when he ran a BBS on his Commodore 64 with a 300 baud modem. Later, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Miami, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from New York University. In the time since, he has stress-tested data centers for the national election, taught English in Japan, managed email servers in Portland, Oregon, and built exhibition booths in Melbourne, Australia. Data Runner is his first series.

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Data Runner 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
I got a copy from NetGalley for review in exchange for an honest review The Data Runner is certainly an unique book in it's genre. There is lots of action, which in this case mean lots of running around. The story is the most important part in this book. The story starts off a bit strange, the prologue is actually a scene from later in the book, but when I started the book I didn't realize that and it left me a bit confused. Then when the story really starts it starts with a conversation full of terms I didn't understand yet and information dump. After that the story got better, the story really is the most important thing in this book. There is always something happening and I did wanted to keep reading to find out more. The story is really original and there is lots of attention for parkour and the philosophy behind it. The story was really good, but sometimes it got a bit too technical for me. There isn't a whole lot of atention to the characters overal, but I did get a good sense of who the main characters is. I did like him, although I did got a bit annoyed at the halfway there paradox after a while, because he kept mentioning it. The side characters are interesting and there certainly is enough information to get a feel of who they are, but I would've liked to get to know them better. There is hardly no romance in this book beside a few kisses near the end, which actually was kinda nice for a chance. The world building is actually the thing that bothers me the most, because it is clear there is a whole lot of world building behind it all, but I just couldn't get a good grab what the world was. There are so many things that aren't that clear. I think it's a dystopia world, but what exactly happened? What does the world look like? why has the internet changed nto the Aggranet? What is the free city? There is just too much that isn't completely explained. Or the explanation comes too late and in an info dump moment. There are a few moments with info dump in the book, which are usually timed a bit strange. I wanted to get to know the world, but even after finishing this book I still don't have a good idea what the world looks like and what happened to it. To conclude: Data Runner is a story based book. It's fast paced, full of action and with an original story. I did get a good idea who the characters are, but still would've liked to get to know them better. The world building is there, but the explanation is usually a bit confusing and at the end of the book I still didn't had a good view of the world.
heartjess More than 1 year ago
Well-Done Blend of Sci-Fi and Dystopian Before I start this review, I need to preface with two things: 1. I love science fiction.  And I don’t just mean Doctor who and Across the Universe series.  No, I love Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, comic books (or graphic novels), books about space and the future and aliens and all the other nerdy things that go into science fiction.  I always have.  I was a nerd when it wasn’t cool to be a nerd.  And that brings me to 2.  I love computer programming and science.  Yes, you are looking at my high school’s Vice President of the Computer club.  In fact, when I first went to college, my major was Computer Programming.  Some days I wish I would have stuck with it.  And I took AP chemistry for fun.  I had no wish to test out of college courses, I just really loved chemistry. So that being said, this book was right down my alley.  It was an intelligent book full of ideas that sometimes I had to think on a bit.  And while that may turn off a lot of readers, it completely drew me in.  This book is not like any others I have read in the dystopian genre, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. The beginning of the book is slow and almost informational overload.  BUT, Patel does an amazing job of creating a world so real that I could actually see it in my mind.  This would be a GREAT film, along the likes of In Time (Justin Timberlake & Amanda Seyfried).  However, if you stick with the book, you will be rewarded with a really interesting story.  We get to see a world that could really exist.  The collapse of our economy coupled with the unreliability of data security created this world where people have to run the data from one place to another.  This is the only way to securely see your information gets where it needs to go.  So let’s just think on that for a minute — every secure e-mail, fax, telephone call, letter — are no longer secure.  There is no such thing as privacy.  I think we’ve all seen the beginnings of these things in our society, enough to take pause and see the road we could all be headed down. Once the world is set and we understand who Jack is, the book is non-stop action.  Jack and his friends were incredible at parkour.  I was blown away by how Patel was able to perfectly balance the right amount of action versus dialogue.  We still see relationships grow (Jack and his best friend, Dexter), blossom (Jack and Red Tail), fall apart (Jack and his dad), sprinkled in the midst of some kick butt moves. And speaking of kick butt, Red Tail is awesome.  She is a girl character in a mix of men and yet that isn’t why she stands out.  Patel made Red Tail the rescuer of Jack, which was quite a flip from the normal damsel-in-distress plot lines we see in YA.  And yet, she is also this girl who develops a relationship with Jack.  We see a girl character who doesn’t have to be all hard ass or emotional.  The romance is just enough that it adds to the story rather than becoming the story. I will say I figured out the major twists.  That didn’t make me like the book any less, but I do feel like Jack should have figured out at least one of them.  I’m interested to see which was the next part of the story goes.  This is a great book to give to your teenage boy.  And they say there are no good books for guys in YA! Overall: Four point five out of five stars
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so refreshing. The tech heads talk like real tech heads. No dumbing down here. And if you don't get it, you just follow the jist of it like the medical talk on House. Bravo.
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lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
Lively, absorbing and super interesting!  A mixture between races by the Yamakasis, a hint of the atmosphere of "Jumper" and the tv show Dark Angel.  It's futuristic while being very contemporary at the same time. This story really blew me away. If at first, I frowned to understand the complexity of the different organizations, as soon as the action is taking place, the story becomes a really fast pace and addictive. The reader finds himself running in the middle of the city to get rid of a ton of different villains. Between those who cut arms with a Katana and those who use guns and worse...Adrenaline peaks are waiting for you! Then, there are the secrets surrounding Jack and the darker secrets kept by the organizations that are fighting for control and power over the world. It is very well done.  I grabbed my book and I have not let go until the last sentence... The final twists are a awesome. Between fights, cars chases and betrayals, Jack showed great courage to give a meaning to his life. A deep and loyal male character which I really liked. Hats off also to the author who embarked me into his world ... A very good Science fiction story ! I will eagerly await the sequel. Lucie newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr
mrmodel-t More than 1 year ago
A not unreasonable extension of what might happen. Characters are interesting and well developed and enough questions remain throughout to keep you wanting to read to get them answered. A few unpredictable plot twists keep you wondering what'll happen next. I'll look for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really solid opening title, can't wait to continue the series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good attempt for his first novel, interesting futuristic premise of the great struggle over possession of data. Data is power. This seems well suited for teens and young adults. I skipped over some of the technical jargon, but a technical minded person would probably like that part. There is a water shortage and ownership of the water source is another form of power. I could see the plot as a movie line. Just buy it and decide for yourself, especially ages 16-22.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was captivating and i was sad to turn the final page. Give it a go!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loooooooved it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Headfirst Rush !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an obvious rip-off of "Johnny Mnemonic", a short story by William Gibson. Wow. A math whiz AND a champion of Parkour??? What ARE the chances?
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
I’m not a fan of sci-fi movies or sci-fi books, but the combination of this book’s title, cover and blurb intrigued me to no end and I just had to read it to see what it’s all about. Admittedly, I have watched a couple of terrific sci-fi movies (think I, Robot and The Fifth Element to name a few memorable ones), and have recently finished a techno-thriller with tons of sci-fi elements by Boyd Morrison. So I’m no stranger to this genre and won’t shy away from reading it as long as the story stays within our planet’s atmosphere. I’m definitely not into the whole Star Trek type sci-fi.  Anyhow, Data Runner is a dystopian science-fiction thriller not too far into the future. I enjoy dystopian novels, but am beginning to find them somewhat repetitive in that they’re not offering anything new. The world as we know it always ends with some plague, virus or biochemical warfare. The dystopian elements in this story is very different and here the world has changed (instead of ended) because of a mega-corporation controlling something we absolutely can’t survive without. If you stick out the slow start and don’t find regular intervals of info dump overwhelming like I did, it’s a really good read. The main character, Jack, from whose point of view the story is told, is a well-balanced, wholly likeable character. I can say the same for his friends, his father and their allies. All the characters in this novel are fully fleshed out and grow on the reader as you get to know them along the way. One of the elements that made this such a remarkable read is without a doubt the world-building. It’s a complex setting which at times boggled my mind when trying to form the whole picture, but it was done creatively, and clearly a lot of thought and effort went into constructing this backdrop. Another element that had me riveted was the race against time to retrieve the data from Jack’s “wing” and him trying to stay one step ahead of his pursuers. Jack constantly has to make on the spot decisions as to how to survive the next attack, who he can trust and who not to.  It’s very seldom I come across a YA book aimed specifically at male readers, or ones I can recommend exclusively to guys looking for an adrenaline-pumping read loaded with conspiracies, hostile takeovers and characters skilled in parkour. Yes, girls would enjoy it too, but my honest opinion after reading this novel is that guys would enjoy this much more. The advanced technology, mechanisms, gadgets, military gear and weapons used to propel this suspense-laden plot would inarguably satisfy many a male fantasy. The writing is fluid and the romance only a drop in the bucket. It’s an exciting read and although I sometimes lost my hold on all the finer details, I never lost the plot. The ending is a stunner and that alone already has me eagerly anticipating the next instalment in this extraordinary new series.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds like that Kianu Reeves movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only review and its a plot spoiler 'given for free by the publisher for their honest review'. That right there tells me it wont be an honest review, it tells the entire plot which spoils the story for other readers. Come on bn, when are you ever going to put a stop to these rude plot spoilers ruining books for others readers. And before some smart aleck says dont read them, i dont. But when you have to scroll thru miles of the posts, you inevitably see something that spoils the story. Isnt this a term of service violation? Ban these ppl.