The Runner

The Runner

by Christopher Reich
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Runner 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Like Daniel Silva, Christopher Reich leads a new generation of intrigue thriller authors. "The Runner" is steeped in historic background that brings the post-WWII period to life at the same time as it provides an electrifying read. What's more it dares to provide a possible explanation of what really happened to General Patton at the end of the war. He was a man who had outlived his time and usefulness, and the convenience of his death has to raise the kind of "what-if" questions that are grist for a gifted storyteller like Reich. Now I must read his other two novels for I have become a fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not the worst novel I've ever read, but the chase-the-Nazi-with-the-help-of-the-femme-fatale story has been done to death; it's way too familiar. Characterization, not the author's strong suit in Numbered Account, is particularly weak here. And he has a real tendency to overwrite, which gets annoying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading The Runner. In fact it is not often that I say I loved a book but this one really worked for me. Reich captures the essence of post war Germany - I know because I was there! He has a realistic view of the politcal and personal upheaval of the time. I have read many WWII books but this one is fresh and is not only a good novel, well written but also a commentary of an important time in history. If only there were more books of this caliber out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Runner is, quite simply, right up there with Eye of the Needle and The Day of the Jackal, making it one of the very best international suspense thrillers ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was given an advanced copy of the book. What a lucky day! Or I should say day and night because I hardly got off my couch to read the whole thing. I don't want to give too much away, but it was an awesome book - not just a page turner, but with some serious thinking behind it, too. I don't know who was worse, the SS or some of our army heros??? Reich is definitely my favorite new writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and entertaining.
slatsdawson More than 1 year ago
This was more of an action thriller than some of his other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author has a good writing style, but character development is wanting in this one.Also, mistakes about a well known and popular German army pistol, and a famous U.S. Government agency detract from the work. Additional research would have helped it along somewhat.
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To start with: too many mistakes. It is difficult to apprehend, why some authors have to 'load' the text with foreign words or expressions which are flat out wrong and quite often do not even exist in that language and then, even worse, provide a wrong translation. Why C. Reich does it is not readily understandable. If he likes to ad flavour by using the local lingo, fair enough, but do it proper. (Another great offender of such principles is Greg Iles-Spandau Phoenix) The story is not well written, the characters are indeed ill defined. To compare him with Ludlum, Higgins and le Carre' is not only preposterous, but an insult to these great story tellers. I thought his first attempt 'Numbered Account' was a good try, but it appears he is going down hill directly from the start.