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by William C. Dietz, Sean Runnette (Narrated by)

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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


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

School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 3–7—Atkinson here adapts his bestselling The Guns at Last Light into a work aimed at a younger audience. It covers the planning for the assault, the invasion, and the aftereffects. It provides an overview and brief summary of the events, including information about everything from secret meetings to beach landing crafts. Listeners are provided with an astonishing amount of data, such as the number of maps used, total fatalities, and number of vehicles used. Jason Culp helps focus the drama with his authoritative narration. Of interest for middle and high school history students.—Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
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
"Far-future, planet-hopping adventure . . . this one is not to be missed." ---Kirkus

Product Details

Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
Run Duology Series , #1
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

William C. Dietz is the author of more than thirty novels, including Legion of the Damned, Deathday, and Earthrise.

Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has also produced several Audie Award-winning audiobooks. His film and television appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch, and lots and lots of commercials.

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Runner (Jak Rebo Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.