RunnerBook - 2014
Sam Dryden, retired special forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While out on a run in the middle of the night, a young girl runs into him on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she's running from a group of heavily armed men with one clear goal--to kill the fleeing child. After Dryden helps her evade her pursuers, he learns that the eleven year old, for as long as she can remember, has been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. But she doesn't know much beyond her own name, Rachel. She only remembers the past two months of her life--and that she has a skill that makes her very dangerous to these men and the hidden men in charge.
Dryden, who lost his wife and young daughter in an accident five years ago, agrees to help her try to unravel her own past and make sense of it, to protect her from the people who are moving heaven and earth to find them both. Although Dryden is only one man, he's a man with the extraordinary skills and experience--as a Ranger, a Delta, and five years doing off-the-book black ops with an elite team. But, as he slowly begins to discover, the highly trained paramilitary forces on their heels is the only part of the danger they must face. Will Rachel's own unremembered past be the most deadly of them all?
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you could only wake up in so many jail cells before you started to do some thinking.
There are lots of ways I could end their careers. Make them buy drugs and get caught. Make them say the wrong word near an open microphone. Make them tear off their clothes on a street corner and scream at the traffic....
She and I have toothbrushes at each other’s places. That’s all the further along we are.
You had to do what you had to do, though. Whatever it took to bloom.
It was just as well not to sleep. Sleep brought dreams of happier times, worse than nightmares in their own way.
“It keeps them thinking surprise is on their side,” Dryden said. “Which means it’s really on ours."
This world nys but a thurghfare ful of wo, And we been pilgrymes, passynge to and fro. — GEOFFREY CHAUCER
“Because DNA is a mess. People call it a blueprint, but it’s more like a recipe — one that nature’s been tinkering with for a few billion years. That’s how a professor of mine described it: an old recipe, where outdated instructions get lined out instead of erased...
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