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During a middle-of-the-night jog on a California boardwalk, widowed army veteran Sam Dryden literally runs into Rachel, a young girl running from a group of armed men. With her long-term memory erased by drugs, Rachel knows only that she can read the thoughts of others and that government agents are out to kill her. So she and Sam embark on an adrenaline-fueled cat and mouse game. The government team, sure of success, is thwarted by the expertly trained Sam, who once worked at the highest level of special ops and is able to counteract even the newest technologies thrown at him and Rachel. But what Sam doesn't know is that Rachel, whom he has come to love like a daughter, has other abilities that could pose a danger to civilization itself. VERDICT Tension mounts right from the start in this nonstop action-packed narrative and seldom flags, as Lee (The Breach) continually blurs the lines between the good guys and the bad guys, with characters better rounded than usual in this genre. All in all, it's a high-tech thriller that's hard to put down. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/13; international rights sold in seven countries and film rights optioned by Warner Bros.-Ed.]--Michele Leber, Arlington, VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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*Starred Review* Ex-soldier Sam Dryden is easing into a midnight run when a young girl darts from the shadows, fleeing a shadowy group of men following close behind. She's desperate but begs Sam to trust that she has a good reason not to go to the police. Instinctively, Sam believes her and helps her escape. Rachel's memory has been clouded by interrogation drugs, so she doesn't know exactly whom her pursuers are, but it's soon evident that their motives are connected to Rachel's powerful ability to read minds. Hunted by an enemy with seemingly infinite resources, including the world's most advanced satellite technology, Dryden strategically employs skills from his past in covert ops, taking Rachel from forest hideout to high-speed chases to track down the tidbits emerging from her memory. But the game changes when Dryden discovers why Rachel is being hunted, and he'll have to weigh his feelings for her against national security. Thriller fans, especially those drawn to conspiracies and espionage, will enjoy the cutting-edge weapons development, the anxiety-ridden showdown between cunning and technology, and the compellingly connected characters.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2010 Booklist
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A chance meeting on a California beach between Sam Dryden, a former Delta Ranger on a midnight jog, and Rachel, a 12-year-old fleeing heavily armed men, jump-starts this razor-sharp thriller from Lee (The Breach). Sam, who spent five years doing off-the-books black ops with an elite team, instinctively tries to save this terrified girl, who can't remember her background, or why these men are trying to kill her. Their escape takes them across the country while Rachel's slow recovery of her memory points to a sinister secret government project. Trained to read minds, Rachel possesses skills that make her an uncontrollable deadly weapon. Lee's precise detailing of technology and medical science recalls the best of Tom Clancy and Robin Cook, while his believable hero adds a Jack Reacher vibe. Still grieving over the death of his wife and child, Sam exudes compassion even in the midst of battle. His growing affection for Rachel adds texture to an adrenalin-fueled plot that begs for a sequel. Announced first printing of 100,000. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.