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The Running Game (Reachers Book 1) by [Fitzpatrick, L.E.]
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Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes, and always be ready to run.

On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher, wanted by the government and the criminal underworld for her psionic powers.

Charlie and his brother John have a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless crime lord, only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher. One of their own kind.

With the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 153363906X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (1 June 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GIGM1X8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wasn't certain I was going to enjoy this novel since its setting was so depressing. I'm happy to say that it didn't take long for me to change my mind, because the action grabbed me on page one and wouldn't let go. The dark setting and gritty characters only add color to the plot. At first I wasn't certain who I was supposed to be cheering for, but then I realized the Smith brothers weren't the bad guys after all. I was all - go Smith brothers after that.

The Running Game is rich in plot and intrigue. It will make you think long after you read the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written and engrossing thriller. 6 June 2016
By Tom Fallwell - Published on
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In a world where the strong and affluent prey upon the weak and poor, this dystopian, paranormal thriller provides plenty of action, mystery and entertainment with deft storytelling techniques and wonderfully described details. In this dark setting, where the lines between the law and organized crime seem very thin, we are introduced to a small, gifted group known as Reachers, those who have unparalleled capabilities in the paranormal. Mind control, mind reading, and even telekinetic powers are portrayed, though those terms seem woefully insufficient to describe these powers they display. Reachers are branded as armed and dangerous by the ruling class and considered criminals and terrorists. Such consideration, perhaps, has placed them deep within those very roles, not so much by choice, but by necessity in order to survive. They are always on the run, but also fearless and determined in many ways.

The main characters are well established and the third person narrative fits the story perfectly, as we learn about the world in which they live, and the emotions that drive them. The author is skilled at presenting both the setting and characters in a manner that makes them very real and takes the reader along for the ride, involved in the story as much as the characters. The plot is solid, and the progression of the story is perfectly paced and natural, keeping the reader's interest throughout, to a satisfying conclusion. Yet, enough is revealed so that it is apparent that this book is only the beginning, and there is definitely more to come.

Is is apparent the author is well acquainted with the genre, and it shows. This is a mature theme, done well. There is a bit of colorful language, but not overdone. There is a bit of violence, but not grotesquely portrayed. There is a hint of sex, but not extensive or overshadowing to the main story. I was well engrossed in reading this book, and found it very well done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome scene-setting 25 March 2017
By The Minter - Published on
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Imagine being part of an elite group of people with special powers. People comment that you have been appointed by God to serve in this capacity. Among other things, you can read people’s memories. Unfortunately, this also makes you dangerous to the criminal element and to various shady government agencies. In L.E. Fitzpatrick’s novel The Running Game, Rachel Aaron, a physician in an outskirt of London called S’aven, is one of these so-called Reachers. Having been raised in a convent, Rachel has lived most of her life on the run from those who want to take her.

One of these criminals is Pinky Morris, a thug night club owner who is determined to chase down Rachel. It is never made quite clear what Pinky wants Rachel for. A couple of possible reasons include using her powers for his own gain or revenge (he seems to believe that Rachel’s sister Isobel killed Pinky’s brother). He contracts the Smith Brothers, John and Charlie. But Charlie is also a Reacher, and amongst themselves, the Reachers have an unbreakable, unspoken bond.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the number of subplots was a bit confusing, and the characters, although well-developed on their own, were a little difficult to keep up with. A subplot involving Charlie’s family was never resolved, which bothered me a little. Readers will absolutely love the Smith brothers: the brooding Charlie and the gruff John who has a big heart. Readers will also get a kick out of Roxy.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the scene setting. Ms. Fitzpatrick does an excellent job of ironically depicting S’aven (short for Safe Haven) as an industrial wasteland overrun by criminal elements. Food and water rationing, substandard housing, mass unemployment–in one memorable scene, Fitzpatrick describes how workers clamor for the chance to work for a day in one of the many factories. Those who got work got paid but risked life and limb. Those that didn’t work were kept out of the hazardous conditions but were often unable to buy food.–and corrupt police all come together to create a truly frightening scene.

Overall, I was very impressed with this book and will most definitely be reading the second in the Reachers series, Borders Lines.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense-filled, Gripping—RUN! 26 January 2015
By Cricket Rohman - Published on
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Right from the first chapter, The Running Game got my attention. Though I wasn’t running, my breathlessness made onlookers think that I was. I was reading this book while walking on the treadmill surrounded by other gym rats. However, my own forward movement was slow compared to the pace of this intense, suspense-filled novel.

Charlie, one of the main characters, is not your typical human being. And I really want to tell you all about him, but you’ll love him even more if you come upon what makes him special during your own reading experience.

L. E. Fitzpatrick’s descriptions were vivid throughout. One scene that took place in a hospital ER was so dramatically depicted, I felt I was there. Oh, yes. My treadmill pace as well as my heartbeat quickened because this was not the place to be.

By the time Charlie met Rachel, I was totally hooked. This would not be one of those books I skimmed through. No, I savored every scene, every word, and every piece of dialogue. For example, here is an interesting sentence that I bet no one has ever said before. “. . . secured himself behind his desk and pressed his hands together gathering control of the room in the tips of his fingers.” Imaginative descriptions, gripping plot, and heroic and evil characters bring this story to life. The author makes the unbelievable, believable. This is a must-read! (Sorry for the cliché, but it’s true.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting And Thought-Provoking 2 May 2017
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Rachel has a secret that could cost her life; she's a Reacher. Unfortunately, someone found out and now it's a race to see if she can escape the city or if those who want to exploit her talents will find her first. Some of the people she meets in her bid for freedom offer to help, but with the stakes this high, who can she trust? Will betrayal cost Rachel her future, or will a little help from her friends make it possible for her to win The Running Game?

I enjoyed this book and I'm glad to see that there are more in the series. The dystopian world Ms. Fitzpatrick created is interesting. Instead of the usual post-nuclear holocaust or post slate-wiping plague, the world that Rachel has to navigate is the result of the collapse of the world financial institutions. Those "Too Big To Fail" banks we hear so much about in the news. The extrapolation of what happens if the warnings of those who urge our leaders to regulate and reduce the size of these institutions continue to go unheeded is thought-provoking. Add in a little xenophobia, a shadowy authoritarian government, and a few unusual abilities and you have a classic dystopian sci-fi novel, but with a fresh and intriguing perspective. Five stars. And I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark tale of twisted loyalty. 4 March 2016
By Allaina Daniels - Published on
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I can easily see our world turning into the dystopian version that Fitzpatrick has created. It makes entirely too much sense. This story was a bit slow to build up for me, but once the characters really got involved I couldn't put it down. The characters are well developed and the author knows how to spin a tale of human corruption and hope. The supernatural concept was interesting and intriguing and I can't make up my mind who I would want Rachel to end up with one day. Each brother has his own pull on her and their own painful truths. I am looking forward to the next book.