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by Jeff Abbott
Abacus, July 2008
416 pages
6.99 GBP
ISBN: 0751539783

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One day, Ben Forsberg finds two government agents at his door. A dangerous assassin has been found dead, with Ben's business card in his pocket. The agents want to know whether Ben is a target or an accomplice – the only problem is that Ben has never heard of the man and has no idea what is going on. When no-one can be trusted, he decides that the only thing that he can do is run….

RUN is an action-packed novel from start to finish, with scene after scene escalating to an exciting crescendo on the Katrina-devastated streets of New Orleans. One of the blurbs for this novel likens to it to the DIE HARD movie franchise and I feel that this is a particularly accurate comparison. Ben and Pilgrim, a secret agent, leap from buildings, engage in gunfights, fly aeroplanes and much, much more in scenes that could come straight from a Hollywood blockbuster with Bruce Willis in the starring role.

At times, the dialogue can appear somewhat stilted – but this is not a novel that readers will devour for its wit and repartee, but for its excellent pace, vivid action and surprising twists. Both the main protagonists, Ben and Pilgrim, are described well and it is refreshing to see that Pilgrim is not devoid of humanity, as is often the case with secret agents. There are some loose ends left at the end of the novel that I feel should have been tied up, as quite a lot of explanation is left to the reader's imagination, but they do not detract from the overall story.

In sum, RUN is a thriller that will keep readers hooked from start to finish and simply will not disappoint any fan of the genre. Jeff Abbott is undoubtedly an author who is living up to his past successes.

Reviewed by Luke Croll, August 2008

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