Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller,
Sam Dryden Series #1
Sam Dryden Series #1
Personal Rating: 3.5/5 (good)
Yearly Count: 91
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?
Had I known this was science fiction, I probably would not have requested it. I'm surprised I ended up with a 3.5/5 rating, because I felt tricked (not knowing the sci-fi part) and that made me angry. However, once I got over that, I was still interested and went with it. There were certainly parts that were over-the-top, but in general, I really enjoyed the fast-paced ride. I can understand why and how others may appreciate this more than me being that I'm not a sci-fi fan. I definitely want to read more by Patrick Lee, providing it's not the same genre. If it ends up being another Sam Dryden thriller, I hope we get to learn more about him. This was light on character development.
My thanks go to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley. It is scheduled to be published on February 18, 2014.