Saturday, January 25, 2014

Blog Tour Review The Running Game by LE Fitzpatrick

The Running Game 
by L.E. Fitzpatrick 
Published Nov. 01, 2013 by SmashwordsAmazon USAmazon UKB&NKobo
Formats Available : epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Star

Her father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they'll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they'll always be coming for you.

Rachel had let her guard down and they had found her. She could run now, leave the city and try her luck beyond the borders, but with no money and a dark secret to hide her chances of survival are slim.

But then she meets two brothers with a dangerous past and secrets of their own. Can they help her turn the game around?

This is the first installment of the Reacher series. Set in a grim and not too distant future, this urban thriller will keep you hooked until the last page.

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My Review

That’s what the game is... We run and we’re chased. The trick to surviving is making sure you have taken enough away from your enemies before they come after you.

If ever Blade Runner, 1984, and The Hunger Games decided to fool around with Star Wars and produced a child, The Running Game would probably look a lot like it.  Let me clarify that statement, though. L.E. Fitzpatrick has NOT committed plagiarism and rewritten passages from the books then lumped them together to form her own. The story is clearly hers, although I do see some influences from those (and quite a few other) science fiction stories. If you are a fan of these types of writing, you should definitely get your hands on this novel.

This is definitely one of those books that could be made into a movie, or at the very least leave you with a movie running through your head as you read it. The dark, scary, stinking London that is the backdrop for this story makes itself so clear in your mind you could almost smell the trash on the streets and the heavy smog in the air. But the heroine Rachel, herself, doesn't stand out. She's written as her character is: plain, unassuming, invisible. Then you get those short bursts of energy that show you exactly how dangerous she can be. There is still so much unexplained and unknown about her, despite being mentioned on almost every page!

The men, John, Charlie, and Roxy are more colorful than Rachel. But of all three, John is the enigma. Charlie and Roxy are the more straightforward warriors but John - it leaves me wondering - what kind of superhuman ninja is he? A science experiment? What? Normal he is surely not.

However, the most compelling character for me is Riva. What she would do to protect her husband is unbelievable. And since she is not an imbecile, I have a feeling there will be a lot more of her in the next installment. She is the one to contend with.

This read was a very happy surprise for me. All I have to say is: where is the next book?

About The Author

L E Fitzpatrick was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, but now lives in West Wales, with her family plus lots of dogs and cats. She manages an office, volunteers as a room steward for the National Trust and also supports independent authors as a proofreader and beta reader. She obviously has no spare time because of this, but if she did it would probably be invested in walking in the countryside and enjoying the peace and quiet.
L E Fitzpatrick published her first series Dark Waters in 2011 and is currently working on her Reacher series.

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