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Lewin makes a shaky debut with this suspense novel that combines romance, rogue assassins and children in jeopardy with a dash of futuristic science. It's been three years since ex-CIA covert operative Ethan Decker's five-year-old son was murdered by a mysterious assassin. Decker has abandoned his wife, Sydney, and his job to hole up in a trailer in the New Mexico desert. He takes refuge in booze and self-pity until two children are unexpectedly dumped in his lap by Anna Kelsey, a former member of his elite investigative team. Danny and Callie are preteen siblings on the run from the Keepers, a secretive scientific institution specializing in genetic experimentation. After Kelsey is murdered by Marco Ramirez, the same man Decker believes is responsible for his son's death, he reluctantly goes on the road with the two children forced to solve the mystery behind Anna's murder, investigate the suspicious doings of the Keepers and protect Sydney, who seems to be the assassin's next target. Despite the fast pace, abundant action and ambitious premise, there are few surprises here. The plot turns feel like a composite of television action dramas and suspense novels of yore. The characters are thin, and the dialogue could use some vitamin supplements as well ("Opportunity knocked, I acted"). The implausible feel-good ending, involving 25 children on a boat bound for Canada, adds little to this uneven effort.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ethan Decker is living in an old trailer in the New Mexico desert, wallowing in self-pity and pain. His job as an operative for a very secret government agency is directly to blame for the death of his young son and his abandoning of his ex-wife. A member of the old team visits him with two young children in tow, and shortly thereafter she is killed in a murder that has all the markings of the assassin who killed his son. Now Ethan is desperate to protect his ex-wife, Sydney, and to find out who these children are, and why someone would be killed because of them. After Ethan rescues Sydney, they all embark on a cross-country odyssey that leads them from Champaign, Illinois, to Seattle, Washington, and finally to the island the children call home, all the while relentlessly pursued by men most likely from Ethan's old agency. Lewin's taut thriller is filled with hair-raising car chases and complex double crosses. Patty Engelmann
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345443225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345443229
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,521,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The first question most people ask when they find out what I do is, "How did you become a writer?" They usually ask this with an incredulous look on their face, and to be honest, I never know exactly how to answer. So I laugh and just say, "It's a long story."

You see, I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and spent twelve years with Big Blue (i.e. IBM, for the uninitiated). And that's not your usual path to a publishing career.

So how did I go from Computer Programming to writing thrillers?

Well, my first love has always been books. I started reading everything I could get my hands on as far back as grade school, wanting, even then, to rewrite stories my own way, either changing the endings or creating new adventures for the characters. However, I didn't actually start writing until high school. My first attempt was a serial story about a cowboy who was a cross between Cat Balou and Jesse James - the fictional character not the real outlaw. I'd write a chapter and pass it around to my friends, then write another. I never finished that story, which is probably a good thing. It was pretty bad. LOL!!

By college I'd graduated from writing westerns to science fiction short stories that bore a strong resemblance to Star Trek. Are you seeing a pattern here? I like to think that all those "takeoff" stories were just practice for the real thing.

Funny thing though, during all that time, it never occurred to me that I could write for a living. In college, I didn't even consider majoring in Journalism or English. In my mind, I needed a technical degree to be self-sufficient. So, it wasn't until I'd been working for IBM about seven years that the writing bug bit again. I attended a writer's conference in Orlando and met dozens of people writing all different types of fiction and nonfiction. That weekend changed my life. Literally.

I came home and started writing in earnest. I also joined writer's organization, attended writer's conferences, read 'how-to' books, and generally immersed myself in the publishing world. It took me five years and writing three complete manuscripts to sell my first book in June of 1993. I left IBM a year later, and as they say, the rest is history.

Now, thirteen years, twelve books, and three pseudonyms later, I'm writing supense novels for Ballantine Books and loving every minute of it. It's what I've been working toward since that first conference in Orlando.

Patricia Lewin


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Kuzmak on September 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was intrigued with Blind Run from the moment I saw the cover! Two figures running along a boardwalk, by the ocean, in the light of a full moon, invited my fingers to open the book and to discover why they were pictured in such distress.
The cover and then the characters kept my attention as I read on. Lewin has a way of describing the scenes vividly and her characters are mulitfacited.
Ethan Decker is the kind of man that heroes are made of. He's bound to do the right thing to accomplish his goal and keep those entrusted to his care safe during dangerous times. His complex character struggles with life issues that are common to all, yet he perseveres, without compromise, to protect the innocent when danger is at the doorstep.
Lewin is to be congratulated in her attempt to have good win over evil! She takes the reader down the twisted path of intrigue and keeps the reader guessing as to the ulterior motives of each character. She has a good balance between love and hate, deception and exposure, trust and doubt.
Two members of our family were rushing to finish the book at the same time so that the rest of us could share in the suspense. The read was captivating from the first page to the last, with your mind wishing there could be more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alicia in Georgia on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful suspense story! In the first chapter, we meet an agent who retired from life five years ago when his son was killed. A former co-agent drops two children at his trailer, and he finds her down the road, killed. The rest of the book he's running with the children from the killers, and his own past, trying to piece together what's happening. You will not want to put down this book!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Sneddon on August 23, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ethan Decker left the Agency and his wife after their son was murdered in an operation gone bad. He lives secluded in the desert of New Mexico, an area as dry, arid, and lifleless as Ethan Decker feels. Then one day another agent appears on his doorstep with two children whose lives are at risk from the same man who killed Ethan's son.

When Decker's visitor is killed a few miles down the road, he is forced to flee with children he doesn't want to protect and ask for the help of an ex-wife he refuses to admit he still loves. Hunted by the police for murder and the assasin who killed his son, Ethan races from New Mexico to the mysterious Haven Island off the Northwest coast where the children had been imprisoned all their lives. But rescuing the other children held captive on Haven Island involves confronting the loss of his son, facing the child's murderer, and reliving the buried pain that caused him to abandon a life with the woman he loves.

Fast-paced and exciting, Blind Run is a quick but suspenseful novel not to be regretted by readers who like works in the vein of Iris Johansen. With and second novel, Out of Reach, already out, and a third to be released in Dec. 05, Patricia Lewin is poised to become a sensation in the world of suspense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori G on May 25, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pat Lewin's first suspense novel is suspense at its best. I had read her second (Out of Reach) before reading this one. Both kept me on the edge of my seat, and with my nose stuck in the book for two days until I had read right though, but Blind Run comes out a little ahead for me. The characters draw you in right from the start (women, you will wind up with a big crush on Ethan Decker!) and Lewin's style of writing will keep you guessing through the whole book. To me, a good suspense novel is one that has me tempted to peek ahead to the next page or chapter to find out what's coming, and Blind Run did just that! It is written in a way that is easy to believe, to wonder if something like this could really be going on, without being show-offy and trying to impress the reader with explanations that no average person could understand - a big turn off in suspense novels for me. It is obvious that Lewin did an extensive amount of research on the plot of this book. A wonderful first novel!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Block on July 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Blind Run was one of those books you can't put down, you have to turn the page to see where they will go next. Lewin did a great job of building characters you care about and want to continue reading about. The action is non-stop and the story is original. I hope there is a sequal to the book, I haven't had enough of Ethan and the kids.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avis M. Asbell on April 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book, with fast action, wicked plot twists and a "WOW" of a surprise at the end!! Saying to much gives it away as it grabs you from the begining and doesn't let go until the last page. I pulled an "all-nighter" with this one...just COULD NOT put it down! If you like any of the mystery genre.....Nora Roberts, J D Robb, Janye Ann Krentz, Sandra Brown or Iris Johansen, you will add another 'must read' author to your list with Patricia Lewin!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Walker on July 25, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a great read that kept me on the edge of my seat until I was finished. I don't get a lot of time to read so most books take a couple of weeks, Blind Run took me 3 days! I didn't put it down until I was finished!! It was exciting and thrilling, a highly entertaining read! Ethan was a great character, full of problems and pain, the portrayal of the character was so real and believable that I ran right out and bought Pat's second book Out of Reach and I'm highly anticipating her 3rd book due out in December! Read this book, you won't be disappointed!!
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