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“NIGHT RUNNER is a fast paced, page turner, full of surprising twists and clever turns that’ll have you on the edge of your seat wondering what could possibly happen next! Max Turner had me from the very first paragraph and is definitely one to watch!”

 

–Alyson Noel, #1 NYT Bestselling author of EVERMORE

 

"Night Runner is a fast-paced struggle against fate that had me cheering for Zack at every turn of the page. As an ordinary boy in extraordinary circumstances, Zack Thomson must decide whether or not to succumb to the temptations of a powerful thirst for blood that lives inside him, or fight his destiny to choose good over evil. Along the way, he is helped by friends, betrayed by family, and driven by a force beyond his control. Max Turner has created an exciting addition to the vampire genre that left me guessing and hoping every step of the way."

 

- Brian James, author of ZOMBIE BLONDES

 

 

"Night Runner is a fast-paced adventure with a funny, winning hero who is both your average teenage guy and something far more extraordinary. Max Turner has written a gothic fantasy full of surprises--and bite!"

 

- Katherine Marsh, Edgar-award winning author of The Night Tourist

About the Author

Max Turner is the author of the young adult vampire novel End of Days. He is a high school science teacher and lives in Ottawa with his wife and children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 Original edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312592280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312592288
  • ASIN: B0091LHCK0
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,561,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Turner did a really nice job on this book.
Donald Needham
It also ends just as one would when planning further novels - an ambiguous "end" to the Big Bad Character of the book.
M. Turner
We have a male protagonist who is very easy to like.
Kathi R.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Turner on August 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
*Advanced Reader Copy* (new 2009 US release) 2.5 stars

Ok, so this book wasn't awful but it wasn't really great either. I'm not a "Young Adult" but I don't discriminate against books that are written for that market. Many are still solid stories. Some YA books are YA because they write from a teenager character perspective. Some are YA because they tone down the sex/violence to suit a younger audience. And this book definitely does both. But what it unfortunately also does is try to write prose and dialogue in a "hip" manner - but badly. It reads like an adult who's trying a little hard to write young.

The other issue with this book is that from the start, it's clearly set-up with a series mentality in mind. This first novel reads more like a prologue rather than a fully-fleshed out complete story. You're halfway through the book before ANYTHING happens. It's all just background and place setting.

When the action does occur, it does so in weird fits and spurts. Some parts feel like filler while other parts fly past at warp speed.

The very formulaic ending comes along exactly as you'd expect and features a "saw that coming 'surprise' bad guy reveal/betrayal," a character who's "more than meets the eye" and two other characters who are thrown completely into a ridiculous "buddy" role to the main character. It also ends just as one would when planning further novels - an ambiguous "end" to the Big Bad Character of the book.

I think there's potential for author Max Turner should he get some further experience in writing novels. Tighter editing, more polish and better character development would all go a long way to improving the reading experience of his book. He's a first time author with this novel and it sadly shows in many ways.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on September 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Zack" Thomson's famous archaeologist father died years ago. He had been crushed in Libya when some ruins fell upon him. That day Zack became an orphan. Instead of being placed in a foster home or orphanage, Zack was admitted to a mental facility. Due to his strange allergies to the sun, among other things, it was the only place that could properly care for him.

For eight years Zack has been content residing in the mental hospital. Now he is fifteen-years-old. Other than Charlie Rutherford, who is one year older, Zack's only real friend has been Nurse Ophelia. Charlie visits at night on weekends and the two are simply teen guys doing teen things, such as playing video games on huge monitors. As for Nurse Ophelia, she makes the best strawberry smoothies. That is good since it is the ONLY thing Zack can eat. (Goes back to his allergies and medical conditions.) Yet everything changes when a man crashes through the lobby wall on a motorcycle and tells Zack to run.

Soon afterward Zack meets his uncle, Maximilian. This is how Zack learns that he has no allergies or medical conditions. Zack had been bitten by a vampire, Baron Vrolok, the day his father died. Maximilian is a vampire hunter and had been his father's partner. Before Maximilian can take over Zack's care and help him learn what he needs for survival, Everett Johansson arrives. Everett is in the service of the vampires, possibly Baron Vrolok, and Zack must flee.

**** FOUR STARS! I believe teens will enjoy this new vampire series most. After all, the main "good guys" are teens and the story-line follows young Zack; however, many adults may find themselves intrigued as well. I certainly was.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on September 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Zack Thompson is different. Instead of living in an orphanage, he lives in a mental ward and that's because he's basically allergic to everything - from specific foods to even the sun. Zack lives a nocturnal life - running, reading, and eating at night and sleeping during the day.

Zack thinks nothing of his lifestyle until an old man crashed a motorcycle into the mental ward. Suddenly, Zack is thrown into an extraordinary adventure.

Along for the ride is Zack's best childhood friend, Charlie, and a new, intriguing, beautiful girl named Luna. Not only will Zack figure out about his odd living arrangements and his family, but Zack will find out what he is. And it isn't human.

Max Turner writes a thrilling novel that draws the reader in right from the beginning. Broken up into relatively short chapters, this novel is full of twists and turns that will never leave the reader bored.

Reviewed by: Steph
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sarah on October 29, 2010
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Night Runner by Max Turner held a lot of punch. The entire story is one crazy ride in the newly exciting life of Zack Thomson. For the past eight years he had been living basically in isolation inside a mental ward. He has a plethora of allergies - including an extreme reaction to the sun. Therefore, he sleeps all day and lives at night. He also cannot stomach food, he has to drink special concoctions, which he dubs "brain cocktails". The only two friends he has are Charlie and Nurse Ophelia.

Charlie has been around his whole life, the boys were friends before Zack was orphaned and his condition started. Charlie is his only regular visitor and his best friend. He is a mischievous, daring character who often pushes the limits. However, he is liked by most people and he is Zack's right had man, and is there when he needs him the most.

Nurse Ophelia, Zack's only other "friend" is the night nurse at the ward. She seems to really take to Zack and often defends him when he gets one of his mood swings from not eating. She occasionally takes him out to movies and things; basically she is the closes thing to a mother he has.

This book is incredibly plot driven. Right in the first few pages Zack's safe world is shattered (literally) when a crazed old man, who turns out to be a vampire, crashes through the mental ward and tells Zack he is in danger. This starts a long chain of events that keeps Zack on his toes and on the run.

While the plot was definitely exciting, I just wish there was a little more character development. I think that Turner did a magnificent job with Zack - he is one of the funniest narrators I have seen in a long time. He makes tons of pop culture references that I always found hilarious.
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