“Runner” by Carl Deuker

31 May


Chance is a high-school senior who lives with his alcoholic father on a beat-up, old sailboat moored in the Seattle marina. Chance, who runs every day, is soon recruited by “the fat man” to pick up packages hidden in the rocks along the beach. Although Chance suspects that he's transporting drugs for the fat man, he is in desperate need of cash to pay bills, buy groceries, and save the boat. Chance and his friend Melissa soon realize that Chance has become involved in a terrorist plot … and that he's actually been picking up packages containing plastic explosives!

This is a timely book — it includes discussions on the meaning of patriotism, the war in Iraq, and terrorism — but it's also fast-paced and reads like an action thriller. The climactic scenes of Chance and his dad battling against time to save Seattle are riveting.

What did you think of "Runner"?


Posted by on May 31, 2006 in Uncategorized


Tags: , , , ,

20 responses to ““Runner” by Carl Deuker

  1. Anonymous

    November 19, 2006 at 3:22 am


    It was a great exciting read full of captivating suspense at the corner of each page

    • mel1317

      November 20, 2006 at 6:47 pm

      Re: Runner

      Agreed! 😀

      “Runner” is a bit different than some of author Carl Deuker’s other books. While it involves a bit of sports action — Chance is, after all, running along the waterfront throughout much of the book — most of Deuker’s novels, like the excellent “Night Hoops,” have sports as their main focus.

      Carl Deuker’s next book, Gym Candy, will be out this coming spring. You can take a look at his website here.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Anonymous

    April 11, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    It was a good book right down to the last page. I higly rcamend this book for any one interested in a action packed book!

    • mel1317

      April 12, 2007 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Absolutely, this book was a great mix of action and drama. And it also really made me think afterward about what I’d do if I was faced with a tough decision like that.

      Author Carl Deuker has written many sports-oriented books. You can learn more about him and his novels by visiting his website. Just click here.

  3. Anonymous

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    This book is an awesome read and I think i would read another book just like this if I had the chance. Carl Deuker is one of my favorite authors, and this is one of his bests.

    • mel1317

      March 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm

      Absolutely agreed! Although Carl Deuker writes lots of sports-themed books, I particularly liked this one because it read like a thriller (think Alex Rider or the young James Bond series). I’m glad you liked it, and thanks for sharing your comment.

      • Anonymous

        April 27, 2010 at 3:16 am

        can i read it in like 3 days

  4. mel1317

    April 9, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Re: Great book!

    See, now that’s the sign of a good book … you loved it, and your mom did, too. What I think is really great is that you went ahead and recommended “Runner” to your mom even though it’s a teen novel. I know lots of adults who read teen-oriented books for the very reasons you mention — they’re often engrossing, entertaining, and fast paced. Sometimes adults just need a push to give a teen book a try. Good job on your part! Thanks so much for sharing your comment with us!

  5. mel1317

    May 6, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Re: The Book, “Runner”

    Thanks for your comments! I love the idea of running when you’re angry and getting all that stuff out of your system in a healthy way. Thanks again!

  6. Anonymous

    June 23, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    my favorite book!

    i am not much of a reader, but I loved this book so much. all the action, all the drama, the suspense!! best book ever!

    now… please. i am wondering of another book like this that i could read.

    i also read the heart of a champion book too and loved it, but don’t like sports that much, thats why i really loved this one.

    recommend another one like this?

    • mel1317

      July 2, 2008 at 8:11 pm

      Re: my favorite book!

      Thanks for your comment. If you look up in the comments listed above this one, you’ll see references to Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series and Charlie Higson’s Young James Bond series. Those are both good, action-packed choices *and* they don’t involve sports. Both involve young spies, which may interest you. You might also like Carl Hiaasen’s “Hoot” and “Flush,” both of which have young people standing up to big, evil conspiracies and being brave and clever. Finally, maybe either of author DJ MacHale’s series, “Pendragon” (time travel) or “Flight 29 Down” (plane crash survivors, like on tv’s “Lost”), might be a good choice for adventure and thrills. Happy reading!

  7. Anonymous

    March 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Personally, I expected it to have a more suspenseful ending. It was a good read, but disappointing.

    • mel1317

      March 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm

      Fair enough. Maybe you thought all that action and suspense should’ve led to a more climactic ending? One that really rocked you? Eh, it happens. Thanks for sharing your opinion!

  8. Anonymous

    May 5, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Review of Runner

    A great book keeps you on the edge. it really makes you think about what its is like to be so under privleged.I loved this book to anyone who enjoys books that are about real life problems. this book is a treat to your eyes

    • mel1317

      May 22, 2009 at 6:21 pm

      Re: Review of Runner

      Thanks for the review! Also, good looking out on noticing the class issue in the book and how financial circumstances can effect someone’s actions. Thanks again!

  9. Anonymous

    October 4, 2009 at 5:43 pm


    Runner was an awesome book. I have now read it twice and done two book reports on it. The ending was ok, but I think that maybe just maybe it would have been better if they had put a fight scene in with Chance’s dad and one of the terrorists and not ended him so quickly. It would have been better if he’d lived two because Carl could have used Chance’s dad as a minor character if he decided to write another book about Chance and what happened too him while in the army and if he still ran. That is of couse not going to happen because Carl is too limited to sports writing and doesn’t often venture out into other genres than sports fiction.

    • mel1317

      October 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm

      Re: Runner

      Excellent ideas! Thanks for sharing your review and comments. And, you never know … author Carl Deuker, although well known for sports fiction, could branch out into a different genre at some point.

  10. Anonymous

    October 16, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Amazing. Just amazing.

    • mel1317

      October 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks for the comment. Sometimes a simple review says it all!

  11. mel1317

    January 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Awesome! It’s great that a book can give you a whole new perspective on a topic like terrorism. And good looking out on your teacher’s part in recommending the book to you. Thanks for the review!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: