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Night Runner [Paperback]

Max Turner
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Sept. 8 2008

For Zack Thomson, living in the Nicholls Ward isn’t so bad. After his parents died, he developed strange and severe allergies, and the mental institution was the only place where he could be properly looked after. As strange as it was, it was home.

He could watch as much television as he wanted; his best friend Charlie visited him often enough; and Nurse Ophelia—the prettiest no-nonsense nurse ever—sometimes took him bowling. Of course, that didn’t mean he had it easy. His allergies restricted his diet to strawberry smoothies, and being the only kid at the hospital could get lonely. But it never once crossed Zack’s mind to leave…until the night someone crashed through the front doors and told him to run. Now he’s on a race for answers—about his past, his parents, and his strange sickness—even as every step takes him closer to the darkest of truths.

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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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"I need blood," I said.... Charlie was sitting in a kitchen chair. He stood up so that he was looking down at me. "Oh, blood. Right. Of course, blood. What was I thinking? Well, we just happen to have a huge barrel of it in the back. Do you want some fries with that?" --From Night Runner

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocence needs Blood Sept. 9 2008
I'm not a reader of vampire books but I bought this one for a friend and then made the mistake of reading the first line and got pulled in.
It is a clever, sweet and funny story of a 15 year old boy, orphaned, stuck in a mental ward because there's no where else to put him, who gets surprise after surprise thrown at him as he finds out he is being hunted by vampires, of the hilarious and wicked variety. It's a page turner right to the end. I loved his best, and only friend Charlie, the kind of debonair teenager that everyone wants to hang out with in high school. If you know of anyone who doesn't like to read,this is the book that will convert them.
There is first love, and a great hunt scene at Stony lake, but the best are the episodes in cars. Have fun.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires for Boys Dec 9 2008
Does the colour scheme look familiar? Although not without a romantic dimension, Max Turner's fast-paced, action-packed novel will appeal to boys who are attracted to Stephanie Meyers' vampire novels, but who want more action and less angst about relationships. Family, friends, and the attraction of the opposite sex are all elements in Turner's novel but so are crashing vehicles and narrow escapes. This is very entertaining, high-interest reading without the appearance of an "easy-read."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent twist on the Vampire story May 19 2010
By Heather Pearson TOP 500 REVIEWER
I have been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it over a year and a half ago. A variety of reasons, some beyond my control, kept me from it until yesterday. Daughter brought it home from her school library. While it is intended as a teen novel, it has enough to keep an adult interested.

Fifteen year old Zach has lived at Peterborough Civic Hospital, in the "nut ward" since he was eight. His father was killed in a freak accident while on an archeological dig. Zach was bitten by something and lapsed into a coma. When he awoke he was changed, he couldn't go outside during the day and he had trouble eating almost any food. As he had no living family, it seemed the best choice was to care for him in the hospital until a cure for his unknown illness could be found. All is well until one night when a man driving a motorcycle crashes into the hospital and tells Zach to flee.

The story just kept getting better from that point. I found myself calling out to my hubby, who was raised in Peterborough, the changes in location as the story progressed. Rather fun plotting Zach's progress threw out town and the surrounding area.

This is not quite your typical vampire novel with blood and gore and frequent feedings on unsuspecting civilians. I can't tell you anything further without spoiling the story. I will recommend this to anyone who enjoys a vampire story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad way to spend a couple hours Nov. 6 2009
By K. Wark TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I liked the book, but I certainly didn't love it. The writing is descriptive enough to provide a pretty clear view of the characters and their world. There's a slightly different take on the vampire genre and that, in itself, was interesting enough to keep me reading. This is more suitable for young adult readers however, although it's not a bad way to spend a few hours for the more mature reader. Not bad, but not a "keeper" for me.
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