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eBook Night Runner ePub

by Max Turner

  • ISBN: 1554680840
  • Subcategory: For Children
  • Author: Max Turner
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition edition (September 16, 2008)
  • Pages: 272
  • ePub book: 1855 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1633 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 306

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Ok, so this book wasn't awful but it wasn't really great either.

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. 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.

Night Runner is the debut novel of Canadian school teacher Max Turner. Written for a teenaged audience Night Runner is the story of Zack, a fifteen year old orphan who is also a vampire.

My dreams were frantic and confused. I couldn’t find anyone. Everywhere there was shadow and fog and the sound of bat wings

My dreams were frantic and confused. Everywhere there was shadow and fog and the sound of bat wings t seemed to come. It ended when Charlie ripped open the door of the shed the next day. I could hear his heart. It was doing a drum solo. He was so agitated, he actually pulled the latch right out of the door frame. We’ve got a problem, he said. The sun was still up, and light was bouncing all over the place, so we had at least two problems

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Night Runner - Starfighter (Full Album) - Продолжительность: 48:56 The '80s Guy Recommended for you. Памела Мейер: Как распознать лжеца - Продолжительность: 18:51 TED Recommended for you.

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, NYT Bestselling.

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, 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

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.

Часто встречающиеся слова и выражения. Max Turner is the author of the young adult vampire novel End of Days. Библиографические данные.

In the first book of Max Turner's young adult fantasy series, a boy is forced to live in a mental institution after he develops a severe allergy that . Published by HarperCollins Canada. CBC Gem. Newsletters.

In the first book of Max Turner's young adult fantasy series, a boy is forced to live in a mental institution after he develops a severe allergy that requires constant treatment.

In the end, Night Runner is a pretty enjoyable book. if you’re a teenager. Because of its lack of depth and PG presentation, adults might find the novel unsatisfying like myself.

INTRODUCTION: Night Runner by Max Turner. Release Date: September 1, 2009. Published by St. Martin’s Griffin. In the end, Night Runner is a pretty enjoyable book.

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.

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.

Comments

AnnyMars AnnyMars
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. For example, he drops this little jem on page seven,

"He's coming," he continued. "He could be here any second". The man put a hand on my shoulder and pushed me gently toward the motorcycle again. He looked back over his shoulder at the parking lot. I got the feeling Darth Vader was about to waltz in and lightsabre us both in half".

He is also a big fan of the Tolkien masterpiece, The Hobbit and often makes snide comments referencing it. Zack is also struggling with the new revelation that he is a vampire. He is delighted to finally have some answers, but he isn't crazy about the diet or the whole "evil" thing. He makes a promise to himself that he will remain "good" and not go on a crazy killing spree. I love this quote from him about his decision (pg. 49)

"Well, I had no doubt in my mind what I would choose. I would be good. I certainly wasn't a threat to anybody. I didn't even believe in mousetraps."

But, the fact that Zack is such a great character only made me want to get to know the other characters better. The rest of the cast is highly underdeveloped. Like I said before, the book is highly plot-driven and unfortunately the rest of the characters suffer. I loved what I saw from them, but I was left wanting more - especially with Luna. Luna is Zack's love interest in the book; although she doesn't appear until almost halfway through it. He meets her through Charlie - Luna is Charlie's girlfriend's (Suki) sister. We get a few details about Luna, but not a great sense of the character. I hope that in the upcoming books we will see more from her.

However, I loved both the plot and the idea behind the story. This isn't just another run of the mill vampire story. What makes this so incredibly unique, is that, one: Zack has been living the past eight years as a vampire, and had no idea. The second aspect of this story that makes it a standout is that this is more of an action story. There are no melodramatic vampires moping around looking for human companionship. This is a on the edge of your seat action ride that never really lets up. It's a refreshing change of pace.

While I enjoyed the majority of the plot, I did have a problem with the ending, at least the last 20 pages or so. I don't want to give it away for those of you who haven't read it, but the events that occur seem to have been taken rather lightly. I know that for the story to progress, the plot had to go into that direction, but everyone seemed to go with the flow a little to easily for me. For those of you who have read it, I'll give you a clue as to what I am talking about - Charlie and Luna.

But, honestly, besides that last 20 pages, the plot was amazing; it was action packed, exhilarating and hilarious. Night Runner was definitely a page turner. I just hope that in the next book, End of Days, the secondary characters, like Luna and Charlie are developed a bit more.
Rrinel Rrinel
I would recommend this story to anyone that enjoys a good mysterious book.
Cerekelv Cerekelv
It is a fast pace book. I like vampire books, but this one is not my preference. It lacked better action. However for a young teen it is perfect.
Jack Jack
What I expected
Kulalbine Kulalbine
I was looking for a good vampire book that wasn't a romance novel and was recommended this book. I'm so glad I read it.
Tamesya Tamesya
I believe I got hyped about it more then I should. But it still is a good book, and a fast one at that.
Kata Kata
*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.

Still, it's not all bad. It may read better for those of a younger demographic that aren't so versed in typical novel-writing formula. I do fear that if the series does continue but the writing does not improve, it may turn off it's target audience eventually as said audience grows, matures and is left feeling a little "talked down to" by the current "voice" used in the first book.