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Sam Dryden lives quietly in a small coastal town in southern California, buying and fixing up old houses. It's good physical work that he's come to love. But his peaceful life is shattered when he gets a phone call from an old friend in trouble. A phone call that pulls Dryden into the middle of a situation that's as violent as it is baffling.

For FBI agent Marnie Calvert, it all begins at a secluded trailer in the Mojave Desert-the scene of a horrifying crime, but also of an impossible and mysterious act of heroism. At least, it should have been impossible. Determined to learn the truth, what Calvert discovers leads her to Sam Dryden-an ex-Special Forces operative whose ordinary life has suddenly become anything but.

Through their actions, Dryden and Calvert have unknowingly placed themselves in the cross-hairs of a frightening and dangerous enemy, the result of a generations-long conspiracy finally coming to fruition. What these people have is a technology that allows them to affect events before they even happen. How they are planning to use it, however, will result in the death of millions. To defeat them, Dryden will need to do more than think fast-he'll need to think around corners, and face down an enemy that can seize on his mistakes before he even makes them.

Following the national bestseller Runner , Sam Dryden, Patrick Lee's most indelible creation, returns in one of the most compelling, breathless thrillers yet--- Signal .

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781250030771
Characteristics: 1 online resource (320 pages)

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Jan 25, 2018

I didn't like this as much as 'Runner' because it really stretches the credibility scale too much. Even if you embrace the premise, Patrick Lee does not adequately explain the denouement.

Feb 23, 2017

I give this book five neutrinos and a pop-fly on baseball radio. I devoured this book like an old Star Trek episode. The thing I like about Lee's breakneck thrillers is how they're slightly ridiculous, but completely plausible. I know that sounds crazy, but when you read it, you'll get it. Now I want to see Lee put Dryden up against a cthulhu and explain it. Cause he can. Some people hate time travel explanations. Not me. Everything was appropriately lined up. Lee knocked it out of the ballpark.

AL_NANCYG Nov 14, 2016

Signal is a fast read. I enjoyed the main character and even though it is about learning the future before it happens and the consequences of being able to manipulate the future for good or bad, it reads like an espionage novel. I highly recommend it for time travel and espionage aficionados

Aug 25, 2016

Good read, but be aware it is the same book as ''Only to die again'.

Dec 02, 2015

Runner made me want to read this. Now I want to read Lee's earlier works.

Oct 23, 2015

A credible mix of action and SciFi that is heavy on the "ripple effect" of time. A good thriller if you accept the paradox that if you change the future, you change the past. See hints in quotes.

Sep 06, 2015

I don't usually read or watch anything that has to do with time travel -- it messes with my head. So started reading this 2nd Sam Dryden book unaware of this aspect. Since I like Sam's character and his mystery/thriller/adventures, I tried not to dwell too much on the time continuum and just accept it. Overall I enjoyed it, but liked Runner better.

MedinaReads Aug 12, 2015

Part thriller, part adrenaline, part mystery, with a good dose of speculative science makes Lee's second Sam Dryden novel a fun and fast paced summer read. A mysterious device that can pick up radio signals 10 hours into the future sparks a race to keep this technology out of the hands of a mysterious group who would use it to manipulate the future. Lee Child fans will want to pick this one up! Recommended by E.L., Lodi Library, MCDL


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Oct 23, 2015

"Did you ever read Stephen Hawking? A Brief History of time? ... I'm probably going to mangle some of this," Claire said, "but the main parts are about time itself. What time actually is. It's a physical thing; it's not just some human construct to measure hours and years. Time is something tangible, like gravity and light. And it's not just like those things---it's tied to those things. People like Einstein and Lorentz worked out the basics a hundred years ago. Things like time dilation -- how the closer you get to the speed of light, the more time slows down for you. That's a nailed-down fact, No one disputes it."

Oct 23, 2015

"They can get the answers to questions, if they can think of the questions." "That's a pretty good advantage."

The unexpected:
"Hayden, come to bed," xxyz said.

How many times had the tack of humanity been shifted by some one-off event, some unheard-of person? Like Gavrilo Princip. Like Vasil Arkhipov. The future was no different. History was a surprisingly workable medium, before it was written down.

The third shot passed close enough that he felt its heat across his forehead, as if someone had waived a lightbulb two inches from his face.

Two vehicles doing 60 or 70 in opposite directions. The math got uglier by the second.

Oct 23, 2015

Caution was like money: More was more.

My father used to say power has a good memory for bad ideas.

"They do seem to come in with their minds already made up," Chatham said. "Made up for them."

"But anyway, yes, everything seemed fine at the beginning."
"Seemed," Dryden Said. Claire nodded, "And then it didn't"

But it wouldn't tell them anything they didn't already know about him: unidentified male, white, average height and build.

Her life had taken on a distinctly hitchhiker kind of feeling lately. Like her future was no more plotted than that of a paper cup in the wind.

You know how things get covered. What passes for journalism now. Send us your tweets, America, tell us what you think happened.

Oct 23, 2015

Maybe they thought she looked too soft for the job. That was fine. Their thoughts were their business.

Some people call us a movement, they said, but that's the wrong word. We're something purer than that. We're an idea --

There was a big dustup in the scientific community, all over the world. There was an experiment that seemed to suggest neutrinos can travel faster than light. ... Neutrinos barely interact with most other matter; they're emitted by the sun, and the ones that hit the earth usually pass through it without striking so much as an atom.

He said he felt like he was in that Steinbeck book, The Pearl.


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