• The Runaway

  • Peter Ash, Book 7
  • By: Nick Petrie
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (453 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $31.50

Buy for $31.50

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

"Petrie has a preternatural talent for ratcheting up suspense." (New York Times Book Review)

When Peter Ash rescues a stranded woman, he finds she’s in far deeper trouble than he could ever imagine in the powerful new thriller in this best-selling and award-winning series.

War veteran Peter Ash is driving through Northern Nebraska when he encounters a young pregnant woman alone on a gravel road, her car dead. Peter offers her a lift, but what begins as an act of kindness soon turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse chase across the lonely highways with the woman’s vicious ex-cop husband hot on their trail. The pregnant woman has seen something she was never meant to see...but protecting her might prove to be more than Peter can handle.

In order to save the woman and himself, Peter must use everything he has learned during his time as a Marine, including his knowledge of human nature, in order to escape a ruthless killer with instincts and skills that match - and perhaps exceed - Peter’s own.

©2022 Nick Petrie (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Explosive and engaging! Fasten your seatbelt, this is going to be a wild ride."--Lisa Gardner

“The result is another violent, fast-paced thriller in this action-packed series."--Associated Press

"Each book is richer. Each new Peter Ash novel is deeper and more complex than the last. Nick Petrie raises the bar with each new book and every time exceeds himself."--Robert Crais 

What listeners say about The Runaway

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    317
  • 4 Stars
    95
  • 3 Stars
    29
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    7
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    320
  • 4 Stars
    74
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    276
  • 4 Stars
    85
  • 3 Stars
    32
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    9

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not the same Peter Ash

I pre-ordered this book because I love Peter Ash and the white static. Instead, I got a weird romance novel about Helena and Roy. Peter just happened to be in this book. He didn't fight anyone, didn't kill anyone, was always on the defensive trying to get away. He got bitten by a dog which I found strange since he stared down and befriended a vicious dog in a previous book. Peter's had no humor and was just an average passerbyer attempting to help. He has been domesticated. With 3 hours left in the book, I got excited when Peter called Louis and said "let's go hunting." The book is over and I'm still waiting for that hunt. Louis had probably 5 lines and babysat a chick that didn't need him there. She had a house full of guns she was capable of using and a half coyote/half dog to protect her. By the way, that's the dog that bit Peter. Instead, Peter with a bum leg, took his old lady with him so she could do investigative work on the phone while he drove. That was the hunt. That was the action. This was a huge let down after a long wait.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Worth the Listen

The Peter. Ashe stories are some of my favorites although this one needed more Louis. His roles have been far more interesting in past works and he was inconsequential which was disappointing.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Not as good as the other ones

I was expecting more. not enough of Louis. Peter was just not in the book enough.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Dark divergence

An interesting and mostly entertaining deviation from the earlier books in the series. Went a bit dark with the body count, comparatively speaking; lots of innocent blood shed. But the plot moved right along. June and Lewis (apologize if it's actually spelled Louis) are minor characters until very late. I've listened to all the books, and this one falls in the middle rankings, meaning it's good but not the best.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Nonsensical

The main character makes incredibly stupid decisions followed by even dumber decisions. Finally I couldn’t take it anymore and stopped giving a crap a little over half way through. When you give an unsympathetic crazy pregnant chick a loaded gun and then allow her to keep it feverishly pointed at you in a death grip, while you’re driving no less - after having risked your life to rescue her! - I have to check out of your twilight zone.

A bad ass this clown is not even close to being. Once you flip the switch of violence to destroy the wicked there is no playing around or playing games. No being sympathetic to whiny losers while you’re rescuing them. There’s only overwhelming ruthless destruction and then sorting out who’s left afterwards.

This idiot can’t even foresee being boxed in on a road with no way off it. The moronic mistakes never stop with this guy. This book is a case study in everything not to do. Ever.

Further, these soft, whiny authors have this tuning theme of some guilt laden loser posing as a bad ass who cries quiet tears inside about all the killing they did in the past. Oh, let me cuddle you, you weak clown.

And there’s no such thing as redemption by good deed. It’s nonsensical. A past deed can’t ever be undone by a future good deed. So get over it!

The real reason to do the right thing is because…it’s the right thing! What?! Yes. If you have some skills or abilities to help someone in need, then do so because it’s honorable. Not because you’re going to undo being an order following coward in the past.

And this idea that killing is so bad and it’s going to traumatize you just because you killed someone. Anyone.

This is farcical nonsense. You only feel guilt for doing wrong. Killing an evil sack of trash isn’t wrong. Pretty simple. Just so long as the person is actually an evil sack of trash. Then you’ll sleep like a baby.

These authors have highly warped moral ideas. They largely can’t seem to comprehend the essence of what a true good guy is.

A true good guy is the most dangerous, ruthless force that there is. Because they’re righteous. And a righteous man isn’t a perfect man, so he doesn’t dwell in the past or whine about it incessantly. He moves on knowing that he’s defined by his desire, not his mistakes.

A true good guy is like the flip side of the sociopath. No guilt, no matter what. But righteous. Therefore infinitely more dangerous. You do not want to tangle with a righteous man.

I’m sick of these weak so called bad ass protagonists who are extremely flaky losers.

If you’re saving some emotionally unstable moron, and time is precious, and your operation’s teetering on the brink of disaster, nothing wrong with slapping the crap out of them, and then hog tying them till you have the luxury of softly wiping the tears from each one of their eyeballs.

For God’s sake! There hell is wrong with these authors. Very very few books are written by guys who grasp the true nature of a true bad ass. The righteous man. No guilt. No hesitation. No worries. No emotionally manipulating them. No games.

Also, stop with the damn flashbacks and chronology that skips all over the place. Back and forth. Back and forth. Forth and back. Can you just tell the story from start to finish? Too much to ask? Like you would talking to a guy in person?

These authors are too cute. They’re trying to be “writers.” Just tell a good story. A good story writes itself is your let it, and stop trying to be cute.

And I don’t want to know what the characters are thinking all the time. What a character does implies what they’re thinking.

I absolutely can not stand authors who feel the need to psychoanalyze their own characters. Who don’t even exist! You can’t even accurately psychoanalyze real people! Too many nuances and variables. Which change from situation to situation.

Stop with the psychology. Just tell the story. A good story is primarily a sequence of actions or dialogue, which by their nature give the reader a glimpse of the characters’ internal motivations. But it’s better not to try to spell them all out because you never really know. And it creates more suspense and engagement then trying to spell it all out like the reader’s an idiot.

I don’t really care why a guy is doing what he’s doing. I can guess but I really don’t care. I just want to know what he’s doing, and what the next guy’s going to do about it. I’ll have a few ideas as to why over the course of the story.

I love to read and to listen to audio books. I love spy novels and thrillers, but damn most of them appear to be case studies in things never to do, even while presenting them as brilliant tactical maneuvers! I’m no expert in any of this crap, but I know how to think, which is itself the skill to end all skills, regardless of application.

Most of these characters are over slick and lack common sense and simple good judgment.

These books do tend to illustrate the most common planning mistake, which is like drawing a convoluted route on a map to a destination. Which then goes to hell if any turn gets missed.

Real planning involves aligning as many vectors as possible towards your objective, not planning one winding vector that twists all over the place before reaching the objective. Multiple vectors, multiple options.

Similar to viewing a tower in the distance, without planning a precise route to the tower. But you always keep the tower in sight, and you’re constantly realigning on it.

Even though these books are fictional, they’re still useful as thought exercises. I just wish that more of them would be less abject disasters if the strategies and tactics used by the protagonists were ever actually used in real life.

It’s choreography versus chaos. You cannot choreograph chaos. Your methods, tactics and plans must be able to flow with and embrace and use chaos. Martial arts are choreography, for example. Battle is chaos. What choreography may attempt to start, chaos is likely to finish.

At least this author isn’t a real or imagined navy seal. I’ll give him a break for that, since the seals appear to be the Donald Trump of the military, and there’s nothing they’re not willing to sell, apparently.

So, for the author not being a navy seal, I’ll boost this book’s rating to three stars.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

One of my favorite series.

I only wish there was another in the series! Great characters, love that the plots involve characters involved in trying to do good things. I love that there isn’t one line ranger protagonist but a group of friends looking out for each other. The writing is excellent, feels real, and is fun in many places. The audible performance is sooooo great too. Loved them all and hope a next comes soon!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A different narrator

While Nick Petrie is an amazing author and his stories can have you on the edge of your seat for hours the narrator kills it. He is flat and boring. I’ll have to read the actual book to hear Nicks voice telling the story.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great Narrator-Worth a Listen.

Long but kept you listening. Had a very likable hero. Thanks for not all getting all liberalish like a lot or authors are doing these days trying to get woman attracted to them. 👍

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Nice change of pace

One of the things I love about Petrie is that his books aren't formulaic. In each book we see character development from the last one. I like that the focus of this book was on Helena. Peter still played a major role but it was Helena's story. He is keeping this series fresh and I rally appreciate that.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Disappointed….

We have always enjoyed the Peter Ash stories, but neither my husband or I liked it. So much gratuitous violence. Like playing the piano by banging on the keys. Okay! I get it! Roy is a very bad person. Ugh.