Living On The Edge – Book Review: Fear Runner


Living on the edge was a way of life for myself as a former Naval Aviator with 150 plus carrier landings and later as an investment banker who traded on Wall Street and finally a survivor of facing my deepest fears in surrendering to love ~ but former Commodity floor trader Dale Brandon’s fast paced thriller Fear Runner touches all those fear bases and more in its electrifying 367 pages: Allen L Roland, PhD


“If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space.”  ~ Stephen Hunt


dale Living on the edge, means you are not rooted on the final answers, you are always open to new answers and possibilities and you most certainly trust the unknown.

Scott Quinn, commodity floor trader, was definitely living on the edge when we meet him on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade ~ ” The trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade marked the center of Scott Quinn’s world ~ a world racing toward meltdown, recent losses had already dealt his career a severe blow, but his ultimate fate depended on decisions he would make during the next fifty minutes. He hoped to survive the day, but he knew markets rarely accommodated scared money.”

But not without some introspection ~ ” He leaned back and stared at the wall. Deep within, in some fragile part of his psyche, he struggled with his intense fear of failing in the market. Failing as his father had nearly 20 years earlier. He felt as if he had lost several years of his life in a few days.”

The frantic life of commodities floor trader Scott Quinn are depicted in the two opening paragraphs of Dale Brandon’s Fear Runner but not without some further insight as Scott left his office that day with his partner ~ ” They left the office, passing several colleagues returning from the trading floor. They saw a startling range of emotions on the trader’s faces. Some had made huge profits, but others had suffered devastating losses. Scott marveled at the ability of the human face to reveal complex emotions so graphically. Pain, joy, agony, greed, confusion and desperation ~ and they were all there.”

It’s all here, in Fear Runner ~ the frantic up and down world of a commodity floor trader and Brandon has set up Scott perfectly to come to the edge and experience the unknown ~ in terms of pain, joy, agony, greed, confusion, murder but above all love, the ultimate soul based teacher ~ in this intense and suspenseful barn burner as he switches rapidly from character to character as well as crisis to crisis.

When you fall in love, you fall into a rabbit hole of soul consciousness which will test all of your courage and defenses, as it did with Scott ~ and most certainly what I have experienced ~ and Dale Brandon does an excellent job of describing the perils of that soul journey as well as the courage it takes to follow and live it.

In essence, The Fear Runner was Scott who finally conquered his fears and demons by surrendering to love ~ and found himself in the process.

 Fear Runner is available on eBook and Trade Paperback at both and The eBook is $3.99. The paperback is $14.99.

Most people are not aware that you do NOT need a Kindle to read an Amazon eBook. You can download a free program from Amazon called Kindle for PC, and read it on your computer. Link below

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time became the right place at the right time in the realm of love and the path of the heart for both Scott and Lauren in Fear Runner.

“Think not that you can control the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course” : Khalil Gibran


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Allen L Roland, PhD is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a heart-centered spiritual consultant, author, and lecturer who also shares a weekly political and social commentary on his website at He also guest hosts Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements as well as private consultations via email at Roland is a twin who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, survived a dysfunctional family, pursued and lived his dreams, including becoming a Navy supersonic carrier pilot, finding himself by fully opening his heart, writing three books, siring four children ~ and still living his ultimate dream by making a difference from a place of love, celebration, and service. His Ph.D. dissertation THE UNIFIED FIELD was chosen by Common Boundary and Noetic Science Institute, in their 1998 national dissertation contest, as one of the top three finalists for combining spirituality and psychology. His ongoing heart-centered work as a consultant with veterans with PTSD is the most satisfying work of his life. Allen's online newsletter, columns, and radio broadcasts are committed to the truth ~ as he sees it ~ for only the truth is revolutionary.