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Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.
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Nov 03, 11

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

This book took me some time to get into, like other reviewers had mentioned. It felt heavy and difficult at times, and I could only read a chapter or two before I had to walk away from it for a while(the chapters are very short, mostly only a few pages long).

But, WOW, the last third to last quarter of the book was amazing! I felt like I was actually inside the character's head, and felt every spike of adrenaline, every drop in the pit of my stomach. I will never ever be an elite athlete, unfortunately, but I could almost imagine what it felt like, and I have to give much praise to the author for bringing the reader into this world with such vivid clarity and emotion. It felt like I was watching a scene from a movie rather than reading text. Or even better, I was IN the scene! Great read, even if the buildup was slow, and some of the subplots were unnecessary.

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