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

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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