Ola Fasola Fasola de Vidiceto RE, Italy
4.5 stars. After limping through The Lacuna, this book was just what I needed. It has been a long time since I picked up a book that I couldn't put down. For 2 days my adrenaline levels were off the charts. I felt unsettled from the beginning, and anxiously awaited the resolution that I was sure would come at the end. Alas. . . on to Book 2. I was impressed with the author's ability to write a good story; weave so many interesting, consistent elements into the story; end each chapter with a cliffhanger; and create such well-crafted characters. The premise was awful, and I do hope there isn't so much killing in the next books. This was a great discussion book. I would recommend it to mature readers.
This is an engaging and inspiring book, especially to people who run or want to take up running. Being someone who has run a small distance in the past and knowing the energy and determination it takes to run; I can fully appreciate a lot of what this book is about. The initial part of the book is more about the author’s early life experiences. The second part is where all the action happens. This is where we learn about the author’s various triumphs and how it was all done. Although at times it appears self-aggrandizing, for the most part the author is modest; but in the end it is a biography so it is supposed to be all about the author. If you read this book hoping to get tips on how to run, then this is not the book for you; although in the author’s defense it is not meant to be a running manual. It is a book which shows the power of determination and discipline more than anything else.