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About the Author

Phil Reilly is a life-long runner and writer. A Philadelphia native, Reilly competed for La Salle University and continues to compete today. A high school coach since 2000, Reilly has coached numerous all-state and All-American athletes. Chasing Ghosts is Reilly's debut novel. He is currently working on several other projects for the near future.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451519249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451519242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phil Reilly is a life long runner and writer. Chasing Ghosts is his debut novel. Reilly ran for LaSalle University and currently competes for the Greater Philly Track Club. He is working on a sequel to Chasing Ghosts as well as a screen play version. In addition to writing, Reilly coaches track and cross country at Chestnut Hill College and is the father of two children, Caden and Winona. Reilly and his family reside in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia where he can often be found romping through the trails of Valley Green.

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If you're a competitive runner, you will enjoy this read and ignore some of the less than perfect story-telling. I found some of the descriptions of training and racing to be very accurate, but the book won't win any literary awards. It's a OK addition to my running library, but I won't read it again.
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While there are training books galore on running, up to this point, fiction has been sparse. I adore both fiction and running, so after seeing the favorable reviews on Amazon I was particularly excited to read Chasing Ghosts. That's why I was so let down by the relentless mediocrity of it.

The writing is poor in many regards. The book is filled with cringe-worthy similes: "Sullivan blended in with the upperclassmen like peanut butter mixes with jelly." "The list of shady characters was longer than a five-year-old's Christmas wish list." The characters are so bland that even towards the final chapters I had trouble telling them apart. Of course it's difficult to care about what happens when you can't even remember who you're reading about.

However, all of this could be forgiven if the writing about the running itself shined. Sadly, the descriptions of the races, even towards the climax were just okay. Reilly doesn't capture the pure joy and excitement of racing. Nor does he show why it's so addicting. I understood why McNeal (the main character) was willing to transform his life for a shot at greatness, but not because of Reilly's words. I felt like I had to do all the work of putting myself in McNeal's shoes because the author didn't have the skill.

For a talented writer, running could offer a compelling subject. Sadly, Reilly isn't up to the task.
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Chasing Ghosts is a novel by Philip J Reilly about runner Joey McNeal and set in Philadelphia. Joey Mac is a coach, teacher and semi-professional fried donut chef. But more than anything, he's a runner. A runner with a dream.

His cohorts are fellow running friends Ryan Cooper, Len O'Donnell and Cousin Mitch Maloney. Along with their "nuttier than Jiff" coach Seamus O'Toole this group of characters will have you pulling for them while laughing loudly. The dialog is often funny and sometimes sidesplitting, as are many of the situations the group often find themselves.

Joey lives in an apartment described by his coach as being a place where only the "depths of hell" is worse. From this home base the foursome plan workouts, watch their favorite TV show, "Monday Night Raw" and infuriate O'Toole with their eating habits.

If you have ever trained in one hundred degrees or ran through snow covered streets in hopes of improving your 5k time, taken hundreds of jump shots to make the local hoops team or responded to the compliment, "nice workout" with the retort, "thanks, but I hate you" you will understand these souls.

McNeal tells the team he coaches that if they don't try they will always be "chasing that ghost" and it might make you think about ghosts in your life too.
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I purchased this for two reasons. One, I love stories of people out there pushing their limits in running and two, one review said it was better than Once a Runner. It is a good story about a college runner who, at 30, decides to go for it one more time to see what he is capable of. I wish there was a little more about his training and suffering, and less about his girlfriend and all the "gee man, I couldn't have done it without you". Some of the conversations in the book sound like teens talking to each other.
The stars I gave are for the depiction of the pain during some of the races. The author describes "getting into the zone" fairly well. The spent feeling after leaving it all on the track was done well too.
It is a nice read, but nothing compared to Once a Runner or Again to Carthage. Parker does a much better job describing the kind of pain it takes to endure in order to get to that level.
All in all, worth reading though, especially if you haven't read the two others I've mentioned. If you don't have those novels to compare this to, you would enjoy it more than I did.
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What I hated about this book: 1) One-dimensional characters; 2) It is only slightly more interesting than someone's running log book; 3) Typos and misspellings abound in the final third of the book, as if the editor couldn't stomach it any more. There are "so"s where there should be "to"s. Galen Rupp is now "Galan Rupp".; 4) The action proceeds primarily through banal dialog. It's little better than, ' let's run,' 'let's eat pizza,' and 'let's watch an Adam Sandler movie; 5) The only real action or tension, aside from the pursuit of getting into the 2008 Olympics, is an improbable fight between some drug dealing thugs and some skinny runners in which the skinny runners don't get killed.

Don't waste your time on this book. Read Jon L. Parker or Life at These Speeds instead. If you like non-fiction, try Bowerman and the Men of Oregon.
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I finished this book the other day. The more I read it the more I wished it would never end. I tried my best to only read 1 chapter per day to make it last as long as I could but to no avail I finished it quickly, eating up the last few chapters in no time at all. An especially good story for anyone who enjoys coaching, or running. Humorous, I caught myself literally laughing out loud many times throughout the book. A real page turner. Worth the read.
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