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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: 0.8 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Phil Reilly is a life long runner and long time high school track coach who recently began coaching at the college level. While a long time 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 screen play version. Reilly resides in Roxborough with his wife Rachael and their young son Caden.

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I would recommend this book to any runner, casual or serious.
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Chasing Ghosts will motivate you to work hard and achieve what ever dream or goal in life you may have.
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The book motivates you to start running to get back in shape and be healthy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy K. Goyette on June 7, 2013
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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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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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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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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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By Rochelle Rosen on March 26, 2011
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest and actually made me want to shut the TV so that I could see what was happening to the runners in the book. If you are a runner or just enjoy reading a fun, interesting novel, buy this one and enjoy! Give it to your friends, they'll love you for it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on March 22, 2011
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You don't need to be a runner to enjoy this book. I'm not. The book shows that by giving up certain things and putting 100% into achieving a goal, it can be done. Chasing Ghosts will motivate you to work hard and achieve what ever dream or goal in life you may have.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BStuke on March 18, 2011
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I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it, it is the best book that I have read since Once a Runner. I would definitely say it is just as good as, if not better than, Once a Runner. If you are a competitor or athlete of any kind, this book will get you motivated to work towards your goals that much more.
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