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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Fields Publishing; 1st edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966345827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966345827
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,378,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paige Turner on February 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a good story, though I wouldn't go as far as some of the others have in praising it. It's enjoyable to read. The protagonist overcomes a very difficult life and finally finds peace with himself and the world.

But too many parts of the story are unrealistic. Not only is this guy the fastest runner in the world (able to shatter records by a minute or more) but he also has a photographic memory that makes him in some ways a genius. Other parts of the story fall into place too neatly. The protagonist commits a murder, and the detective is able to piece together EXACTLY what happened just by looking at the scant evidence left behind, but fortunately for the runner the detective decides not to pursue the case.

In addition, this self-published book has too much of a self-published feel. There are too many grammatical and typographical errors, in addition to factual errors (Dubai is NOT a part of Saudi Arabia, for example). It could have used some better editing and proof-reading.

I enjoyed reading it, but it's probably a better book to check out of a library than to buy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ewen Thompson on June 23, 2005
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What's amazing about Distant Runner is that an interest in running is no prerequisite for enjoying what really is an exquisitely crafted novel. The protagonist is Danny Murray, a disturbed child prodigy who, on a lonely road out of Eugene Oregon meets Gabe Seward, a former Olympic Trials runner. Glikin skilfully draws the reader into their outwardly different yet spiritually similar worlds. When reading Distant Runner I was taken on quite an unexpected journey. The unpredictability of the plot is what draws us in. You don't have to be a runner to enjoy Distant Runner. It's a novel that will appeal to all readers who love a great story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cabin Fever on March 22, 2005
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I stumbled upon this by accident while shopping for a copy of Glikin's "Slinger Sanchez" to give to a friend. What a fortunate accident. This is a great read, written with the keen eye of running insider. The plot zips along and you can't wait to see how it ends. This is not just a book for runners, although they will enjoy the insider references, it is a book for anyone looking for enjoyable and well written fiction.
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Distant Runner is the story of two interwoven lives. Gabe Seward is a veteran runner with past elite credentials, and Danny Murray is a teenager with the potential to become the best distance runner in history bar none. Both grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and faced extreme hardships growing up. Gabe overcame these barriers to become a highly admired contributor to society. Much of the suspense of the novel comes from watching whether Danny will be able to overcome the obstacles life has set before him.

You like running? There's lots of exciting running in Distant Runner - killer workouts vividly described, entertaining road races, and several track races with world record attempts. You like your novels spiced with mystery, sex and violence? Distant Runner is for you. The lead characters come alive, mostly behaving nobly but occasionally behaving badly to the consternation of the reader. Is there a happy ending? You'll need to read the book to find out!

For Houston runners and readers, there's a huge bonus. Much of the action takes place in Houston and it's all described in detail from a runner's perspective. Danny and Gabe train in Memorial Park, along Buffalo Bayou, in River Oaks. It's all great fun while being a quick and easy read.
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By Colleen Thom on November 14, 2009
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I haven't quite finished the book... but I must say, it is extremely moving... and it's inspiring as well. Not only does it make you want to get out there and go on a run right after you read a chapter, but it also encourages you to strive to achieve your goals and provides a quite touching story that can be related to by us all. I Love this book so far... it's been great. Definitely read... one of the better running books i've read... and certainly one of the most meaningful.
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This book is great in the beginning and is everything you want from a running book. But as the plot continues it becomes increasingly harder to believe. Especially, the running scenes when he breaks the world record by a more than plausible amount. The book starts off with a bang but ends with a sizzle.
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