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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Fields Publishing; First Edition edition (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966345843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966345841
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,186,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Degrees don't mean a damn thing to me as far as a person's intelligence.
J. Hidalgo
The back stories of Frank and Hope hook you and you really want to know how it is all going to turn out.
Lv2Read
A good, quick read with exciting races, interesting twists, and a realistic, mature relationship.
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I understand what the author was aiming for: an uplifting story of a woman on the wrong side of 30 years old, succeeding against all odds, nurtured by the belief and pure love of her straight-talking coach with a heart of gold. However Glikin falls short in every aspect and has instead produced a book so poorly written that I felt compelled to post this review to warn other runners away from buying this.

I appreciate that Glikin wanted to celebrate women's running but his extraordinarily heavy-handed treatment of the subject makes the end product unlikeable and unbelievable. I recommend instead Kathrine Switzer's "Marathon Woman" for a well-written autobiographical account of a woman breaking barriers in the marathon world, or Paula Radcliffe's "My Story So Far" - less expertly crafted as a book, but the real marathon world record holder is so talented, hard working and human, she cannot fail to impress and inspire. Equally, the women runners profiled in Michael Sandrock's brilliant "Training With The Legends" are great personalities positively leaping off the page, and give an insight into the privileged world of the elite athlete.

As far as running novels go, the best that I have read by far is John L Parker's "Once A Runner", truly the benchmark for all would-be pretenders.

Glikin trots out a parade of poor caricatures of stereotypes from the well-worn 'inspiring sports story' genre: there's the bright-eyed kid from the ghetto, saved by sport but doomed by military propaganda and the ex-husband who not only endorses female genital mutilation but also was involved in the Enron fiasco. You don't get much more evil than that.

This hackneyed characterization is also true of the two protagonists, the runner and the coach.
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By Lv2Read on December 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Not being a runner, I bought this book on a whim. What a bit of luck. This short novel is full of fascinating information about running, racing, training and strategy. As much as enjoyed learning all this "inside running stuff", what sneaks up on you is what a great relationship novel this is. The back stories of Frank and Hope hook you and you really want to know how it is all going to turn out. Which brings up the ending, which I won't spoil for you in my review, but BUY this book, because, like all great races it ends with a terrific and unforgettable finish.
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By slow hand on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
No one writes about running like Bruce Glikin:he knows firsthand how we chase our hopes, dreams and the ghosts of our past.
In Hope's Last Run he chronicles running prodigy Hope Spencer from her start at the Houston Marathon, to Boston, and finally in her Olympic qualifying marathon in New York. Published to new heights by her coach Frank Adams, who is part Arthur Lydiard, part Bill Bowerman, Hope's Last Run will have you turning pages as she flies down the final stretch in Central Park.

Brom Hoban
running correspondent Austin American Statesman

Hope's Last Run is extremely intense and strong Coach Frank Adams is terriffic and so is his protege Hope Spencer. They're both pure dreamers. The novel had elements that reminded me of Clint Eastwood's classic film with Hilary Swank, 'Million Dollar Baby'. Glikin's runners are a mirror of what runners are really like: free spirits and highly romantic. Every marathoner will love this book and understand it!

Bill Rodgers
America's distance running legend

Once again, Bruce Glikin mounts the literary dais for his dramatic cliff-hanger running novel: 'Hope's Last Run. Combined with the artful blending of supernaural elements with exciting and suspenseful distance running action, Glikin's coach/teacher expertise is revealed through his superbly written novel.
This is a must read for all who dream and hope.

Al Lawrence
Olympic medalist, author and coach
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Shepard on November 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Good things come in three's! Bruce Glikin, Houston's own running novelist, has completed round three in his continuing series of running novels. As a followup to Bruce's previous running novels, Slinger Sanchez Running Gun and Distant Runner, Bruce has done himself proud with his latest, Hope's Last Run.

Hope's Last Run revolves around the relationship between Frank Adams, a grizzled, middle-aged running coach, and Hope Spencer, a thirty-something new runner seeking an outlet from a life of torment. We watch while Hope's running prowess grows and matures, Frank loses some (but not all) of his rough edges, and the relationship between the two blossoms. We learn in depth about the family backgrounds, political views, and life philosophies of each. Bruce focuses on character development in Hope's Last Run to a far greater extent than in his first two running novels. In fact, other than brief glimpses of Hope's husband, Frank and Hope are essentially the only characters in the book.

We've seen characters quite similar to Frank in Bruce's previous novels, but Hope represents a new challenge for him. She's his first female lead character. Bruce advises in his acknowledgements that she's a composite of the female runners he's known and run with over the years. As a result, Hope's Last Run is the softest of the three novels. The story is gripping and the ending surprising and satisfying, but the high levels of mystery, sex and violence that permeate the first two novels are strongly reduced (although not completely eliminated) in Hope's Last Run. On the other hand, the use of the Houston running scene as a backdrop for the book, one of Bruce's trademarks, is more prevalent than ever. Hope competes in the Houston Marathon, Run the Woodlands 5k, and Bellaire Trolley Run 5k.
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