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in creating the unique characters of jesse sanchez and kevin mcclanahan, he illuminates the extraordinary relationship that exists between athlete and coach, and its magical meaning in this uncommon sport. 'slinger' spells out running at its highest level, a pure sport that relates to human performance without mechanical assistance. but most importantly it illustrates how the individual must complete alone, relying only on himself at the moment of truth.
our sport needs bruce glikin's slinger sanchez runnig gun, a novel that accurately portray the beauty and power of our sport." -- bill rodgers, former olympian and multiple winner of boston, new york and fukuoka marathons-marathon running's grand slam
"atheltes' stories have never appealed to me, but by the time i finished reading the account of slinger's first race, i found myself with a lump in my throat and tears in mye eyes. this is powerful writing." -- juan palomo, the salt journal,usa today
"bruce glikin has captured the essence of what it takes to become a champion middle distance runner. raw talent, dedication, killer instincts-'slinger' has it all. my stomach was churning and my heart was racing as jesse sanchez competed. one hell of a read!" -- leonard hilton, olympian and u.s. national mile/1,500 meter champion, 1973, 1975
"bruce glikin masterfully capture's a man's will to succeed in life despite hardships and prejudice, illness and injury. utilizing racing competitions as a format for a sotry, the author, being an avid runner himself, is capable of expressing the true feelings and emotions invovled with the running experience. the result of course, is an exciting novel with a great 'finishing kick!" -- mack stewart, united sates age group record holder, men's 800 meters.
"if i had to describe 'slinger' in one word, i'd have to say riveting. i couldn't put it down. bruce glikin understands what it's really like in the world of top level-running-the work, the pressures, the satisfactions, the camarederie. as i followed jesse into major meets, i felt the nervous sensation i used to get before big races. 'slinger' is packed with excitement, heartache, pathos, dram and surprise. i loved it!" -- jeff wells, former american record holder in the marathon, winner of six major marathons, and four-time all-american
"slinger sanchez sets a fast pace on the page and on the track. bruce glikin does a fine job of detailing the talents and disciplines required for wolrd-class running." -- joe doggett, houston chronicle
"the realistic unique characters and the riveting sequences will engross both the runner and non-runner alike. and somewhere along the way, the reader is reminded of what track, and specifically sports in general, were meant to be." -- jon warren, men's distance coach, rice university, u.s. olympic trials participant, steeplechase, marathon
True to Glikin's form, this book is not realistic. I really liked it a lot and highly recommend it (if you don't tend to dwell on grammar, etc..). Read morePublished 10 months ago by runbike
Bruce Glikin's work is good and original. The parts that are original, though, aren't good, and the parts that are good aren't original.Published on February 20, 2002