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The Legend of Rosalind - a cycling story Paperback – March 2, 2014
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About the Author
Dan Hammack works, lives, and rides in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. He is an amateur cyclist, bike-builder, and avid fan of professional cycling. Dan welcomes your comments on his writing. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more story info and cycling pictures visit my website or facebook page: www.LegendOfRosalind.com facebook/TheLegendOfRosalind
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Besides creating interesting characters, the author does an amazing job of showing the reader what it feels like, physically and emotionally, to compete in this demanding sport. You are in the saddle pulling yourself up a brutal climb and holding your breath as he weaves his way through the political minefields of high-stakes racing.
But there's more than just cycling. There are friendships, enemies, romance, temptation, victories and great loss.
In short, The Legend of Rosalind is a great ride for all.
In truth, I bought this book a few months ago because I love cycling and I read the first 20-25% in a couple sittings before putting it down. The story had slowed down enough for me to lose interest, but a couple weeks later, I kept wondering what happened to Jason. I picked up my Kindle again and, at around 35%, the story picked up, my interest returned, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the remainder. If it slows a bit for you too, fear not, keep reading! I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that the twists and turns in the last half of the story are well-developed, entertaining, and authentic.
I liked the way he described the races. There was enough technical information woven into a description of the action that I didn't feel like I was reading a manual on how to race a bike, but I also think that someone who isn't familiar with bike racing will have enough knowledge to meaningfully follow along. Personally, I would've preferred a bit more physical description of the races because part of what I love about cycling is the geography, however, that's a fairly minor point.
I went with four stars instead of five because sometimes Jason's internal monologue of questions were redundant and broke the rhythm of the story. That point aside, I really enjoyed the book and I'm glad I picked it up again. I hope the author publishes another cycling-based story.
-- Emma D, aka Anna Zimmerman
More than anything, "The Legend of Rosalind" is a romance. It is a romance between the characters, and the romance of a nation with a bicycle and the sport of cycling. The author's description of cycling and the training required to reach a truly competitive level was as interesting as the interactions with the other characters in the book. I think that surprised me the most. I never expected to enjoy reading about cycling, but I loved reading this book. On a personal level, I enjoyed the bits that were familiar, as the main character was from my hometown, and it added to the depth of the story.
I admit I read the sample as a favor to a friend. I bought the book because the sample intrigued me. I devoured the book because it was GOOD. When I read a book, I want to be immersed in it. I often describe reading a good story as "watching a movie in my head." As I read "Rosalind" I could see the main character as he fell in the prologue. More than that, as I read, I became the main character, and I could feel the pain that he endured. For me, that is the mark of a truly good story.
The only real criticism I have is that there were too many spelling and (non idiosyncratic) grammatical errors. Most of the errors were attributable to spell check not recognizing the wrong word usage, but there were also a few missing words and some wrong words as well.