- File Size: 1598 KB
- Print Length: 458 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BAM Press Wellington; 1 edition (May 28, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 28, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YHFPSY2
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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No Wind is simply a well told, great story that follows John Kelly as he sets out to become the best 1500m runner in the world. The story’s mass appeal is due to not taking readers on a slog of descriptive endurance training runs. No Wind is not a reflective meditative journey into the soul of the middle distance runner, nor is No Wind a window into the human condition. Author, Bruce Melrose has wisely not revisited what other authors have already covered before. Instead, we get straight down to business with plenty of action on the track, and that’s why No Wind succeeds.
In No Wind, we join John Kelly just as he breaks through as an international class 1500m runner. It’s not long before the reader is jetted off around the world to exotic European locales where Kelly does battle against the world’s best middle distance runners at the world’s great European track meets that made up the European IAAF Grand Prix circuit before it became today’s Diamond League.
No Wind tracks the fortunes of John Kelly as he struggles to beat off the challenges of three of his countrymen to make the Olympic team for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, then is confronted with a completely different set of challenges in the lead-up to the Stuttgart World Championships a year later, then as a runner at the top of his powers in 1995, is confronted by those who will do anything to topple him by fair or foul means.
At 456 pages, there is a lot of story in No Wind, yet Melrose’s stripped down narrative is all efficiency, designed to move the story along at the pace of his elite runners in his book, which is great because as a runner, I simply couldn’t put No Wind down. I was suckered into the world of John Kelly where I was left gasping on the running track. Even before I finished this story I just wanted to go out running, if just to relive the races again and again in my head.
You don’t have to be runner to love this book because there is plenty else happening in the story away from the running track. For runners, you’re in for the rarest of treats. No Wind is a top-notch story and a deceptive one with twists you won’t see coming. You’ll want to read this story again and again, which is the hallmark of an outstanding read.
No Wind is presented as John Kelly Book 1. I, for one, can’t wait to see what’s planned for John Kelly Book 2. Runners in particular will fall in love with John Kelly, and with Janine at his side, they are a most enjoyable addiction that I for one cannot do without for too long.
I couldn’t put this book down, it was very easy to read and on a subject I am very interested in, and the plot has some interesting twists along the way, totally plausible but you just don’t see them coming.
The book has three main parts that are set out in three chapters that could very easily be three separate books. it currently stands at 456 pages. The day to day events of the characters as they moved from country to country, had everything to keep me interested. Drug doping and race fixing plus a murder. All this with marriage, a child and some voodoo thrown in.
However with all of this, I, as the reader didn’t have to solve the mysteries and could relax into the story. It is a great insight into the everyday life, travelling through different countries, the different races and events that are held around the world, including the World Championships and the Olympics.
The story may not appeal to everyone, but I was involved in and enjoyed middle distance running in my youth, so the details about training, race times and other trappings of the athletics world were of interest to me and I felt enhanced the story.
A thoroughly enjoyable read, jam-packed with travel, racing, twists and turns – an excellent story that kept me interested from beginning to end.
The story of a runner who chucks in his day job to fulfill his dream is a story a lot of us think about but never get around to doing. The book gives us non-runners a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes goings-on of a very competitive sport, and given what has happened in the sporting world over recent years, it is a very timely insight.
I, for one, am looking forward to reading the further exploits of John Kelly.
Bruce Melrose writes well, his character is believable, the story line is exciting, and there are some interesting modern twists with drugs and match fixing. Its a perfect summer read.
I'm so pleased I discovered this book. It was like finding a pot of gold.