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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Book review: Race Across the Sky

I do a lot of reading during my summers, so I was happy to oblige when TLC book tours emailed and asked me to review Race Across the Sky, which just hit the stands.  Even better? I get to give away three copies of the book.  We all win! Well...at least four of us.


Race Across the Sky is the story of two estranged brothers who are reconnected through their quest to save a baby's life.  Caleb has virtually cut off contact with his family, spending the past decade within the cult-like confines of the Happy Trails Running Club as he trains for and races with increasing success in ultras such as the Hardrock 100.  His rigid adherence to the club's structure is challenged when he falls in love with a new member, and his desire to find a cure for her infant daughter's fatal disease spurs him to ask his younger brother for help.  A rising star at a biotech company, Shane uncovers a possible solution and then learns the answer is much more complicated and risky than he had imagined.

Weaving story lines about ultrarunning, biotechnology, family, medical ethics, and the strange world of the running club, Race Across the Sky is full of interesting characters and situations.  The book kept me involved and guessing until the end.  Coincidentally, I finished Scott Jurek's Eat and Run just before Race Across the Sky arrived. Already immersed in the world of ultrarunning, it was very cool to move from nonfiction to fiction and read about some of the same races.  If you're interested in running or biotech or just like a good suspenseful thriller, you'll enjoy Race Across the Sky.  

For more information, check out the book's website raceacrosstheskynovel.com.

To enter the giveaway, just comment below and let me know you'd like to win.  I'll randomly pick three winners on Friday, August 2. Good luck!

15 comments:

  1. Sounds good. Maybe I'll actually have time to read something once these kids go back to school.

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  2. this book sounds compelling and wonderful. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I am in need of a new book to read. I'm heading to the library today to pick up the guy who cycled the world if it is still available. Yay for good books!

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  5. Sounds like a cool read - you might enjoy Jamie Freveletti's novels, sound similar. I'm in for the win

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  6. Your review captivated my interest. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. I'd love to win! Can librarians have first dibs? :^)

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  8. Sounds interesting. Put my name in the hat:)

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  9. I'd love to win. Add me in.

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  10. Commenting is easy, but you are excused from paying the silly postage costs to the UK if emerge from the random hat and the publishers don't pay. I read the Scott Jurek book as well, and felt so unworthy! He is such a calm good person, I wish I could be like that.

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  11. Would love to have a copy of this. Nothing like the last second to try and enter.

    Trevor

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  12. I bought this on Friday at random at my local store, and finished it today (Saturday). I want to talk about it. Amazing story. Someone start a discussion group! Highly recommended to everyone, man, woman, runner, parent, reader!

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  13. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being on the tour.

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