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Celebrity X (more famous than Oprah) departs Rome on a private jet bound for the Lake City Marathon. Race director Peter McDonald arrives at the Expo for an interview with TV reporter Christine Ferrara, new in town. Peter and Christine find love almost immediately, but when will she learn the dark secret that clouds his life? Thus begins the fascinating 72-hour countdown tCelebrity X (more famous than Oprah) departs Rome on a private jet bound for the Lake City Marathon. Race director Peter McDonald arrives at the Expo for an interview with TV reporter Christine Ferrara, new in town. Peter and Christine find love almost immediately, but when will she learn the dark secret that clouds his life? Thus begins the fascinating 72-hour countdown to the Lake City Marathon, a race beset by problems: Will Peter lose his sponsor and job? Will hot weather threaten the health of runners? Can he keep the identity of Celebrity X secret? And for Christine: Why is Naní the supermodel clinging to Peter’s side? The race up front pits fast Kenyans against twin brothers from Minnesota. Among the women, the sudden loss of the world record holder opens the door for a flirtry Irishwoman and an unheralded podiatrist, who has not raced since injuries cancelled her college career. Back in the pack, Naní raises money for charity, a New York Times reporter chases Celebrity X, and once-married color commentators bicker their way through the telecast. Marathon, amazingly, is Hal Higdon’s first novel, told in the grand tradition of fact/fiction books by James Michener (Hawaii, The Source) and Arthur Hailey (Hotel, Airport). If you are a runner, veteran or newcomer, or someone who has a friend who runs, Marathon will provide details about the sport that you never knew....

Title : marathon a novel
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ISBN : 8173447
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 458 Pages
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marathon a novel Reviews

  • Lisa
    2019-07-13 06:27

    This book was a little hit or miss. I really enjoyed the variety of characters and especially the last section which described the fictional Lake City Marathon as it took place. At other times it bogged down with repetitious details (i.e., length of a marathon? Twenty-six miles and 385 yards--which I know because it was repeated about twenty times throughout the race section alone. I have run a marathon in the past, but I prefer to stick to the more common 26.2 miles description). Some of the plot lines were a bit forced or overplayed as well. My two biggest gripes had to do with the fictional setting. The marathon is set in "Lake City," a large city on the southern end of a Great Lake. However, seeing as the marathon course itself crosses the Des Plaines River and there are numerous references to Chicago (some of them quite clever), it's obvious that the setting is Chicagoland with a sprinkling of northwest Indiana in the mix. I'd prefer that authors in general set their stories in a real city rather than work so hard to cover up an actual well-known location while still citing geographic details, but that may be my pet peeve. (Also, if I hadn't grown up in Chicagoland and gone to college in NW Indiana, it might have flown under my radar.) My other gripe had to do with a plot event near the end that turned the book from fiction into fantasy. Suffice it to say that if said event had occurred, the ending would have to be necessarily different to be vaguely believable.Other than that, the book flew by and I was particularly interested to see how a few of the plot lines developed outside of, of course, finding out who wins the marathon.Readers who don't mind skimming when things slow down and suspending their disbelief for a bit will find this a mildly entertaining read.

  • Laura
    2019-06-25 05:30

    I wanted to like this book, but was unable to. Hal Higdon can get me through any number of race distances, but the writing of this book left me wanting to tear my eyes out. The strangeness of multiple omniscience within a matter of sentences was jarring. There were too many plotlines, and none of the characters were fleshed out enough that I cared about them.My biggest issue was the last line of the book, indicating that everyone lives happily ever after. I'm sorry, but if I'm going to be reading a fairy tale, you need to start the book with Once Upon a Time, otherwise I'll think I'm just reading regular fiction.Why did I finish the book? I wanted to know what happened. Needless to say, I found the ending disappointing as well. I'm the kind of person who is constantly surprised by endings, and I saw all of it coming 26 miles down the road.Like others have said, the story does get better during the actual race, but only marginally. I deserve a finishers medal for making it all the way through this book.

  • Cathy
    2019-07-10 01:19

    Overall, a good read. It got a bit bogged down in the details, which made for slow going. But the last third of the book? Couldn't put it down.

  • Jennifer
    2019-07-13 00:15

    Over the years as I've taken part in marathons and half-marathons, I've often expressed that a huge part of the appeal for me is being part of a giant circus rolled out for a weekend and then torn down again. Through a fictional race in a composite city, Higdon takes the reader through the logistics of these circuses and reveals pieces of information that the average participant may have always wondered about or may not have even considered.I had such a great time inside this novel! Although it is not difficult to find non-fiction about the lives of marathoners and ultra-marathoners, finding a rich and detailed novel about this subculture is unusual. The fact that it was so well written was a plus. I was riveted every moment, and just when I thought the action had climaxed with the men's elite finish, I was rewarded with so much more excitement! I would say that this book will take it's place in my top five, but I can't unseat one of those, so I'm going to have to have a top six favorites, Marathon among them

  • Gary Mundhenke
    2019-06-22 05:29

    Very good book - especially for runners. Gave a very good behind the scenes look at what is involved in planning and executing a marathon. This is a work of fiction so the marathon is fictional one and also has a nice story line with many of the characters in the book.I bought this book at a the expo/packet pick-up and the author Hal Higdon was there at a table selling this book. So I have an personalized autgraphed copy by the author.

  • Tanya
    2019-07-14 01:41

    Reminded me of a medical thriller where you think the specialized topic will have limited appeal but then the author takes the story to the edge to create some good tension. This was better than I expected. :)

  • Jenna
    2019-06-28 04:26

    I really enjoyed this book. The book covers the 72 hours leading up to the race and then the race. Many characters including the race director, members of the press, famous runners, elite runners and average runners. The most exciting part of the book was the actual marathon.

  • Shawn
    2019-06-25 01:41

    This book seriously needed an editor. It got more interesting during the race section, even though I saw the ending coming 26.2 miles away :-P You'll definitely have to suspend logic and reason during the race section.

  • Stephanie
    2019-07-01 06:38

    Couldn't put it down! Such a great story about the preperation of the marathon and a large cast of characters to keep the book interesting.

  • Karon
    2019-06-25 02:36

    I was enjoying this book until I found out who celeb x was. Immediately lost all interest.

  • Agatha Donkar
    2019-06-22 07:42

    First 350 pages: rotten. Actual marathon narration: fantastic. Also, featured the Pope.

  • Whitney
    2019-07-05 03:17

    Hal should stick with non-fiction.

  • Michel
    2019-07-06 05:15

    The story was entertaining but the plot was far fetched. The ending was fine but the epilogue was appalling.

  • Carrie
    2019-07-06 01:28

    Whoa. Hal Higdon should stick to nonfiction.