Monday, November 1, 2010

Runners Blood - Book Review

Coach Dean knowing my enjoyment for reading, especially running novels, loaned me the book Runners Blood by James Fischer.  He said just look past all the technical blood stuff and it is a great story.  Dean isn't a big novel fan so the fact he liked it means a lot.

Running books come in different flavors. There's the training books, the fiction book of some unrealistic story and then history books of running. Luckily there are more and more running books and I have many to choose from.  I have a handful in my bookshelf now waiting to be read.  Runners Blood has a really interesting concept and running is woven into the storyline. 

Runners Blood captured my attention right away.  A race winner, a mystery and a murder set the scene at the very beginning of the book.  Sean, is an elite, olympic runner who gathers pieces of information to solve the mystery of how an old man was able to beat him. A scientist finds a way to change the ability for blood to carry oxygen giving a runner (or really any endurance athlete) an unfair advantage.  Basically the athlete can cheat but without the help of steroids detectable by tests.  The mystery of the book takes you on a journey to learn about blood, DN, proteins, hemoglobins and more technical terms that had my eyes rolling to the back of my head.  That's what Dean meant by look past all the technical blood stuff.  I followed enough to get the gist of the benefits of the special blood.

The book did make me see a whole new side of science that I had no idea existed.  It opened up my world of realizing there's so much to science and its quite tediious work.  I'm thankful there are people out there with the knowledge, patience and ability to know and understand science so they can create treatments, prevent diseases and illnesses. 

One thing I kept expecting about the book is something evil and sinister to happen.  You know, where the bad guys chase the good guys.  While reading about the gal in the lab late at time, I expected the bad guys to chase her, have this fantastic scene with test tubes flying about leaving shattered glass everywhere and she would escape.  There were many scenes where it was a perfect setting but nothing happened.

The end has a nice little twist to it, but I won't give it away.  You'll have to read the book yourself.

Happy Running!


Staci Dombroski said...

That sounds like a great book! I am going to put it on my library list right now!!

Ewa said...

I am definitely going to read this one.

Black Knight said...

That looks like an interesting book. Who knows if I can get it in some italian library.