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“A deftly crafted and impressively original novel by an extraordinarily skillful author, ‘Running Out’ is an absorbing and entertaining read from beginning to end. Replete with dramatic and unexpected twists and turns, ‘Running Out’ will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library fiction collections in general, and the personal reading lists of dedicated cross country runners in particular.”  —Midwest Book Review

“Dave Essinger slowly scatters bits and pieces for the reader to assemble—from the start…to the moment by moment challenge of covering ground in a challenging wilderness.  The book brings the reader to pauses of both ‘Wonder if I could do that’ and ‘I would not have lasted that far.’  In the end I was left wishing for another fifty or sixty pages; for now my imagination will suffice.”  —John Morelock, author of Run Gently Out There.

“For his debut novel, Essinger takes his protagonist, a competitive runner, and pits him against the brutal powers of Mother Nature. The only finish line for Dan in this race is the thin, nearly invisible, strip between life and death. Just following the daunting course he takes on is a twenty-nail-biting experience.”  —Carol Anshaw, author of Lucky in the Corner, Seven Moves, Aquamarine, and Carry the One.

“After a plane crash in a remote Canadian wilderness, the athlete-hero of Dave Essinger’s riveting debut novel faces the race of his life—to save his wife, his daughter, and himself. Dan’s past is fraught with sinuous turns and compelling complexity, but his present path is straight and clear: survival. We follow his every stride, sometimes as breathless as he is, as he runs toward rescue—or disaster.”   —Mark Brazaitis, author of The Incurables: StoriesTruth Poker,  and Julia & Rodrigo.

“Great Read! I could not put it down.”  —Ryan O’Dell, Mohican 100 Race Director

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