Wednesday, March 14, 2012


David Freeze is the president of the Salisbury Rowan Runners of Salisbury, NC. He is a columnist for Salisbury Post where he authors the blog, Gotta' Run.

David's Review:
Murder on the Outer Banks
From a veteran runner’s perspective, I read the first chapter of Joe Ellis’ mystery novel, and I was hooked. My thoughts have often wondered back to the glory days of my best and fastest races. When looking at the race times of winners today, it is easy to imagine myself racing with them again. What if I could win just one more race? Medical Researcher Dr. Hopkins must have felt the same way as he worked to reclaim his youthful ability. Imagine a 65 year old runner who easily beats the best locals! Would we want to do it again?
Murder on the Outer Banks raises the question—If you had the ability to reclaim your youth, would you? It is not the simple question that it seems. The book explores what might really happen should a fountain of youth be available, spinning a tale that is filled with unexpected twists and turns throughout.
Riches, looks and healing are among the rewards considered as the characters consider what is right and what is wrong. There is a feel good love story that intensifies throughout, and lots of descriptive characters who juggle their own perception of ‘What if?’ Criminals, the FBI, and even the White House want the secret formula, and will stop at nothing to get it. The pace accelerates from the beautiful North Carolina Outer Banks to Washington, DC, secluded West Virginia, and back to a coastal hurricane.
While most of the book is fiction, there is enough truth to make me wonder if someday our youth might be as close as a scientist’s fantastic discovery. Would we really want it back?

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