Spirit Runner, Published by Windsor Graphics is a fascinating story in e-book by Richard Ferguson
Ron Campbell is a 7-year old who wants to be a runner like his father who had been an Olympian. He is doing well until a devastating auto accident kills his immediate family and leaves him with mangled legs that physicians say may not even allow him to walk again. A kind, child oriented nurse sympathetically helps him through his somewhat extended hospital stay. Upon release, his grandfather, a wealthy rancher and former sheriff, assumes responsibility and bring him home to live with his daughter and her husband. They resent the child and are physically abusive because he provides an interference with their secret schemes to obtain the father’s money and land. Fortunately, a man who had stopped by for a time to earn money to continue his journey to California is a graduate rehabilitation therapist from his native Australia. He sees the boy and suggests to the grandfather that he can help him to walk but it would be best if he could monitor him on a 24-hour basis. Ron moves in with him and his therapy sessions begin and are aided by two friends, a young girl and slightly older boy from neighboring ranches. Ron gradually improves with his sessions but is plagued with mean tricks instigated by his aunt and uncle. From this point the story accelerates even more as through the years Ron’s legs strengthen and the aunt and uncle become more desperate and escalate their attacks even into attempts to cause his death and that of others because the grandfather considers changing his will in favor of Ron. The climax(s) actually are two. One describes the ultimate family situation finalization and the second concentrates on what happens with respect to Ron’s initial desire to emulate his father.
Discussion: The author has produced a fast-paced, well written tale about a likeable young protagonist with unsurpassed strength and fortitude, enjoyably believable friends and a credible plot. Granted, the story’s ending becomes pretty much predictable, but for any reader who appreciates a truly well written ‘feel good story’ this is a thoroughly enjoyable read that one does not want to miss.
5* Thoroughly enjoyable ‘feel-good’ tale not to be missed.