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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (92 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katie Kitamura Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Four years after Rivera knocked Cal from dominance in the sport of mixed martial arts, Cal's coach has set up a rematch. Knowing he's going to face Rivera again, Cal gets his focus and energy back. But Rivera has never lost a fight, and in the final days before the match, both Cal and his coach secretly begin to have doubts.

In taut, rhythmic language, Katie Kitamura renders the urgency, discipline, and mutual affection of athlete and coach with depth and subtlety. As the excruciating tension builds around the big fight, the listener will be captivated through the final electrifying scene. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Rector | 1/15/2014

    " A great noir novel set in a less regulated world of MMA fighting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 12/20/2013

    " Really good...sigh, sad to leave it behind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 11/28/2013

    " Slow moving Hemingway wannabe. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 kelly | 11/14/2013

    " I love MMA, but didn't like this book. It was far too slow for me, and the ending was way too predictable. Wouldn't read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 10/9/2012

    " Great book, even the second time through when I knew how it all turned out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Margulies | 10/5/2012

    " What a marvelous debut -- kudos to Katie Kitamura! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eb | 2/11/2012

    " Tight, terse, gripping. The final fight scene is a heartstopper. If I have one complaint, it's about the Britishisms. Kitamura's writing about all-American dudes, here, people who'd never say, "I've not seen him" instead of "I haven't seen him." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 9/22/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. Which surprised the hell out of me: I am not interested in mixed martial arts, and don't have the stomach for fights in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 9/21/2011

    " On the surface, this is a sports novel, but the prose is so powerful and elegant that Kitamura makes Cal and Riley's tale universal. A really beautiful story about choice, sacrifice, success, and bravery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Alexander | 9/7/2011

    " Short, punch-packed prose. For fans of UFC or to root for an author who will immerse you in a great fight story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/14/2011

    " Katie Kitamura, though from NYC, knows the West and somehow gives a unusual view of the mixed martial arts competitive world. The trainer and former fighter steals the show, but his protege always looks like a long shot that might make it. Good suspense and the final section is in Tia Juana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 4/11/2011

    " A tight little novel providing a very intimate view into the actions, thoughts, and feelings of a MMA fighter on a "comeback" and his trainer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 3/23/2011

    " Short, punch-packed prose. For fans of UFC or to root for an author who will immerse you in a great fight story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 5/6/2010

    " Really good...sigh, sad to leave it behind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 4/21/2010

    " Dandy first book by this writer. Unexpectedly good story about the fight
    game and the men who lose themselves to the sport. Lots of action, lots
    of thought. Completely took me by surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 1/9/2010

    " What a marvelous debut -- kudos to Katie Kitamura! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/20/2009

    " A great noir novel set in a less regulated world of MMA fighting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eb | 3/31/2009

    " Tight, terse, gripping. The final fight scene is a heartstopper. If I have one complaint, it's about the Britishisms. Kitamura's writing about all-American dudes, here, people who'd never say, "I've not seen him" instead of "I haven't seen him." "

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