Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, 1621 South Walter Reed Drive in Arlington, hosts a book signing by author Jay Jacob Wind on Sunday, December 24, at 1:00 PM, following Mary Joy One-Mile Run / Walk starting at 12:00 noon at the restaurant (registration opens at 11:15 AM). For complete information about Mary Joy One-Mile Run / Walk, please see www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/maryjoy.
The Amazon Kindle e-book is available for $4.99 via www.amazon.com/dp/B0789VMT9D or via the author's web page www.arlingtonsunrise.com.
The soft-cover paperback will be available for $10 at the book signing and via PayPal to email@example.com
One dollar of every sale goes to Old Dominion Eye Foundation.
Set entirely in Arlington and written in the style of the TV show "24," the highly-imaginative suspense story revolves around three Arlington runners planning to run Marine Corps Marathon the next day.
One of marathoners, running his 21st Marine Corps Marathon, is a genius inventor, visually-impaired, and obsessed by his desire to see the Sun with his own eyes. He gets a fusion reactor up-and-running the day before the marathon, in a building that just happens to be one mile from the start / finish of the marathon, with unexpected consequences. The other two marathoners are an Arlington County police officer, earlier disabled in action, and his 14-year-old daughter, a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Both of those characters are heroic, and both plan to run their first 26.2-mile race the next day.
The rest of the cast includes assistants at the reactor -- an exceedingly-bright engineer-programmer, a hard-working heavy-equipment operator, a highly-creative Ethiopian woman, and three brothers who were born in Russia but grew up with their freedom-fighter father in Syria; the inventor's wife and cat; an intrepid reporter from the fictional Washington Today and her editor; Arlington County's police chief, fire chief, and many other officers and firefighters; Thomas Jefferson Middle School's principal; a world-class computer software designer who solved two problems that we all face every day; and an unnamed youth track coach / track meet and marathon director.
Author Jay Jacob Wind said, "The story takes many twists and turns, and you have to follow the clues. Anton Chekhov said, 'If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off.' If you follow everything in the first half of the book, from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the Saturday before Marine Corps Marathon, then you can try to anticipate the fast-moving action in the second half, from 6:00 PM that Saturday to 8:00 AM on the Sunday of Marine Corps Marathon."
"This book is the first-ever fiction book to involve Marine Corps Marathon," said Wind, who has run 40 Marine Corps Marathons and a total of 185 marathons lifetime. "In this story, you witness the redemptive power of running and what it takes to train for and then run Marine Corps Marathon, but wait, there's more. Along the way, you learn about Pedego Electric Bicycles, quantum mechanics, astrophysics, the elusive 'Theory of Everything,' Internet history, a little bit of Russian language, a lot of chess, and how three very different families show their love in three very different ways."
For more information, please contact the author (703-927-4833, firstname.lastname@example.org)