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When life turns up the heat, you have two choices. You can bend and break, or you can step boldly into the furnace and let your soul catch fire.

Into The Furnace explores the inner workings of bravery, hope, and passion. These themes are framed against the backdrop of the Badwater Ultramarathon - a 135-mile race across the hottest place on the planet, Death Valley. Cory Reese has walked into the furnace. He has faced adversity, both in running and in life. His book captures the essence of what it means to suffer, what it means to persevere, and ultimately, what it means to create a life of clarity and purpose.

©2018 Cory Reese (P)2018 Cory Reese

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Great writing, atrocious narration

This is a great book!! It is a must read for ultra runners and runners alike. But.. the narration is so bad I had to stop listening and buy the book itself. It’s like Cory just had a buddy do the narration and it was. The. First. Time. He. Read. The. Book..seriously, the narration ruins this book.

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Love his humor and writing style

I am fairly new to the world of ultra running, but have fallen in love with the stories from the sport. Cory Reese wrote another excellent book that I would recommend highly if you think ultramarathons and the people who run them are amazing. Cory is a great narrator as well, he had me cracking up on my runs with his sense of humor and approachable writing style. If you enjoy sport biographies, running, extreme sports, or just want a damn good book, give this and Cory’s other book a try.

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Cory Reese Nailed It! 👍💪😎😁❤️

I just finished a great book, "Into the Furnace" by Cory Reese. Wow! I learned so much about the #badwater135 The way Cory weaved the history of Death Valley into the story is wonderful. The trials that accompanied those who braved it and the race are legend. A really awesome read. I know some of the people mentioned in the book. I even worked and ran with one of them! Bradford Lombardi. This book really attempts to convey the difficulty in even venturing there, let alone running it. Even so, you have to know there is no way, just no way to begin to understand the difficulty unless you go there. So many real, and great people and their stories are discussed. Check it if you want some inspiration. #4realz http://www.fastcory.com 💪😎❤️😁

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Everything I expected and more.

The author's story was fun to listen to, I listened while training for an upcoming ultra. Cory gives me the drive to want to visit Death Valley tomorrow, and start my Badwater envelope asap. It is definitely worth reading whether you are into fitness, endurance sports or not. He paints a picture I have to go see for myself.

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Amazing story

Truly appreciate Corey and his ability to tell his story. Also love the history of bad water. Truly inspiring. Great job Corey

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Into the Furnace

Loved the book. Cory your awesome. This is the third book I’ve read and I’ve enjoyed them all! Very inspiring!

Thanks

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Worth the listen

I loved the honesty of this book as well as how much it inspired me. Even if you aren’t a runner this book is well worth your time:)

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Beautiful!!!

Cory describes Death Valley with vivid detail and honesty. He brings the sights, sounds, and feelings to life.

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Cory did it again

Cory Reese does a great job of weaving the history of Death Valley, the evolution of Badwater 135, the ethos of ultrarunning and his own personal experiences together in this brief, yet compelling, story of his relationship with the race. Admittedly cringeworthy at times, his humor is relatable at least by someone who has experienced the darkness of these sorts of endeavors. His read is a bit slow, but it’s nothing that turned me away. This is a great book that I would recommend to anyone. It pairs particularly well with a long slow run or some miles behind the wheel. Be sure to check out his other books as well. Cory is rad.

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Well written and entertaining

I really enjoyed the layout of this book especially with the story of Manly twisted throughout.

The comedy kept me entertained and often laughing out loud which is hard case considering the topic which has a very serious side to it, even if they say they do it for fun!

I look forward to other books from Cory.

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Great insight into a tough race

Corey describes his own race, the history of the event and of the land in great detail. He keeps it light hearted with a plethora of dad jokes but doesn't shy away from the grit and determination required to finish a race like this. Great book.