Greed. Desperation. Humanity.
PETE FELL IN LOVE WITH HORSES, then devoted his career to training racehorses at Missionville, a low level racetrack in rural Pennsylvania where horses and humans depend on each other – just to survive. He quickly learns that winning at the races isn’t easy under ordinary circumstances, and that some successes at Missionville aren’t the result of luck or talent – but flagrant cheating.
Thanks to a potential love interest, plus death, deception, and more Pete opens his eyes to what’s really going on around him tosdiscover he doesn’t want to playsthe game anymore. A push insthe right direction sends Peteson a journey that leads himsfrom Harrisburg to Quebec in an effort to help restore a bit ofshumanity to the racing world.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Missionville is a very well written book by a horseman that clearly knows what he's talking about. So many people completely ignore the backsides of horse racing, and what truly goes on behind the scenes because they don't want to believe its true or face the reality of these horse's fates. Alex includes experiences in the novel that can only come from real-life exposure, confirming that what goes on is an evil reality. I believe that Missionville should be a required novel for anyone who believes in and supports the racing industry. What I liked most about the book was that Alex didn't just include facts and list statistics, he turned it into a story that involves everyone who plays a role in the racing industry, the good and the bad, the minor and the major. As Alex says, "This is a work of fiction. The truth would be unbelievable."
Written by a horseman that knows the business well. Racing's dirty little secret of Thoroughbreds being by-products of the industry and shipped to slaughter due to collateral damage. By raising awareness that these horses are very well suited for careers after racing, not just death by slaughter or by being run into the ground, horsemen and women from all over the country are working together to re-home these athletes. If you have any appreciation for Thoroughbreds, this book is worth the read as most people know, the truth is often stranger than fiction.