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I'm mystified by the 4 and 5 star reviews. I've been a baseball fan my entire life and was excited to pick this book as my First Reads choice for December. I got 30% through it and finally threw in the towel. Totally boring. Nothing was happening. Ryder is haunted by his past. Ryder is wowing the players and fans with his skills. The league is looking into ways of slowing him down. There were rich descriptions of baseball games, stadiums, etc. This all sounds like it could make for an interesting book. But it wasn't an interesting book. I tried to get into it, I really did. It was mainly boring descriptions of fictional baseball games and long winded conversations between people. And the conversations? The dialogue read like a movie script, not actual real-life conversations. The characters were not interesting to me, and that includes the protagonist Frank Ryder. This book just wasn't what I had hoped for or expected.
TOO many "White" corrections made. Little reasons made for "Black". I am a former West Point athlete and troop leader, and a NOW teacher leader...as an athlete, I GOT this story, for the first 40%...once the author tossed in race and colors, it wasn't a valid read. It became a read for merely the peeps who would benefit from the superficial story of rags to riches...Exactly the peeps who fight against those trying to help.
Couldn't get into this book . Too much narration that made no sense. The story jumped all around with undefined characters. There are not many books I don't finish, but I couldn't slog my way through this one.
Didn't read the book. Searched and found it full of profanity. I will NOT read a book or author who uses my Lord's name on profanity There are PLENTY of authors that write without profanity. It is completely unnecessary....