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ENGLISH IS THE LANGUAGE OF FOOTBALL
I have been a fan of science fiction books for over 35 years, but a football fan for over 45 years. This is one great book for people like me. In the future the galaxy along with Earth will be conquered by three different races. They discover American Football and they love it. Scott Sigler has come up with a great three tier league which keeps football going all year around (talk about a utopia). The are a bunch of tier three teams which are farm teams. The two teams that go to the tier 2 championship game go on to the tier one league. The two bottom tier one teams drop to tier 2.
TENTACLES ON MY TESTICLES
Football is the perfect sport for different species to play, when you consider all the different sizes and shapes it takes to play the different positions. It is also a perfect platform for demonstrating racism without long lectures. Sigler shows without telling. One species' dominate gender is female which calls for WOMAN TO WOMAN COVERAGE in the game.
The main character is a 7 foot tall human quarterback. He has been playing tier 3 ball since he was 16. He is your typical arrogant jock. Once again Scott does an excellent job of showing without telling. He captures the true personality of a jock, who has had his way all his life. With the help of Aliens, he becomes a better human, but it takes a long time.
The main character was born and raised in the Purest Nation. The Purest Nation is a racist fundamentalist religious society. They preach that they are pure and everyone else is evil. They, of course are shown to be the evil racist ones and religion takes a hard hit in this. If your a fundamentalist of any religion you will not enjoy this book. I wanted to write a short glowing review in hopes of being picked as one of the five star reviews of the week, but one aspect of the book bothered me and I felt compelled to mention it. The author mentions that the book is okay for ten and up. At one point the main character who has now turned good guy, chooses to get a team mate out of a jam by smuggling drugs and forcing his team mates to do so also. I have seen what drugs do to people and this really bothered me. Early in the book the main character shows disgust at such an act, but when in money trouble turns to it with a flourish. Other reviewers have mentioned the violence and it is very violent. Deaths and maiming are a big part of galactic football. I guess I should also mention that Sigler seems to think of all the beers in the world that Miller High Life will be the beer of choice in the galactic future. Just joking Miller fans, I hear it taste good with food.
JUST GIVE ME THE BALL COACH
Sigler does a great job narrating. He does all the voices well. While not doing the actual voices he does capture the speaking styles of How Ward Co Sell and Don Meredith. The production quality is top notch and help bring the story to life. Crowd noises and sound effects for sport shows etc. I really enjoyed this book and will be getting the sequels.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
If you love football and enjoy futurist fiction then this book is for you. The author really knows football and explains it well. He makes it easy to read and understand even if you are not a football fan. This book is action packed taking you through a roller coaster ride. I suggest this book to anyone!!!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Loved this book and I have never watched American football before but it did not mater. Worth listening to
story of a secular man thrown into his worst nightmare to get what he wants. amazing.