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Almost Home: The New Paltz Novel [Kindle Edition]

Frank Marcopolos
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A deceivingly deep exploration of the breadth and significance of fraternal competition.

When former baseball phenom Enzo Prinziatta gets recruited by a powerful, shady-business fraternity, he thinks he's found the solution to all of his campus-life problems. But when he discovers the truth behind the frat's prosperity, can he disentangle himself from it before it's too late to resurrect his career?

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Under the Brooklyn el, we said we’d keep in touch, my high school buddies and I, but we knew—deep down in the dark recesses of a 1990 summer night—that that just was not true. We were splitting up and going off to college, to full-time work, to technical schools, to rehab facilities, to jail, to the morgue. Everything after that night, rain-soaked Kings Highway dark and damp and dirty and dismal, would be completely different.

And it was.

I remember stepping onto the sun-bright campus of New Paltz College and thinking, “Jesus Christ. How am I ever going to manage to get through this?”

I knew I could play baseball, and I knew I could drink a lot of beer, and I wasn’t sure if that was really going to be enough to propel me through the four-year experience of higher education, where Shakespeare, and Socrates, and Nietzsche, and Hegel, and Freud, and all those ghosts down from dusty and lofty history reappeared, and you had to do ALL the reading, not just skate by on CliffsNotes and boyish charm like I’d always done before.

Soon, though—after the first-semester haze of getting through class registrations and campus bookstore rip-offs and dining facility “meals”—the preferred method of getting through college was made abundantly clear to me. I was urged, in the most urgent back-alley-at-midnight way—to rush a certain fraternity, if I knew what was good for me. Being from Brooklyn, I instantly got the message.

It’s a world I chose NOT to explore back then (and I still have the scars to remember that decision by), but one I have explored in my novel, ALMOST HOME. I have many regrets about opting NOT to get involved with that shady fraternity, because, well… Let’s just say I’m pretty confident I could have been more upwardly mobile than I have been to this point in my life, had I not passed on that opportunity. "Gonnegtions," as Fitzgerald might write.

Maybe that’s why I was so driven to create this weird and wild world in fictional form for ALMOST HOME. Maybe I was just trying to fully explore that world and wring as much drama out of it as I possibly could.

Perhaps that’s just the revisionist act of a coward. Perhaps it’s the gauntlet-lifting act of a hero. I don’t know. All I know is that my blood, flesh, and sweat are on the novel’s e-inked pages, and even I was surprised where the plot-twists took me.

I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have.

- Frank

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Product Details

  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Whirligig Media (December 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D4YPHW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my thing, but... January 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Here's the thing. I don't like baseball--not a bit. And I had no desire to read a book about college students and their escapades. But, I bought Almost Home after joking around with Frank Marcopolos on Twitter.

Okay, so now the book is in my Kindle and I feel obligated to at least give it a try. Protagonist is over testosteroned, but I keep turning the pages. Finished the book. It's well written and if it's your sort of thing, you'll like it--a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something Even for Mid-Lifers January 4, 2012
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I didn't expect to like this book because I felt out of the `demographic', being in my mid-40's and grown away from the college scene for two decades. But aside from passing over the requisite expletives, I found myself interested and curious about these characters anyway, wanting to turn the page, needing to know how it all ends. Somehow, even though these are "jocks" and "frat boys" and such, there is enough individuality and space for unpredictability, a story worth listening to. I have to admit, I was engrossed and almost missed stops on the subway, growing annoyed at myself that I had become so drawn into such a plebeian world! Go take a ride, read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Home Video Review December 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Length: 0:35 Mins
Hi Jeff Davis here,
and I just read a
cool book about
baseball...

Almost Home [Kindle Edition]
Frank Marcopolos (Author)

Its written from two
different points of view,
about two different players
on the same college
baseball team...

Its tough and gritty,
and very entertaining...

Both want to succeed,
but at what price...

This is a great novel,
with plenty of spice,
and action...

I recommend it to anyone
who enjoys fiction about
baseball...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Home December 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Almost Home" by Frank Marcopolos is far from the average college based novel we are used to. Frank takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of two very different characters. One character (Barry Budski)being from a wealthy family spends his time finagling others to follow his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, while the other (Enzo Prinziatto) spends most of his time chasing after the girl of his dreams. Both characters are involved in the college baseball team, but clearly one is more dedicated than the other.

After getting into this novel I found it very hard to put down. I just needed to know what was going to occur between the two characters who where clearly raised very differently (one with morals, and one with less) The two characters blended together perfectly to make the reader route for the underdog so to speak. The way the author brought life into all the characters in his novel, made me feel as if I was there on campus with them.

Great reading, thank you Frank Marcopolos for a refreshing look into the life of frat parties, baseball and the drive it takes to achieve the dream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced story with authentic action December 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As an Englishwoman of middle years with absolutely no knowledge of baseball or of American college life, what was I doing reading this book, I asked myself? Well, it looked intriguing and I had downloaded it so what did I have to lose? Amazingly, I was hooked on the story from the beginning. The characters, the plot, the language, all had an authentic feel and I found myself unable to put this down until I had followed these characters to the end. The author skilfully switches viewpoint between the two main characters, which keeps the pace and the suspense going. Well worth the read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Home November 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Almost Home" by Frank Marcopolos is a fun and fast-paced novel about the seedy side of student life on a college campus in upstate New York--a netherworld, like any college town, where young adults create lives for themselves, yet are too young to realize the consequences of their actions.
The story is told in alternating voices between two players on the school's baseball team: Enzo, a one-time star pitcher who has taken to drinking heavily and seems destined to become one of the sad aging locals who "could have been a contender," and Budski, a power hitter and budding gangster who runs the local bad-boy fraternity. Budski's main interest is making money, and he has all sorts of businesses on the side, most of them illegal.
The two are in conflict from page one, when Enzo stumbles upon the death of a young stripper at a party in Budski's fraternity house. Budski cleverly chooses to keep enemies his close and so makes Enzo an honorary fraternity brother. In the evil spirit, he later elects Enzo to be the the spokesman (and guinea pig) for a steroid-spiked sports drink that could make them rich.
Stirring the pot are Jenny, a wild girl, and Shannon, a more or less "good" girl who keeps Enzo (barely) on the right path.
When Enzo finally wakes up the fact that Budski is not only taking advantage of him--but could ruin his life--the conflict between them erupts.
I read "Almost Home" in one sitting. (All right, I ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner but after fixing them, I read while I ate. Usually I resist this temptation if the book's on my Kindle.)But "Almost Home" keeps you in its thrall. The language rings true--and reads seamlessly within each character's alternating chapters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Amazing
Almost Home is an interesting battle of wits and schemes between an extremely entrepreneurial fraternity president and a baseball star for leverage on a small college campus. Read more
Published 4 months ago by remark47
5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball and College Life
This book was great! It was a good combination of the dynamics of playing collegiate sports and the drama that makes up college life off the field. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Read4Life
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
I thought I'd give this book a go because of the good reviews it had here on Amazon - I always like to think there are some good books out there that aren't as well known, rather... Read more
Published 8 months ago by ThatGuy2000
3.0 out of 5 stars The writing is good, the characters are not for me, though.
This novel has an interesting concept centering around Enzo Prinziatta and Barry Budiski, two college students that cross paths when Enzo falls for Barry's girlfriend at a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A Book Vacation
5.0 out of 5 stars A home run
Although I'm not a fan of sports, this story goes so much deeper - portraying the college scene and all the attendant drama. Read more
Published 15 months ago by mountainmama
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put this one down!!!
Once I started reading this book, I just couldn't stop. "Almost Home" by Frank Marcopolos is a wonderful story set in the college town of New Paltz, New York. Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Jennifer Bywater
4.0 out of 5 stars "Almost Home" Review
"Almost Home" is an intriguing novel with many twists and turns in the plot. Marcopolos sets his story in a small college town in upstate New York, a place where myself and a group... Read more
Published on January 21, 2012 by Caterina Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars Different point of view!
If I start reading a book or seeing a movie, I like to finish but I gave up on this book about half way. Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Karen West
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, stylish, and fun!
I haven't read a book that is this enthralling in a long time! The story is smart, stylish, and fun! Read more
Published on December 7, 2011 by Trent Goodbaudy
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More About the Author

Frank Marcopolos began writing as a kid in the evenings after summer days of competing--always unsuccessfully--against the older neighborhood kids (the evil "teenagers") in the P.S. 207 schoolyard. After long, hot days of sporting failures, he discovered that by writing stories, his fictional heroes (almost always coincidentally named "Frank") could always end up saving the day from the taller, menacing forces arrayed against them. He usually composed these stories by flashlight as he wrote in a black-and-white Mead notebook while seated on a shelf in his bedroom closet.

For some reason, this love of creating alternative--glory-promising--realities never died within him, and continues to this day. (Thankfully, his boyhood habit of naming all of his main characters "Frank" HAS died, however.)

Frank lived in Brooklyn, NY, until recently, not far from that very schoolyard, where he spent a large percentage of his youth failing at various sports. He notes with sadness that the current trend in public education is to chain up all schoolyards during the summer, presumably so that the painted-on-cement bases can't be stolen.

Frank rocks a cable-free lifestyle, and ALWAYS knows where his towel is.


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