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Extra Innings [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Spitzer
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the year 2092, Ted Williams, the greatest baseball hitter of all time, is brought back to life through the science of cryonics.

Once again playing for the Red Sox, Williams finds himself trapped in a world he hardly recognizes: the corruption of the game he loves with über-juiced batters and robot pitchers; difficult love affairs clashing with his old desires; and a military conflict of the future in which he must harness the fighter pilot skills he used in his first life.

Dr. Elizabeth Miles is the cryonicist who brings him back to life, initiating a dramatic sequence of medical achievements. She and her young son Johnnie are a constant reminder of what Williams lacked in his first trip around the bases, never devoting much time to love and family. But old habits die hard.

With enemies and allies both on the field and off, Williams must make sense of it all and play on against a machine that he detests, pressure to take the “giddyup” he abhors, unrelenting media mania, and a dystopian world he can’t ignore.

The narrative resonates with the consequences of the major issues we face in our world today—the steroids debate in sports, global warming, corporate greed, technology run rampant, and the moral ambiguity of war.

Extra Innings is alternately poignant and humorous, heartbreaking and joyous. Thought-provoking throughout, it’s a rollicking ride that looks at second chances and redemption, the ability to triumph over adversity, and the search for meaning in this life and the next.

Flawed in his first life, Williams must decide in the second what’s more important, the chance to win his first World Series, or the chance to be a better man?

The Greatest Comeback of all Time is More Than Just a Game.


Editorial Reviews

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He’s baaack! Ninety years after his death Teddy Ballgame retakes center stage, swinging a bat for the Red Sox, flying jets for the Marines and swearing up a blue streak. If you like baseball, science fiction, or a good thriller, Extra Innings is the book for you. It is Shoeless Joe Hardy meets Isaac Asimov. No need to wait to see if the science of cryonics will bring Ted Williams back to life. Bruce Spitzer already has.”
Dick Flavin, Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox, featured with Ted Williams in David Halberstam’s best-selling book The Teammates

Over the years, many people have wondered just how much greater Ted Williams would have been if he were not called away to war, or if he had played in another era. Now, thanks to Bruce Spitzer, we know.”
Jim Lonborg, Cy Young Award-winning Red Sox pitcher and member of the 1967 “Dream Team”

I knew Ted Williams, Ted Williams was a friend of mine—this is Ted Williams.”
Bob Lobel, Boston sportscaster who once interviewed Ted Williams, Larry Bird, and Bobby Orr together in the same studio

“Bruce Spitzer has reverse-engineered the brain of Ted Williams, reanimated a great American, and created a novel with memories intact.”
Ray Kurzweil, inventor/author/futurist

“Ooh-rah! for Extra Innings, and boy what a ride. Ted Williams needed no more heroics to add to his service record flying in WWII and Korea, but Bruce Spitzer gives him a stunning new mission in Extra Innings. The novel and the author deserve a special salute for highlighting the leadership of the real man for a new generation, and brilliantly imagining his return to contribute once more to the proud tradition of the United States Marine Corps. Semper Fidelis, ‘Caveman.’ ”
Col. Andrew J. Ley USMCR (ret.), F-4 and A-4 driver, and former CO of VMA 322

Six Fenway Park Books Worth Reading: Extra Innings: “Sheer ballsiness”
Matthew Reed Baker, Boston Magazine

“Spitzer seamlessly mixes fact with fiction.”
Publishers Weekly

“In bookstores, readers get a glimpse of a world in which another icon, Ted Williams, lives again. Bruce E. Spitzer's Extra Innings imagines the Kid revived, in 2092, using cryonics. So, what's Williams up to? Batting against “Botwinder” robots and piloting jets in a war.”
Sports Illustrated Magazine

About the Author

Bruce E. Spitzer is a public relations executive, magazine editor and columnist. His writing has won awards from the New England Press Association, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Publicity Club of Boston. He is a graduate of Boston University and Rutgers and lives in the Boston area with his wife and young son. Extra Innings is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 737 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Bear Hill Media (April 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TWBF4M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Left saying, "what?" September 5, 2012
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I am glad that I got this book for free because I wasn't able to read through the book at all. The characters seemed underdeveloped and not believable.
This almost reads like a children s story; where there is not enough back story.The reader is just left to think that everything is hunky dory. Many times I was left wondering why nothing was explained. The Ted Williams character seemed to take everything in stride and to me, that just was not believable in any way.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is really a great read! It's a book that asks the question "Given a second chance, what would any of us do differently?" It is a cross-genre novel: part sports, military thriller, and speculative (science) fiction. I cannot believe the imagination of Bruce. Love it and recommend it to everyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars funfiction August 30, 2012
By rofo
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Anyone who is a Red Sox fan or was when Teddy Ballgame was playing will enjoy this. Maybe someday it won't be considered fiction, but now it just made for a fun read. It covered the facts of Ted's days in baseball pretty well early on, and a fan could see it playing out the way it did. Not great literature but a fun diversion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUT OF THE PARK July 31, 2012
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If you like baseball and/or science fiction, this is a must read. Is it plausible or even possible? Is it credible or incredible? That's for you, the reader, to decide. One thing is for sure: It's a walkoff, bottom of the 9th, home run.

Ken Briden, author of A PLACE CALLED TEXAS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thawed out November 28, 2012
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When Ted Williams died, cryonics was something most thought of as science fiction. Well, he's back and better than ever. Sports today is all about money for the most part. The true love of the game is being swallowed up by the greed of the owners, players and the broadcast networks. This book points fingers and gives a look at alternatives that one man has put before him. What road will he take??????????????
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra Innings October 26, 2012
By Don
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I enjoyed the "second coming" aspect of Spitzer's novel. It raises a question for all of us--if given a second chance, would I try to accomplish what I failed to do during my first life, or would I try to live my second chance as a better person. "Extra Innings" blends Sci Fi with sports and military fiction--I liked that mix. On the negative side, i thought the characters were somewhat underdeveloped. All in all, I enjoyed it and gave it four stars because it was imaginative and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read October 12, 2012
By nursey
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I wasn't certain about this book at first, but the more I read, the better it got. What a good imagination the author has, and how vivid he describes the life of baseball, in the 50's, then warfare, and back to baseball. A little lengthy at times, in some decriptions, but still kept me coming back... A good read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Hero September 28, 2012
By Doc
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Excellent futuristic look into baseball and medical science. Ted William is shown to be the gruff baseball player and war hero in his past life. His language is colorful but shouldn't be offensive to todays world. In his new life, Ted has a chance to make some differences in his life. Working in the medical field and being a huge baseball fan, this book was made for me. And the ending really touched my life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this book
I really wanted to like this book. I think the idea is great and Spitzer sets the stage well at the start, As someone who is a baseball, red sox and scifi fan I really enjoyed the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by gerardo perez giusti
5.0 out of 5 stars The author did a good job of maintaining a positive image of him in...
Huge Ted Williams fan. The author did a good job of maintaining a positive image of him in spite of the negative image some may have concerning his current state. Enjoyed it!
Published 5 months ago by kindleman
5.0 out of 5 stars TED WILLIAMS
Enjoyed it very much --except for the profanity. I think it was special because I saw him in person once at Crumps Restaurant on the River in Homosassa, FL.
Published 12 months ago by Audrey P. Premetz
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read for baseball fans
This book is fine if you like baseball and science fiction. I still have not finished though so it has not kept my interest enough to continue reading it.
Published 18 months ago by slast
4.0 out of 5 stars A look into the future
Rating: 4 of 5 stars - very good

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When baseball legend Ted Williams died in 2002, his son John Henry wanted to preserve the DNA that made him one of the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by L. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
Conceptually interesting, well written, and intriguing. One does not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy the story, although having some baseball knowledge would help one to fully... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra Innings, extra stars!
As a lifelong lover of novels in general and SF in particular, I hope Bruce Spitzer writes more books...this is one beautiful story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Puna J
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could give this more than 5 stars!
What a terrific read! I picked it up because my friend has a relationship with the author, but kept reading (and reading and reading) because it's truly a wonderful book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by SJK
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I loved this book for two reasons. First, this is a great baseball story. There aren't too many fiction novels that revolve around baseball, and this one captures the essence (good... Read more
Published 23 months ago by R
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Bruce E. Spitzer is a public relations executive, magazine editor and columnist. His writing has won awards from the New England Press Association, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Publicity Club of Boston. He is a graduate of Boston University and Rutgers and lives in the Boston area with his wife and young son. Extra Innings is his first novel.

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