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Finally Free tells an amazing story. It's not all pretty, but it's real. This book will let you know why I'm so proud of Michael Vick and honored to call him a friend. --Tony Dungy

About the Author

MICHAEL VICK is the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. The 2010 season was the most prolific of his career, earning him a start in the Pro Bowl and cementing his comeback in football. Prior to joining the Eagles, Michael played for the Atlanta Falcons (from 2001-2006), the team that originally chose him first overall in the 2001 NFL draft.
 
BRETT HONEYCUTT is the managing editor of Sports Spectrum magazine, a national faith-based sports publication that has been around for more than 27 years. Prior to taking his current position, he worked for The Charlotte Observer for 16 years (six years as a freelance writer and 10 years on staff). Brett is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and is from Charlotte, North Carolina.
 
STEPHEN COPELAND is the editor of Sports Spectrum's digital magazine and a columnist at Sports Spectrum magazine, a national-faith based sports publication. He recently coauthored The Jersey Effect with former Indianapolis Colts punter Hunter Smith. Stephen graduated from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and is from Plainfield, Indiana.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing; 1st Printing edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617950696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617950698
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By LW on March 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"As the little red dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its hind legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn't kill it. So Phillips and Vick slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead."

That is the work of a sociopath, not a human. This book was so poorly written I couldn't get through it. Tried to give him the benefit of the doubt to see if he had anything new to add but no, he spends his time trying to divert your attention. He doesn't regret what he did, he regrets getting caught. He didn't go to jail for animal abuse, he went for running a fighting operation. If you want the real story of the dogs and a glimpse of the monster that inhabits the body of Vick then read Jim Gorant's "Lost Dogs".

And why is he even writing this? He isn't old enough to do an autobiography, what is he "finally free" of? Probation? Fines paid? Did BADRAP or Best Friends ever get fully paid for taking and rehabbing his former dogs? And "what portion" goes to what rescue groups? He hired a PR team to help rehab his image but the only way they could do that was manipulate him like a puppet. He's on some sort of 10 year plan to "make things right" which included tripe like this. The only problem is you can't rehab someone with no soul. He sold his long ago and is trying to get us to believe he got it back. Doesn't work that way. Let's hope when Karma finds him she's a total bitch.
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Dross.
What kind of soulless hacks would 'collaborate' on this book with this sociopathic dog torturer?
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I've read a lot of autobiographies lately and this one is by far the worst. At no point does he go into any real details, skips over facts and just gives generalizations of what he was doing. There is no mention of drug use thru the first few chapters, but then he is mad he cant get into the drug program in prison? How about explaining WHY you should be in the program and what you were doing. Come clean with what you did. The chapter on dog fighting spends more time saying what he did was wrong and says nothing about what he did. Just writing "i made mistakes" doesnt explain anything. My 4 year old explains things better.

Bottomline is dont bother with this book. It is boring, has no emotion and feels like a publicity stunt more than anything. If you want to read a GREAT book about downfall and redemption checkout Duff McKagan's book.
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Awful. The story of a sadistic, dog killing thug who should still be behind bars. I think every penny of the sale of this book should go toward animal rescue.
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Give me a break, Vick brutally tortures and murders dogs via drowning, electrocution, beating, gets caught, denies everything until the other ringleaders fess up. Then having no other options he admits that he did actually do these things, serves 1.5 years, makes millions again, and we are supposed to feel like he is the victim? Finally Free? I just wish that there would Finally be some real justice for what this piece of trash did. Sorry that you got caught is not good enough. Don't waste your money on this garbage and don't help Vick by buying this. Buy the Lost Dogs and you'll see what he is really about.
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Although Michael Vick is by no means a hero, and although I personally abhor dogfighting and animal cruelty, I do feel he has been crucified by society to a disproportionate level when compared to his fellow athlete rogues. We can forgive rape (Mike Tyson), adultery (Tiger Woods), sexual assault (Ben Roethlisberger, Kobe Bryant), and manslaughter (Ray Lewis), but dogfighting is apparently the most monstrous of all crimes in the pantheon.

So I was eager to hear Vick tell his story in his own words. Unfortunately, there' s precious little personal insight or compelling narrative in this book beyond what you could find on Wikipedia. For example, the chapter on Vick's association with dogfighting totals SEVEN PAGES, most of which focuses on how much Vick loved animals as a child. He glosses over his actual dogfighting as if he is forced to mention it in a footnote but then goes back to what a nice guy he thinks he is.

"I could go into more detail," Vick writes, "but I don't want to teach people how to run a dogfight. I don't want to glorify it. But I will tell you that I know too much about it, and it's something I wish I'd never learned." Michael, I don't want to learn how to run a dogfight. I want to learn about your thought processes, your upbringing, and what drove you to do what you did and why. If you didn't want to talk about it, you shouldn't be selling a book about it.
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This book is nothing more than his continuous PR campaign to make people sympathize for him despite the fact that he brutally tortured hundreds of dogs, including family pets that were stolen from neighboring communities to be used as bait for the killer dogs. He poured acid on them, electrocuted them, slammed them against the concrete until their heads exploded and fell apart in a bloody mess. How can anyone want to give this man more money?
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