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If I Never Get Back: A Novel Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Sam Fowler begins riding the rails with the fledgling Cincinnati Red Stockings and their trip around the U.S. to play other early baseball teams. It also goes into the atmosphere of the time, as in the description when the team played in New York City in a park that now is no more in these modern times.
Ah, but then it is also a love story. But is it unrequited love? Is it a lost love? And does Sam ever find her again?
Great baseball book and would make a great movie also.
The basic story begins when protagonist Sam Fowler steps off a modern day Amtrak train and finds himself transported back into 1869 where he becomes involved with, amongst many other things, the legendary Cincinnati Red Stockings. But in this era baseball is in its infancy. The game, the rules and the players are not the same as today. Just how Fowler manages to cleverly integrate the modern game with its colorful past is but one of the many intriguing storylines in this wonderful novel. Throw in a couple of gamblers, treasonous villains and romantic love interests and you pretty much have something for everyone.
"If I Never Get Back" is a captivating fast-paced book that shouldn't disappoint any avid reader. It's no fluke that the vast majority of Amazon.com reviewers give it their 5-star rating. Highly recommended for a great summer read.
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The perfect blend of historical recreation and baseball. An enjoyable dream that I didn't want to end...just like the main character, Samuel Clemens Fowler.Published 16 days ago by Mark R. Bowen
It was a very OK book. I love baseball and that part of it was interesting. I felt a lot of it was just so contrived. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Adam L. Rosen
Read this book a few years ago. I wanted to read it again on kindle. I'm a big Time Travel fan, and this is one of the best, next to Jack Finney.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love time travel. And Brock does it well. Jay Fitzpatrick, Author "Fear Itself"Published 4 months ago by Jason
I enjoyed this book, largely because I enjoyed all of the baseball characters (can't wait to get back to them in the author's sequel). Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Dieng
This is not a good thing of its kind.
The author explicitly acknowledges his indebtedness to Jack Finney's "Time and Again". Read more
Best baseball novel ever. I read this book years ago when it was first published and loved it. Combining the post civil war history and politics with the beginnings of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Randy Wolf
I first read this book many years ago. A couple of years ago I went on Amazon to see if I could get this book on my Kindle, as I wanted to reread it and to own it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Safir
Wasn't sure I would like this, but as a life long baseball fan I was intrigued by the historical correctness. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David E. Charbonneau