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Invincible, Indiana [Kindle Edition]

Nate Dunlevy , Matt Hasenbalg
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Dale Cooper arrived in tiny Invincible, Indiana determined to coach his way to a better job. He never bargained for a clueless principal, a bitter star, a racist point guard, and a town fiercely proud of 49 consecutive seasons of finishing exactly .500. When it becomes apparent to Dale that neither the town nor his players have any interest in winning, he devises a way to turn everyone's expectations upside down. His gambit forces Invincible to strive for greatness if only to keep their dreams of mediocrity alive.

Set in 1996-1997, Invincible, Indiana explores the myths and motivations that led to the demise of the 'single class tournament' that was the bedrock of Indiana mythology. Both funny and heartbreakingly serious, Invincible, Indiana unpacks the core of the Hoosier state's love affair with basketball. Invincible, Indiana will make you laugh, cry, and cheer, but most of all it will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about the hysteria that was basketball in Indiana.

Author Nate Dunlevy is already one of the most popular voices in Indiana sports coverage. His first book, Blue Blood: Tales of Glory of the Indianapolis Colts, explored the fragile history of the Colts as they fought for a place at the table and struggled to overcome the basketball bias inherent in Indiana. Now he takes on the traumatic final days of one class basketball, using the travails of fictional Invincible, Indiana to consider questions of greatness, fate, and the full court press.

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  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Madison House Publishing (November 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064AIME6
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real barnburner! December 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fantastic read. It's intelligent, unpredictable, and altogether hard to put down. I've been following the author since he started a popular sports blog and while his blogging skills are second-to-none it's great to see him take his writing to a new level with this very enjoyable novel. I highly recommend it.
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A hundred years ago, Thomas R. Marshall was governor of Indiana. He went on to become vice-president under Woodrow Wilson. In Marshall's autobiography, he wrote that Indiana had a way of producing first-rate, second-rate men. In 1997, Indiana proved it could do even worse when it abandoned its one-class high school, statewide basketball tournament. The tournament had been the model for today's NCAA March Madness. But the Indiana authorities convinced themselves it was better to have four diluted mini-champs than one actual best-in-the-state winner. Indiana turned out to be the Big Loser.

That's the back-story for the finely written INVINCIBLE, INDIANA. The actual tale involved a young, first-year coach fresh from the Butler University staff. He arrives in Invincible and deals with the eccentricities and biases of a small, fading community devoted to its high school team. Invincible loves basketball, a condition once common in towns throughout the state. Invincible, however, has something else. It is deeply protective of their team's legendary record: 49 consecutive .500 seasons.

In a less able writer, this book could have been a sappy, preditable stereotype. Fortunately, Dunlevy took a street-real approach. With the exception of a couple of high-minded speech blurts, the dialogue reflects the way people talk under stress. Nothing shocking. The language is just unvarnished, what you hear rather than what your aunt pretends she wishes to hear. When he puts characters in rugged situations, they sometimes come out with their plumes drooping. The writing tugs the reader through the pages, not with building tension, but with growing curiosity about whether the author will be able to look you in the face on the last page. Find out. Read this excellent book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read especially for a Hoosier August 17, 2012
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I really enjoyed this read. Being from Indiana it was great to feel Hoosier Hysteria once again. i was turned onto this book because I frequently read the authors blog on the Indianapolis Colts.
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More About the Author

Nate Dunlevy was born and raised in Indianapolis where he
currently lives with his wife Deborah and three children. A
graduate of Pike High School and Grace College and
Theological Seminary, Nate has a Masters degree in
Intercultural Studies and spent most of the decade of the
2000s living and working in Argentina. He is a contributor to His first book was Blue Blood:
Tales of Glory of the Indianapolis Colts.

For the record, Nate finished Invincible, Indiana in June of
2009 and watched in horror as Gordon Hayward's shot
rimmed out against Duke the following year.
He may never recover.


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