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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570616027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570616020
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Notes from a 12 Man is a fan's account of the long and storied history of the Seattle Seahawks from Jack Patera, Bill the Beer Man, Kenny Easley, and Efren Herrera to Matt Hasselbeck. ...Over the years, I have seen numerous attempts at presenting the Seahawks history in writing. But there have not been any done as well as Notes from a 12 Man. I found myself reading the text and alternately laughing, crying, cringing, and shouting out loud!"
—Steve Largent

"Mark Turner writes about the Seahawks with childlike fascination. . . It's a great read for Seahawk fans and fans of pro football, period."
—Kenny Mayne, ESPN

"In this sustained howl of happiness, hilarity, and horror, Mark Turner perfectly captures the (fundamentally weird) essence of the Seahawk franchise. No Seahawk fan, serious or casual, can afford to do without this book."
—Fred Moody, author of Seattle and the Demons of Ambition

"…a detailed, humorous and sometimes pained fan perspective of the franchise's 33 years of existence. [Turner] covers everything—from his magical memories of watching his first game at the Kingdome to the tense period when Ken Behring almost moved the team, to quirky, who-woulda-thunk-it trivia about the team."
—Seattle Times

"Turner's book is packed with . . . specific and funny Seahawks moments. Some of them we remembered, some of them we'd forgotten, some of them (especially the pre-1983 stuff) we'd never known. It's a book that will sit on our bookshelf probably until we die, ready to supply a quick trip down memory lane whenever we desire it."
—Seattlest.com

"I can say without hyperbole that not only is this the best book ever written about the Seattle Seahawks, it's one of the best sports books I've ever read, period. Full stop."
—Dave Krieg's Strike Beard

"The book is a must read for any and all Seahawks fans, as it provides a thorough and very entertaining historical look at the team through the eyes of a true 12th Man."
—Seahawks Gab

"If you've been searching for a comprehensive, conversationally-toned, boosterish history of the Seattle Seahawks, composed entirely of short, bathroom-length entries, search no longer. And, yes, that may sound like an absurd 'if' but the Hawks are sports lifeblood in these parts, and every fan has memories he or she would like to relive, or even just confirm. Enter television writer Mark Tye Turner and his Notes From a 12 Man: A Truly Biased History of the Seattle Seahawks... Recalling everything from the team's trade of Ahmad Rashad to Steve Largent's epic revenge hit on Denver safety Mike Harden, it's enough to put even the most Cliff Claven of us to shame."
—Seattle Weekly

About the Author

Mark Tye Turner is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and produer whose credits include E!'s Talk Soup and the reality TV show Blind Date. Born and raised in the Seattle area, he has closely followed the Seahawks since they first strutted onto the artificial turf of the Kingdome in 1976.

More About the Author

Hello Amazoners.. or is it Amazonians? I know, wearing a football jersey isn't exactly "authorly" attire, but hey, it was game day at Qwest Field and I am a twelfth man. Now using the term "twelfth man" is not sex specific. Women are part of the twelfth man. The only requirement for being a twelfth man is always having faith in the Seahawks. Anyway, since you actually made an effort to get to this page then you probably want to know biographical info about me. Well I was born and raised in the Seattle area. For the last 20-some years I have worked in Los Angeles as a television writer/producer. For many years I worked on "Talk Soup" on E! Entertainment Television, a show that garnered me one of those Emmy statuettes. I also worked on the comedy-reality-dating show "Blind Date" for a good stretch of time. You remember the program. We sent two people on a blind date and then goofed on them with thought bubbles and graphics. I think we scared many viewers into becoming celibate. If you bought my book "Notes From a 12th Man A Truly Biased History of the Seattle Seahawks," I want to thank you for your purchase. I hope you enjoy (and laugh a little) while reading about the history of one of the NFL's least appreciated teams. For those of you who are still considering it, remember Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson and the rest of the Hawks could very well be taking us to the promised land of world championships. Why not get on the ground floor and learn of all about Seahawks. It beats doing the dishes.

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Mark Turner did a great job on this book.
Missmynola
Reading this book makes me go back to the days when I was a little kid cheering for my Hawks and remembering these exact situations going through my mind as I read.
Kevin Atkins
This book is a must read for any true Seahawks fan.
Michael Markee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Atkins on December 8, 2009
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I can tell you one thing about this book but there is way too many great things I have to say about it. I've been a Seahawks fan since I was a little kid. We grew up in Virginia and my dad loved the Redskins. My dad would always throw the football with me and said I could catch like Steve Largent. I was like, who is that? That's when it all started for me. All my life I've been a die hard Hawks fan. This book has taken me back from my childhood days to the present day. Reading this book makes me go back to the days when I was a little kid cheering for my Hawks and remembering these exact situations going through my mind as I read. I've always been a fan of the NFL, especially in the 80's and early 90's. Those were my learning years. I grew more attached to these years of Seahawks football. Mark Tye Turner really brings that memory out in this book. Even if your not a Seahawks fan, this book is the best read of any sports book I've ever read. I've read plenty of books from other teams, ie...Redskins ( My dad made me do a book report in elementary school) blahhh, well, there wasn't a book about the Seahawks. The best thing I could find when I was growing up was a paper the Seahawks put out every week, I still have those to this day. This book is such a good read, I am almost finished and I will read it again. AMAZING may be the best word to describe it. Thank you Mark Tye Turner for this book. You have got me into this book, and I love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denis L. Knippenberg on November 2, 2009
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As I picked up this book, I found myself absolutely RIVETED to it. I could not put it down until I finished it. I loved every page, and was only disappointed when I reached the end of the book itself.

In this book, Mark Tye Turner reached into the minds of sport fans everywhere. He reached out and struck a chord with sport fans around the world. He showed the joy and sorrow of all fans of all sports. This is a wonderful book, not only for Seahawk fans, but for anyone who has endured the many ups and downs with their favorite sport team. Mark Tye Turner really accomplished an uncanny ability to express his emotions intertwined with his love of a sport team.

As a Seahawk fan, I took great delight in sharing common experiences with Mark Tye Turner in this book. As a fan of a sport team, I know that I would certianly appreciate another fan's loyalty and devotion to his team.

Thank you, Mark Tye Turner for a brilliantly writeen book from the life of a true fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amber Head on November 2, 2009
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I've read this book cover to cover, and it's truely one of the best books I've ever read! It's entertaining and gives a true 12th Man prospective. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone that's a Seahawks fan. If you don't have a copy, GET ONE! Perfect Christmas present for the Seahawk fan in your life!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Lazaroff on September 16, 2009
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OK, I'm a "bleed black and gold" Steelers fan. And I was annoyed by all the Seahawk fans who whined about the referees when the Steelers beat the Hawks in Super Bowl 40. But I loved this book. I mean really loved this book. It's about being a rabid sports fan, and having an encyclopedic knowledge of a team's history. Living and dying on every snap, extra point and fake field goal. And it gave me an appreciation for what it was like to be an expansion franchise fan. It's painfully honest and absolutely hilarious. An easy read that is hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beckys-Place on September 10, 2009
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If you love the Seattle Seahawks, you'll enjoy this book. It's loaded with All Things Seahawks, from the most and least memorable games to the most and least memorable players; from the coaches we loved to the coaches we despised to Coach Holmgren. (Oh wait, there I go again!) The book accurately portrays ownership issues from the respected Nordstroms to the "OverBehring" Ken Behring to the man who brought respectability back to the Seahawks, Paul Allen.

The best part is that the stories are brought to us from the arm chair, sports bar and stadium seats of a die hard Seahawks fan!

For those of you who live and die by Seattle Seahawks football, the stories will be familiar, however even the most loyal fans will find surprising statistics and stories sprinkled throughout the book. If you're a Seattle baseball fan (not that I'd know about that!) you'll have a few bonuses as you read these pages. This is definitely a book that belongs in the Seahawks shrine in your home!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad Howe on December 16, 2009
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Oh this brings me back to so many memories that made me cheer and almost made me cry. There so many anecdotes that I did not know or long since forgotten.

Love the writing style of this author. Serious, while reading the book I thought I was in room having a conversation with the author. Several times I was caught by others while laughing out loud. Informative and entertainingly funny material.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely. Bought two with the other going to my son for Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gene Hushak on December 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a Seahawks fan from Connecticut, yet I could find myself identifying with what Mark wrote about what it's like to watch and follow the team year after year. He has a great writing style that he peppers with just the right amount of humor as he describes and accurately captures the Highs and Lows of being a Diehard Seahawks fan.
Great job!!
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