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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466430818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466430815
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,312,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By day, Mike Reuther is a journalist. In his off-time he tells tales, creating stories filled with colorful characters that readers never forget. Having covered politics, crime, government, health care and sports, Reuther draws on his many years of reporting to create novels that breathe with life and people - both good and bad - who find themselves in sticky situations.
In the mysteries, Return to Dead City and Gambling Lives Reuther keeps readers guessing as his heroes try to solve murders. His protagonists are complex, interesting people who find themselves up against some tough odds. But perhaps his most lovable and unforgettable character is Homer Newbody, the rookie pitcher in the Amazon bestselling baseball novel, Nothing Down who draws both cheers and jeers when he announces to the world he would be happy to play for no money. Nothing Down has been described by one reviewer as a "contemporary morality play wherein, if you're lucky enough to be living life doing what you love, then the virtue is in remaining true to one's self and minimizing the ethical compromises that must be made."
As much as Reuther loves writing fiction and drawing readers in with his spell-binding fiction, he enjoys nothing more than helping other writers. Write the Darn Book and the recently released, How to Write a Book Without Going Crazy were written to encourage and inspire both aspiring and veteran authors.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Although the setting is in the modern era of baseball with astronomical salaries and free agency, this book is a throwback to the baseball fiction books of the forties and fifties. It reminded me of the classic "The Kid From Tomkinsville" by John R. Tunis, where a naïve boy from a rural background becomes a star in major league baseball. Even the first name of the main character (Homer) sounds more like a rural farm boy.
Homer Newbody grew up in a very small town in Pennsylvania called Centre Town and all his life his passion has been baseball. His uncle Hal Newbody had worked with Homer all his life, catching his pitching, reading baseball encyclopedias and then talking about the players. The story opens with Hal being buried and Homer going off to the Yankees spring training site. While Homer was a local semi-pro sensation, that fame was not national and he had to write letters in order to get permission to attend the spring training tryouts.
Homer quickly demonstrated that he was a talented pitcher and it was not long before he was playing for the Yankees and he had an amazing debut, throwing no-hitters in his first two starts. Now living his lifelong dream, Homer announces that he is so happy to be where he is that he would play for just the meal money. This sets him at odds with some of his highly paid teammates, members of a carnivorous press and even some of the fans.
Homer's environment is now very different and he struggles to cope with the newfound fame and scrutiny of him, his family and the people of Centre Town. While some are supportive, most see him as a means to their ends, even those that sound the most sincere. It is an excellent story with an ending quite different from that of most sports fiction books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sugafoot on January 9, 2013
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Nothing down, is a novel that die hard baseball fans will love. It's about Homer Newbody a pitching phenom who advertises that he would play baseball for just the meal money. Baseball fans will like the novel because it is well written and evokes images most baseball fans will identify with such as the freize at Yankee stadium, waiting outside for a Don Mattingly autograph, and listening over the radio to Phil Rizzuto shout 'holy cow.'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Nothing Down: The Short Baseball Life of Homer Newbody by Mike Reuther
is an engaging fictional tale about a baseball player who bursts upon
the Major Leagues by throwing two no-hitters in his first starts.

Reuther describes classic plays by Homer. For instance, he details
a 7th inning face-down with Cyclone, a big home run hitter
for Cleveland. There were two players on base. Homer threw a fat
pitch to Cyclone. The hitter took the pitch in stride as the
fat ball came sailing in. He swung for it and missed narrowly.
The Yankee Stadium fans exploded with joy.

The author details the media frenzy which occurred after Homer secured his second no-hitter in a row. The baseball stat geeks figured out that the chance of Homer getting two no-hitters in a row was about a billion to one. Some fans imagined that Homer was just a freak of nature.

The local press was amazed to hear that Homer wasn't looking to be paid big money for his efforts on the field. After all, people with far less talent were making more money than he was making. Nonetheless, Homer was content to enjoy the game of baseball opting not to take the big money.

Reuther methodically relates many of the small town virtues that Homer brought to the game of baseball. The character was a paragon of hard work, clean living, modesty, shyness, and an aversion for big money.

Homer couldn't get over the fact that people had come from miles away
to see him play baseball. Wild fans were adamant that he sign their
tee shirts, diaries, paper scraps, and other things big fans seek to
have on hand when they meet the star of their dreams.

Reuther is successful in building up the character of Homer so that the readers can be engaged significantly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2013
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A good easy read that held my interest. I enjoyed the premise of a small town guy makes good and loved experiencing his successes. the ending was expected but disappointing, only in the sense that you wouldn't want it to happen.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 25, 2012
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NOTHING DOWN by Mike Reuther is a book meant for baseball fans. And perhaps even more for aging, fallen-away fans like myself who haven't followed the pro game in decades since the time when, at least publicly, the privilege of being able to play in the Big Show meant more than the paycheck. Or, at least that's what we thought; hope dies last, but naiveté somewhat earlier.

Here, 27-year old Homer Newbody is a rookie pitcher for the New York Yankees. By the All-Star Game, he's 8-0 with two no-hitters. He's a phenom and the darling of the media. But Homer is on record as stating that he simply plays for the love of the game, and that he'd do it for nothing. Or, at least for nothing more than meal money. That, of course, causes resentment among his teammates. Moreover, his pronouncement infuriates the team's owner who's not used to such altruistic motivation.

For those of us living in the real world, Newbody's (or perhaps "nobody's") altruism might appear conveniently easy. After all, Homer has no wife and kids to support, no mortgage and health insurance to pay, no college savings or retirement to fund, and no property taxes being extorted. It's a good gig if you can get it.

NOTHING DOWN is a contemporary morality play wherein, if you're lucky enough to be living life doing what you love, then the virtue is in remaining true to one's self and minimizing the ethical compromises that must be made.

NOTHING DOWN is a congenial and undemanding novel featuring an engaging and well-drawn protagonist. However, the conflict (as must exist in any work of fiction) is muted and the storyline doesn't invite nail-biting.
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