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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ascend Books (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984113053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984113057
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,801,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on July 1, 2010
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Andy Van Slyke was a terrific ballplayer in his day; known as much for his irreverent and spontaneous sense of humor as his remarkable "Gold Glove" defensive skills in centerfield; he was a fan and sportswriter's favorite throughout his 13 year major league career. His partner in crime for this particular book - Rob Rains - is a very gifted writer who also happens to be the most prolific author of Cardinal baseball history - and the men who made Redbird history - since Bob Broeg's engaging stories, dating back well over a half century ago.

Together, these guys really know baseball; and they know how to concoct a great piece of fictional folklore about one of baseball's most storied - and frustrating - franchises in history: The Chicago Cubs.

Anyone who follows baseball with any degree of regularity is quite familiar with the last century of Chicago Cubs agony - from the Billygoat Curse of 1945, to the shocking Meltdown of 1969, to the Great Postseason Collapse of 1984, to the recent torment of poor Steve Bartman in 2003; if something can go wrong with the Cubbies, it always does.

After back to back Central Division titles in 2007 & 2008, the Cubs were eliminated in stunning fashion both years; swept by the Diamondbacks & Dodgers, respectively, in the very first round of the playoffs. Of course, it seemed like they were The Team of Destiny in '08 - the 100th anniversary of their last World Series championship, while entering the post season with the National League's best regular season record (97 - 64). How could they possibly be denied? Come on; these are the Cubs!

Thanks to the magic of Facebook, I recently became aware of this particular book, ordered it right here on Amazon, received it earlier today, and polished it off in one sitting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Guy on April 25, 2012
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I wanted to like this book and couldn't quite get there. The plot had several interesting twists and I enjoyed the baseball and Cubs history. Unfortunately, character development was lacking--the new owner, for instance, suddenly became a glory hound, disliked by everyone around him, but the reason for this change was never foreshadowed or explained. Most irritating of all was the dialogue, which was often stilted and amateurish. A good editor, or even an average one, would have been a big help. Overall, a nice effort that could have been more.
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When Rob Rains writes a book on baseball I'm always interested because of his knowledge of the game and the National League. So when I saw this book and it was about the Cubs, of course I'm going to read it. When I started reading it and it turned out to be far more than just another baseball book, but a mystery! I kept going back and looking at the cover to make sure I had the right book. Once I realized this I dug in. Could not put this down! What a great story with twist and turns that even a poor Cub fan who thinks they've seen it all could not imagine what's in store in this book. Fun book, fast read GREAT story!!!!!

WOW Rob a whole other side of your writing that I would love to see more of! Try writing a mystery thriller completely outside of baseball, this was that good! You do not have to be a baseball fan to love this book!
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By Steve Overbey on July 20, 2010
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Rob Rains and Andy Van Slyke have banded together to form a perfect story, one that all baseball fans will enjoy. The pair put their expertise together to form a gripping story that will have the reader mesmorized until the very end. Part fiction, part fact, they tell the story of the Chicago Cubs in perfect fashion, meshing a brilliant combination of truth and fantasy.
All baseball lovers, Cubs fans or not, will enjoy this book. Rob's writing skills, coupled with Van Slyke's professional baseball experience and excellent memory, make for a wonderful trip through a tragic, yet enjoyable season.
I usually read at a slow leisurely pace, but this book kept me spellbound from the start forcing me to finish it in one sitting.
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