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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477460039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477460030
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,592,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sindell takes us on a lyrical and at times fearful ride with a team of wannabe baseball players, whose talents only occasionally match their ambitions. This is a real-life novel, packed with personalities and filled with beautiful language and true emotion.  Huck's raft becomes a team bus, and it is a ride worth taking." - Riverbabble

About the Author

Jon Sindell’s short stories have appeared in dozens of magazines including Word Riot, Hobart, Prick Of The Spindle, Pithead Chapel, New South, Crack The Spine, and Beatdom. He curates the Rolling Writers reading series in San Francisco, and practiced law once't.

More About the Author

Jon Sindell's stories have been published in dozens of magazines including Word Riot, Hobart, Prick Of The Spindle, New South, and Pithead Chapel. He is the author of the baseball-plus novel The Mighty Roman, and curates the Rolling Writers reading series in San Francisco, where he teaches, grows greens, and makes time to write. Jon encourages readers to connect with him at Jon Sindell Fiction (where lots of his published fiction may be seen), Twitter, Goodreads, or Facebook.

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And third it is very well written.
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It exposes who we are as individuals as well as who we are as a society.
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Both seemed like good reasons to read The Mighty Roman, and they were.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Blackman on April 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
On occasion, usually while watching a high school game, you'll see a batter so completely fooled, that he turns after striking out and asks the umpire- what was that pitch? And you can't help but smile at the pitcher's mastery of his craft.

You get that same feeling when reading The Mighty Roman, as you're enjoying the exuberant fun of a great sports story, and suddenly it hits you, that this book has been setting you up on more levels than you can imagine, and you can't begin to guess where you're headed.

The story begins with a rickety busload of quirky characters, a barely professional minor league team so far removed from the familiar world of major league baseball, that you see it all with the same fresh eyes as the nineteen-year-old players. The season unfolds in vivid detail, as the hardness of the infield dirt, the mascots, the maniacs, the injuries and anxieties permeate the action, and the tension builds with the accelerating rhythm of a pennant race.

And always there's the sheer joy of sport, even as the world of Cal Heritage baseball is reshaped by social, political, and personal conflict. Shame and triumph, bigotry and grace, compete for supremacy, as the young men struggle with the looming influences of tradition, expectation, and history, as visited upon them by the many fathers and father figures that populate the book, from the dreamers and dropouts to the braggarts, the bullies, and the totally unhinged.

As the season goes on, the stakes are continuously raised, as courage and personal morality become more critical than speed and power, and the young men strive for more than a championship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BStreeper on April 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is so much more than baseball. It is the collection of people dealing with cultural issues of sexual preference and illegal immigration. It definitely appeals to those "coming of age". At times the book is poetic and beautiful, and frustrating all at the same time (in a good way ;) ). I hope this book gets the coverage it deserves
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicky d' on March 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
The owner of an independent bookstore recommended this book and said it was by a local author. Both seemed like good reasons to read The Mighty Roman, and they were. On one level, this is a baseball novel and I am not a baseball fan but you don't have to be. How many of us who aren't baseball fans read The Art of Fielding and enjoyed it? Apparently lots.

The characters are the thing in this book, and the crazy plot. Roman is a comedic-tragic character, a man warped by his father and his upbringing. He lacks self acceptance and tries to find it in athletic achievement, where he fails, both as a player and a coach. I felt terribly sad for him but not enough to hang out with him if I met him in real life.

If Roman is the body of the book, Rex is the heart and Matt is the thinking brain. Max resists Roman thru laughter and high jinks, which is a phrase you don't hear much any more, but is apt here. Matt observes and reports all.

I enjoyed the book a lot and invited the author to be a featured reader at an authors festival I organize. I recommend it to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas S Scoglio on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
This wonderful baseball novel places you amongst a group of young professional baseball players who learn about each other, and their intimidating and complex old-school style coach, as they experience a season together playing on a team in the California Heritage League. Throw in some off-field adventures, teenage romance, racism and homophobia, and you are pulled into a baseball world that is present day and is pure summer fun reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tudor on June 7, 2012
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First it is a baseball book, and he knows baseball, and that is all good. Second it is about a great variety of people, all but two of the main characters are 18 and 19 year old males, put together for two months, with very little outside influence, so they act, and interact, and develop as the summer rolls on. And third it is very well written. Although Amazon lumps it with the gay/baseball novels, it is a baseball book, not a gay coming out book as most of the rest on this page are. It is a good summer read for all of us who played baseball as kids, young adults, and even now as a 70+ who can still play slow pitch or whiffle ball, play catch with his grandchildren, or go to the ball park on a fine summer evening and feel that all is right with the world, at least for a few hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Kacsmar on May 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Jon Sindell's "The Mighty Roman" is a great baseball yarn. It tells the story of a young man's pursuit of the all-American dream of putting your foot on the lowest rung of the professional baseball ladder and trying to find a way to ascend that magical stairway to The Show. And it lovingly tells the bitter-sweet story of what it feels like to slowly wake up from that dream as the reality of the odds stacked against you becomes clear. There is plenty of baseball action packed into this lyrical ode to our national pastime, and any lover of the game will be enthralled with the insider's view of both the individual competition and the intricate machinations of minor league baseball.

But like many great works of fiction, this tale works on more than one level. It also illustrates the cultural divide that has polarized our country as our hero takes us on a humorous and personal journey of discovery. What our hero discovers is his relationship to his coach, The Mighty Roman, who is an intriguing mixture of Captain Ahab and Archie Bunker, who is not so much a villain as he is a metaphor. The conflict between this hard-nosed manager and his multi-cultural ball club personalizes the story of the ethnic and generational conflicts going on beneath the surface of our every day lives as 21st-century Americans. It's a really enjoyable read, whichever level you care to focus on.
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