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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; First Edition edition (August 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452283566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452283565
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Brock's sequel to If I Never Get Back promises the quaint historical charm that distinguished its predecessor, but some erratic plotting and a decision to virtually eliminate the baseball motif hurts the follow-up effort. The novel begins with time-traveling protagonist Samuel Fowler stuck in a San Francisco mental hospital after an extended flashback to Cincinnati in 1869, where he was a member of the first professional baseball team, the Red Stockings. Fowler remains haunted by his ill-fated affair with Caitlin O'Neill, and when his doctor challenges him to verify her existence, he sets off again for Cincinnati, where an auto accident sends him hurtling back to the 19th century. A visit to Samuel Clemens helps Fowler track down Caitlin in a Nebraska settlement, and Fowler takes up a quest to save the settlement from a thuggish, corrupt senator whose land scams threaten to destroy it. The early scenes in which Fowler goes back in time are deftly handled, as are Fowler's attempts to rekindle his romance with O'Neill. But his battles with the senator and his brutish cohorts seem far-fetched and unfocused, especially when the villains kidnap Caitlin's son and Fowler attempts a ludicrous rescue based on advice from George Custer. With this uneven plot, Brock's competent but somewhat diluted sequel can't match its inspired forerunner.
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Brock has a talent for making the incredible entirely believable and his research is breathtaking.... leaves you yearning for more. -- Sports Journal, October 28, 2002

Customer Reviews

Not as good as Darryl Brocks' "If I Never Get Back".
D.V.L.
He has a very unqiue, straightforward-yet-exciting style that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Zachary Koenig
I also thought the book ended a bit abruptly, but I really didnt want it to end.
"mattbcoach@aol.com"

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Nelson on November 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is good stuff, just not as good as "If I Never Get Back," which remains one of my favorite recent novels.
I guess my one real concern about the book is that it's more of a continuation than a sequel. I doubt that it would stand well on its own, as there are characters and events that would just seem to come out of nowhere if you don't have the background of the preceeding novel.
Just a few, brief comments:
1. It's a worthy follow-on to the original novel, but you should definitely have read If I Never Get Back first. (Or heck, just reread it; it stands up really well!)
2. There is definitely less baseball, and less focus on baseball, although it does recur throughout.
3. The ending seems a bit hurried, and less carefully crafted than the rest of the novel. I still haven't decided whether this is just because I didn't want it to end, or whether I'm not pleased with the ending.
It's well-written, well-researched, and well worth the time to read it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Battman on September 7, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Darryl Brock's problem, quite frankly, is that he hit a grand slam with "If I Never Get Back" (1989), a classic baseball adventure, time travel book.
So what does he do for an encore?
Well, if you're Mr. Brock, you send Sam Fowler back to the past to search for his beloved Cait, then get him involved with a little bit of baseball (unlike his first book in which baseball dominated), Mark Twain (delightfully again), Gen. George Custer, the American West and an interesting group of new characters.
A grand slam? Well, maybe not, but a two- or three-run home run at least. In other words, Mr. Brock has written a sequel worthy of IINGB. A must read - but start with IINGB first. You won't put either of them down.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By barefootgirlfla on July 14, 2003
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When I first read "If I Never Get Back", I was completely enthralled with it. I reread it many years later, and still enjoyed it. I looked forward to "Two In the Field", and zipped thru it, but in the end found myself thinking, "Is that it?". It was enjoyable, and I liked meeting historical characters like Twain and Custer, but overall found the book a little disappointing. Two of my favorite topics are time travel and baseball, which is why I liked the first one so much. I have to wonder why this one is titled as it is, since baseball is such a miniscule part of the plot. And I agree with those who say it ended abruptly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "mattbcoach@aol.com" on December 15, 2002
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"If I Never Get Back" was the greatest baseball novel I have ever read. When I heard that the sequel had come out, I ordered it immediately. I was not disappointed. Darryl Brock brings back most all of the main characters from the first novel.These were a group of characters with depth, and I cared about them. As the other reviewers have said, this book was a continuation of the first. Its as if Mr. Brock wrote this book specifically for fans of "If I Never Get Back", which number many. Baseball is less of a theme in this book, but it never strays far from the main theme. I also thought the book ended a bit abruptly, but I really didnt want it to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Pelter on December 14, 2007
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A must-read for fans of the first book and lovers of time travel fiction. Sports fiction fans may be a bit disappointed by the lesser role the national pastime takes in this book, but may appreciate the cosmic significance it is accorded.

Many moons ago, knowing of my love for Jack Finney's great Time and Again, a friend (and former sports reporter) of mine turned me on to If I Never Get Back. I loved the story and found Brock's writing style easy to read and compelling, although not particularly lyrical. I duly added the book to my roster of fave reads, even though the lack of closure at the end was disappointing. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the sequel a few weeks ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although Sam's adventures are pretty far-fetched (newsflash: it's a fantasy!), it's a fast-moving tale peopled by well-drawn (even if sometimes one-dimensional) characters. And best of all -- closure! It was a satisfying read, I was delighted to revisit some old friends (Mark Twain, especially), and really delighted to find out what happened.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Koenig on December 14, 2013
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Despite the fact that I was recommended "If I Never Get Back" because of my appetite for baseball literature, I found that the time-travel component of that book hooked me more than the "baseball stuff". Thus, when it comes to "Two in the Field", I actually enjoyed this sequel MORE than the original because of more focus on characters and less focus on the games themselves.

For a basic plot summary, this book opens with Samuel Fowler struggling to come to grips with what happened to him. He longs to get back to his beloved Cait and would do anything to make that a reality. When the opportunity presents itself, however, Sam quickly realizes that the circumstances have drastically changed since his previous foray into the past.

To be honest, I don't know how author Brock can even get away with putting a baseball on the cover of the book...that is how little baseball actually figures into the plots of "Two in the Field". Instead, it is all about the "Wild West" and what it took to make a living in those times. Like I said, despite being a huge baseball fan, I was relieved that this book could do away with pages and pages of "game summaries" and instead be intent on developing the characters/plots at all times.

While obviously the novelty of the whole "time travel notion" has worn off by this point, Brock does a great job of remaining true to his "period" style. While reading, you really feel as if you ARE Sam, living in the Old West. He also introduces some new, very interesting characters that keep the action from getting stale.

Overall, I view "Two in the Field" as a rousing success. While it isn't a "favorite of all-time" kind of book, I was very entertained and am looking into possibly consuming more of Brock's works in the future. He has a very unqiue, straightforward-yet-exciting style that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
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