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This one's a touchdown -- and I'm waiting for more,
This review is from: The Rookie (Galactic Football League, Volume I) (Hardcover)
At first glance, "The Rookie" is an unlikely mad-scientist mashup: Football ... science fiction ... organized crime ... interstellar travel ... and a hero so flawed and bigoted, you'd probably cross the street if you heard him talking. This novel simply can't work, right? The genres and themes are too far-flung. It should be a mess.
It's not. It's a masterpiece of action, drama, and resonant human emotion.
Author Scott Sigler deftly introduces us to a far future in which humans reached for the stars -- and found a horde of aliens waiting for them beyond the solar system. Many of these races do not get along ... but one sport brings them together in a cohesive cultural experience: Football.
Backwater bigot (but extremely talented) hot-shot quarterback Quentin Barnes is a newcomer to this Galactic Football League. As we ride shotgun during Barnes' rookie season, we meet this menagerie of alien species, see their home worlds, and watch Barnes wrestle with his own flawed perceptions of these creatures. Will Barnes rise to become the great player his team needs? Can he unlearn the hatred he's harbored for non-humans since birth? Can he become a leader?
Sigler masterfully weaves these themes into a plot that's packed with action, adrenaline-fueled sports sequences, and high-stakes emotional drama. Quarterback Barnes and other characters (both human and non-) are brilliantly realized, as is the backdrop of this future universe. The tension seen in the novel's crowning moments -- the season's football games -- are executed with expertise; thrill-rides, each one.
The Rookie defies conventional description -- and that is a great thing, for it defies the odds, as well. This is certainly one of Sigler's finest novels, and it will resonate with sports fans, science fiction fans, and nearly anyone in between. An excellent book.