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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

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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.
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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: 6 x 0.6 x 9 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: #3,694,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let's call it 3 1/2, but I can't round it to 4. The ending didn't really work for me, and much of the book is so overladen with similes that it distracted me from the actual story, which was otherwise pretty solid. There are paragraphs where literally every other sentence ends in a simile, and not all of them are so good as to justify that.

Roman Meister, the manager, is established through word and deed as a completely overbearing a-hole, and just about everyone on the team grows to at least dislike him, if not out and out hate him. I actually think Matt, the team's ace pitcher and story's protagonist, should have hated him by the end. I could see him wanting to win his favor for a while, as many kids try to do with a teacher or coach, but eventually that moves on to a stage of loathing, which Matt never really arrived at, though he got close at times.

In the Cal-Heri League, Sindell has created a fairly believable structure for independent minor league baseball (though the international flavor of the team is probably a stretch and Roman Meister must be the most deluded person on the planet to think he could garner attention from a major league organization by winning the Cal-Heri League). The baseball details are generally well done, with realistic accounts of the games and the rivalries, both within the team and against other teams. He also did a nice job of creating a cast of different characters, each unique and with their own motivations. Rex, the second baseman, was the most interesting one and he seemed to be the only one who didn't crave Roman's admiration, which allowed him to remain true to himself.

If you're looking for an unheralded baseball story, this one is worth checking out. With a strong edit it could even move up to 4-star territory.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The language of the book was the best part for me, it was often like poetry. I have to admit that I did not like the main character, Roman, he is evil and at times made me want to throw the book at something. However, the other characters are so likable and the prose was so good to read that I kept going past the evil deeds of this character.
I am a lover of baseball so that part of the book was great for me. The depictions of how the lowest rung of pro baseball works reminded me of my childhood going to Tucson Toros games in the 1970s when they were a farm team for the Cleveland Indians. There was an innocence about baseball at that level that is gone by the time they get to the majors. This faith that one day each player will get to the "big show" is clearly demonstrated in the book, along with the reality that most of these players will not ever get to the major league team.
As I usually read historical romance and classic English literature this was a stretch outside of my comfort zone, but I really liked it and am glad I read it. I hope to read more from this author as I really liked the way he used the language
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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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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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