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Welcome to the Show: A Mickey Tussler Novel, Book 3 (The Mickey Tussler Series) Paperback – April 19, 2016
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Because of Frank Nappi's Mickey Tussler series, I care about baseball, its language, its history and its players...Mickey is as wholesome and authentic as ever, which accounts for his success, especially in frantic win-or-lose moments...it is rewarding reading experience...Don't worry if you haven't read the first two books...Frank Nappi is an expert at catching his readers up very quickly.
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"A marvelous blending of baseball history and first-rate fiction. The perfect conclusion to an outstanding baseball saga."
Howie Rose, sportscaster for the New York Mets
"A masterful final chapter in the incredible life of a most compelling baseball legend. The Legend of Mickey Tussler series is a baseball trilogy destined to become the definitive work in the genre."
David Satriano, New York Post
"Welcome to the Show is an action-packed, heartwarming story that completes the most captivating baseball trilogy ever written. Frank Nappi writes the way Miguel Cabrera hitsbrilliantly, powerfully, effortlessly. Readers will stand up and applaud as Mickey Tussler's journey reaches new heights."
Bill Madden, New York Daily News
"Frank Nappi’s Legend of Mickey Tussler series reminds us why sports, above all else, remain the great unifier, the great teacher, and why baseball remains our beloved national pastime. Mickey’s journey not only calls on our common ground as a people, but of the need to respect, appreciate, and understand those things that make us inherently individual and unique.”
John Valenti, Newsday
"Bernard Malamud has the character of Roy Hobbs, and Frank Nappi has the intriguing character of Mickey Tussler. Through his award-winning series of three books, Nappi takes us on a journey through baseball life in the 1940s, as seen through the lens of autism. This is not a conventional baseball story, but one that lays out unique challenges and plot twists that differ from any series of baseball books that have come before."
Bruce Markusen, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
"Wonderfully written baseball series with an accurate depiction of life in the minor leagues. Frank Nappi weaves throughout these stories the age old human condition of prejudice and narrow mindedness, things we all are still working on in the present. I cannot wait for the next book to see what Mickey and Lester can accomplish in the show."
Craig Swan, former New York Mets pitcher
"It is refreshing to read a series of books that celebrate the extraordinary talent that a very special young man with autism possesses. These books also show the real challenges those touched by autism must endure. The saga of Mickey Tussler spoke to me as a former professional athlete and as also a parent of another special young man with autism."
Olie Kolzig, former NHL goaltender
"In the third novel in his heartwarming, unforgettable Mickey Tussler baseball series, Frank Nappi has surpassed himself. In this latest tale of a young autistic pitcher with a 'golden arm,' Nappi hits another one out of the park."
Betty Dravis, author of Star Struck: Interviews with Dirty Harry and Other Hollywood Icons
About the Author
Frank Nappi has taught high school English and creative writing for over twenty-five years. His debut novel, "Echoes from the Infantry," received national attention, including MWSA s silver medal for outstanding fiction. "Welcome to the Show!" is the third book in his critically acclaimed Legend of Mickey Tussler series. Frank lives on Long Island with his wife and their two sons."
Top Customer Reviews
I was hooked on Mickey Tussler in Nappi’s first book and the movie that followed, just as I was on the second, which became a movie too. Yep, they are THAT good.
This series has everything: humor, pathos, heart-warming, heart-wrenching drama and a tender romance with Murph and his wife.
"Welcome to the Show" is exciting reading that leaves one filled with hope, more knowledge about autism, and appreciative of Nappi’s writing skills.
He brings Mickey to life in such a strong way that his readers fall in love with the lovable, at times confused kid. We care what happens to him...
This third book is just as intriguing as the first two, taking Coach Murphy, his wife, Mickey and the Brewers to the Big City baseball of Boston and to the World Series competition. Wow!
But this is a big change for Murph, his wife (Mickey’s mother) and Mickey. How do Mickey and Murph handle the change? And why does Murph’s wife dislike Boston so much. Is the dissension over the move breaking them up? What new problems await Mickey, and how do they do in the baseball finals?
All those questions are answered by the author, who proves once again what a masterful writer he is. In fact, he knows the game of baseball so well, that even the play-by-plays are lively and easy to follow.
I was bowled over by Murph’s dedication to the sport of baseball and Mickey’s determination to succeed despite all odds.
This is another amazing book by Frank Nappi. I truly enjoy following Mickey Tussler’s life as he continues to overcome. Play ball, Mickey!
Review by Betty Dravis, August 2, 2016
Author of “The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley”
Nappi writes with flowing grace no matter which particular topic is being addressed. Whether it’s Mickey throwing his fastball with pinpoint accuracy, his budding romance with Jolene, the sister of a Braves teammate, or some of the poignant exchanges between Muphy and Molly, his wife and Mickey’s mother, the reader will be gripped in the emotions of the moment.
The reader will also feel a strong connection with the characters in this story. Of course, those who have read the previous two stories already have had that attachment with Mickey, Molly, Murph and Lester, but it continues with the introduction of Jolene. Having suffered rejection by a parent during her childhood like Mickey, her character is the perfect match for Mickey and their conversations and budding relationship made for the best passages of the book.
Which isn’t to say that the baseball writing is bad – these parts are just as good as they are in the first two segments. Using real players from the 1950 season but taking liberties with actual baseball history, it was fun to read about the ups and downs of the Braves as they progress through the season. No spoilers to tell how the season ends, but how the young pitcher, his grizzled manager and level-headed catcher handle the adventures of the campaign will enthrall any baseball fan.
With great storytelling, a tender romantic story and some life lessons along the way, “Welcome to the Show” is a terrific read while following Mickey’s baseball career. His story is one of the best literary series of books I have read.
I wish to thank Mr. Nappi for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.