Friday 13 June 2008

The Rookie

The Official Blurb

"The Rookie" is set amongst a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future. Aliens play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that -- literally -- want to eat you. Organized crime runs every franchise, games are fixed and rival players are assasinated.

Follow the story of Quentin Barnes, a 19-year-old quarterback prodigy that has been raised all his life to hate, and kill, those aliens. Quentin must deal with his racism and learn to lead, or hell wind up just another stat in the column marked "killed on the field."

My Review

What we have here is a high SciFi story blended with equal parts of "The Godfather" and the best sports movie you ever watched. It's a high action story and I dont just mean sports action. From early on the listener is drawn into the worlds of the future by the characters who leap to life with their personal stories that let us know how harsh their version of the future is.

The lead character starts as a talented racist ( towards alien races ) thrown into a sports team made up predominently of aliens. This gives us an amusing situation which the author never fails to bring into sharp focus.

The story as you might expect from a sports story builds through the entire story towards a climatic bloodthirsty sports ending.

The story includes lots of violence and blood and not all of it the aliens so be warned this isn't one you want to share with the kids.

Scott Sigler the author has excelled himself in producing this his 3rd audio book. As well as using the voices he has so succesfully used before, he has expanded into excellently applied sound effects. He's managed to bring the worlds of his invention to life with a sound so rich that other audio books literally pale by comparison, even his other audio books.

In Summary, I loved this book.

Reading 3/3
Production 3/3
Story 3/3

Total Score 9/9

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