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Book Review — Scott Sigler’s “The Rookie”

February 23, 2012

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have on our menu for today a long promised book review.  Our offering:  Scott Sigler’s “The Rookie”.

The story takes place 700 years in the future.  Most of the known galaxy is under the control of an alien race, known as the Creterakians.  American style football is huge, now played against different worlds with the various alien species.  To some it is a barbaric, mob controlled sport.  To others it is a religion.  To Quentin Barnes, it is a way out.

Raised as an orphan in a world controlled by religious fundamentalism, Quentin is a gifted quarterback dreaming for something larger than his life has afforded.  He dreams of playing football in the big tiers and hoisting the Galaxy Bowl trophy over his head.  To do so, he will need to play alongside the same alien species he was taught to hate and kill.  He has a rough go of it at first.  He is a cocky and brash newcomer that is unwilling to listen to or learn from the seasoned veterans on the team.  He quickly discovers he has a lot to learn if he wants to play football in the upper tiers.  The receivers run faster and jump higher.  The defensive linemen hit harder.  Players can and do die on the field.

Before this book, I didn’t have much interest in watching the game of football.  I found the games boring, but only because I didn’t understand the gameplay.  Scott Sigler, author of “The Rookie” (amongst many other great books), explains many of the basics that helped me to follow both the story and a televised NFL game better.  (Go Steelers!)

Scott has podcastd his fiction for many years now.  It was through his podcast that I heard the first version of “The Rookie”.  At that time, it was written for an adult audience.  For the story’s print debut, it was toned down for a younger audience, but it doesn’t lose any of it’s edge.  He has added a glossary, full color inserts, and additional excerpts to not only help with this book, but also to help set the stage for the rest of the books in the series.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a football fan, a science fiction fan, or both.

Unfortunately, Scott is only releasing limited editions of the hardcover books in the series and “The Rookie” has already sold out.  It is available via e-book or audio book formats through his site,  You can also purchase the hardcover versions of the next two books in the series as well as pre-order the fourth book due out on NFL opening day.  If football isn’t your thing, but sci-fi horror is, check out his site also.  He offers links to order and pre-order his other books, “Infected”, “Contagious”, “Ancestor”, and (coming in April) “Nocturnal”.  These books are not for the faint of heart, however they are not blood for blood’s sake like so many horror movies seem to be (Yes I’m looking at you Saw and Hostel!)  you can also subscribe to his podcast feed and check out all of his stories in audio form if you want to get a taste and become a Junkie (the site explains – no actual drug use is meant or required)

Let me know what you think of this review, regardless if you loved it, hated it, or felt Meh! about it.  I’m always looking for suggestions on how to improve the blog since I’m still just beginning.  I will be trying to make a book review a weekly thing for you the fans.  If you have a book to suggest, please let me know at the contact information below.

Until next time, ask yourself…

Why so serious?

Donald L Pitsiladis

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