For those of you going out of town to the beach, or flying, you’re going to need reading material. So, why not check out...
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Rays II: Return of the Underdogs
By Andrew Friedman
Summary: One season after their incredible run to the World Series, the Rays are back out of first place. A slow start seems to have condemned them to miss the playoffs. Can the Rays turn it around and return to the top? Will Evan Longoria’s bat lead the team to victory?
Review: “A generic sequel to a surprise sports novel. It has its bright spots, especially in the narrative’s offensive punch, and has some lights-out pitching—by the author, in favor of the Rays.”—Harry Pitts, New York Times
Yankees vs. Red Sox
By Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein
Summary: A pair of giant robots, Pinstripe and Red-Foot, duel for dominance in an explosive battle for control of the world—or maybe just the AL East. Soon to be a major blockbuster directed by Michael Bay.
Review: “Fast-paced...action-packed...does get one-sided by the middle.”—Clay Potts, LA Times
The Central Wars
By Al Central
Genre: War Drama
Summary: A fictitious historical epic of five rivals with an intense hatred for each other. When a war breaks out between them, they fight to the end. But this war may be too even.
There may be no winner—and even if there is, the end results may not be good enough...the winner of this battle may not have enough left in them to fight again for the league title.
Review: “Intense combat scenes...but I can’t help but feel that the winner of the War couldn’t stand up to Rays II or Yankees vs. Red Sox...”—Fanny S. Huge, Houston Chronicle
Nightmare on Roosevelt Avenue
By Omar Minaya
Summary: The Mets dreamed big for 2009, hoping to put the past disasters behind them. But unfortunately for them, there are two big problems: a pair of monsters named “Injury” and “Choke” that can kill the Mets in their dreams.
Slowly they begin going down...Reyes, Church, Perez, Delgado, Putz, Maine... Will the survivors, led by David Wright and Johan Santana, stand a chance against these foes? Can the remaining Mets stave off “Injury” and “Choke” long enough to survive until the playoffs?
Review: “Well-written...The monsters seem shadowy and insubstantial at first, but grow in power with each victim...Chilling, especially for a fan...”—Doug A. Hole, Washington Post
By Ruben Amaro, Jr.
Summary: The Phillies had it all: a good team, homegrown players, a World Series title...but when Pat Burrell left, if felt like he could never be replaced. And that’s when Raul arrived.
He comes and takes Philadelphia by storm. But things get rough: Raul is wrongly accused of a crime; an injury takes Raul out of commission. Can Raul and the Phillies be together and repeat as champions?
Review: “Fairly strong novel. Raul is impressive, but the crime he is ‘accused’ of (I use this word lightly; it seems more like an offhand remark blown out of proportion) seems ill-supported. His reaction also seems overdramatic, but I suppose it makes sense.”—Flo N. River, Newsweek
A Comedy of Errors
By Jim Bowden (afterword by Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo)
Summary: For the Washington Nationals, nothing is going right. Their GM pulls several incompetent moves that hinder the team and is fired right before the season. One of their top prospects is actually 43, and they didn’t know it.
Their pitching staff is an ever-growing list of mysterious names, and they are beating the ’62 Mets in futility. Can they improve, or will they bring pathetic to new heights?
Review: “Hilariously bad. There are some bright spots...like the Zimmerman(n)s, Dunn, Strasburg...and you won’t believe who gets traded in the twist!”—Jenny Raider, TIME
By Neal Huntington
Summary: A once proud Pirates franchise is ravaged by years of stupidity in management. When a new, young leader takes charge, he is left with a heart-rending choice: sell off their best shot for immediate improvement and alienate their remaining fans, or rebuild and work to a stronger future.
Review: “Depressing to read...does have some unintentional humor...I mean, they traded Aramis Ramirez for those guys?...and then Jason Bay, and then, there’s also...”—Chuck LaBall, Chicago Tribune
The Astros Go to the Playoffs
By Ed Wade and Drayton McLane
Summary: The Astros rally to an incredible second half and storm to their first World Series title on stellar seasons from Berkman, Lee, Oswalt, Pence, Bourn, Wandy Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada, Geoff Blum...
Review: “Gets a little unbelievable...There’s a difference between ‘fantasy’ and ‘delusion.’”—Berry Tree, Miami Herald
The Bionic Team
By Dan O’Dowd
Genre: Science Fiction
Summary: Following a disastrous start that leaves the team without a head, the Rockies are rebuilt from the head down and become even stronger, taking down all those in their way. Will it lead to a wild showdown in the (NL) West with the Dodgers?
Review: “Unbelievably strong...Goes on a streak where it refuses to surrender your attention.”—Pete Moss, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By Bud Selig
Summary: There exists a list with the names of 104 lawbreakers. One group of fans will stop at nothing to uncover every name. But another group will stop at nothing to stop them.
Review: “Keeps you guessing until the end whether they’ll find every last name...You'll be shocked at who’s on the list...”—Amy N. Fire, USA Today