The Rookie: Book 1: Galactic Football League (Unabridged)
by Scott Sigler
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Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, The Rookie is a story that combines the intense gridiron action of Any Given Sunday with the space opera style of Star Wars and the criminal underworld of The Godfather. Aliens and humans alike 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 assassinated. Follow the story of Quentin Barnes, a nineteen-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 he'll wind up just another stat in the column marked "killed on the field."
The Rookie is a great start to a great series
I have listened to and read all of Scott Sigler's GFL books, beginning with this one. I then purchased a couple sets of the available series and gave them to my teen boys, as these are not only a great story, but are really pretty clean and wholesome. Highly recommend this book and this series!!!!
Great Sci-Fi/Sports book
Loved this book. All of Sigler's other stuff is great as well. You can really see his sports writing past, and love of football, shining through. Even though it's scifi, it still translates to accurate sports fiction, just with souped up physicality and athlete size/ability. If you've ever been involved with any high level sports team, you'll especially appreciate the team dynamic he describes.