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Countdown to Lockdown

A Hardcore Journal

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The undisputed king of the literary ring is back with another handwritten, hardcore home run. Forget the ghost writer and the computer keyboard - this mesmerizing memoir is straight from the pen and notebook paper of the Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley, chronicling the heart-pounding build-up to "Lockdown", one of the most important matches of his long and storied career. Foley's every limit is tested, as he battles back the formidable tag-team of Father Time and Mother Nature - overcoming a host of injuries and serious self-doubts to get back in the ring with one of his all-time favorite foes. With his trademark blend of wit and wisdom, wildness and warmth, Foley dishes previously untold stories from his remarkable life, including his transition from WWE to TNA, his ill-fated stint as a television commentator, his tumultuous relationship with Vince McMahon, his thoughts on performance enhancing substances in sports, the troubling list of wrestlers dying way too young, and his soul saving work in Sierra Leone.

Raw, dynamic, and unabashedly honest, COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN charts Foley's wrestling rebirth, and rise to heights that his fans thought he would never see again.

Publisher's Note: 100% of the advance for this book has been donated to Child Fund International and RAINN.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 23, 2010 – While keeping true to his unique writing style, which melds stream-of-consciousness prose with constant pop culture, literary (including many nods to his own unsuccessful novel) and current events references, wrestler Foley takes more of a diary approach than in his past nonfiction books. The central story is his steel-cage match with fellow wrestler Sting from the match's causes to Foley's training and ending with a play-by-play of the action in the ring. For wrestling fans and curious onlookers, Foley's special talent has always been that as a successful wrestler he can give the dirty little secrets behind pro wrestling while he remains completely excited about the sport. But in terms of wrestling excitement in this book, Foley comes up short as he spends most of his time trying to convince himself he is as keyed up for the match as he is about meeting singer-songwriter Tori Amos. In fact, when Foley discusses out of the ring issues like, in the wake of wrestler Chris Benoit's murder-suicide or substance abuse problem in his business, he really gives readers substance. Even more thought provoking and touching are Foley's asides about building schools and sponsoring children in Sierra Leone through the Child Fund International or his support of RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network).

Customer Reviews

I love this book!

Mick Foley has done it again! Countdown to Lockdown is a wonderfully written diary of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Foley captures your interest from page one, and never let's go. By the end of the book, you feel as though you have just had a wonderful conversation with an old friend.

A solid blend of wrestling and life

As a TNA fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative build up to Lockdown.

The non-Lockdown chapters all contained a story that showed the unique character and nature of Mick Foley.

I enjoy the writing, humor, and perception of Mick Foley. Having read all his books, including Tietam Brown, I can't say this book is only for a wrestling audience. Foley's account of giving to those in need, finding strength in a song- only to realize he is able to conquer his fears by believing in himself, and not allowing anyone to compromise the fact that 'I' make a difference are 3 themes I drew from the book.

For a pure wrestlers life account books like Hitman or Hardcore Holly will give you raw and unfiltered stories behind the scenes as a wrestler. Countdown to Lockdown will give you an account of the life of a man who does more than wrestle.

I have enjoyed this book more so than Jericho's on the grounds that I feel Mick Foley is not just giving a pretty good effort, but is giving the best he has.

Countdown to Lockdown
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sports & Outdoors
  • Published: Oct 01, 2010
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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