08 May 2012

Calico Joe by John Grisham, Another Big Hit!

Book Description:
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (April 10, 2012)

  • A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball…

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe?
    It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz.

    In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.

    Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever…

    In John Grisham’s new novel the baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes CALICO JOE a classic.

    My Take:
    I have been a Grisham fan since the age of 14, the first novel I read was The Last Juror and it blew me away and sparked my interest in the legal field (where I hope to have a career someday). Ever since that book I've read each book by John Grisham in existance. After reading The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2006) I was so fascinated that I read The Dreams of Ada by Robert Mayer because of its relation to Grisham's novel. So I had to read his newest release - Calico Joe! Unlike most of his novels this one is only 208 pages, I cannot lie when I finished reading it I was in a pretty foul mood, not because the book was bad but that I had read it so fast and it was finished! So take your time and don't rush, its a great read! Anyone that loves baseball, Grisham or both should be getting it now! It alternates between the summer of 1973 and modern day but this is done in a smooth manner. It tells a story of a baseball star, small town and a father/son relationship mixed with a tragedy that makes this a sensational read! I can't give away to much or you'll end up guessing what happens but if anything in the description sounds good to you I promise that it is worth the time. Its not the normal backound you see in most of John Grisham's novels but its just as good! In my opinion a 5/5 rating!
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    Disclaimer: I received the product in exchange for my honest opinions, thoughts expressed here are my own!

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