Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Kicker of St. John's Wood by Gary Wolf -- A Review by Teresa Rice

I am reviewing a book called, The Kicker of St. John's Wood. The author of the book is Gary Wolf he had this book published by iUniverse. The Kicker of St. John's Wood consists of ten chapters and 208 pages. As the author states in the blurb on the back cover of the book:

"This is a story of America in the year 2020: Fractured socially and politically, its enemies are gaining ground and its civil liberties are threatened like never before.

Jayesh Blackstone, a professional football player, finds himself at the focal point of an historic experiment: a woman is going to play in a football game, and it will happen in the Super Bowl. It turns out that this is just a foretaste of the metamorphosis that is taking shape. The very same event is the venue for an announcement by world leaders of a new order, one that defines humanity exclusively in terms of race and gender."

The Kicker of St. John's Wood, is a most captivating novel which at times reads like a satirical romance and at other times like a fast-paced spy thriller. The picture on the front cover in an abrupt fashion illustrates the absurdity of political correctness and how it is being thrust upon the American people. But, this novel is about much more than political correctness running amok. It is about Anti-Americanism being cloaked as political correctness, threatening one of America's favorite pastimes -- football. But, it is also about Anti-Americanism threatening and undermining American values, American way of life, and the very foundation of this country both internally and externally. One of the conflicts presented in the novel is that Jayesh, the kicker, has to come to grips with the reality that for the first time in the history of football a woman will be holding the football, while he kicks the football all in the name of gender equality. I don't want to give away too much, but I can tell you this: that is only the beginning. Its a page turner from there. The ending has me craving for more and it leaves open great possibilities for new and exciting adventures in the future. This novel, while a complete and satisfying story in itself, could serve as the prelude to a much larger and even more satisfying work, much as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was both a stand-alone novel and the prelude to The Lord of The Rings. I highly recommend that everyone read Gary Wolf's book, The Kicker of St. John's Wood. Please check out his other books at his website as well.


The Born Again American said...

Thanks for the review, I don't read much fiction, and I sure as hell hope this scenario doesn't wind up in a history book...

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Opus #6 said...

Hmm, interesting. Great picture. I will keep an eye out for that book.

Teresa said...

The Born Again American,
I hope you read it because I really enjoyed it and the book wasn't very long either. I hope this doesn't become a part of our history either.

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Teresa said...

I think that you would really enjoy reading this book. Plus, its not a monstrosity so it won't take you too long to read it.

I linked to Amazon at bottom of post and linked to Gary's website by clicking on the title. Enjoy!!

Doom said...

I could not read the book. From your review, I honestly do not see what the difference is from this date in time. Nothing in the book, that I have seen, is not possible. Actually, I would guess that these things are probable as things stand. I would not be entertained by it.

I would not mind being deceased before more of this is implemented. Fortunately or not, God has His own plans and is the gatekeeper between life and death. I may, to His ends, be forced to see more of the culture of total corruption extend it's influence into the nearly complete reduction of man to animal. And in some cases, an attempt to raise animal to man. Well, those things have already happened too.

Teresa said...

This a great futuresque novel bringing to the forefront the very issues that we are dealing with today. I highly recommend you read this book. But do as you wish.

Ron Russell said...

Sounds like a great book, I'll tell my wife she is the fiction reader in the family. All I can do each day to read 20+ post and write one, plus comment on those post. Years are creeping upon me now!

Amusing Bunni said...

Looks interesting, Teresa. In between all the legal tomes I"m boning up on lately, I"ll try and find at the library ;-)