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21. In Search Of...
22. Sportfishing with Cameron
23. Fall River Dreams: A Team's Quest

21. In Search Of...
by N. E. Body, The $2 Man
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-08-12)
list price: US$2.00
Asin: B002LE7830
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Jennifer, a medical doctor, and Ben, a veterinarian, testified against two head honchos of the international syndicate GTO.Life has never been the same.As directed by their Witness Protection Program handlers, they have had to nearly constantly change or they will eventually be tracked down and X'd out.As you can imagine, they have changed location, names, appearance, and style.However, for reader convenience, their names remain the same throughout the books mentioned in the following brief descriptions.

XChange (PublishAmerica.com) details Ben's and Jennifer's avoidance transitions for more than a year.

Within days of settling into their "final" WPP residence, Jennifer decided that she and Ben would be too readily tracked by the GTO if they stayed in one place, and if they stayed together.Without discussing her decision with her husband, Ben, she split generously leaving more than two thirds of their liquid assets with Ben. XChange Jennifer (PublishAmerica.com) presents her life on her own.A previously sublimated vigilante syndrome emerges as a challenge at least equaling that of the GTO.Can she manage it?How will three orphans on Kauai affect her?

Ben was "hit" by Jennifer's decision without mutual agreement, but he recognized her point about the superiority of separate avoidance while he went In Search Of... (Amazon Digital Platform).

Jennifer, and the three siblings Erik, Dennis and Sarah discover more than Australia. They weave sports, art, music, dance and love with many other kids and young adults, both gifted and challenged into a Bamboo Rubber Band.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book -- Lots of Adventure and Romance!!!
I really enjoyed this book.It was interesting to see how differently Ben approached his escape from the GTO from the way Jennifer did.The background of Hawaii was fun and exciting, with romance, intrigue, and adventure constantly changing the scenery.It showed how even when you are on the run, it is the personal relationships you make in your life that can create all of the difference -- sometimes in the most unexpected ways!!!I definitely recommend this book for an enjoyable read. ... Read more

22. Sportfishing with Cameron
by Norman German
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-07-02)
list price: US$3.99
Asin: B002G1XYU4
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A collection of ten outdoor adventure stories previously published in major literary and commercial magazines, including Salt Water Sportsman, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Sport Fishing. The lively “Rehabilitating Hemingway,” an article commissioned by Salt Water Sportsman, rounds out the collection. Plots involve a loser fishing for tarpon in a national aquarium, a striped bass that swallows a cell phone containing an important message, a female game warden pursuing a legendary poacher, canoeing in a hurricane’s storm surge, boys dodging lethal arrows, a deer-like track star, and children rescuing bird eggs from a deadly snake. The action spans the sports world: hunting, fishing, football, baseball, basketball, track and field, and a 10-page surprise finale.

These tales showcase Norman German’s sharp, accurate use of detail and his surprising and original plots. He’s a veteran storyteller who never fails to please his readers.
—Tim Gautreaux, The Clearing

Set in the Atchafalaya Swamp, the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, and the suburbs of Louisiana cities, these lovely, harrowing stories remind us of Norman German’s very large talent. His stories warn us that, inevitably, we pay for forsaking those who were once ours—sons, daughters, lovers.
—Anthony Bukoski, Time Between Trains
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pride, Greed, and Ambition
Pride, Greed, and Ambition

Norman German's short story, "Call Forwarding," was intended to teach people a lesson about greed, and how easily one can get caught up in materialism. German can probably relate to modern day America, and the fact that our intentions are to have the flashiest, most expensive materialistic items around. On the other hand, from this story, one can understand that it does not bring happiness, and the ending can be somewhat disastrous.

The short story focuses on Scott Crankton, a once native to the bayou moved to Rhode Island as a real estate investor, and acquired a flashy boat along with many other materialistic goods. Looking for quality time fishing with old buddies, Scott was distracted by a real estate sell he was staunched on making, but in the process his expensive cellular phone falls overboard. He spends the remaining part of his trip worried, and vowing to win the fishing tournament at all costs. When an old man, Mr. McCourtney, begins fishing in his old worn our boat, Crankton feels great about his own possessions like his flashy boat. Scott Crankton catches a winning fish, but when his buddy asks him to give the fish to Mr. McCourtney because they both hooked it, he refuses. McCourtney's fish begins to ring, and Scott Crankton will give anything to get the fish back because he is waiting on call from a potential buyer, but Mr. McCourtney is not interested in Scott's fine expensive offers; he is simply satisfied with the fish. After Scott spends a lot of money on getting the potential winning fish with the cell phone in it, he learns that it is not his phone. Even more ironically, Scott finds out that Mr. McCourtney would never enter a fishing tournament, so his money and items given was to a worthless cause.

The end of the story is the most intriguing because Scott Crankton is at his wits end about potentially losing the fishing tournament and losing his big real estate sell because he lost his phone. German makes point to have Mr. McCourtney turn down everything that Scott offers him to show that the simplest things in life are those moments we cherish most, not winning or big sells. For instance, Scott offered a GPS, but Mr. McCourtney responds, "Can't use that. Always know where I am (German)."Norman German offers a clear cut view of both Mr. McCourtney and Crankton's true character. While Mr. McCourtney is not phased by the materialistic things, Crankton would give everything in order to simply win a small fishing tournament; greed and ambition has overtaken the mindset of once a simply boy from the bayou. The author really makes the reader feel like the experience is happening right before them. For example, "On his knees, Scott cut the striper's belly open and squeezed. Two shad squirted out, followed by a tiny, shiny cell phone. Scott snatched up the phone, opened it and fell back on the deck. The sick look on his face had returned (German)." The reader can almost see Scott doing these actions which is a great usage of imagery by the author.

The short story "Call Forwarding" has great strength when looking at the overall moral of the story, but it lacks a strong introduction. It begins with an unclear message as to what these groups of men are doing, and all that is clear is the setting of water, wind, and a speeding boat. The reader may find it very difficult to become interested judging by the first few paragraphs, but once Scott loses his phone and the chaos begins, the reader will be literally hooked. The short story, published in Salt Water Sportsman, an international magazine with 1.2 million subscribers and 3.4 million readers with other short stories has the ability to compete with any short story because of its overall message. The idea of greed and a life of materialism can be associated to any part of our nation or people, so this piece is highly recommended if one needs to be grateful for what life has given them. Despite whether one is rich, middle-class, or dirt poor, everyone needs to find direction on how handle greed, ambition, and pride; Norman German's "Call Forwarding" does a great job explaining the consequences and struggle one will experience if all three of those characteristics are abused. Simply a great read!

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23. Fall River Dreams: A Team's Quest for Glory, A Town's Search for Its Soul
by Bill Reynolds
 Paperback: 354 Pages (1995-09-15)
list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$3.91
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Asin: 0312134916
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this deeply felt, unforgettable book, Bill Reynolds journeys with a high school basketball team through the past and present of an American town. Fall River, Massachusetts, is a once-prosperous industrial center haunted by its history, the Durfee High School basketball team begins its annual drive for a state championship: a quest that inspires and sometimes consumes kids, coaches, families, teachers, and all of Fall River.

Fall River Dreams is the story of one season's quest-a classic book about sports, youth, time, hope, and memory in American today.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The top sports book I have ever read
I recently finished reading Fall River Dreams. I look forward to reading it again.Today. This is the type of book that you can read over and over and enjoy it each time.

Bill Reynolds is a superbly gifted writer, and a marvelous observer of the "human condition."

You can easily do google search for some of the characters in the book, and find out what happened to them since the book's publication.

I understand that Reynolds is coming out with a book on Chris Herren. I am looking forward to that book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic of Sports Literature
I have this book on my shelf alongside Friday Night Lights Friday Night Lights, Levels Of The Game Levels of the Game, and The Last Shot The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams. Pretty good company.

Fall River Dreams is an excellent work of journalism. Reynolds clearly spent a lot of time immersed in Fall River and the town's high school team, and weaves a tale about a hard-nosed coach and a blue-collar town that used to be something special. In the nineteenth century, Fall River was thriving and making some people a lot of money. But like other towns that put all their eggs in one economic basket (Detroit, anyone?), things changed, and the town declined.

By 1991, when Reynolds gets there, the town is still in decline. Yet the high school basketball team is one of the best in the state. That dichotomy, along with some excellent characters--the coach, Skippy Karam, and his troubled best player, Chris Herren--give the books its narrative drive. Herren, btw, is a tragic figure. He made it to the NBA, but got caught up in drugs and alcohol and lost nearly everything.

My one complain with the book is that it relies heavily on exposition, which slows the pace.

Full disclosure--Bill Reynolds wrote a blurb for the cover of my book, The Boys From Little Mexico)The Boys from Little Mexico: A Season Chasing the American Dream. It, and Friday Night Lights, were the two books I studied most closely when trying to figure out the structure of my own sports narrative.

5-0 out of 5 stars A true American tale
I have really been enjoying Fall River Dreams.The book reminds you of simpler times when you were younger and the more genuine things were so important.Great read for anyone who wants to forget the daily grinds for a little while.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Fall River reading
The book is great!It reminds me of the writing about Fall River from the local paper's columnist, Marc Munroe Dion. Dion also captures the real voice of Fall River...he should do a book

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe the Best High School Basketball Book Ever
Bill Reynolds tracked the Fall River Durfee High School basketball team's 1992-93 season in "Fall River Dreams".

In addition to recounting the highs and lows of the season, from the first game through the big rivalry games and the playoff run, the book looks at the relationship between Massachusetts coaching legend Skippy Karam and his star player that season, Chris Herren.Reynolds talks about how the changes in society over the last several decades have made coaching more of a challenge, as adolescents feel much more comfortable challenging authority figures, coaches included.Herren was a top college prospect, and the book details his recruiting process.

Reynolds also discusses many other issues in contemporary teenage life, including drinking, academics, race, and popularity.

The author also paints a picture of the city of Fall River, discussing the challenges the city still faces in the face of the economic decline that came about when the city's textile mills closed, and even briefly examines the Lizzie Borden case.

This is a can't-miss addition to the library of fans of high school basketball. ... Read more

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