Brittle Innings

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Bantam Books, Jan 1, 1995 - Fiction - 516 pages
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For seventeen-year-old Danny Boles, a 5'5" shortstop out of Tenkiller, Oklahoma, the summer of 1943 would be a season to remember. The country's at war, and professional baseball needs able-bodied men. Danny's headed for Highbridge, Georgia - home of the Goober Pride peanut butter factory and the Highbridge Hellbenders, a Class C farm club in the Chattahoochee Valley League. He's a scrappy player with one minor quirk: a violent encounter on the train to Georgia has rendered him mute, his vocal cords tied up in knots. Danny's idiosyncrasy, however, is nothing compared to that of his new Hellbender roommate, an erudite seven-foot giant by the name of Jumbo Hank Clerval. With his yellow eyes, strangely scarred face, and sausage-sized fingers, Hank seems to have been put together in a meat-packing plant. But he plays a mean first base and can hit the ball a mile. With the Hellbenders in a pennant race as hot as the relentless Georgia sun, the eloquent Clerval forms a special kinship with the speechless kid from Oklahoma. Danny soon realizes that Hank is not an ordinary man but something more complex...more mysterious than he'd imagined. These two very different ballplayers forge a bond as the season moves inexorably toward its dramatic, and ultimately violent, conclusion. Both want a shot at the major leagues and both want to know what it's like to be a man. But they are about to discover how ambition and desire can turn even the gentlest soul into the worst kind of monster. At turns funny, tragic, and ultimately uplifting, Brittle Innings is a brilliant evocation of a uniquely American drama: a season-long contest in which fantasies are engaged, heroes are created and destroyed, andinnocence is lost forever.

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User Review  - Joe Santoro - Goodreads

Plot: Danny Boles is the greatest scout ever, but few recall back in the day when he was an extremely promising shortstop in the CVL... this is his story, and that of the rest of the Highridge ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan Lazarus - Goodreads

Frankenstein's monster plays baseball. Why the hell are you still reading this? In all seriousness, despite the (at first glance) ridiculous premise, this is treated with all the severeness and humanity a proper sequel to Frankenstein deserves. Highly recommended. Read full review

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MICHAEL BISHOP lives in Wichita, KS with his wife Cindy. His books have been seen on Mtv, in newspapers nationwide, and celebrated highly on the Internet. Critics are hailing him as the Next Generation of Horror after his explosive debut into the literary world. Setting the industry on fire with a new style of twisted imagery and savage story lines. He is now working on the "Raven's Secrets", his next work of maniacal mischief.

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