If I Never Get Back

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Frog Books, 2007 - Fiction - 424 pages
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Contemporary reporter Sam Fowler, stuck in a dull job and a failing marriage, abruptly finds himself transported back to the summer of 1869. After a wrenching period of adjustment, he comes to feel rejuvenated by his involvement with the nation's first pro baseball players. He also finds his senses quickening and tastes changing as he faces life-threatening 19th-century challenges on and off the baseball diamond. Through his attachments to the ballplayers and the lovely Caitlin O'Neill, he might just regain the sense of family he desperately needs. Darryl Brock masterfully evokes post-Civil War America’s smoky, turbulent cities, the new transcontinental railroad that takes passengers over prairies and mountains to California, the dance halls and parlor houses, the financial booms and busts, and historical luminaries like Mark Twain and Jesse James. Equally appealing to sports fans and anyone who likes a good read, If I Never Get Back well deserves the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s judgment that it “hits a home run.”
 

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Group read in Time Travel 2/3 through. Sam is implausibly talented, lucky, brave, clever... ugh. Marty Stu. All the research Brock did isn't making me like the story or the characters. The plot is non ... Read full review

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User Review  - nkmunn - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this way more than I expected to. It is a great time-travel book as well as an intriquing and engaging way to write historical fiction as adventure. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
49
Section 4
64
Section 5
126
Section 6
153
Section 7
164
Section 8
177
Section 15
259
Section 16
277
Section 17
293
Section 18
305
Section 19
323
Section 20
335
Section 21
345
Section 22
366

Section 9
179
Section 10
192
Section 11
205
Section 12
222
Section 13
231
Section 14
245
Section 23
384
Section 24
394
Section 25
405
Section 26
407
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About the author (2007)

For the better part of two decades, Darryl Brock was a history, English, and psychology instructor in San Francisco Bay Area high schools. He holds a BA from the University of Redlands and has many graduate units in history at UC Berkeley. He has served as a writing consultant to the State of California and worked with Educational Testing Service to establish essay-scoring programs. Since 1984, Brock has been a full-time freelance writer, and is the author of numerous articles and reviews, many of them about early baseball and/or Mark Twain.

He is an accomplished public speaker on the subjects of the Red Stockings, early baseball in general, and his experience in researching those pioneer pros. He is heavily involved in the world of baseball, attending Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) regional meetings and occasionally national conventions, as well as other baseball organizations' functions.

Darryl Brock lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and daughter.

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