But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback: for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.
Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player, any former NFL player, at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers, at least until a better offer comes along, and he heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma, not even where it is, has never been to Europe, and doesn't speak or understand a word of Italian. To say that Italy holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
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Maybe. Both are very good. I like the way the narrator brings Welch to life. Just right!
Franco. He's funny and devoted.
This was the first.
It's not really that kind of book. There are some emotional bits, but mostly it's entertaining, uplifting, and funny at times.
You don't have to love football to enjoy this book. Short and sweet!
Not a timeless classic by any means, but a nice break from my usual reading material (and welcome after a stinker of an audiobook)
Not relevatory, but for someone who knows football, or has travelled in Italy (or wants to) an entertaining short read.
John Grisham makes a great come back with this book. It has a few twist to keep you interested, and it isn't predictable as his lawyer stories.
This book just makes you feel good. The character are great, he describes Italy and its people to the tee and tells a story in a way that makes you want to experience it first hand. Grisham continues to create works of art. I am sure this will hit the big screen. I highly recommend it.
I am not a fan of John Grisham. This book looked good to me in spite of that and I ended up enjoying it immensely. While it did have the trademark character out of nowhere that really had no place in the story which always drives me crazy, I found this book to be really quite enjoyable.
I'm a big fan of John Grisham and although he writes popular fiction, when he's on top of his game I consider him to be a great American writer, worthy of study in any literature class. So imagine my disappointment in finding that here he's written a passably entertaining book about a passably talented football player, with a "story" (a generous use of the term) that ended predictably. In addition, the main character's world is inhabited by a group of stereotypical characters doing ... well ... stereotypical and predictable things. The only surprise here was my ultimate disappointment in an author who has never disappointed me before.
I'm not quite sure who this book would appeal to. If you took out the play-by-play football passages, it would likely be half the length. Perhaps football fans enjoy these game play descriptions, but I doubt it, and can't think why anyone else would. It was a light yarn, with very little story or serious considerations. I kept expecting something to happen, but nothing ever did. The narrator was good, however while I initially thought that his Italian place name pronounciations sounded authentic, when he pronounced the Canadian places incorrectly I began to have doubts. If he pronounces Regina as Regeena, who knows about the Italian.
Playing for pizza was the most basic pizza I've ever eaten...no pepperoni, no cheese, no sauce, come to think of it, the crust wasn't even memorable! I left this book feeling like I came, I saw, I ate pizza crust, I went home. No surprises, shallow plot, not much in the way of character development. The best thing about it was the narration. As I was wading through the audible, I kept thinking to myself...ok, ok, ok...now something is going to happen. Only it never did!! If you have an extra 6 hours in your life that you want to waste, this book accomplishes just that. I didn't hate it, just nothing happened to excite me or intrigue me. A disaapointment to say the least!
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