“Paint The Black” is a sincere, inspiring story about finding one’s path in life. Jack could never imagine his life without baseball; he lived it, breathed it, and only thought of himself as a baseball player. A talented pitcher, he gets drafted into one of the national league baseball teams, the Hawks, however, instead of concentrating on his training, Jack gets drawn into the wrong circle, whose favorite pastimes include women and alcohol. He makes one mistake after another, losing the first season due to injury, messing up the relationship with the only girl he really liked and cared about – Sarah, and even alienating his own parents.
I was sincerely rooting for Jack, struggling with his inner demons and trying to figure out his goals and motives. The character development was brilliant, and I really enjoyed watching Jack grow and learn from his mistakes towards the end of the book. I loved the vivid descriptions that provided me with a rare insider’s view into a world of professional baseball. “Paint The Black” is one of those books that you can’t put down once you start reading it. Highly recommended!