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Seven centuries in the future, the sport of American football has never been bigger, never been faster, never been more lethal. Trillions of fans from all over the galaxy watch six unique races battle in contests so violent that deaths are part of the stat sheet. Star quarterback Quentin Barnes has led his beloved Ionath Krakens to glory on the gridiron and become the most-recognized individual in history, but it is off the field where his world crumbles around him. Over four seasons with Ionath, he's picked up powerful enemies, one of which drove his sister into the Portath Cloud, a place from which no ship returns. Because his enemies include his team owner - a possessive crime lord who treats players like property - and the ruling government that controls the shipping lanes, Quentin and his friends must hide from the media spotlight as they search for a way to rescue his sister.

Set against the backdrop of a professional American football franchise seven centuries in the future, the Galactic Football League puts huge humans on the field with five alien races to create a game that is faster, stronger, and deadlier than anything we know today. Quarterback Quentin Barnes has grown from a racist, small-town standout into a proven leader, a uniter of peoples, and the Galaxy's most-famous athlete. Willing to do anything for his team, his Ionath Krakens have bound together through shared sacrifice, tragedy, devastating losses and thrilling victories.The GFL series melds star-spanning scifi, brutal crime fiction, and intense sports action into a smash-mouth extravaganza unlike anything you've read before.

©2014 Empty Set Entertainment (P)2014 Empty Set Entertainment

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GFL Junkies, it's another winner!

Would you listen to The Champion again? Why?

I listen to it all the time. Work, home, in bed while I should be making sweet love my wife, it's always a good time to listen to the Dark Overlord.

What did you like best about this story?

It's easy to get lost in the GFL, I can't wait until it gets it's big break and sweeps Hollywood. I just hope Michael Bay doesn't take a hot steaming dump on it.

Any additional comments?

Buy the damn book.

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Another wonderful listen/read

I personally love the Q. Barnes series, been a listener since the Earthcore and Ancestor days.

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love the story

scott sigler always writes great books and love the way he reads them thanks scott

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  • Willie
  • bedford, TX, United States
  • 05-28-15

Highly entertaining from start to finish

Another entertaining entry from Sigler who also provides a fantastic performance for the listener. Get this series!

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Mega super AWWWWWSOME!!!

Just AWESOME!!! One of the best book series. very few books do I get this into, but Scott Sigler had me laughing one minute and on the edge of my set the next.

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Can't wait for the next one!

Scott Sigler is incredible! Audible needs to carry more of his work! One of my all time favorite authors and narrators.

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Fantastic Book five Worth ever Second for my Ears.

Where does The Champion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5 in my list of Must reads

What other book might you compare The Champion to and why?

The Starter, The Rookie, The All Pro, The MVP

Which scene was your favorite?

Quentin Barns playing the Gridiron like it was a Computer game.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this Range of Books to either Gridiron Fans or Sci-fi Fans ... it has a broad scope of Appeal. Cant Wait for book VI

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  • TC
  • 08-20-17

GEL us an excellent series

if you like football this series will be more interesting. But, if you don't I still recommend the read. the universe Sicker has created to.support the story's is very interesting. the info on the races and wars is very entertaining.
I actual wish the author should do a book about just the non football parts of the story. maybe for all the short pieces in the GFL series I to a single book, ending some more connective arcs and new facts and story's.

very entertaining. his Infected series is food too.

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scott sigler is an master story creator!!!

Love it very much. Gonna miss Quinton being the Q.B. Looking forward to the next_challenge!!

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  • DJ
  • 06-15-16

Amazing Series

The reviews on the last book concerned me, but I think that is an amazing way to bring the character of Barnes full circle. I'm really curious about the war and hope the series continues.

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  • Ben O'halloran
  • 11-01-15

Sigler at his awsome best

The ultimate adventure of the Ionath Krackens which you will enjoy time and time again.Just eat your brocolli. Make sure you have some tissues.

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  • Michael
  • 05-15-15

Great great great

Best instalment yet
Takes the story to a new level and is opening up a universe of possible avenues for the author to go down next

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  • lucas
  • 01-31-15

outstanding

amazing. sigler is the daddy. can't wait for the next installment. now run the plays that I call

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  • Cally
  • 01-29-15

Another belter from Sigler

Sigler does it again. love all the GFL books. can't wait for the next one.

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  • DK Joynts
  • 12-07-14

Scott Sigler ups the GFL ante again.

Would you listen to The Champion again? Why?

Yeah when all 7 of the books are in I plan to relisten to it all back to back

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Champion?

Too many spoilers to be fair so I can't give anything away but there was a moment with uncle johnny and the gouger where I realised that the series was not being planned book to book but from start to finish of the series.

Which character – as performed by Scott Sigler – was your favourite?

uncle Johnny ain't he everyones.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't half way I was so angry with QBs treatment of uncle johnny I stopped reading for two weeks until I got my temper back.

Any additional comments?

Its darker and the feeling of slowly growing dread is palpable, slowly you fear more for the characters you care for which is a rare thing. But if you have not go from the start and listen to the rookie first.

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  • Mr Mask
  • 10-30-14

The Krakens Return

More of the boys own adventure that is the Galactic Football League. As enjoyable as ever although Quentin continues to be frustrating (he's a young man, sure, but he needs to stop being an impetuous dick) but ultimately a strong protagonist.

Plenty of story development as the Krakens make their bid for the bowl. Can't wait for the next one.

Well worth a listen if you like American Football and sci-fi.

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  • Jeff Northam
  • 04-09-15

Brilliant - Scott has done it again

Love all of Scotts work, The Champion is no different.
looking forward to the rest of the serise.