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Publisher's Summary

Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, The Rookie is a story that combines the intense gridiron action of Any Given Sunday with the space opera style of Star Wars and the criminal underworld of The Godfather. Aliens and humans alike play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that literally want to eat you. Organized crime runs every franchise, games are fixed, and rival players are assassinated. Follow the story of Quentin Barnes, a nineteen-year-old quarterback prodigy that has been raised all his life to hate, and kill, those aliens. Quentin must deal with his racism and learn to lead, or he'll wind up just another stat in the column marked "killed on the field."

©2009 Empty Set Entertainment (P)2014 Empty Set Entertainment

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You don't follow sports? You'll still like this.

I do not follow sports. I dislike American football (despite playing it two years as a teenager). I don't understand why people read the newspaper sports page. I still recommend you listen to this book. I admit the first chapter had me wondering if I made a mistake purchasing this audiobook. Then I realized that not only did I not need to pay attention to the details vis-a-vis football minutiae but ignoring it allowed me to appreciate the broader story. And that story is classic Scott Sigler. If you're a sports fan who knows what a "argle bargle pass long" play means you're likely to rate this even higher than I did.

The production values are the best of any audiobook I've listened to (more than 700 as I type this) till now. It's usually a mistake for an author to read their prose. Scott Sigler is the exception to the rule. Not to mention the background sounds help you feel you're actually at the events being described. Now that I've listened to the book I would have been happy to pay full list price.

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Outstanding Book

If you love football and enjoy futurist fiction then this book is for you. The author really knows football and explains it well. He makes it easy to read and understand even if you are not a football fan. This book is action packed taking you through a roller coaster ride. I suggest this book to anyone!!!

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Really Good

The story itself is entertaining, it follows a self centered football rookie who through the course of the season pulls his out of the sand to become a leader for his team. What makes this book even better is the level of production that was put into the audiobook. The performance of the Narrator is fantastic, the different voices are great, the additional music wonderful and the sound effects make you feel like your in the story itself. I've listened to a lot of audio books and this was one of the better performed stories.

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Supurb reading - Highly recommended

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

The Rookie is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to period.

What did you like best about this story?

There are too many highlights to list. Basically I am a Sigler junkie and love this series. As someone who isn't from the US it also has me hooked on the NFL now too.

Any additional comments?

This sci-fi novel is "Even Given Sunday" meets "The Godfather" meets "Aliens". It's a fabulous romp which I first listened to as a podcast. Since then I have bought the hardcover and the audiobook.

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So good!

I struggle to finish audiobooks sometimes because of the narrator but Scott Sigler is amazing. This book was great and his energy that he put into reading this made it even better i would highly recommend this to anyone looking for something to read or listen to.

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I didn't think that I liked football

I'm not really a #sports fan, but someone told me that the #GFL books would be good regardless. #TrueStory.
I think I related too much to the protagonist, the #torturedhero, the #chosenone. In a weird way, I think my background was similar, and I had the same sort of #comingofage.
Anyway, this is an awesome book and I downloaded the best one right away!

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Great series.

I don't follow football at all. At all. Despite that this series is really good. I have one problem though. You may want to turn your volume down. The whistles. Holy crap. While the games are happening the referees whistles are the worst. They're being blown right in to your brain. Otherwise these books are really great.

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A most entertaining audiobook

The Rookie was certainly very entertaining . I especially liked the "radio drama" style production. A fun story, but with serious undertones.

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LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love the whole series of books, my favorite books! I will be encouraging my kids and their kids to listen to these books.🤗

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Yes... Yes...

Do you like football? Do you like Sci-Fi? If you answered yes to both these questions, then this book will be a good read for you.

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  • Christopher
  • 09-02-17

superb.

story of a secular man thrown into his worst nightmare to get what he wants. amazing.

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  • Andrew Neill
  • 12-04-20

Phenomenal start

This is a great start to an awesome series, you do not need to be a fan of football you just need to be a fan of interesting characters and lots and lots of violence.

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  • Call me Bob
  • 10-13-20

On the edge about this but intetesting

If you can get over the American football theme and the almost retarded hillbilly main character it does have interesting SciFi.
I finished about 4 books in the series and am still intending to listen to the rest.
Also the narrator/author thinks he can act... This is not so. There are a lot of cringe moments that i really wished I could skip.
I, like the most of the world, do not know or care about American football but i did get to appreciate it a little at the end.
Just think of England and get through the gibberish related to the game.

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  • Phish
  • 05-09-20

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!

I've never been a sports fan but this series of books is the best I've ever listened to.
Being British I had no idea about American Football. I listened because it was, originally free as a podcast.
I'd had a serious operation on my chest and medication after made it really difficult to do the one thing I loved, read.
The GFL series was a god send and the way they are recorded and read is amazing. I found myself really engrossed in every aspect of the game and all the characters.
A big thanks to Scott Sigler. Your stories and reading of those stories is awesome.
I've listened to all of your other stories too. Again, thank you for these amazingly read audio books!

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  • Jsun-LG
  • 12-11-19

Very enjoyable.

I enjoyed this science fiction story a lot. The characters are interesting and develop well during the story. I like the production style too. I still haven't a clue about how American football works.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Malcolm Jamieson
  • 12-30-17

Great book

Loved this book and I have never watched American football before but it did not mater. Worth listening to

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  • Shaun B.
  • 10-10-21

STILL love it

This is literally my only source of anything related to Gridiron! But I actually want to watch a superbowl now!

I listened to this way back when it was on a weekly podcast. I did all pf his other books first, trying to ignore this one because it was about football. I ended up loving it perhaps best of all (its between this and the infected trilogy).

Though narrating sound effects is not Siglers forte - everything else is SO good. Love it and recommend it

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  • Krzysztof Kolata
  • 12-01-15

not for me

I can watch american football (that's right they don't play football ;) but listening is very hard. at the beginning was very hard to get to this book especially that in background there was fans cheering during the game (that is so annoying and the sound between scenes why why why )
with Unabridged Audiobook why they do all the sounds that are mostly annoying
we hear buzzer and then narrator read that we hear buzzer background noise is very irritating

funny thing the best thing from book was american football and i don't like american football

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  • emilee
  • 04-30-18

Football... in SPAAAAAAAAAACE

I was told that this was scifi through (american) football. But it's more like football with a small trimming with scifi. If you don't watch football, don't know the tems, you wild probably get lost one of the many times they're listing of numbers like a stats course.

It's a decent story with a good performance. But I'm not that into it because I'm not that into football. If I did like football, I would enjoy this a lot more.

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  • Jeff Northam
  • 03-20-15

Great.. really annoying Scott..

Perfect now I have like 5 more books to buy..and I dont even like football. yet wow found I could not stop listening..