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Smashwords book reviews by Benjamin Chapman
- The Mighty Roman
on April 12, 2012
Ostensibly this book is like "Mutiny on the Bounty with baseball bats." But it's so much more than just that. It's part slice-of-life Americana and part political and cultural dialogue along with a good sports story.
Jon Sindell's voice is what makes this book. It takes place in California, between SF and LA, and deals with contemporary issues like how homosexuals and Hispanic Americans are treated, and it's a youthful book with young characters, and yet the tone is nostalgic.
Most of all, it's written with an obvious love for baseball, it's history, the Giants and Dodgers franchises, and the state of California.
Beyond just baseball, "The Mighty Roman" deals with issues of race and homosexuality within the team, and how to deal with a nasty coach with a lack of modern sensitivities. The mutiny takes place for the right reasons: to defend teammates who are a little different.
And yet the story, while moral, does not moralize, and in fact shows empathy for all the characters involved.
It's a fun and thoughtful book which is a great combination. I highly recommend it.