Razzle Dazzle

Rated 5.00/5 based on 7 reviews
Headstrong Jessica Burns inherits the sorry, ever-losing New York Jets. Against opposition from the other owners and the disbelief of the media, she brings more fun and less violence to the NFL by installing a revolutionary offense that takes her and the coach of her dreams all the way to the Super Bowl More
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About Robert Blair Kaiser

Reporter for The New York Times, prize-winning foreign correspondent (for Time) and, later, for Newsweek in Rome, journalism chairman at the Univ. of Nevada Reno, author of 13 published books and one prize-winning musical comedy.

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J Frieberger reviewed on June 5, 2012

Razzle Dazzle is a brilliantly fun romp with powerful undertones of culture, ethics, and religion -- as such the book will appeal to multiple audiences. I found the action both accessible and meticulously described, reminding me of some of the best descriptions of chess matches -- again, both accessible, enjoyable, and page-turning -- by Nabokov, for example, in The Defense. When I finished the book I found myself thinking of the broader implications of the protagonist's choices and the framework of sports-capitalism that engaged her, and myself as a reader, throughout. The novel couldn't come at a better time given the tangible strain on the NFL and football itself at all levels. RB Kaiser's prose and elucidation give insight to the phenomena of several colliding interests: big money, sport, culture, and the age-old (even Roman) understanding of "fun for the masses." Emphatically recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
David T Van Etten reviewed on May 17, 2012

Having just finished reading Razzle Dazzle on my Kindle Fire, I have to let everyone know....it's a real winner! As a football fan over the years at all levels, and someone whose been following the recent suicide deaths of former NFL stars Junior Seau, Ray Easterling, and Dave Duerson, I discovered in Kaiser's prescient storyline a startling reflection of these tragedies, and the concern about the rash of serious concussions as well as the other difficulties being faced by the National Football League vis a vis the "gladiator-like" violence of the game. But despite the seriousness of these issues, the novel is really about changing the professional game to make it more FUN!...as well as safer. Whether you are a football fan or a casual observer, you will love Razzle...it has a little bit of everything for the reader to enjoy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
morgan zo-callahan reviewed on May 13, 2012

I love to read exciting stories with some bite to them. Kaiser has delivered the goods, with a fast-moving story of an NY Jet Team in the future, with an enlightened lady owner, Jessica Burns, moving the team to Manhattan, city of my birth. The reader will enjoy a panoply of varied caracters: Guy (Hacksaw) Wilson; Cooper Krustfall; Jack Tracy; Slam Sauers; John Gaunt; Ava Johnso-Blake, all wrapped in an intriguing tale of love, murder and the "agony & ecstasy" of NFLfootball,culminating in the Super Bowl,secure--like it or not-- in its position in American culture as the great spectacle. Kaiser's book is permeated with a spirit of recreating the fun and artistry of razzle dazzle to the NFl, while minimizing the brain-damaging concussions we have become painfully aware of. Kaiser takes his inspiration from his own experience in '56-'57 as a high school coach with a 17-1-1 record. Wow. Kudos to Kaiser for crafting a fascinting ride. Razzle Dazzle, "a slant pass, over the middle from Calcagno to right end Jaspar Monti, lateral toss from Monti back to left end Ed Nevin crossing with one extra downfield block from right flanker back Tim Reardon. It went for six--a play that won the game against Poly our toughest rival."
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Dick Pfaff reviewed on May 8, 2012

How did author Robert Kaiser know that concussions and even player suicides would dominate the sporting news in 2012? His latest novel, Razzle Dazzle, takes us inside the tension of team locker rooms, coaches’ meetings, practice scrimmages, and the big stage of Sunday’s games.

Razzle Dazzle’s incredible story line, science fiction just a few years ago, speeds through a plot of a wealthy woman’s intuition, creative coaching genius, a suspenseful murder mystery, back-biting, peer jealousy, exciting wins/loses but underneath it all a human love that touches and changes America’s most popular pastime.

So get ready for a roller coaster, “razzle dazzle” ride through the toughest competitive sport at the highest level—the National Football League. Is it really possible to reduce the debilitating violence and restore a sense of balance between fun and primitive juices?

Congratulations to Robert Kaiser for giving us a possible blueprint for a safer but more exciting Sunday afternoon.

Review by Dick Pfaff, the first All American high school football player in California at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose in 1951.
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Tom Rook reviewed on May 8, 2012

I am so captivated with all of the wonderfully human details –– and all of the intriguing insights of building a football team –– that I can sincerely recommend it to all. It explores the relationships between some very original personalities –– all involved in bringing together players, coaches, and others necessary to build a team –– while illustrating the importance of handling the press and TV.

I didn’t think football would be this interesting as a story –– yet I find myself looking forward to reading each page with the same kind of interest as an absorbing mystery. The people are all very real –– and there are subtle and clever perceptions introduced all along the way –– capturing my attention from moment to moment. This story has suspense, drama, and many colorful characters, all living lives of interest –– with many surprises.
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L. Patrick Carroll reviewed on May 3, 2012

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Bob Kaiser's Razzle Dazzle dazzles. the book is crisp, funny, enormously informed about football and almost everything else. If Greely gets Chicago right, Kaiser gets New York, Phoenix, Seattle and most place in between dead-on. He knows every coach, player, broadcaster, refers off-handedly to artists, musicians, authors, offers insights into life, libertty, sex, disabilities and the pursuit of fun with football. The story moves along quickly despite wise sidebars on myriad topics unrelated to the sport but essential to the people. I cannot recommend the book highly enough.
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Ruth Zemek reviewed on April 4, 2012

What a fun read!! This book has everything one could want in a fantasy novel: football, money, sex, love, intrigue, social justice, did I say money?, friendship,family,murder, food and wine,city politics,imagination....
I'm not a big football fan, yet I was fascinated by the football theory and the games.
This book would make a great movie!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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