This dystopian, baseball, science fiction novel may be one of the most unique stories you will ever read...
It’s 2098 and the last season of baseball—forever. After the ravages of WWIII, the once all-American sport is now synonymous with terrorism and treason. Holograms run the bases for out-of-shape players and attendance averages fifteen spectators per game. The only ballpark left is the former Yankee Stadium.
America, nearly wiped out by radical Islam, has established a society based on love. Religion, social media, and the entertainment industry have been outlawed. All acts of patriotism are illegal, and the country is led by Grandma. Heading up the Family in her home base in the Bronx, she works tirelessly to build a lasting legacy for the future.
As baseball historian Puppy Nedick prepares for opening day, a chance encounter lands him face-to-face with former baseball greats. Determined not to go down without a fight, the players band together to revitalize the game for one last hurrah.
But not everyone wants peace. Will baseball become the catalyst for WWIV, or will it save America?
A Note From the Publisher
"Out of this World…a guaranteed home run!" — Billy Sample, former NY Yankee and author
“[a] must-have for every baseball fan…” — Parade Magazine
“Sports fans will love this phantasmagorical sci-fi story with baseball as a central figure.” — Woody Freiman, sports television executive & long-time baseball producer
“Morgenstein stirs the embers with this disturbing and thought-provoking look at a future in search of relocating its past.” — Michael Paolercio, former award-winning baseball journalist
“…a powerful and explosive story…” — Richard Allen, The Jewish Voice
“There’s a lot happening here, and baseball is used in a very different way from anything else I’ve read. It’s fun stuff…” — Joe Posnanski, writer at MLB.Com
“Fascinating...compelling...you can't put A Mound Over Hell down.” — Dawn Newton, KPOV-FM
“I genuinely haven't read a book so refreshingly different, well-paced, surprising and completely and utterly unique.” — Doctor Who Online
“This highly imaginative, gripping novel by a seasoned baseball novelist blew my mind. You won't be able to put it down.” — Mark Schraf, Spitball Literary Magazine
“…1984 meets Shoeless Joe.” — Mark Rosenmen & AJ Carter, Sports Talk NY Live
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Average rating from 3 members
If you can accept the base premise, this is actually a really good book. Epic, dystopian and quite interesting, this was a decent, solid story. World War 3 and Islam destroyed 'western civilisation' as we know it, and baseball is outlawed, alongside social media, patriotism and the entertainment industry are outlawed. Baseball. is a critical part of the story, but not the whole story. It's about changing the world, and reminds me, a bit, of The Man in the High Castle' in many ways. It's a story of the worst man can do....and the best. And is beautifully written. I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars.
You had me at dystopian baseball!! As an avid baseball fan, I was immediately intrigued by the description of this book. It took me a bit to buy in to the new America that this story takes place in, but once I did that, the plot too over and I was hooked. Thank you to NetGalley and BHC Press for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.