The Kicker of St. John's Wood

The Kicker of St John s Wood This is a story of America in the year Fractured socially and politically its enemies are gaining ground and its civil liberties are threatened like never before Jayesh Blackstone a professiona

  • Title: The Kicker of St. John's Wood
  • Author: Gary Wolf
  • ISBN: 9781440125096
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a story of America in the year 2020 Fractured socially and politically, its enemies are gaining ground and its civil liberties are threatened like never before Jayesh Blackstone, a professional football player, finds himself at the focal point of an historic experiment a woman is going to play in a football game, and it will happen in the Super Bowl It turns ouThis is a story of America in the year 2020 Fractured socially and politically, its enemies are gaining ground and its civil liberties are threatened like never before Jayesh Blackstone, a professional football player, finds himself at the focal point of an historic experiment a woman is going to play in a football game, and it will happen in the Super Bowl It turns out that this is just a foretaste of the metamorphosis that is taking shape The very same event is the venue for an announcement by world leaders of a new order, one that defines humanity exclusively in terms of race and gender.The new reality steadily encroaches on Blackstone s world he is compelled to choose his allies, declare his identity, and determine the price he is willing to pay to live the life of a free individual.Embracing controversy from its very first pages, The Kicker of St John s Wood is a rampage through the pantheon of contemporary idols, and a literary journey into the American national psyche of the twenty first century.

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    • Keith Bowden says:

      Yay! I won a book!Okay, before I get to the proper review, I have to post the following complaint to get it out of my system. The author all-too frequently uses "I" when he means "me", e.g "Coach Petersen told Blake, Thelonius and I to get in the pickup truck" is wrong, wrong wrong. I cringe when I hear people talk like that and reading it is so much worse (because the author and editor should both know better). When in doubt, reduce the group to just the first person pronoun: you wouldn't say " [...]

    • Christina says:

      The Kicker of St. John’s Wood is set in a politically and socially divided US in the year 2020. Jayesh Blackstone, the protagonist, is a professional football player caught in the middle of a controversial shift — the first woman is about to play in the Super Bowl and race and gender are quickly becoming the pivotal issues in American society. The overall concept here is intriguing; however, the character development falls short. This narrative may benefit from a more streamlined cast. Many [...]

    • Laurie says:

      I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway. I really liked the sound of the premise, but sort of feel like maybe there was just too much going on. The year is 2020. We have a female president. Our world has gone the route of PC/culture assimilation/etc. But have we gone too far? So far that the banning of male-only sports is on the horizon? As a woman reading this book, I wasn't that interested in the football talk. I like watching football, but the more I watch it, the more I realize how [...]

    • Britney says:

      WTF?I could get into the problems with this book from an editorial standpoint--the sentence structure, the style of the prose, the story development and pacing -- but I won't. Instead, I'll just repeat: WTF? I didn't buy what I could pick out of the plot (there wasn't much of a plot). I didn't buy most of the characters, especially as the strongest female character gave up on her dissertation because of an opposing view held by her boyfriend (what sort of boyfriend is that?) and I couldn't figur [...]

    • Stacy says:

      As far as books set in the future go, I liked that the alterations and predictions were believable - essentially many of today's trends were taken to the extreme, overcompensating for the issues they are currently addressing. The small changes (like a Hawaiian football team, female president and racism as a crime) seemed feasible for a book set only 10 years in the future and did pose some interesting questions about "equality"The story itself was interesting in that it maintained a sense of mys [...]

    • Lauren says:

      I won this book a few months ago . . .I was really looking forward to this book, it had such an interesting premise. A futuristic world where women were entering the sports world for good would ignite changes in world leadership and policy.The book seemed very much like Dan Brown's DaVinci Code, but at a much slower rate. I was really confused at the sudden turns the plot took. There always seemed to be a new threat, with nothing happening until the end of the book. I would have really liked to [...]

    • Heather says:

      I got this book, signed by the author, as a book give away. I enjoyed the book, despite my initial trepidation. I don't follow football, and was nervous that I wouldn't enjoy the story or characters as the primary character was a football hero. As it turns oute story is about America, where we are, where we are going and the apathy and mis-directed understanding of what it means to be free. Well written, clever, funny and terrifyingl in the same short set of pages. I kept anticipating the plot [...]

    • Candace says:

      I'm still reading this book because I just can't make myself pick it up again. Maybe it's the style of the writing, but I just can't get into it. I want to try to finish it, because sometimes the end of a book can redeem the rest of the book no matter how bad it is, but I'm not holding my breath.

    • Elizabeth says:

      A FirstReads win I am very much looking forward to reading!

    • Andrea says:

      I won this book and just received it in the mail today. I am planning on starting it soon.

    • B says:

      Won this and received it in the mail today (thanks Gary!) -- looking forward to reading it.

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