Thursday, December 2, 2021

Born for The Game: 5-Star Review from Readers' Favorite --- An Original and Compelling Story


Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Born For The Game is a work of fiction in the sports genre. It is suitable for readers from mature young adults upward and was penned by Mike DeLucia. 

The book follows Phineas Stone, an impoverished dwarf, who grabs hold of the opportunity to rise out of his meager background and establish himself as one of the richest people on earth. One dream eludes him despite his wealth; to play baseball for his favorite team. Refusing to accept defeat, Phineas begins a plan to create the perfect baseball player. A plan that is as rife with genius as it is teeming with questionable ethics.

This story certainly manages to transcend being the sporting underdog story that I was expecting from the initial chapters. Instead of choosing to open the floor to eugenics and ideas straight out of science fiction, Mike DeLucia is a master of mixing and matching concepts from vastly different genres to create an original and compelling story. The result is a devastating yet compelling exploration of parenthood pushed to an incredible extreme, a story on controlling someone’s nature and nurture to shape your offspring to your will rather than rely on chance. There are huge ideas on the table in this book and the author routinely demonstrates a gift for breaking those issues down and building a dynamic narrative with the pieces. The result is Born For The Game; a sporting story that goes well beyond baseball and asks the audience to define the things that make them human, that make them their own person. A must-read for fans of impactful, meaningful narrative.


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