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THE STARTER (Galactic Football League Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Sigler
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Galactic Football League (GFL) Series:
Book I: THE ROOKIE -- Book II: THE STARTER -- Book III: THE ALL-PRO -- Book IV: THE MVP -- Book V (Fall 2014)

GFL Novellas:
THE REPORTER - THE DETECTIVE - TITLE FIGHT - THE RIDER (Fall, 2013) - THE GANGSTER (Spring, 2014)

THE STARTER - BOOK TWO:
“While so many have pondered the future of pro football, none have rendered it quite like this. Thrives as both a sports work and as a work of sci-fi.” — L. Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated senior writer

The sequel to THE ROOKIE, THE STARTER is a star-spanning coming-of-age space opera combined with the gritty world of organized crime, all set against a backdrop of a far-future professional football league. Nineteen-year-old second-year quarterback Quentin Barnes has overcome racism and unified his team. He led the Ionath Krakens to a lower-tier championship, a championship that earned them promotion into the meat grinder known as "Tier One."

Now, Quentin and his teammates have to compete against the greatest football teams ever assembled, and do far more than just survive each game. As he rebuilds the team in his own image, Quentin's true quest for a Tier One championship begins.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1387 KB
  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938120108
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Empty Set Entertainment (30 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EHZUDW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Michigan native and Newcastle United football fan, Scott Sigler now lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two dogs.

Sigler's debut thriller EarthCore was the world's first podcast-only novel, picking up 10,000 subscribers. His next podcast novel, ANCESTOR, saw 700,000 episodes downloaded by fans, and satellite network Sirius Satellite made it their first ever serialised audiobook. To date, Scott's fans have downloaded over three million files of his fiction and his first two novels to be published worldwide in print format, INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS, were published in the UK in 2008 and 2009.

ANCESTOR will be published as a book in the UK for the first time on 19 August 2010. For more information and news visit www.hodder.co.uk/scottsigler.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Starter 22 Jun 2013
By chris
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Best set of books I have read in a long time. American football but with super fast aliens that make the game more deadly and sinister,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read for relectant reader teenage boys! 31 Aug 2012
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A superb fusion of sport, American Football, aliens, space travel, action and adventure. Each novel set over a GFL - Galactic Football League season. I really love this series of books, and have had tremendous success in getting teenage boys to read them in my school library. Even though I know little about American Football, it didn't make any difference. Even though they're big books, I've still found them really popular with reluctant readers. A great present for any boy age 12+. All 4 books in the series, only 2 in the new UK paperback series are out so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 18 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Book 2 in a series you'll really need to read the Book 1 first.

The novel follows the exploits of young quarterback Quintin Barnes as he attempts to keep his team from relegation in the Galactic Football League. Along the way he must battle not only with the other teams but also mob bosses, rivalry, injury and his own racist, hate filled upbringing.

This is one of the most powerfully written books I've come across. It will suck you in until you are completely aborbed in the story.

I laughed. I cried. I will be reading it a 3rd time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Sigler's The Starter 25 April 2011
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I've been listening to Scott's podcasts of his novel for awhile, but now I bought his book on my kindle, and I am glad that I did. The Starter follows The Rookie with our hero Quentin Barnes. There are generous helpings of science fiction, action, intrigue and quivering sklorno who worship Quentin. Our hero got the Ionath Krakens into tier one of the GFL. But the fight he has on and off the field to keep the team in tier one is epic. Quentin is faced with tough decisions to keep his team from being relegated to tier 2. He has to let friends go, face danger to bolster his offensive line. I love Scott's characters, in all his books they are unique and individual. Even though I am not into American Football I totally enjoyed this book and can unreservedly recommend The Starter.

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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  51 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sigler Delives in sequel to The Rookie 1 Sep 2010
By Anthony O. Miller II - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'll get the obvious out of the way. YES! I am a fan, I've been a junkie since episode 7 of Earthcore.

Now on to the fun.

Recently I have found myself reading more than in the last year, chalk that one up to finally giving up WoW. The latest of these reads was from none other than the FDO himself, Scott Sigler. The most recent publication from Dark Overlord Media, THE STARTER, is the 2nd in a reported series of 7 in his GFL (Galactic Football League) series, and thus far has followed the career of quarterback phenom and football god (he does have a church named after him), Quentin Barnes.

For those who have read or heard Sigler's work in the past but have yet to delve into the world of the GFL, this is not the traditional work from the FDO. The GFL books have been Young Adult as far as content and language goes, so that's a little something to get used to. Other than that Sigler delivers as always with the violence, gore, and statements that would probably make a drunken Mel Gibson sit up and take notes.

THE STARTER actually took longer to get dragged in to than I am accustomed. There seemed to be something different going on with the characters that hadn't been there before, something weird. It took until I was nearly a quarter of the way through before I realized it was a sense realism that hadn't come through as well the previous novel. In the 1st book, THE ROOKIE, the characters all seemed to have a single-minded goal at all times, play football games, win football games, kill any being to who gets in the way. This time it felt like there was more depth to each character, even minor characters. There was sensitivity, caring, and even love from places unexpected and a bit of hatred and intelligence from others. The growth of the characters, less focus being given to the games, and more focus for the off-field action made for a considerably more enjoy reading experience.

THE STARTER didn't have to spend much time on creating the world and setting everything up for the reader seeing as how it is the 2nd in a series. The all-powerful FDO was able to give much more attention to the characters and even make a few references to the greatest running back to ever play the game, Mitchell "The Machine" Fayed. There is great brilliance in the world being created as there background stories that can found in The Crypt series and even a side novella, Title Fight, written with the ever-frightening, always disturbing, Matt Wallace.

The tale is moving along nicely and is setting up well for a 3rd season that will hopefully continue to follow the Ionath Krakens in their pursuit of upper tier success in the GFL and the possibility of a Galactic Bowl championship to return the Krakens to glory.

This could be Scott Sigler's best work yet. It would seem the plan for having a several book GFL series is working well and is now giving the FDO the opportunity to develop characters even more fully. The galaxy and all its inhabitants are coming to life with each planet having a new and sometimes dangerous feel. The seedy underside is coming to light. The reader is slowly learning there is more to the pursuit of a Galactic Bowl championship than simply the game on the gridiron. There is a far more dangerous game to be found outside the stadium where every decision, or lack thereof, can result in death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have been a Junkie since "Infected" came out on dead trees, 5 Sep 2010
By Evan Hammerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
so of course I will give The Starter five stars.

Great literature this is not. I don't care. Sigler's works are just plain old fun.

The Starter picks up right where The Rookie leaves off. Fans of the FDØ (Future Dark Øverlord) who are familiar with the Siglerverse will catch references to Sigler's other works sprinkled around the book. We also get some more history this time around. It's pretty obvious what will happen in the third book, so you will be looking forward to that one as well.

What else can I say? I started reading the book Wednesday night, and here it is Saturday night and I am done. That's a five-star read in itself.

As I said in my review of The Rookie, no other books gave me an insight into (Earth Human) football like these two. So if you are a football fan, read these books. If you like stories about criminal aliens, read these books. If you like books that will keep you turning the pages, read these two books.

Those of you not familiar with Scott Sigler are lucky - you get to read his printed books and listen to his free podcasted books for the first time.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Team Development 1 Sep 2010
By George Starcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Scott does an outstanding job again. This time expanding and growing the team we loved in The Rookie. It is not all smooth easy glory. Seeds are sown that may come back to haunt the team members later in return for surviving tough situations in the now. Some of the most interesting details are the way Scott crafts the various races, their interactions and the way they embrace and adapt football to their cultures. Still its all a simmering pot of conflict to come. Maybe one day we will see the chaos reign if the Creterakians lose control.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This OJ thinks Sigler rocks! 19 Dec 2010
By The Amazing Feltro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great sequel to The Rookie. If you like football and science fiction, you'll like this book. When compared to The Rookie, this book seems to focus more on the off field action and developing the characters, while The Rookie was more about the games. Which makes sense, there is only so much Sigler can write about GFL action. But don't worry, there is plenty of game excitement, action and violence here too! Sigler builds up the suspense by showing us the Krakens preparation for tier 1 competition and introducing some new rookies. Once the season starts, the action is non stop, on and off the field.

Scott Sigler used to be my favorite podcast novelist. Now he is one of my favorite novelists. Period. If you are reading reviews trying to decide whether to buy the kindle version of The Starter, I really don't see why. It's about the price of a Jimmy John's sandwich. Just buy it and start reading.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Sequel to "The Rookie". I can't wait for the next one. 28 Oct 2010
By David J. Fisk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I absolutely LOVED "The Rookie", the first book in the series, and I was extremely excited to get my copy of "The Starter". Scott Sigler delivers a cool story and more. Not only do we learn more about the characters on the team, we also learn history of planets in the GFL (Galactic Football League), as well as history of specific species, and how galactic wars helped shape the galaxy to the state it is in the book. I love the week-end wrap ups that show the standings for ALL the teams in Tier One. It's like a post game show at the end of a great day of sunday football. I tell ya, Scott knows football, and it shows in this book. The other great thing is it's great for young adult readers as well. I don't mind all the foul language and gore that is in his other books, but these are great for young adults and people like me that are technically adults, but still a kid at heart.
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