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Swap [Kindle Edition]

Sam Moffie
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Sheldon Marsh isn't happy. Hearing impaired, half-Jewish, losing some zing on his fast ball, battling a political corrupt world in a decaying rust-belt city and being married to a beautiful, but yet depressed, always bitching wife is bad enough, but being demoted to the bushes; geez what's next?

So, what's the solution? Trade his wife for his teammate's sexy temptress wife. Throw in the kids, the family pets and what's not to like?

However, lurking in the shadows his Sheldon's mother... what will she do?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Arbor House (22 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009RPT67C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Sam Moffie is living his dream. After being victimized in a hit-and-run accident in 2006, he had too much time on his hands, but a near-death experience has a way of setting priorities, and Sam decided it was time to do what he'd always wanted to -- write fiction. Now fifty, Sam is currently working on his fifth book! His fourth, "The Book of Eli," joins the previous three as winners of numerous awards and recipients of glowing reviews. When not writing or dabbling in local politics, he can be found observing human nature at one of his two bars in Youngstown, Ohio, where he lives with his fiance Juliette and a host of family members, all of which enjoy a good fire, fine wine, backyeard foosball, good movies and great books. Please visit www.samsstories.com for more information.

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By Jodi Dougan VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Have you ever been out on a double date and found you have more in common with your friend's date than your own? Or maybe you have had impure thoughts about your best friend's wife. If so, Swap is the book for you.

Sheldon and Tom are two minor league baseball stars with one thing in common: their marriages are failing. Sheldon's is failing because his wife has lost interest in him and she has eyes for another man, - his best friend, Tom. And Tom's is failing because he has never quite grasped the concept of fidelity, and his wife has eyes for another man - his best friend, Sheldon. So how do Sheldon and Tom decide to resolve the situation? Quite simply, they just swap wives.

Swap is a fictional tale inspired by the New York Yankee family swap that occurred back in the seventies. The story is told from each of the four protagonists' point of view, providing insight into each character. Sheldon is a partially deaf baseball player who had a stint in the Major Leagues. Tom is a very conspicuous womanizer who is very proud of his extramarital activities. Tom's wife, Lucy, is a political activist; Sheldon's wife, Eleanor, a victim of an abusive father, is struggling in her search for a happy and contented life. These characters come together to tell a brazen story that at times can be poignant, but is also hilarious and outrageous throughout.

Swap is also a tale for movie lovers, as it is full of movie trivia: readers will find themselves playing the movie trivia game along with Sheldon's mother, a movie nut and one helluva a character who adds wisdom and good sense to the plot, along with movie quotes for every occasion. (So, if you know who played Frank Miller in High Noon, Swap is a must buy. Hint- it wasn't Lee Van Cleef).

So if you are a mad movie enthusiast who likes a saucy tale with baseball and wife swapping, this is the book for you.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lust and baseball (with a verse or two to the tune of "Born in the USA") 15 July 2007
By Amanda Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the story of a young man who grew up trading baseball cards, and then later switched to trading baseball wives. Against the odds, Sheldon became a minor celebrity in his Ohio hometown. Born with a hearing defect and raised by a single parent, he still managed to play professional baseball, even though an unfortunate incident got him busted back to the minors.

Born down in a rust-belt town
The first pitch he threw was when he was real young
His friend was like a dog, chicks in heat so much
That he spent all his life just getting it up

That friend would be Tom, a fellow ball player who shared his exploits with the team, but his personal thoughts only with Sheldon. Tom married Lucy, a political activist fighting for the underdog and unaware of his dalliances. Lucy grew up poor, and was doing her best to be a good wife, mother and superhero until the day things clicked with Sheldon.

Got in a little hometown jam
When things got a little out of hand
Soon he came up with his swap plan
To go and become Lucy's man

Sheldon was married to Eleanor, a gorgeous woman with a monstrous past. Eleanor was rarely happy, and then one day she discovered that she and Tom had at least one thing in common.

The story moves fairly slowly, although fans of baseball and movie trivia won't notice this at all, and ever so often the author spices things up with a ribald recollection or two. Despite the title, the book is mostly about Sheldon, Tom, Lucy and Eleanor as individuals, and is rather skimpy on the actual logistics and details of the actual swap. Some questions are answered in the epilogue, but by then you're already more into the sideshows than the main attraction.

An interesting concept, and chock full of movie facts, this one is a gem of popular culture.

Amanda Richards, July 15, 2007
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Book That Puts the First Base Back into Baseball 17 April 2007
By Jodi Dougan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Have you ever been out on a double date and found you have more in common with your friend's date than your own? Or maybe you have had impure thoughts about your best friend's wife. If so, Swap is the book for you.

Sheldon and Tom are two minor league baseball stars with one thing in common: their marriages are failing. Sheldon's is failing because his wife has lost interest in him and she has eyes for another man, - his best friend, Tom. And Tom's is failing because he has never quite grasped the concept of fidelity, and his wife has eyes for another man - his best friend, Sheldon. So how do Sheldon and Tom decide to resolve the situation? Quite simply, they just swap wives.

Swap is a fictional tale inspired by the New York Yankee family swap that occurred back in the seventies. The story is told from each of the four protagonists' point of view, providing insight into each character. Sheldon is a partially deaf baseball player who had a stint in the Major Leagues. Tom is a very conspicuous womanizer who is very proud of his extramarital activities. Tom's wife, Lucy, is a political activist; Sheldon's wife, Eleanor, a victim of an abusive father, is struggling in her search for a happy and contented life. These characters come together to tell a brazen story that at times can be poignant, but is also hilarious and outrageous throughout.

Swap is also a tale for movie lovers, as it is full of movie trivia: readers will find themselves playing the movie trivia game along with Sheldon's mother, a movie nut and one helluva a character who adds wisdom and good sense to the plot, along with movie quotes for every occasion. (So, if you know who played Frank Miller in High Noon, Swap is a must buy. Hint- it wasn't Lee Van Cleef).

So if you are a mad movie enthusiast who likes a saucy tale with baseball and wife swapping, this is the book for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun book 4 Sep 2007
By Geoffrey Dunkak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Once you get past the cheesy cover art, you'll find an entertaining book. Chock full of pop-culture, bar room banter and great movie references, it's a fun book to read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original novel showcasing the humor and the unexpected consequences of our choices in life 3 Jun 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sheldon Marsh is a half-Jewish, hearing-impaired baseball pitcher living in Youngstown, Ohio. Sheldon has a wonderful relationship with his movie-obsessive mother -- who always offers him a film title for relating to life's 'up and down' situations and life circumstances. But life is generally pretty dull and uninspired in the rust-belt decay of Youngstown. And even worse, Sheldon's wife Eleanor with whom he has a rather rocky relationship. Then Sheldon comes up with a novel idea -- exchange wives, kids, and even dogs with his friend and fellow baseball team player Thomas. That way Sheldon will have a new life! "Swap" by Sam Moffie is an original novel showcasing the humor and the unexpected consequences of our choices in life. Of special note is Moffie's quite evident gift for dialogue and his knack of crafting the twists and turns of the story line so as to hook and keep the reader's rapt (and sometimes gleeful) attention from first page to last. An ideal addition to community library fiction collections, "Swap" is a very highly recommended and entertaining read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One man's viewpoint on several lives 19 Feb 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the story of Sheldon Marsh who lives in Youngstown, Ohio. Growing up Sheldon's passion was baseball. After playing as a Major League and then Minor League pitcher, he became co-owner of a bar in Youngstown with his mother. During his baseball career he met and married Eleanor.

Eleanor, Sheldon's wife, is usually depressed because of her childhood. Marrying and moving away was going to be her escape from her past. It didn't work.

Tom is Sheldon's best friend. They don't have a thing in common, and Sheldon's not sure why they are such good friends--but they are always there for each other. Tom has a major problem with fidelity. The fact that he is married doesn't stop him at all.

Lucy, Tom's wife, is very active in political circles. She is busy and has a very productive life. She was totally shocked when she discovered Tom's infidelity.

An idea begins to form in Sheldon's head. The more he is around Lucy, the more he thinks he wants to be with her rather than Eleanor. The idea grows: Why not swap partners? The Epilogue tells us what happens to the characters after the Swap but we never hear about anyone's thoughts or reactions at the first mention of it.

Swap has an interesting, possibly fun concept, but I found that the whole book was from Sheldon's point of view. Nowhere did we actually hear from the other participants. How did they feel? What did they think of their situations? Each one had a part of the book devoted to them--but it wasn't from their perspective. Knowing their feelings about their situations and how they felt about their lives would have made a more interesting read.

Armchair Interviews says: One man's perspective on four people's lives.
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