Goodreads: A powerful high-tech company. A postcard-pretty company town. Families. Children. Sunshine. Happiness. A high school football team that never-ever loses. And something else. Something horrible … Now, there is a new family in town. A shy, nature-loving teenager. A new hometown. A new set of bullies. Maybe the team’s sports clinic can help him. Rebuild him. They won’t hurt him again. They won’t dare
The story centers around Mark Tanner who is a gentle, nature-loving teenager who moves to the new little town of St Clair when his father gets a promotion. St. Clair seems like the most wonderful and perfect town. People seem happy, school is important and they have a football team that never loses…never. OK, I think I’d be a little bored being on a team that never loses but whatever.
Mark is pressured into joining the team and before long the boy seems transformed into the all-American boy. What is responsible for the amazing transformation? Well, you will have to read the book to find out.
This is one of the first Saul books I ever read & reading it again was fun though not quite as gripping because I knew the ending. Saul is a great writer who weaves a story into something very strange but leaves you with tears in your eyes at the end. Who ever cries over a horror story? Well, read Saul and find out.
The book is good and is the vintage Saul we love versus some of his newer works. I don’t understand how a writer gets more boring as they get more famous – you would think their stories would get better but often they don’t. Look at Dean Koontz and Stephen King – I love their older works.
I give the book a B+.