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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Frey Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781482977943
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Forced to retire from his job as a scout for the Yankees, Jack Barrett is just getting by in a small Florida town when his daughter drags him to watch the local minor league team play. On the field, he spots a remarkable player, Mikey Clement, a kid whose amazing natural skill on the field is overshadowed by his bad attitude and solitary habits. In Clement, Jack thinks he might have found his ticket back to the big time. But the young man has a secret that will put all of Jack’s plans—and maybe even his life—in jeopardy.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 2/17/2014

    " OK. Nothing spectacular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 2/10/2014

    " This was almost dual plotted. Every other chapter dealt with either the protagonists or the villains. Each set of stories held your interest and made you want to know what happens next. The baseball setting was a plus. All in all a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/9/2014

    " This was good, but I've liked other novels by him better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guy Campbell | 12/9/2013

    " If you like basball you will enjoy this book. Story was predictable but still somewhat entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fryingpan | 11/2/2013

    " Not his best but a very solid novel from Stephen Frey. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ricardo | 9/9/2013

    " Unfortunately this book did nothing for me. It didn't pass the 100-page test and even getting to the 100th page was difficult enough "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 8/25/2013

    " hmmm i liked the mafia plot.. more... than the baseball "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Holt | 8/23/2013

    " Forced Out: A Novel by Stephen Frey (2008) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/16/2013

    " I enjoyed the insider baseball details. Got connected and drawn in by most of the characters but the ending was a bit of a letdown. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaana | 1/1/2013

    " Fast paced. The ending sucked a bit for me :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Kveton | 11/12/2012

    " Good read, hard to put down. Quite a departure from Frey's past stuff, but really did like it--feel good book with the baseball bit not as huge as expected. A few too many people and plans intersecting, but very entertaining all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/22/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book, up until the last couple of chapters. I have no idea why he decided to end the book the way he did. It was kind of a cop-out. Almost like he didn't know how to end the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Philip | 2/28/2012

    " A good idea poorly executed. The plot of the book was very good with tons of unrealized potential. The dialogue was not good with unnecessary vulgarity and smatterings of cheesiness. The ending was a disappointment. Would not recommend :0( "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 mosley | 1/22/2012

    " I have read a bunch of Stephen Frey's books and enjoyed them, but I cannot say the same for this one. The characters were week, and not sure why the ones that died had to die. I thought he was all over the place. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linn | 11/15/2011

    " I was tempted by this book because it has something to do with baseball and the Yankees - but it is utter crap: dumb plot, stupid characters, ridiculous occurrences and poor writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Foley | 6/6/2011

    " Good beach read. Too bad I read it in January. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 6/5/2011

    " Very Good; Converging stories of a Mafia hit man with a conscience, a former Yankee scout, and a too good to be true ballplayer who the mob is after; very strange ending that took away from the whole "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/11/2011

    " This book held my interest, although it wasn't "edge of your seat" intense. I liked the minor league baseball setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 8/20/2010

    " This book had potential to be a good read, but failed in the end. Very disappointing. Very fake and unrealistic twists that ruined the storylines. I did not like the last quarter of this book. Bad, bad ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 6/28/2010

    " Baseball + The Mafia = Great Read! This was so much better than I thought it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 4/24/2010

    " Meh... not too much to say here. I liked it, but it was surely not extraordinary in any way. The plot was ok, the characters were likable, the ending twist was a nice attempt, but all said, meh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Philip | 4/23/2010

    " A good idea poorly executed. The plot of the book was very good with tons of unrealized potential. The dialogue was not good with unnecessary vulgarity and smatterings of cheesiness. The ending was a disappointment. Would not recommend :0( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 2/12/2010

    " This book had potential to be a good read, but failed in the end. Very disappointing. Very fake and unrealistic twists that ruined the storylines. I did not like the last quarter of this book. Bad, bad ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guy | 1/22/2010

    " If you like basball you will enjoy this book. Story was predictable but still somewhat entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaana | 1/17/2010

    " Fast paced. The ending sucked a bit for me :)
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/13/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book, up until the last couple of chapters. I have no idea why he decided to end the book the way he did. It was kind of a cop-out. Almost like he didn't know how to end the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 12/23/2009

    " This might have been a better story if I hadn't taken a couple week break from listening over the holidays. Or not. Baseball and the mob, lives broken and put back together or utterly destroyed. Not a fan of mafia stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/15/2009

    " Forced Out: A Novel by Stephen Frey (2008) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/28/2009

    " Very Good; Converging stories of a Mafia hit man with a conscience, a former Yankee scout, and a too good to be true ballplayer who the mob is after; very strange ending that took away from the whole
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margie | 8/27/2009

    " I've read all of his other books and have enjoyed them. I didn't like this one at all and only read half of it. He should stick to stories involving lawyers instead of mobsters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 8/9/2009

    " Baseball, suspense, great characters and lots of surprises. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fryingpan | 8/3/2009

    " Not his best but a very solid novel from Stephen Frey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 7/6/2009

    " This book was uneven. I felt attached to the characters and often could not put it down. Other times the story bogged down or became predictable and I did not want to pick it up.

    Overall, well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 1/26/2009

    " This was almost dual plotted. Every other chapter dealt with either the protagonists or the villains. Each set of stories held your interest and made you want to know what happens next. The baseball setting was a plus. All in all a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linn | 1/25/2009

    " I was tempted by this book because it has something to do with baseball and the Yankees - but it is utter crap: dumb plot, stupid characters, ridiculous occurrences and poor writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny | 1/17/2009

    " It was good until the end. The ending was awful! "

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About the Author

Stephen Frey is a principal at a northern Virginia private equity firm. He previously worked in mergers and acquisitions at J. P. Morgan and as a vice president of corporate finance at an international bank in New York. He is the bestselling author of various novels, including The Successor and Forced Out.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles recorded to date. Prized for versatility, he has narrated projects ranging from preschool picture books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.