Monday, 27 June 2016

Book Review ~ Sitting Dead Red #baseball @JDDudycha

This is what I came here for. This is why I play the game.

Sitting Dead Red
J.D. Dudycha

This is his chance.

Recruited by a collegiate summer baseball team, Royce Thorne can finally break free from his dysfunctional past. Every swing of the bat becomes an opportunity to strike at the terrors that lurk beneath the surface. When he steps into the light of the baseball diamond, the shadows of his shame disappear—until the game is over. Then they swirl around him like thick rain clouds before a doubleheader, threatening to ruin everything. The ghost of his mother, the death of a teammate, the abuse of his father, and the impending outcome of an alleged cheating scandal bring him to a critical juncture in his young life.Will he continue to spiral, or will he discover the power of forgiveness?

 Sitting Dead Red is more than a baseball story.
It’s a story of a redemptive life.

Second? What? Second’s for guys with good gloves but a weak arm. No. I don’t want to play second.

What did I think of the book?

There is only one place in the world where Royce Throne can forget about his personal loss, his alcoholic father and the threat of expulsion from school - the baseball pitch.

But what would happen if baseball was also taken away from him?

Sitting Dead Red is a real heart-wrenching story. Royce struggles with his emotions throughout this book. Dudycha has created, not only a very believable character but also someone who I think many young adults would be able to relate to. Royce has so much flesh on him that he actually bleeds ~ there is no other way I can describe it. His story is not an easy read, but it so needs telling. They say the darkest day is before the dawn, and Royce certainly finds himself in the deepest darkness. It is here that he has to face one of the most important questions in his life. Should he give up or find the will to carry on?

The plot was so engaging that I hardly noticed the pages turning. A great deal happens in this story and it was certainly a compelling read that kept me on my toes. I loved the portrayal of Royce, but also of Ryan O’Sullivan ~ the one man who not only saw the potential of Royce, but who also believed in him. If it wasn’t for Sully and his daughter Emma, then Royce's story would have been very different.

I loved this book. I could not put it down, and I read it in on sitting. I recommend this book without any hesitation. This is a book that needs to be read.
Where can I purchase this fabulous book?

About the author 
J.D. Dudycha is a former college baseball player and coach. He has over ten years of experience in baseball at the collegiate level. After the birth of his son in 2012, J.D. retired from coaching to be a stay-at-home dad. Since his retirement, he redeveloped his love for writing, an outlet he so desperately needed in the absence of baseball. Though his stories are fictional, he has drawn from his personal life as well as his expertise and knowledge of the game to craft his novel. J.D. lives with his wife and son in Denver, Colorado, where he also enjoys golf and fly fishing.
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