Mark Donahue contacted me a few weeks ago about selling his novel, Last At Bat, at our site. I wanted to read it first before I committed to do that. We don’t use much advertising. Every once in a while, we sell our own shirts or hats, but that’s been it all season.
Well, I just finished reading Last At Bat and I’m happy to recommend it as a fun read. We’ve agreed to sell it.
The 352-page novel is about a professional baseball player named Dylan Michael, who plays for the Cincinnati Reds. Michael is one of the greatest players in the game – maybe the best of all – but the story begins with him heading to federal prison. Shortly after that, he’s involved in a horrible plane crash. And that’s just the first twenty pages.
I don’t want to give away any more of the story than that, other than to say that Last At Bat has a unique and fascinating plot about second chances, baseball and perseverance. I read it in two sittings and couldn’t put it down. I completely understand why there’s interest in making it into a movie.
One aspect that made Last At Bat really work for me is that Mark Donahue writes about the game of baseball and baseball players with authority. Mark has played from Little League to the Men’s Senior Baseball League (where he’s played on five World Championship teams). He lives in the Dayton area, which is why the book revolves around the Cincinnati Reds.
Mark has agreed to let us sell it to Redleg Nation members at a discount from the regular retail price. You can buy a hardcover first edition (personalized and autographed if you want) for $16.95 or an electronic copy (PDF) for $5.99. For the hardcover version, you have a choice of regular shipping ($3.50) or 2-day priority ($5.95). Click here to buy Last At Bat.
Not only is the book entertaining, but it also makes a nice gift for a Cincinnati Reds fan. I’ve already passed mine along to a family member.
(We’ll be posting an interview with Mark in a couple hours.)
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.