The plot of this short and easy read, centres around Rick Dockery, a quarterback who, after one extremely dodgy performance to many, ends up unemployed with no prospect of a job in the NFL.
Not to worry though, Rick’s agent Arnie manages to get Rick a job, the only problem being that it is in Italy with the ‘Mighty Panther of parma. Much heartwarming things then happen.
If, like me, you have no clue about the rules of American Football are not even interested in the game, then don’t let this put you off. all regulations and technical stuff is kept to a minimum and the descriptions of games make it easy to understand or work out the rules without having to go into the minutiae of the complexities of the sport.
Even a novice to American sports like myself is well aware of how primitive all the European leagues are, when compared to the shining lights that grace all the sports on the other side of the pond be it NHL, NFL or the other one. So the impact of the culture shock that Rick experiences adds extra flavour to the story.
At 308 pages, the lack of sporting detail is a welcome thing. The focus is on how Rick deals with the new culture, language, the locals and all the food that is on offer. Not to mention how he copes with his team mates and his need to use his experience to help guide the team to a decent position in the league. It must like living in a foreign country to him.
Like all Grisham’s work, this is a page turner with the odd gentle twist to keep it going and also like his other works it doesn’t require a lot of concentration or cerebral effort on your part. I managed to read half of it at the pub, whilst everyone else was watching the football (soccer). Why I wasn’t watching the match with everyone else i don’t know.