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Hazardous Choices

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Published (first published October 4th 2011)
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Jan 07, 2012 Books rated it liked it
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When I read the blurb, and looked at the fantastic cover for this book, I thought that it sounded a lot like the movie “The Blind Side”, so I was very curious to see what twist the author would put on such a similar theme. The only problem is, I kept falling asleep during the first few chapters of the book! Most of the first chapters are very much a football play-by-play. I’m not a sports fan and didn’t find much enjoyment in reading this; therefore I think guys would enjoy reading it a lot more ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
Hazardous Choices is written by Joseph Rinaldo and published by Smashwords. The novel is approximately 88,000 words and 30 chapters in length.

Joseph Rinaldo has two published novels the third he is currently editing. Joseph has a daughter who has down syndrome and he hopes his voice can be a guide to parents in a similar situation by creating a character within his first two published novels whom have down syndrome.

Coach Rotteli is keen to get his football team, the Western Kentucky state Univer
Wendy Hines
Jul 03, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it liked it
Western Kentucky State University's football team takes the spotlight in this wonderful novel by Joseph Rinaldo. We are taken into the lives of not only the players, but also the coaches and their families. Darnell is an intelligent college student who left behind a gang and a record to make something of himself. Troy tries really hard to lead his team to victory and to make good choices, even though he slips sometimes to have fun.

The coach’s son, Eric, has Down syndrome and his mother gets the
Benjamin Jones
Dec 12, 2011 Benjamin Jones rated it it was amazing
Hazardous Choices, a book by author Joseph Rinaldo (and the second I've read of his) hits HARD.

Hazardous Choices is the story about a college football player named Darnell who goes to school in a small town in Kentucky to escape his life back home in Chicago which consists of being in a gang. The story is VERY intense because you know, at some point, the paths between his life back home and his life in Kentucky are gonna cross and it's not gonna be good.

The thing I liked about this book is the c
Dixie Goode
Oct 31, 2011 Dixie Goode rated it it was amazing
If you don't like violence, or if you live for happy endings, this is not the book for you. However, It rings of some of the great Shakespearean tragedies in a very modern setting and involved me in caring for characters who were obviously busily living up to the title of the novel. There is a family with a young, down syndrome boy who struggles to communicate but has mastered the social skills of caring and making friends. There are a football team and the coaches involved in learning how to co ...more
Samantha Leighanne
**I received this book from the author in exchange for a completely honest review**

I read another one of Rinaldo's books and I liked it, but this one left something to be desired for me. It has received a lot of good reviews on several different sites, but I guess I just didn't connect with the story very well. But, it does have a pretty sweet cover!

The very beginning of the book was a lot of talk about football, which I personally found hard to get through. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE football,
Oct 31, 2011 Jane rated it liked it
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2.5* but as there are no 1/2 stars i will upgrade to 3

Initially I was totally out of my depth, I know absolutely zero about American football and the opening chapters are full of talk about the game with sports terminology that went right over my head. I also got very confused between all the coaches…….this team had so many different ones that I couldn’t keep track of who’s who! It was slightly frustrating and slowed the pace of the story down for me…..but saying that if American football is you
Donna Brown
Nov 27, 2012 Donna Brown rated it liked it
Hazardous Choices tells the story of a former street gang member trying to make good in a new life in a small Kentucky town. With a place on the football team, new friends and a chance to start over, things are looking up for Darnell. However, in the Summer he returns to his former neighbourhood and becomes embroiled in gang ‘politics’ and hazardous choices transform Darnell’s life once again.

There are aspects of the book that make for a well written story. Despite some very poor choices, Darnel
Nov 30, 2011 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Growing up in a Chicago ghetto neighborhood where street gangs ruled everything, a kid had two choices: either join the gang or endure daily beatings for refusing to become a gang member. There was only a few ways to escape gang life: die, become a professional sports player or a professional musician. For Darnell Jackson, Division II college football was his ticket out of the gang lifestyle ... or so he thought .... that was until his two worlds collided due to his Hazardous Choices.

Darnell Jac
Kathy LaMee
Sep 16, 2012 Kathy LaMee rated it really liked it
Hazardous Choices by Joseph Rinaldo is a book that follows the lives of three intertwined characters. First is Darnell, a young college student, we meet him as he finishes up his freshman year at a small Kentucky school and heads back home to Chicago and a former gang-life he’d like to forget. We also follow his team-mate and best friend, as he deals with his own home life back in rural Kentucky. Finally, as readers we get to know the head coach and his family, including his teenage daughter and ...more
Norma Budden
Feb 19, 2012 Norma Budden rated it it was amazing
It seems the main character in this book, Darnell, has had little opportunity to make choices which were not hazardous. Even so, being part of a gang - due to circumstance rather than desire - Darnell made the best of his life and tried to move beyond his circumstances.

Reading this book brought me back to a time when my oldest daughter was intrigued with gangs and my insistence that she avoid them was paramount. There are no such gangs where we live but, thankfully, this book provides a great ed
C.C. Cole
Nov 13, 2011 C.C. Cole rated it really liked it
“Hazardous Choices” by Joseph Rinaldo follows a young African-American who tries to leave his past life in the world of inner-city gangs to become part of the world of college athletics. In his new world, he meets new friends and new experiences, but his world of the past envelops him when he travels home to see his mother. His former gang life catches up with him as he returns to complete his education. In this intriguing, well-written story, the reader is drawn in to the lead character’s doubl ...more
Joseph Rinaldo
Nov 12, 2011 Joseph Rinaldo rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Sometimes All Your Choices Are Hazardous, November 11, 2011

By Elliot Malach "The Unknown Surfer" (Galveston, Tx)

This review is from: HAZARDOUS CHOICES (Kindle Edition)

The book moves quickly and is an easy read. I could not put it down. The author, Joseph Rinaldo. does a great job of developing the characters, especially Darnell and his gang involvement.

I was surprised by the last chapter. The book stopped but my mind kept going. Great book for a sequel.
Very entertaining.
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Born in Illinois, I nevertheless spent most of my formative years in Kentucky. I attended The Ohio State University and am an avid Buckeyes fan. I currently work in finance, am married, and am the father of a wonderful young woman with Down syndrome.

I have written four novels that have been published. A Spy At Home, Hazardous Choices, A Mormon Massacre, and my newest release, Valerie's Retreat are
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