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Be the One
by April Smith (Goodreads Author)
The only female scout in the majors, hard-living Cassidy Sanderson impulsively hops a plane to the Dominican Republic to snatch up young phenom Alberto Cruz for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But Cruz may have something even Cassidy's well-trained eye can't catch -- "a bad spirit on him" -- and when she tangles with Joe Galanis, a powerful real estate developer, she becomes ensn ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 26th 2001 by Pocket Books
(first published June 27th 2000)
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Started it, then stayed up until 3:30 in the morning to finish it. So this is definitely a page-turner. As a baseball fan, I enjoyed the descriptions of a scouting meeting and of spring training. The author obviously works hard at producing well-crafted prose; once in a while she reaches too far and produces an unintentional oxymoron. Example: when someone is massaging Cassidy's shoulders, they are like granite; she's been working under the kind of pressure that would liquefy stone. As other rev ...more
Read in 2000. I had to rate it a 10 of 10. On my scale that means the author has written a thought provoking book that I will want to read again and that has affected me deeply. This book is a story about a female baseball scout, but so much more. April Smith takes us deep into the world of baseball, the hopes and dreams of young prospects from the Domincan Republic, their struggles to make the majors against the odds, showing the poverty and lifestyle that is so very different. She weaves a tal ...more
3.5 Somewhat of a mystery/thriller wrapped up in the story of a female scout for the Dodgers, or vice versa. A stronger tale on the woman-in-a-man's-world baseball side, the intrigue is marred primarily by the characters who figure most heavily in the resolution... and while I suppose her love life helped define the character, it held no interest. Still, a fine read with unique plotting for a fan of this time of year - rounding up on the feeling that it deserves better average rating than it's s ...more
I like April Smith but this is not one of her better books. The story is told in flashback after flashback and becomes difficult to follow. I love baseball and that part of the book was fine, but the mystery was not much of a mystery and the thriller was not very thrilling. She has done better and I am sure I will continue to do so in the future.
Many good parts, but as a whole it lacked something. Great character development of the protagonist as a trail blazing female scout in a man's world. Good insights into the world of baseball scouting particularly in the Dominican. But the plot and story line fall a little flat at the end.
I had enjoyed a couple of the Ana Grey Series and thought I'd give this stand alone a try. It was so hard getting into the book and even harder making myself finish. I had to summon my inner speed reader, and still, it took a long time to get through this book. Lots of extraneous information introduced which I thought had no place in the story line. This is easily one of the worst books I've come across.
Here's the down and dirty: grew up in the Bronx, went to college in Boston, graduate school in California, back to Cambridge to write a first failed novel and learn how the world works by writing ad copy,west to Los Angeles in 1976 for a career writing and producing TV, until the writer's strike of 1988 when I wrote my first novel on spec, North of Montana. Two wonderful grown children and the bes ...moreMore about April Smith...