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The Rookie (Galactic Football League #1)

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Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, THE ROOKIE is a story that combines the intense gridiron action of "Any Given Sunday" with the space opera style of "Star Wars" and the criminal underworld of "The Godfather." Aliens and humans alike play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,...more
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Published 2007 by Empty Set Entertainment
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Dave Hogg
The story of 19-year-old prodigy quarterback Quentin Barnes and his struggles to make it in the Galactic Football League. Raised in a religion that believes every non-human species is the spawn of Satan (literally), our plucky 7-foot, 360-pound hero (football players have gotten REALLY big by 2682) has to adjust to playing with and against aliens with 25-foot vertical leaps, 2.8 times in the 40 and 700 pounds of bulk. Luckily, not all at once. Oh, and the teams are used as smuggling vehicles for...more
Ah. The Rookie. What can I say? Much and much. This was the first Scott Sigler book I heard. I got hooked on podcasting and the delicious goodness of said podcasting, while searching for a new author. THIS DID NOT DISSAAAPPOOINTT! From the last episode on, I was hooked. I bought the signed hardcover gem and tore through it.
The football and far future aspect grabbed me by the C O Jones and never let go. All of the Characters seemed as real as one could imagine from a fiction tale but close enou...more
I'm pretty much giving this 2 stars instead of 1 because I give the author a lot of credit for trying to distribute it for free as a podcast (I listened to the audio book). That being said, I think this book would be enjoyed a lot more by someone that isn't me. I heard it was a mix of Star Wars, The Godfather, and Any Given Sunday. Just because something is set in space and has aliens does not make it like Star Wars. The only thing I see that would make it like The Godfather (a pretty
lofty clai...more
Jay Daze
A fun sf sport novel. The football (American style) story meshed really well with a multi-alien universe. I knew next to nothing about football going into the book, but by the end felt I had had an enjoyable education on the sport. Though it doesn't try anything new, putting a sports narrative in an sf context made for a refreshing change. Set up for a lot of sequel (where oh where did the whole "I'm a orphan of uncertain origins and where are my parents" subplot go to? Probably book number 2 wh...more
Dave Frizzell
-=Gridiron Demolition =-

IF you’re a fan of hard hitting football... You better hold on to your jockstrap!! From the mind of Scott Sigler comes a futuristic football story of epic proportions. The Rookie grabs you from the start as you willingly come along for a ride that takes you through the struggles of working up the minor ranks to reach the ultimate goal of Tier One Football in the Galactic Football League. It’s a Tier that many dream of, but where only a few can obtain; a place where the pl...more
A.J. Maguire
OK. I loved this book. At the beginning, I wanted to kick the main character in the teeth a few times but I understood the reasons why Sigler started Barnes out in a backwater planet full of racism and heavily sheltered ideology. I understood it, but I still wanted to shove Barnes' head into a toilet and swirly him until he got with the program. And then the kid grew up and I warmed up to him and was rooting/wincing for him all the way through the final game. Well done. Now I'm off to snag the s...more
Phillip Brooks
I picked this up because it had such strong reviews. I had some reservations, but I was hopeful that the volume of positive sentiment would prove me wrong. I should have trusted my gut.
I expected there would have to be something mind-blowing either plot-wise or with regard to worldbuilding to account for the good reviews.
If there was, such a revelation, it remained hidden to me.
First off, my main fear was that this was going to read like Blood Bowl/40K fan fiction. That concern was at least par...more
Eric Schmittling
I really enjoyed this novel, I thought it was well thought out and incorporated some great elements of several book genres. The universe that this book lays out, on some points, might be one to rival even Tolkien's or Rowling's. I especially liked the background knowledge given about the confusing intergalactic wars that premeditated the events in this book. The description of the alien species was also very detailed without completely taking away the reader's imaginative track. I thought this...more
I liked the story, and I'm looking forward to the next book.
While browsing on Amazon I came across this book. The cover picture looked a little hokie and I almost passed it up until I looked and saw this thing had huge review after review.
I read a couple and decided to take a chance with my $4 bucks and let me tell was cool!

Welcome to the Galactic Football League!
A place were races from all over the galaxy come together and beat the snot out of each other to become league champions.

That is the basics of it and I didn't expect more than a little...more
M.A. Kropp
Football, aliens, smugglers, mob bosses- did I mention aliens? Set in the future, The Rookie is the story of Quentin Barnes, a Human star quarterback in what is probably akin to the minor leagues we know now. But Quentin wants to play in the big leagues. He has talent, speed, intelligence, and he knows the game. The catch? In the GFL, he will be playing with and against several alien races. Races he has been taught all his life are spawns of Satan, to be hated and destroyed. Add to that the alie...more
Friday, December 23, 2011

Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, THE ROOKIE is a story that combines the intense gridiron action of "Any Given Sunday" with the space opera style of "Star Wars" and the criminal underworld of "The Godfather."

Aliens and humans alike play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that literally want to eat you. Organized crime runs every franchise, gam...more
Wow, what a brilliant book! I am not usually a reader of Sci-fi but my dad (who is a big fan of this series) recommended The Rookie to me. It had me totally hooked and engaged in this fascinating universe from the beginning and the book gets better as it goes along.
I listened to the audio podcast version of The Rookie. As someone who mainly reads books via audiobook, I have to say Scott Sigler's performance was fantastic and extremely entertaining. A really great audiobook that so many times (e...more
If Stephen King is the king of contemporary horror, then Scott Sigler is the Dark Overlord of the podcast novel... and multiple authors better watch out for their thrones. Sigler is coming for them. With books that cover a spectrum of genres, he's a force to be reckoned with.

In 'The Rookie' Sigler takes on not only sci-fi, but also sports as he creates a new level of football that goes beyond what we consider extreme. In an incredibly distant future, the human population has been conquered by an...more
A little bit of everything in this one, and just enough of something to keep it going. Let's see, we've got: (1) an arrogant talent's coming-of-age sports novel - a football junkie's cornucopia - sprinkled with in-depth statistical data dumps throughout; (2) a sci-fi epic that should appeal to folks who enjoyed the original 1975 classic Rollerball (with James Caan and John Houseman, not the pathetic, failed re-make); (3) all of the familiar "sports overcomes race barrier" themes you know from Br...more
Julie Davis
#55 - 2010

THE ROOKIE is set amongst a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future. Aliens play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that -- literally -- want to eat you. Organized crime runs every franchise, games are fixed and rival players are assassinated.

Follow the story of Quentin Barnes, a 19-year-old quarterback prodigy that has been raised all his life to hate, and kill, those alien
Kelly Libatique
There’s already a lot of raving reviews about this book so I’ll keep it short.

I’m generally not into sports books (or movies), but a friend recommended this book to me as being “wildly entertaining.” And it is indeed.

The idea of a story about playing football 700 years in the future seems absurd, and if that was all it was about, then it may not be worth the time. At least for me, anyway. But the tale goes well beyond sports. From the get-go, we’re not even on earth, but a planet that was coloni...more
The Rookie
Scott Sigler
Dark Overlord Press, 2009
First Line: Micovi’s three tiny moons hung in the evening sky like pitted purple grapes. (Technically, that’s the second line).

Having listened to both Infected and Contagious on audio you’d think I’d have noticed Sigler’s football fandom in the person of Perry Dawsey. Obviously that wasn’t the case and the appearance of The Rookie, if you’ll pardon the mixed sports reference, came out of left field. A Blood Bowl type D&D Encounter designed by Ch...more
Ruthie Jones
Mar 03, 2011 Ruthie Jones rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ruthie by: John Miller
This book is fantastic. While I'm not a huge football fan, I know enough about the sport to appreciate and to understand the football backdrop in Sigler's Galactic Football League (GFL) series. In The Rookie, the main character, 19-year old Quentin Barnes, is drafted into a Tier Two football team: The Ionath Krakens. What I find most significant in this story as well as a main theme is Barnes's development throughout the novel. This story reads like a coming of age story with an extremely flawed...more
"The Rookie" is the perfect combination of football and science fiction. In the Galactic Football League it's rare to find a human. That is why Quinten Barnes is so unbelievable and impressive. Quinten is a 19 year old starting quarterback for tier three team. While Quinten is in a tier three team right now, it is his dream to reach a tier one team. While Quinten is a excellent quarterback he has know idea what is like in the upper tiers. Quinten is in a league filled to the brim with aliens fr...more
Jun 22, 2012 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Football and Sci Fi lovers
Recommended to Chris by: Scott Sigler
I first heard about Scott from the man himself on the Geek and Sundry You Tube Channel's Sword and Laser show. He was talking about his new book Nocturnal, but of course you hear about other novels he had done. I investigated more on his website, and found this series which sounded interesting. I'm not as big into football as I used to be, but it's obvious Scott loves the game. Had this just been about football, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. The interesting hook for me, was that this wa...more
David Akers
A great story that follows the upward path of a young quarterback in the Galactic Football League. Even though I hated the main character in the early chapters, that quickly changes as you watch him grow and open his mind to his new situation. Thankfully, the author's style carries the reader through the initial dislike of the character and through to the uplifting finish.

I had two problems with the book. First, the electronic version (I don't know if this is true for the physical version) has a...more
Jun 26, 2010 Ross rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: football fans
This review is of the audiobook version of the novel that you can download for free at

Sigler's futuristic galaxy-spanning work is awash with creative and instantly-memorable alien races. He combines them with the very-familiar aspects of American football and the mafia, sets the whole thing on planets strewn throughout space, and ends up with a hit sports-action and coming-of-age novel that is sure to please sports and sci-fi fans alike.

Although I enjoyed this book quite a bit, t...more
I love Space, I love aliens and I love The Future. But I really don't like sport, especially American Football (come on guys, if you were real men you'd remove all that padding like Rugby players :D).
And I really don't like books about sport(except Quiddich).

But I enjoyed the podcast of this story so much I bought the book!

And on a second reading it didn't disappoint.
I still don't understand the rules of American Football nor do I have much idea of how it is played but that doesn't matter becaus...more
Despite the fact that I dislike football (soccer and American) I loved this book. And it is my favourite of Scott Sigler's books so far.

In the Rookie the characterizations are strong creating a connection with the characters, even the various aliens species.

Quentin Barnes is a fully developed personality engendering empathy and even affection as he is introduced to the world of the Galactic Football League.

Each new setting, both alien worlds and space craft, are beautifully and imaginatively dep...more
I enjoyed the book. It kept moving at a fairly fast pace, and the depictions of football culture 700 years from now were entertaining. The characters weren't quite as crisp or developed as I would have liked, and scenes which should have been filled with emotion/drama just weren't written to to evoke those emotions as well as they could have been. Also, I love football, but at some point, reading about 8 football games in a row starts to get a little dull. I weirdly think this is a book that wou...more
For me to rate a book 5 stars, it really has to be exceptional. The Rookie didn't quite get there, but it was a very solid 4 star. I have enjoyed Sigler's other books as well. This one is probably the most well-written of them, and it might be my favorite if I was a little bit more of a Sci Fi fan. There is plenty of thriller in it also, and as I said, the writing is good.

Sigler's strength is hitting you in the gut - making you feel the baser emotions. Fear, Anger, Motivation even. This book del...more
I first read Infected by Mr. Sigler, and then hunted down his podcasts, and well -- I am now one of his junkies. Each episode of The Rookie is introduced by Mr. Sigler on a road trip to various football homes -- he does a little tailgate trivia at most every stop.

About the book -- It is a football story, with a twist -- we are in the extreme future, and football is a Galactic enterprise. The best teams have multiple different races playing on the teams. It started out as eh...and I really hated...more
Ben Schaub
The Rookie follows Quentin Barnes a player seemingly destined for greatness from a Tier 3 Quarterback in a society that is pretty much refusing to accept the rest of the worlds/races. However, advancing to the higher tiers means that he'll have to adjust his beliefs so that he can participate at the next level.

This took me a little bit of effort to get into, but once the "season" started, I flew through the book. The idea's pretty neat in that it's just a mix of over the top sci-fi with alien ra...more
Nov 24, 2012 Sean rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of sci-fi
Quentin's a racist. Well, he starts as one. Can't stand Blue-skinned humans or the bleached-white skinned ones either. That's even before you consider the aliens. But Quentin wants to get away from the Purist Nation, where he was indoctrinated that all the non-humans are Satanic.

In order to get anywhere in his chosen sport, and to stay alive, he needs to get over his prejudices and start opening his eyes.

Most of the book is about the history of the galaxy, history about the planets where the gam...more
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New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler is author of the INFECTED trilogy (INFECTED, CONTAGIOUS and PANDEMIC), ANCESTOR and NOCTURNAL, hardcover hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing; and the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series (THE ROOKIE, THE STARTER, THE ALL-PRO and THE MVP).
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