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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,
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Published 2007 by Empty Set Entertainment
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Paul O'Neill
Jun 03, 2016 Paul O'Neill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great! It could easily make its way to the big screen.

If you're anything like me and think there's a lack of American football fiction, then look no further.

Great character development, great world, interesting racial abuse flying back and forwards. Nicely written.

You do have to have an understanding of American football to understand this, so don't just jump in if you don't know the rules, you will get lost.

I will be reading the rest of the series very soon!
Dave Hogg
Jan 24, 2012 Dave Hogg rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f, sports
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
Jul 17, 2015 Chant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Football pulls the galaxy together.

Fast paced, light and mostly fun. Although the xenophobic/racist storylines were repetitive, and a little ham-fisted and tiring, but overall the book was fine.

I'm usually not a fan of non-humanoid aliens. It just seems so cheesy, boring, and uninteresting to me. What makes this different is that each aliens physiology exactly matches the needs of a position in American football.

I'm also a little unsure how someone not familiar with the in's and out's of America
Aug 04, 2010 Coxbrother rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 04, 2011 Lily_arum rated it it was ok
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
Jay Daze
May 03, 2010 Jay Daze rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, audio-book, sports
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
Mar 01, 2011 Dave Frizzell rated it it was amazing
-=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
A.J. Maguire
Feb 17, 2011 A.J. Maguire rated it it was amazing
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
Nathan Tullis
Jun 28, 2015 Nathan Tullis rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got offered to review The Rookie for I have only heard one other story by him, HIPPO from V-Wars: Blood and Fire, and I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything like it. I’m a huge fan of football and Sci-Fi both. Galactic Football? During off season? Yes please!

Scott Sigler tells the story of Quentin Barnes, a rookie from the PNFL, a Tier 3 team…There is a really cool set up for Sigler’s 3-Tier Galactic Football League, but I thin
Rebekah Wright
Jan 24, 2015 Rebekah Wright rated it liked it
I listened to this on audible, I enjoy a good sporting event now and then mainly for the atmosphere and beer. Can't say I know much about how the game of football is played, other than the basics, but I am a SyFy nerd and have enjoyed Scott Siglers horror tales even though I don't usually read horror. He is very entertaining to listen to, and I would really like to see all these creatures animated visually. I had to pay close attention to the details cause I don't really understand the plays. I ...more
Mark Wilson
Nov 20, 2014 Mark Wilson rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for Sigler horror fiction this book ain't for you. Let's get it right out there.

But, having said that it's still a great book, and more than worth reading. I'm not a football fan, I don't watch it, I don't understand it, and I don't care, but Scott brings all these characters and this universe to life in a way that I could identify with.

I started rooting for different GFL teams. My husband and I actually would debate over who deserved relegation, what team was better, what pl
Phillip Brooks
May 28, 2014 Phillip Brooks rated it liked it
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
Eric Schmittling
May 18, 2014 Eric Schmittling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
A.F. Grappin
I abhor football with a passion. I picked up The Rookie because I'm a big fan of Sigler's work. I thought I'd give it a chance.

I made the right choice. This was a wonderful book. Granted, my dislike of football was tested right at the beginning, with Quentin being smack in the middle of a game, but I knew the book wasn't just going to be about the games themselves. I was quickly rewarded with rich culture and conflict between races and with Quentin's internal struggles.

Honestly, I think I'd be o
Jun 03, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-12
Quetin Barnes, 19 year old football star, is going to be the first quarterback in the GFL (Galactic Football League) playing with players five times his size and who could easily flatten him in a second. Growing up on a planet that isn’t exposed to many alien species and racist ideals, Quetin will have to overcome that quickly and lead his team or risk becoming another casualty of the sport. A new take on sports and a sci-fi adventure you won’t soon forget.
I highly recommend listening to the au
Tom Wright
Mar 24, 2015 Tom Wright rated it it was amazing
Listened to this from Audible, narrated by the author. Great production. They had the crowd noises, sports show broadcasts, the works.

Fun book, and I kept wanting to go back to it.
Brijesh Kartha
Apr 13, 2015 Brijesh Kartha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a sense this is a re-read for me. One of my favourite podiobooks, this book started off my love for the GFL series. Having heard the podiobook more than a couple of times, I thought it was about time I bought and read the series.

This opener book is a fantastic start to a great series. I love how futuristic world is bought alive with the same love for games, hatred towards people unlike you, a bigger goal bringing people together and other such motifs. It is essentially an American sports movi
Sep 25, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: listened
I liked the story, and I'm looking forward to the next book.
Stevie Kincade
Aug 08, 2016 Stevie Kincade rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, audiobooks
(Audiobook) This was something of a guilty pleasure. I love American football and I love science fiction so a combination of the 2 sounded appealing. I immediately identified this story as aimed at "young adults" because the main character Quentin is written as such an unlikeable dumb arse, poorly written a-hole all the way through the book it is hard to see this as written for adults. It is a little concerning then that if this IS for young adults the language was quite strong and sexually viol ...more
Barry Mainz
Oct 21, 2015 Barry Mainz rated it it was ok
"The Rookie" Is based around a young football phenom by the name of Quincy and is set 700 years in the future where aliens and humans coexist. Quincy was a quarter back playing in the minor leagues to, the "intergalactic league" which different species fight at the game of football. Quincy strives for this most of the book until, he finally gets his shot. The only catch is, in this league he is playing against people, which are not humans, but aliens which can jump 25 feet in the air and have a ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Gabriel rated it really liked it
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
M.A. Kropp
Jun 21, 2012 M.A. Kropp rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
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
Sep 16, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2015 Natalie rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 23, 2010 Julie Davis rated it liked it
#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
Feb 02, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
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
Ruthie Jones
Mar 03, 2011 Ruthie Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 19, 2012 Jon rated it really liked it
"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
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