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The Starter by Scott Sigler
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Mar 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: recommended-to-me
Recommended to Ruthie by: John Miller
Read from February 24 to March 02, 2011

The Starter picks up exactly where The Rookie ends. Actually, it's like reading one big book. I appreciate that Sigler does not spend a lot of time at the beginning of The Starter reminding the reader what went on in The Rookie. I understand why authors do this in a series, but Sigler does not waste words repeating what the reader should already know if he or she has read in order. The Starter shows Quentin Barnes still developing and coming to terms with other cultures. This story, however, brings him closer to his team and them closer to him, and as the quarterback, he is clearly their leader. This story also introduces a lot more intrigue as the characters encounter gangsters and mob leaders. The Rookie has some of this as well, but The Starter gives us more action away from the gridiron. Again, the protagonist, Quentin Barnes, is far from perfect as he struggles to keep his team in Tier One. This story is made up of alien worlds and cultures, but it is easy to feel compassion and other emotions (good and bad) for all of these characters. Sigler breathes life into unbelievable characters and makes them memorable. There is one scene that is very gruesome and disturbing, but it is a short scene, and it does have significance in Barnes's development and interaction with specific members of his team. Despite the violence--it is football--the language is completely inoffensive in both The Rookie and The Starter. This is a refreshing change from Sigler's Infected, Contagious, and Ancester, which are riddled with F-bombs. Sigler proves through The Rookie and The Starter that a novel can be equally (if not more) entertaining and engaging without foul language.
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Quotes Ruthie Liked

Scott Sigler
“When you're winning, everyone is a fan.”
Scott Sigler, The Starter

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