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The Starter

(Galactic Football League #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,111 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Galactic Football League (GFL) Series:
Book I: THE ROOKIE -- Book II: THE STARTER -- Book III: THE ALL-PRO -- Book IV: THE MVP -- Book V (Fall 2014)

GFL Novellas:

“While so many have pondered the future of pro football, none have rendered it quite like this.
Kindle Edition, 483 pages
Published (first published September 2010)
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Ruthie Jones
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ruthie by: John Miller
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, bri ...more
This one is the sequel to The Rookie, which I reviewed at some length. Just like the first one, my son liked it, and he told me to read it, so I read it (to keep up). It seemed very, very, (ok, really, really) similar to the first in terms of construction, to the point that it felt quite formulaic (if not repetitive - although my son did not think so). Still, like the first one, it's fun sci-fi for football fans, sprinkled with enough gratuitous violence to keep the reader on edge (and, at times ...more
Wenzel Roessler
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picking up from the end of book one this story is just as well written as the first. Good character development and a bit funnier than the first book. Sigler, I think, writes books just to do the voices on the audio version. His reading is amazing and his voice for Denver is just a step behind Luke Daniels and his voice of Oberon.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been bored by football, but this book makes me want to understand football (if only to better appreciate the books). It made me laugh out loud (literally) and, at other moments, my body was tense as I (mostly) followed the action of the game. I got excited. I cared. And, I found the games more intelligible than in the first book. :)
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Sigler comes through. This series is only getting better. I have been listening to Scott's podcasts and reading his books since he started. For anyone who likes Sci-Fi and sports this series of books is for you. Make sure you read The Rookie first. Once again Scott, Great WORK!!!!! Keep them coming!!!
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: podcasts-book
Listened to and read. In fact: I have read, then listened, then read and listened simultaneously. Whilst waiting for new episodes I re-read and re-listen. (free podcast by the way). I bought the kindle version to support the author. Scott Sigler is great. Sci-fi space opera. Nice story. Good for teenagers and grown-ups. In this series, The Rookie, The Starter, The All-pro, and the MVP (in print).
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a bit predictable. I plan to read the next one in the series, but I hope for more from it.
Jeff Dodd
It's good but not great.
Stevie Kincade
The starter is the sequel to The Rookie Scott Sigler's action adventure alien NFL story series for young adults.

The first thought I had when listening to this is that Sigler did a damn good job with the supporting characters. It has been over a year since I listened to "The Rookie" but at the mention of the names "Donald Pine, John Tweedy, Momo Killoway, Denver, Hokor the hookchest and Greedock the Splithead" to name a few I could immediately reconnect with this cast of memorable alien character
Bill Warren
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
These books to me are what bodice rippers are to other people. Loaded with cliche, stereotypical archetype, relatively predictable story...but I really like em. Book 2 was better than book 1, but also had the effect of increasing the esteem in which I hold the first book.
Quentin Barnes continues his journey as he is now the Krakens starting qb as they have ascended past tier 2 and now fight to stay in tier 1. The books have wild and crazy characters and throw in a side of gangster violence to g
Stuart Hodges
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun and light

It’s a good nerd crossover for Football and sci-fi fans, easy pick up and put down book to kill time nicely
Christopher Balladares
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Just read it and shut up! There is nothing out there like it. If you’re a fan you won’t be able to put it down
Eric Thomas
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Right in line!!

Perfect plot!! An exciting book. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Can't wait to read the next book.
M.A. Kropp
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
The Starter is the second book in Sigler's Galactic Football League series, and essentially picks up right where the first left off. The Ionath Krakens, led by quarterback Quentin Barnes, have been promoted to Tier One in the GFL. Whether they remain there is not certain. The season gets off to a not quite auspicious start, and the Krakens are in danger of being dropped back to Tier Two. When linebacker John Tweedy's brother, Ju, a running back, becomes the prime suspect in a murder, Quentin, Jo ...more
Jim C
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is the sequel to The Rookie and tells the story of the Krakens first year in the Tier 1 league. This league is a football league many years in the future and involves planets instead of cities. This book can be classified as sci-fi meets football gameday.

I am not a football fan but that did not stop me from enjoying this novel. The author does a fantastic job making you care if the team can stay in the league and the description of the football action was dead on. Also, I had a sense
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prose
In his follow up to "The Rookie", Scott Sigler continues the story of Krakens Quarterback Quentin Barnes on his journey to the upper echelons of football glory.

Of course, this is football as it's played 600 years from now. Complete with Aliens, genetically modified offshoots of humanity along with a few good old fashioned humans sprinkled about for good measure.

Team owners are criminals who would just as soon as kill a player for underperforming as trade him. Such is life in the GFL.

I love this
Jay Daze
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, sf, sports
I'm not not not not a sports fan, but Sigler does a great job of combining a sports movie with a sf story. Perhaps because it is in the sport genre there doesn't seem to be much question whether the Krakens will win the big game at the end (or is there? gotta try and keep this spoiler free), but Sigler overcomes this by making me care about the characters and he is really good a creating head-cracking, ass-kicking galoots! He is also really good at convincing me, a sports ignoramus, of all the s ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing the path set by the first book, The Rookie, this one is again a galactic sports action movie in a book!

In book 1, The Ionath Krakens fought their way out of the tier 2 level and into the prestigious tier 1.
Now the face the ultimate challenge as they compete with the big boys to see who is the baddest and the best in the Galactic Football League.
Where as book one had you on the field through most of the games, The Starter jumps into to the action already happening and chooses to add m
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Joe Hempel
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What can I say. Football, Aliens, Gangstas....a great combo! Sigler does a great job of combining all of these into something that is actually very plausible, and familiar, as well as integrating all the fantastic things that go with Science-Fiction and seamless create a great read!!

A very very fast read if you enjoy all things football.

The only thing that I would have liked to see would have been more football, maybe more action being described by the Commentators...I understand why it's d
Jeff Miller
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been a fan of Scott Sigler since he first started podcasting his book Earthcore I have thoroughly enjoyed his narration of his books and his banter. This time around I picked the ebook edition of The Starter both because I wanted to support the author and plus I didn't want to wait around for the weekly release of podcasted episodes.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of the series The Rookie and that goes even more so for The Starter. In a book that is part SF, part sports, part action i
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another entertaining entry in the Galactic Football League series. With the series' groundwork already laid out from the first book this story gives the author a chance to build a bit more of a backstory for the characters who were admittedly one-dimensional. The book does a pretty good job mixing backstory, side-story, and gridiron action for the current season of the Galactic Football League without feeling like it's droning on with any one of them. The author definitely got more confident in ...more
Paul Cooley
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sports Fans, Sci-Fi fans
The Starter is the sequel to Scott Sigler's The Rookie. The GFL universe takes place in the far future where football has become an interspecies sport. The series follows Quentin Barnes, a quarterback in the GFL, through football seasons against the backdrop of a fascist empire that has forced many of the galaxy's races into subjugation.

Instead of merely focusing on football, Sigler examines racism, economic instability, slavery, politics, CRIME, and, of course, the off-field antics of professio
Tim Myles
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first book in the series (The Rookie), I'll admit I was hooked, so I plunged straight into The Starter, expecting more of the same. I wasn't disappointed.

Although the season-ending result can be seen quite a long way off (the season disappointingly follows a similar pattern to the first book) there are again some really nice plot-lines and character developments in this book - easily enough for me to look for book 3 in the series (which is all you can want really, isn't it?)

May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd book in the Galatic Football League continued the journey of Quentin Barnes, rookie sensation in the last book, as they now head into Tier 1 GFL play. New characters are introduced in the series, and Quentin continues to grow up a bit more as he meets more races in the galaxy and learns to control his upbringing. If they don't play well, they could drop back into the Tier 2 league, and no one wants that! Once the season starts, Scott begins each chapter as a week in the GFL, and you see ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library, 2013
I've been a fan of Scott Sigler since I first found his podcast of Infected. His early works are solid horror, mixed with humor. They will never be confused with literature, but both the books and his readings of them are entertaining.

The Starter continues the story begun in The Rookie. The pleasant surprise of this book is that Sigler appears to be developing a much larger story than it seemed in the first book. There is much more character development, and more context for the action. While on
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Sigler has another winner with this second installment of what will eventually be 7 books chronicling the life of future Galactic Football League superstar, Quentin Barnes. The coming-of-age story is only one of numerous facets that keep the story interesting. Unlike his other books, Scott has deliberately dialed back the, uh, "color of the rhetoric" from his usual hard science/horror works to make this series friendly to younger (middle school age and up) readers. This "PG'ing" of the story ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
So entrancing that I stayed awake until past midnight just to finish those last 100 pages. This was such a different story from The Rookie but that only serves to deepen and enhance the characters and their relationships even more. Not everything in Quentin Barnes first T1 season is roses and puppy dogs, but he didn't expect that it would be anyway. The story outside of the on-field action was what intrigued me the most and I am hoping that certain things like, who was responsible for the...well ...more
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, audio, alien
(what I noted when I got the book)
I am so very excited to start reading this book (too bad I have so many going right now..sigh) -- I loved The Rookie (although I listened to it on Sigler's podcast before actually having the book)

I got #645 out of 3000 -- yeah for special editions!!

(After I read (okay, I actually listened to the podcast) it, nearly two years later)
So excited that I waited two years to listen to the podcast. I am dumb because the story was AWESOME. I laughed, I cried (seriously)
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The book Foot Ball Hero is about a boy Joe Will . He not psyched about spending another year writing poetry, but maybe it won’t be as bad as he think. Him and his friends Chad and Michel join every team the school has : football , soccer ,hockey ,basketball and last baseball. At first the guys are unstoppable. But when Mrs.stegosarus Decides to become a fan . Suddenly the guys are headed for a never ending losing streak. Could poetry actually be as cool as sports. I say yes to read this book bec
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