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A slam dunk of a story
Reviewed in Australia on 30 May 2021
I am not a great basketball fan, and was a very, very average player many years ago. Australia has a competition, but it is nothing compared with the popularity of the game in the States.
Now, I do not really understand most basketball terms, but I found my way through this book, and felt the excitement as Sooley began to fire, and The Eagles started to win. It was quite a ride!
It was interesting to mirror the sport with happenings in Uganda on a regular basis, and to keep up with Sooley’s family, and their fight to survive in horrible circumstances. I was reading only yesterday about terrible things happening in Northern Ethiopia right now, and this sounds much like the fighting and horror in South Sudan early in the story. When will the world learn?
Sooley’s death came as a complete surprise, and there was no explanation as to why Jackie gave him four pills, or why he took three. I do think that there is an obligation on clubs and competitions to help young superstars to cope with fame and fortune to prevent them from crashing and burning - the idea of being invincible!
A nice ending, freeing Beatrice and the boys from the camp, and providing them with new lives, new hope, and a future!
Thank you John. I really enjoyed your book!