Football season in New Orleans has been a study in frustration since the Saints arrived in 1967, but this year could be the worst.
Not only is the team 0-and-8 and headed for yet another dismal campaign, but owner Ron Beauchamp is threatening to move if he doesn’t get a new stadium deal.
Things look bleaker still for the team’s struggling, Polish-born kicker, Oleg Adamowicz, who nearly dies on the Superdome turf after taking a vicious hit while trying (and failing) to make a game-saving tackle.
But a surprise visit from the Pope begins a mysterious turn of events, highlighted by Oleg’s superhuman kicking. He rewrites the record books and leads the team on a winning streak. However, even that might not be enough to keep Beauchamp from putting the team on the selling block.
As the wins mount and Oleg performs a series of "miracles," fans and teammates alike look to him as the messiah, forcing Oleg to confront his own feelings about religion, which has created a rift with his father back in Warsaw. Aided by Saints cheerleader Charmaine Fontana, Oleg searches for answers, knowing he must save himself before he can rescue the Saints.
Inspired by true events, All Saints Day is a magical story about winning, losing, and the meaning of faith that will make you laugh, make you question your own beliefs, and make you take note of the tiny miracles surrounding us every day.
If you read the book, and I recommend you do…it is beyond “Twilight Zone” levels. It is where coincidence meets would-be clairvoyance on page after page.
Austin author Sean Patrick Doles isn’t as clairvoyant as his latest book makes him seem. But it’s somewhat uncanny how many details in Doles’ paperback duplicate the Hurricane Katrina disaster. It’s as if the hurricane that wiped out New Orleans, and nearly Doles’ book, was stalking the book.
Sean Patrick Doles has woven quite a tale about his native city’s football team, but that’s only the beginning of All Saints Day. Throw in the pope, a hurricane, questions about religious faith and a plan to move the beleaguered ball team out of state and you have a fictional story with its share of coincidences, some intended, some uncanny.
When New Orleans native Sean Patrick Doles started writing “All Saints Day," he laid no claim to psychic powers. But in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Doles’ football fantasy with the timely title reads more like a news story than a football fairy tale.
New Orleans native Sean Patrick Doles is the award-winning author of Saving Mr. Bingle: A New Orleans Christmas Fairy Tale. A former riverboat deck hand, Bourbon Street entertainer and rock music journalist, Doles currently divides his time between The Big Easy and Austin, Texas.