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Posted August 31, 2010
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The Curse by Andy Van Slyke and Rob Rains.
You don't need to be a Cubs fan or even a baseball fan to enjoy this mystery.
You get a sense early on that Cubs owner Tony Vitello might have something to hide. Apparently his first wife went for a late night swim off of their yacht and drowned. The husband was questioned and investigated but never indited.
But unanswered questions or no, this might be the Cubs season, they were flying high and leading their division by five games, next stop Los Angeles and a series with the Dodgers.
The players had boarded the plane at O'Hare and were about to settle into their seats when a black limousine pulled up to the plane. Owner Tony Vitello got out of the limo and boarded the plane. Almost immediately the doors were closed and the 737 was secured to leave the ramp.
The plane took off and climbed to a crusing altitude of 35,000 feet. About an hour into the flight a boost pump warning light flashed on the panel in front of the copilot. The pilots quickly went through their check list as the trouble went from bad to worse. The engines were apparently starving for fuel. The copilot called Denver when it was determined that they had to get the plane on the ground. Cheyenne was nearest and they turned toward the airport with Denver's blessings.
The crew was as good as they come but when both engines quit all thy could do was try and manhandle the heavy glider and direct it to a Cheyenne runway. They set a glide path that would take them straight to the long runway. Ground crews prepared emergency equipment and foamed the landing surface.
The plane struck the ground about a hundred and fifty yards short of the runway, the landing gear collapsed and try as they may the pilots could not maintain control. The plane broke apart and caught on fire.
There were only eight survivors, Cubs owner Tony Vitello was among the living, but died the following day.
Back in Chicago everyone was in shock. Tony's son T.J. Vitello had not been groomed to take over the team, but there was no choice, and he took over by default. The tragedy hovered over the whole game of baseball, but it was decided that in the best interest of baseball the Cubs should not forfeit the season. They would recruit a team from the other franchises. And in spite of adversity, a memorial was held, a new manager, Mike Callan and coaches were hired. Mike Callan kept his new recruits busy and gradually the players grabbed onto his work ethics and began to work as a team.
While the NTSB investigators tried to put the aircraft pieces together the Chicago police were investigating the murder of the man that refueled the jet at O'Hare.
At that same time the new Cubs owner T.J. Vitello was receiving strange phone calls and information about his father's large cash withdrawals from his bank, and rumors that his father had planned to sell the team. But Why?
This fast paced novel takes us through problems of an unheard of move in mid-season with all new players expected to work as a team. It was an uphill battle, partly because of the tragic accident and another with folklore coming into the locker room regarding a Chicago Cubs curse that some took as real and others imagined.
The team finally hit it's stride as did authors Van Slyke and Rains as they take us through legend, lore, a billy goat curse and investigations into a three pronged mystery. There are enough twists and turns to keep you mystery buffs guessing right through to the last page.
Posted July 5, 2010
Wow! What a great read. This was a can't-put-down for me, and I'm neither an avid reader nor a Cubs fan. In fact, I read it because I DON'T like the Cubs. The gripping sub-plots follow many interesting characters, with a rich baseball history lesson sprinkled throughout. But don't get me wrong: I didn't come out the other end a Cubs fan, but it did soften my feelings toward them (at least until the end of the book). Van Slyke and Rains must have had a ball working on this project -- no pun intended -- and it shows. Well done, guys! If this truly is Rains' first venture into fiction, I can't wait until his next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2010
This book was written to interest not only Cubs fans but any baseball fans everywhere. It is filled with suspense, mystery, hope, drama and action, that will keep you intrigued from the Prologue to the final page ! It is filled with knowledge that only a baseball beat writer and or player would know.
It incorporates the "Curse of the Cubs" and a piece of fiction that is a MUST read for any fan. A story that brought back memories of my childhood with my father and the game along with a twist that will keep you reading.
A book that is FAR more then just about the game of baseball.
Posted July 24, 2010
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