An African Rebound: A Novel

An African Rebound: A Novel

by Dan Doyle
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An African Rebound: A Novel by Dan Doyle

It is 1989, and Jim Keating has hit absolute rock bottom. He’s lost his wife to cancer, his house to bankruptcy, and his job as a college basketball coach to what many outsiders believed to be a racially insensitive career-ending decision. He has also just about lost his mind, having slipped into a bout of serious depression. Attempting to pick up the pieces and start life over, Jim returns home to Worcester and rents a small apartment.

Word gets out that the legendary Jim Keating has returned home, and everyone is eager to see him, despite what they’ve read in the news. In high school and college, Jim had been a star athlete. After a stint in the Army, he took a job as a college basketball coach. Although the teams and leagues changed over the years, Keating’s passion for basketball and commitment to the players he coached never faltered. Recognizing this, an old friend makes Jim an offer designed to help him restart his career.

Soon, Jim finds himself in Burundi, Africa, where he is to create a basketball league that will bring two warring tribes—the Hutus and the Tutsis—together peacefully. These tribes have been in a civil war for years, and government officials believe one of the ways to guide them to peace is through sports. In Burundi, Jim has the chance to recommit himself to basketball, rediscover his true self, and bring peace to a nation in turmoil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620877944
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Dan Doyle received his MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for International Sport. While in this position, Doyle founded the World Scholar-Athlete Games, National Sportsmanship Day, and the Center for Sports Parenting. A former high school and intercollegiate men’s basketball coach, he achieved a career record of 142–45 and led the Trinity College men’s team to national success.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My background includes writing entertainment reviews for local newspapers.  If a movie could be accurately filmed of the wonderful human interest story in this book, with its actors capable of touching the hearts of its audience – just as Dan Doyle captivated his readers of this thought-provoking novel - it very well could be the next “Best Picture Award Winner." - T. J. Mammone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Doyle baits the hook with basketball but quickly the reader is taken on a journey that examines deep internal African cultural issues mixed with the challenges faced by foreigners trying to understand and overcome social barriers that they can only scratch the surface to understand. Doyle’s unique ability to capture these volatile flashpoints along with creating an exciting story of discovery of a unique basketball talent makes for a “cannot put down” novel.  As an individual who has lived in Asia for 21 years and, at one point overseen Asian Basketball Confederation (now FIBA-Asia) basketball development for 44 countries for seven years (1996-2002) including worked with Yao Ming (at age 13) and his parents on Yao’s skills & his parents struggle to understand the basketball & commercial opportunities & challenges ahead and how they could overcome the “China System” successfully, I immediately connected to Doyle’s multi-leveled storyline. This novel has all the elements to translate into a stirring motion picture that would capture the interests not only in the USA but throughout the world!   - Tom McCarthy, Chairman, Beijing International Group
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"An African Rebound" is much less of a story about wins and losses than it is about humanity, culture, and the challenges we all face to overcome adversity in all of its forms. It is no stretch to say that anyone would enjoy reading this fine novel no matter what level of interest they have in sports per se.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read "An Africa Rebound" from cover to cover in a matter of days. The book covers a wide range of life experiences, some which we all encounter, others that few experience. What resounds through out Mr Doyle's latest effort is a strong feeling of Hope. Even during the darkest times when things appear the worst, there is an underlying feeling that good will conquor. This is a great story of the roller coaster of life and how character carries all of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having worked in the higher-ed environment, I can easily see how Coach Keating's assistant was forced on him, and also, as cowardly as it was done, how Coach was finally removed. Better days lay ahead of him, however, and this novel glides through the ups and downs, holding the readers attention consistently throughout the entire story. I could not wait until my next free moment to continue reading. For weeks after, the story was on my mind, with all the emotions that surfaced throughout the novel. Most eagerly awaiting the sequel. This will make a GREAT movie. Nancy Pop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspirational and educational, you don't have to love  basketball to fall in love with these characters. A story of love, loss , and second chances, An African Rebound is a must read for everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dan Doyle's An African Rebound is an insightful, suspenseful and poignant novel that touches on several layers of human emotion. You will fall in love with the humanness of each of the characters brought to life in this thrilling adventure of international intrigue. You will find yourself cheering for Jim Keating - a desperate and defeated veteran (Everyman) basketball coach - who is given one more chance to find redemption both professional and personal in a distant land. You will be entertained and enlightened with Dan's amazing depth of knowledge on a myriad of subjects - Greek philosophy, basketball history and strategy, theology, ethics, race relations, poetry, justice, love, peace and friendship - which are so creatively weaved throughout this compelling story.You will be encouraged as creative and courageous steps through sports and the arts are taken to help solve decades old conflicts in the war torn countries of Burundi and Rwanda.Do yourself a favor! Read this book and treat yourself to an unforgettable journey that will leave you feeling alive and inspired in refreshing new ways. I can't wait for the sequel from this brilliant and gifted story teller. Mark NewlenSports Ethics Fellow, Institute for International SportDirector, Making of a Champion Sports CampsTeacher and International Camp Director
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You don't need to know a thing about hoops to fall in love with this story. This book is beautifully written and heartwarming, the kind of story that stays with you all day. Truly a novel that everyone will enjoy...
Mellody More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. It was recommended to me by a basketball lover who said that even I, a non-sports person, would enjoy. All in all it's a feel-good story that weaves in disappointment then resurgence, and depression then hope. I highly recommend it for all--especially those who have experienced/are experiencing hard times in life and looking for an inspirational story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The suspense was unreal; I could not put the book down! An African Rebound is a stroke of genius by author Dan Doyle. You do not have to like basketball to be rooting for Coach Jim Keating to rebound from the downward spiral of his life. Even if you have never been to Africa, you will be spellbound as you join in on the adventure of your lifetime and travel through the African nation of Burundi. I felt every emotion in my gut pulling at me with the discovery of basketball prodigy and superstar Leonard Tangishaka. I am counting the days when I can put my hands on the sequel that will be sure to follow – and read about the budding romance between Coach Keating and a beautiful woman named Francesca. I am so grateful that the author has shared with readers an unbelievable ability to put phenomenal imagination into words. And this is a novel that has such wide appeal! Mark