Once again playing for the Red Sox, Williams finds himself trapped in a world he hardly recognizes: the corruption of the game he loves with über-juiced batters and robot pitchers; difficult love affairs clashing with his old desires; and a military conflict of the future in which he must harness the fighter pilot skills he used in his first life.
Dr. Elizabeth Miles is the cryonicist who brings him back to life, initiating a dramatic sequence of medical achievements. She and her young son Johnnie are a constant reminder of what Williams lacked in his first trip around the bases, never devoting much time to love and family. But old habits die hard.
With enemies and allies both on the field and off, Williams must make sense of it all and play on against a machine that he detests, pressure to take the "giddyup" he abhors, unrelenting media mania, and a dystopian world he can't ignore.
The narrative resonates with the consequences of the major issues we face in our world today-the steroids debate in sports, global warming, corporate greed, technology run rampant, and the moral ambiguity of war.
Extra Innings is alternately poignant and humorous, heartbreaking and joyous. Thought-provoking throughout, it's a rollicking ride that looks at second chances and redemption, the ability to triumph over adversity, and the search for meaning in this life and the next.
Flawed in his first life, Williams must decide in the second what's more important, the chance to win his first World Series, or the chance to be a better man?
The Greatest Comeback of all Time is More Than Just a Game.
|Publisher:||Bear Hill Media|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)|
What People are Saying About This
I knew Ted Williams, Ted Williams was a friend of minethis is Ted Williams. (Bob Lobel, Boston sportscaster who once interviewed Ted Williams, Larry Bird and Bobby Orr together in the same studio)
Ted Williams is back on deck thanks to Extra Innings.
Bruce Spitzer has reverse-engineered the brain of Ted Williams, reanimated a great American, and created a novel with memories intact. (Ray Kurzweil, inventor/author/futurist)
If you like baseball, science fiction or a good thriller, Extra Innings is the book for you. No need to wait to see if the science of cryonics will bring Ted Williams back. Bruce Spitzer already has. (Dick Flavin, Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox, featured with Ted Williams in David Halberstam's best-selling book The Teammates)
Bruce Spitzer gives Ted Williams a stunning new mission in Extra Innings. The author deserves a special salute, brilliantly imagining Williams' return to the proud tradition of the United States Marine Corps. Semper Fidelis, 'Caveman.' (Col. Andrew J. Ley, USMCR (ret.), F-4 and A-4 driver, and former CO of VMA 322)
Over the years, many people have wondered just how much greater Ted Williams would have been if he were not called away to war, or if he had played in another era. Now, thanks to Bruce Spitzer, we know. (Jim Lonborg, Cy Young Award-winning Red Sox pitcher and member of the 1967 "Dream Team")