The Bulldog Compact

The Bulldog Compact

by Donald James Parker
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Traditions are normally looked upon as good things, particularly if they've been around for an extended period of time. In Madison, South Dakota, though, there's one particular tradition that the local folks would love to forget: that of their high school basketball team's losing ways. Try as they might, the men's basketball team can't escape the doldrums of defeat year after year, and this somber legacy has upset no one more than Lance "Bambi" Masterson, member of the local junior high's basketball team and proud supporter of his local community. Fed up with seeing his town's team being laughed off the court time and again, Bambi resolves to put some skin in the game and exhorts his teammates to join him in "The Bulldog Compact," a uniform declaration in which all the boys agree to do whatever it takes to win a state basketball championship before they graduate from high school.

No good deed goes unpunished, though, and, despite their noble intentions, the boys soon find themselves beset on all sides by various external distractions ¿ and they even find it more challenging than they previously thought to realize their ultimate goal. Along the way, hearts are broken, allegiances tested, and many a lesson is learned as the boys mature into young men ¿ a process that's challenging enough on its own. Throughout it all, though, Bambi grows into a strong, spiritually sound individual who, once he embraces the full spectrum of his true power ¿ becomes quite an impressive young man with an infinitely fruitful future ahead of him.

The initial installment of the Masterson Family Series, The Bulldog Compact introduces the reader to a host of compelling characters, chief among them Bambi, the fearless protagonist, and Lisa, the intriguing apple of his eye. In his debut tale, Donald James Parker bestows upon his assorted cast the challenging task of displaying for the reader the various difficulties ¿ and ultimate rewards ¿ of living a life of discipline and dedication. Naturally, the road is not always smooth, but, with the end goal in mind, the challenges that present themselves are never permanent roadblocks ¿ especially if we learn to rely on a strength greater than our own. Bambi does just that, allowing the reader to realize the value of adopting his/her own personal faith and fostering its ultimate growth and development.

A heart-warming tale of victory through perseverance, The Bulldog Compact is quite the enjoyable read.


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