Tracy (Providence RI)
What You See is What You Get
This is a moderately entertaining story. It is no more or less than described: a straight forward mystery novel. For me to become fully engaged in the mystery the characters needed more depth, the plot needed more sizzle and I needed to find a reason to care about the outcome. Anyone who enjoys a mystery that plows straight ahead, who likes sports - especially the Boston Red Sox and who doesn't want too work to hard will enjoy this book.
Barbara (Rockville MD)
The Green Monster
Although this was a quick read, I found the mystery to be too predictable and the characters too shallow. The beautiful blond, who is intelligent, in a high-powered job, sexually promiscuous, and every man's dream is such a shop-worn cliché. I saw the twist to the plot and the ending coming three-quarters of the way through. An enjoyable enough beach read for someone interested in the Red Sox, but a real disappointment for anyone interested in a smart and well-written mystery.
Ray (Selden NY)
Curse Of the Bambino - Revisited!
For sports fans, particularly baseball fans, the idea that the Red Sox's 2004 World Series victory of the Cardinals may have been tainted is intriguing. Could it be that the Red Sox were part of the biggest ruse in sports history? Does this mean the Curse of the Bambino still lives?
Author/Sportswriter Rick Shefchik explores this fictional concept in his novel, "Green Monster". It is a blend of sports fiction with gumshoe detective novel. The idea and premise are interesting - especially for fans of the Red Sox - but the combination of actual facts/dates with the use of fictional names for all the players involved proved to be distracting and took away from the "reality" of this fictional concept.
Overall, an interesting read - but nothing special.
Gerald (Pompton Lakes NJ)
Red Sox Nation Under Seige
Although baseball and the Boston Red Sox are at the heart of this mystery novel, even Yankee fans will enjoy it. You don't even have to be a baseball fan to appreciate the multi-dimension characters and the well written, fast moving plot. This is a quick and very enjoyable read.
Norma (Secaucus NJ)
I asked to review Green Monster by Rick Shefchik because I am a baseball fan and a mystery book fan. Sam Skarda, a private investigator is asked to investigate a blackmail case involving the Boston Red Sox and the 2004 World Series. The action moves between Minneapolis, Boston, LA and Caracas Venezuela. There is a lot of focus on the history of the Boston Red Sox and the curse of the Bambino. The book moves quickly and is an entertaining read. Some of the plot twists seem a bit unbelievable but the ending of the book provides a nice surprise.