I need to start out by saying The Cards of Unknown Players is a Kindle e-Book. It appears to be in other digital forms, too. (A quick check shows it on the Nook, so I imagine it’s out there for other formats, too).
This book reads fast. I don’t think it took me more than a night. Maybe two. It’s a nice story about a father and his son, collecting cards and some life lessons. It’s not just about baseball cards, though. It’s more than that.
The product description says:
A disabled boy finds the baseball card of a non-existent major league player and the boy’s father embarks on a quest to find out how that could have happened. What he finds will give him hope for all the unknown players.
What happens is quite interesting. It’s a cool tale and it’s the right size. With the story being somewhat focused, having a quick read makes it good.
Now for my thoughts…
In this day and age, some books are really in-depth or not thought out. This one is good because it has a solid story. From finding the card, to finding the story about the card.
Where the card leads the father is good, too. It’s not very predictable, which is good.
What I really liked was that in a day when stories seem to go off on different directions all the time, this story stayed on the same line. It didn’t stray. You learned the details. You met the people. And you saw where things went and how they developed. That was a nice part of this eBook.
The book was far from perfect.
Some might say it was too short. Some might complain about character development (there’s a little, but not a lot). The writing isn’t the most perfect in the world (some grammar and spelling issues). But overall, it’s the normal complaints. I didn’t think there were any major errors to the book and being it kept my attention quite well, some things I overlooked.
Still, it wasn’t perfect, but with it’s length and story, most things can be overlooked.
Besides being a fast read, it was good. It was, for lack of a better term, wholesome. It’s a good thing to show relationships between a father and a son and this does it. The other good part is that one doesn’t have to be interested in baseball or baseball cards to read this story.
The book’s plot and ending weren’t predictable, which is nice because it takes you away from thinking this is another sappy book. Though the ending is happy, the way you get to it isn’t the normal way.
Based on everything from above, I would give this book a strong 3.5. I don’t think it was perfect. The story was strong and the characters were believable. I liked it overall and would recommend someone read it.
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