PublishAmerica, 2003, 21.95
In the late 1960s, Brookstone, Wisconsin college football star Mark sent a letter to his friend quarterback Dan the day before he died in a car accident. Dan received the battered letter two decades after Mark mailed it. The letter will motivate him and his team against unsavory opponents.
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Dan is the CEO of a multi-million dollar business that he made successful applying the same approach of gauging the odds that he used playing football. He also treats his employees as if they are his offensive line protecting him from opponents. His Chief Financial Officer, Charlotte Anne loves Dan. His best friend company attorney Mike believes he is the dependable water boy, but secretly loves Mark's former fiancée Kelly. She, blaming herself for Mark's death, “married” his ghost by dedicating her life to making sure Mark is remembered.
The opponents are venture capitalist Gerald and investment-banker Terrance. They see an opportunity to steal the company and find a mole in Stuart, vice president of marketing.
Meanwhile the Green Bay Packers coach tries to motivate his team to play with heart for the pride of a special city and heritage.
OVERTIME is a great relationship drama that uses a football team play to get out its message that real friendships enable an individual to overcome the seemingly impossible. The storyline uses football as a parable of life: that it is worth the risk to play one last time when friends and family serve as your offensive line. Though the bad dudes have no redeeming qualities, the good guys and the coach are well rounded characters turning this into more than just a simple novel for sports fans.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner