Book Review: Ninety Feet Away by Kent Krause

Book Reviews

On my website I want to bring readers and writers together.  I am dedicating this blog to promoting writing, especially independent authors.  To that end I will read and review books from time to time with the desire let all of my readers find just what they are looking for.  Ninety Feet Away is a book about the team that almost made it – nonetheless a great MLB team.

Ninety Feet Away  by Kent Krause

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I rarely watch baseball, and have not attended a MLB game in 40 years, so I wasn’t certain how this book would strike me.  I was very pleasantly surprised by Kent Krause’s Royals saga.  He has done an amazing amount of research and distillation of facts to present a comprehensive story of their near Cinderella tale.  The title says it all.  They were just that close.

While this book has not turned me into a MLB fanatic, I find that when I watch the Royals now, I relate to the players by name and have a better understanding of the strategy and tactics of the game.  The bare facts of each game presented by Krause become a little tedious (I don’t have a baseball card collection), but as I moved through the season with the Royals, those facts made more and more sense and their importance became clearer.

Different from his novels, Krause has presented a fascinating tale of the team that almost made it.  I have heard, “Whoever remembers the team that came in second . . .”  After reading this marvelous book, I will.

Krause, in this book and his novels, provided detailed insight into team structure and game strategy.  Clearly sports is his love, though, as in All American King, his faith is a major reason for his writing.  With an appendix longer than a book chapter, it can be seen that he did his homework on the team.  He presents information about team history and player statistics that lets you know how each player stacks up against another.

I had no idea that baseball was such an intricate chess match.  Just choosing who will pitch which night of a series, or whether to pitch curve balls to a lefty, could make the difference between a grand slam home run or ending the inning.

I have  a much deeper appreciation for the difficulties involved in coaching and playing in the Major Leagues and will never look at baseball the same again.

Get this book here and enjoy.

Other books by Kent Krause:

Men Among Giants

Behind in the Count

All American King

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Aside from loving chocolate and coffee (not necessarily in that order) Scott McPherson has learned that he loves to write. He writes fiction and, so far, has published two novels. Scott has many varied interests, though he tries to focus on one at a time. He has worked for nearly thirty-five years as a family physician, a pass-time that gives him great pleasure and pays the bills. He has five daughters and dotes upon three grandchildren. Recently married, he really loves life. Scott writes from his life experiences and from travel. His career in the active Air Force was brief, but he has been a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard since just before 9/11 in 2001. The aftermath of that great disaster changed the face of the Guard and led to missions in far-away lands. He has spent time in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Crete and Guam in missions related to support for Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has been to Iceland and Antarctica as well. Scott has no personal experience with violent death or murder, but has gained knowledge from experts. In his first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death,” his character, Jack Sharp MD, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. First as suspect, then as amateur sleuth, Jack tries to make a difference. He finds himself right in the middle of an investigation well beyond the scope of a local murder. A man of faith, Scott traveled to Africa with his small family in the 1980s and served as a medical missionary in Zaire (known as Congo today) with a church organization. The vast difference in what it takes to exist in such an environment served as a basis for much of his second novel, a thriller, “Congo Mission.” His character, Jack, is twenty years younger than in the first novel. In “Congo Mission” Jack serves as a physician in a missionary hospital in the jungles of northwestern Zaire. There he is not only captivated by a young woman visiting the region, but falls victim to his nemesis Jacques Levant. His motivations and faith are tested and his resolve to do God’s work gets pushed to the limit. When he is not writing Scott enjoys walking, a practice that actually led to his first attempt at writing a novel. He began making notes and writing prose about the mundane things around him. He tried to make the details sound interesting, even though it was just for his own pleasure. Eventually he found that he could expand his prose to “what if?” “What if I just kept walking?” “What if I, or my character, found a dead body in the ditch along the side of the path?” That was the premise for the first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death.” Scott McPherson is an avid trombone player and has played since he was nine years old. He marched in the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska and now takes advantage of one free football game a year by playing in the half-time show with the UNL Alumni Marching Band. He plays in the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and a community band from the nearby town of Waverly, Nebraska. Scott loves to sing as well, though his range seems to have diminished in recent years. He has sung in college and church choirs and remembers performing parts of Handel’s Messiah as a highlight of his singing experience. One little-known fact about Scott is that he once sang soprano in a boys choir. Scott plans to keep writing as long as the ideas flow and others show interest in his stories. He loves to interact with other writers or readers about what has become a passion in his life. Reviews are always welcome as are questions and comments.
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