“The League” by Mark Barnes – a Fantasy Football Crime Novel Has Been Shipped to Bookstores Today

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Over 15 Million Americans Play Fantasy Football - Now, They Can Read the First-Ever Published Novel on Their Favorite Game. Greed, prestige, and violence all play a part in this gripping novel of suspense about a secret fantasy football league whose games begin to dangerously affect reality. The league’s bankers, brokers, and lawyers have grown potential winnings to massive proportions, and someone in the league has discovered a way to control the $30 million pool—by murdering key NFL players each week. Local police are mystified by the murders. The FBI is clueless. All the while, one participant continues to win the fantasy games, creeping closer to the lottery-sized trophy with each calculated death.

DNA Press announced that “The League” (ISBN 1933255080) has been shipped to bookstores today. They are 15 million strong and some of the fiercest competitors in the country. While professional football players battle each week during the NFL season, average Americans watch them vigilantly, often rooting against home-team players, whose touchdowns might devastate their own fantasy football teams. Some of these crazed fantasy football participants play for tens of thousands of dollars, in a frenzied quest to reach a Fantasy Super Bowl. Mark Barnes, a writer and 16-year fantasy football player, has created a powerful organization that plays for $30 million in his novel, The League, the first-ever published work of fiction with a plot based on fantasy football. The League, published by DNA Press, LLC, is available at Amazon.com, DNA press.com and in bookstores.

Barnes' novel is a cautionary tale on what might happen if wealthy, power-hungry competitors played the game for millions of dollars. Barnes shows how if one man decided to take control of his team's destiny, bizarre things might happen to professional football players nationwide. The League illustrates this point from the get-go, beginning with the seemingly random attack of a star running back from the Cleveland Browns. Soon, other inexplicable acts occur, taking professional football players out of action, while helping a single competitor in the secret league get one step closer to the lottery-sized trophy. Only one man knows who the perpetrator might be, but he too is in pursuit of the $30 million prize.

Average suspense fans will enjoy The League, because the prose does not get bogged down in the details of the game, which would be unfamiliar to those who do not play. However, there is enough of the complexity and competitiveness of fantasy football to enthrall even first-year players. Veteran participants in this pool of over 15 million will not want to miss this suspense/thriller, based on their favorite pastime.

Says Russ Cohen, of Sportsology.net, "Want to know what happens when fantasy sports meets the Sopranos, then read The League." Adds NFL radio and TV host John Hansen, "Barnes is kind of like the John Grisham of a new genre" "With the rapid integration of fantasy sports into real-life games, The League is a long overdue book," adds Matt McKensie of Street and Smith's Sports Annuals.

Not since The Da Vinci Code has one novel had such a gigantic target audience and a frighteningly realistic conspiracy. When asked what readers can expect from The League, the author says, "Much like the unique ways Michael Crichten deals with cloning, sexual abuse or global warming, this novel handles conspiracy and sabotage in a manner unlike any other work of fiction. It is The League's remarkably unique plot that will truly awe readers."

Mark Barnes has a multitude of talents and experiences, which he uses to pen both informative and entertaining fiction and nonfiction books. Barnes has taught middle and high school English for 12 years and written for local, regional and national sports publications. Barnes recently completed his first novel, The League, published by DNA Press and due in stores this May. He is currently working on his second novel, Troon, a thriller about a young golf pro fighting for his life, while attempting to win $5 million in a secret tournament at Scotland’s Royal Troon.

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