Though set in professional football, this book is really about coming to the end of a career and a mid-life change. All of us face change and the end of something. We all face figuring out what comes next.
Neptune Beach, Fla. (PRWEB) August 21, 2014
For the 30th straight year, professional football is the most popular sport in the U.S., according to a 2014 Harris Poll. Author Mark Reasoner appeals to this large audience, as well as anyone who has ever faced a significant life change, in his new novel, “One Last Kickoff” (published by Abbott Press).
Set primarily in Indianapolis, “One Last Kickoff” follows the fictional happenings in the life of professional football place-kicker Matt Ridgeway of the Indianapolis Colts. Matt has been the kicker for the Colts for 20 years and is nearing the end of his career – he just doesn’t know it yet.
When the Colts pick up a star college place-kicker in the second round of the National Football League draft, the young upstart is ready to displace Matt, but Matt doesn’t have a plan for his future. Despite a wife waiting in the wings ready to take over his life and a job offer from his father-in-law, Matt doesn’t know what to do; for Matt, football is life – it’s all he’s ever known.
Reasoner spends time relating some history of football and giving details of Matt’s past, which gives the reader an appreciation of where Matt’s been before getting into his current struggles. This same appreciation of where he’s been ends up helping Matt cope with where he might be going.
“What happens when you’ve done only one thing in life and can’t do it anymore?” Reasoner asks. “Though set in professional football, this book is really about coming to the end of a career and a mid-life change. All of us face change and the end of something. We all face figuring out what comes next.”
“One Last Kickoff”
By Mark Reasoner
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 206 pages | ISBN 9781458216458
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 206 pages | ISBN 9781458216434
E-Book | 206 pages | ISBN 9781458216441
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Mark Reasoner is a Hoosier by birth, a teacher by profession and a storyteller by nature. His work has appeared in Folio Weekly, The DeKalb Literary Arts Journal and the short story collection “Snowbird Christmas: Volume Two.” He lives and writes in Neptune Beach, Florida, but is still a Colts fan.
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