OK I will tell you flat-out, this post has nothing at all to do with cycling. This one is dedicated to my buddy Jim Devitt, Blogger, Social Media Consultant, family man, Author and, I might add, one of the 3 guys that help mould Mountainstroh into the man you read about today. Jim was one of the founders of the Strohs Bros and Fros, our intramural sports playing, beer drinking, college and beyond group! He invited me into the group after camping out for Huey Lewis and the News Tickets! I might also add, the semester I first met Jim was the only term at WSU I earned less than a 3.00 GPA! (Thanks Jim!)
Now this is NOT a post about the adventures with Jim since I met him (that would take a book, but just an FYI NEVER play quarters with this man!) this is about the Jim Devitt of today! (Also for the record, this is completely unsolicited, and I am sure he will flip me crap for this post!)
As I mentioned Jim is a published author. In 2011 he published “The Card (A Van Stone Novel)”
Only Jim could combine his personal experience in the Seattle Mariner Club House, and use it into write a novel that combines Baseball, Adventure, Mystery and a little bit of Science Fiction (thrown in for flavor). It’s a book that was initially meant for a young adult audience, but most adults I have recommended this book to have told me they loved it as much as their teens did!
My original review on Amazon went like this:
Ever wonder what a book by Clive Cussler would be like if Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino were teenagers? Well I now know the answer, Van Stone and his side-kicks will take you on the same kind of ride I have only found in a Cussler novel.
What seems to start out as a book about a bat boy for the Seattle Mariners quickly turns into a mystery-adventure. (I have to admit, I pride myself on being able to figure out who-done-it, and potential plot twists. The ending on this one caught me completely by surprise!)
I think one most impressed me about this book was that it is completely believable. The characters, Van, Fred and Zoe can be found in any high school. I particularly like how strong a character Zoe is, a great role model for any young lady. More importantly though, everything they do is feasible. There is no magic, no strange coincidences, or anything that would make you say “yeah right!” (Though I must say Fred’s use of bacon grease was brilliant!) The kids even use the metro-bus to travel through Seattle to avoid problems with parking. I’ve always disliked novels that have people pull up to some place downtown and always seem to find a spot to park.
The novel is well researched, I’ve been to Safeco field many times, and knew very little about the roof. Better yet, Jim Devitt weaves the facts into the story so well; you don’t know you are learning.
As I said, I bought the book for my sons to read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I sincerely hope there will be more to come!
However, this post is NOT just to encourage you to buy and read Jim’s book, though you won’t be sorry. My reason for doing this post today was that I read Jim’s Blog today. In it he explains how he has joined other independent authors in helping libraries that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Yep, that’s right, in the era where authors are charging WAY too much for Kindle editions, Jim is giving away copies of his books to libraries and school districts! Why, because it’s the right thing to do and he cares.
Folks, I always knew Jim was a good friend, I’ve known him for 30 years. This just goes to show how much of a good man overall he is! Good men do good things, and he did!
This project is ongoing, for more information you can visit http://www.ksbrooks.com/AuthorsforHurricaneSandyLibraries.htm