Narrator: Alexander Cendese
Series: All for the Game Series #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 21 August 2018
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Source: Publisher, Submitted
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He's short, he's fast, he's got a ton of potential - and he's the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as the Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile, and he doesn't need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny, and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil's not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil's new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can't walk away from him a second time.
Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he's finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
©2013 Nora Sakavic (P)2018 Tantor
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The Foxhole Court is the first book in the All for the Game trilogy and holy smokes I got pulled in! I actually only found out about the series recently when asking for recommendations online for new books but it’s been around and had a solid fan base for a few years. I can see why! The characters and plotline are engaging and keep the story moving at a great pace. Even the set-up for the story moved quickly.
We start with Neil stepping off the court of an Exy match, a new game that the author invented and gave backstory to for the story, and learning about an opportunity to play for the Foxes. Neil is in love with the sport but he is hesitant to be a part of such a public team because he’s on the run. As much as this book is a story about Exy, it’s also a story about Neil’s past and how it is racing to catch up to him. So, when Neil signs on (because of course he is going to!) we get pulled along on an emotional, stressful and captivating journey with him as he muddles through the waters of meeting his teammates and playing his first game all while trying to protect his secrets.
Easily, the most engaging part of this story is the characters. They all follow the big dark and troubled past trope, but that’s a big part of what this story is built on. It’s mostly a story of 18 to 20+-year-olds trying to outrun or forget their pasts. Unfortunately, these pasts are all pretty convoluted and connected, and they consist of living, blood-thirsty boogie monsters that aren’t ready to give them up. Andrew is an enigma, and his relationship with different characters is as well, and it draws me in so fast that it gives me whiplash. Renee? Who is she? It’s all such a mystery that I want unraveled in front of me right now!
With some of the secrets the characters hold close to their hearts (the ones that we’re privy to), it’s not a surprise that they’re not all common knowledge. The content of this book is never really graphic but it can get dark and it hints at a lot more violence and gruesome-ness. It requires a certain level of maturity, but it can be enjoyed by young adults looking for this kind of dark story. I mentioned that this is as much a story about sports as it is about histories, but it’s all framed in the relationships between characters. How they interact with and revolve around each other. There are certainly a few tropes, but this was a well written and enjoyable novel and I am really looking forward to continuing the adventure.
I think the biggest detraction to the story is in the dialogue scenes. It’s actually well done except for the overuse of the word “said” but that was big enough for me to notice. While it does happen a few times, it doesn’t diminish from the overall quality of the book. And, that was the only flaw I can really recall in the writing.
The narrator, Alexander Cendese, is a good choice. He does a great job differentiating between the various male characters. His female characters are decent, but they’re voices blend a little bit. This wasn’t a huge deal considering the number of female characters, and from the context it was easy to figure out who was talking. It didn’t detract from the story but it did cause me to pause for a minute at times. Overall, he did a great job.