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ISBN13: 9781451608212
ISBN10: 1451608217
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From New York Times bestselling author Stephen King comes the haunting story of Blockade Billy, the greatest Major League baseball player to be erased from the game.   

 

Even the most die-hard baseball fans don’t know the true story of William “Blockade Billy” Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game’s history.

Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse... and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all.

 

Originally published through Cemetery Dance Publications on April 20, 2010 as a $25.00 limited-edition hardcover, Stephen King and Cemetery Dance have made an arrangement with Scribner to make available a less expensive hardcover edition of Blockade Billy, with an on-sale date of May 25th, the same date the audiobook goes on sale. The Scribner edition will be available in all U.S. and Canadian retail outlets. Both the Scribner book and the Simon & Schuster audiobook will feature a bonus short story ("Morality").

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A hanging pitch, the perfect Spring 2010 add-on--Stephen King's he-was-born-to-write-it baseball story, about a uniquely talented catcher named Blockade Billy--with a unique flaw. The Scribner edition includes a bonus story, Morality.

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"Contains the chilling bonus story 'Morality'"--Cover.

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Full Dark No StarsBlockade BillyUnder the Dome, Just After Sunset, the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Lisey's Story and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was recently re-released in a tenth anniversary edition. King was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he was inducted as a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.  He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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moiraethefatesbookreview, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)

Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William “Blockade Billy” Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history.

Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse... and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


Blockade Billy is a novella, so it's a fairly quick read. When I was reading this, it read like a cometary of sorts. While it's not one of my favorites by King, it is definitely still a good read. It took a while for the King twist to come about, but when it did it was one I wasn't expecting.


I think one thing I liked the most about it is King wrote it like the narrator was telling him the story. There are many times in which the narrator addresses him as Mr. King. I haven't seen this style before and I enjoyed it.


From my understanding it only took Mr. King two weeks to write it which is amazing! It was enjoyable and if you are looking to read a book by King and haven't read one before, I'd say start here or with a short story, it's not very long and it gives readers a taste of his work. It's not as scary as his older work but still a wonderful afternoon read.


* Hardcover: 132 pages
* Publisher: Scribner (May 25, 2010)
* ISBN-10: 1451608217
* Author: Stephen King
* Overall rating **** out of 5 stars
* Cover art: I like the old timeness of it.
* Obtained: From my local library.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451608212
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Horror stories
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 7.945 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A hanging pitch, the perfect Spring 2010 add-on--Stephen King's he-was-born-to-write-it baseball story, about a uniquely talented catcher named Blockade Billy--with a unique flaw. The Scribner edition includes a bonus story, Morality.
"Synopsis" by , "Contains the chilling bonus story 'Morality'"--Cover.
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