THE ROOKIE (GFL Book I)

Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, THE ROOKIE is a story that combines the intense gridiron action of “Any Given Sunday” with the space opera style of “Star Wars” and the criminal underworld of “The Godfather.”

Aliens and humans alike play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that literally want to eat you. Organized crime runs every franchise, games are fixed and rival players are assassinated.

Follow the story of Quentin Barnes, a 19-year-old quarterback prodigy that has been raised all his life to hate, and kill, those aliens. Quentin must deal with his racism and learn to lead, or he’ll wind up just another stat in the column marked “killed on the field.”

The Limited Edition Hardcover is sold out!
The first-edition print run was 3,000 copies, and sold out in November 2011. The paperback, eBook and audiobook are still available.

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  3. Mike

    Is it possible to get the original audio version? I still have the original podcasts from earthcore and am trying to …. catch them all.

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  5. Jake

    Indeed! I have read all the GFL books and want to share them with my coworkers, but they’re all lazy asses and only listen to audiobooks. I can’t find them anywhere!

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    1. Avatar of scottsiglerscottsigler

      @ZombieArmor: It’s coming along nicely. We should be submitting it to Audible shortly, then if all goes well it will come up in iTunes. Audible and the Amazon store right around 1/21. We still can’t give a specific date due to the unpredictability of the approval process.

  11. Avatar of AugustAugust

    Ah boo:(
    Another book I can’t find in audio. I new sigler fan I’m eating everything up. Just can’t find this copy. I’m on the road all the time so reading is a pass time I don’t get very often. Maybe sell you books audio. I’d pay even with the ads! Great work scott keep it going. I’ll wait and see:)

      1. Avatar of Andy DillbeckAndy Dillbeck

        @Scott, will The Rookie show up on the feed or Podiobooks again?
        I may pick it up on Audible for quality reasons, but I have a couple friends that I’ve been telling about it, waiting for the YA release, and it would be nice to have a legal version that I can just give them to recruit new junkies.
        My brother doesn’t read a lot of fiction, let alone science fiction, but he is into sports, so I got him hooked on the GFL series by burning the original version of The Rookie off on CD. He’s now interested in listening to some of your other series.
        It would be sad to lose this method of recruitment.

        1. Avatar of scottsiglerscottsigler

          @OrionTheHunter: Nope, THE ROOKIE will not appear in this feed again, but it will probably (eventually) be a free, ad-supported podcast feed from Podiobooks.com. We agree that it’s great people spread the word with the free audiobooks, but we have to see how it does on Audible first. This is new territory for us, and it will take some time to gather data.

  12. Mr_Fahrenheit

    I miss it.

    I miss the intro’s most, I really do (I also can’t help but wondering what Tweedy’s tattoo could be scrolling), but I respect what you’re trying to do with the YA angle to this series so much. Any attempt to make kids unplug and pick up a book should get the full support of everyone in my opinion. Reading and books are 2 of the greatest inventions of humanity. I hope it works, I really do, and I (and probably most junkies) will happily take a YA version given what you’re trying to achieve with it.
    – Death, chaos and mayhem, the music of the night

  13. Rednut

    Maybe there is a compromise?

    With the story being set that far into the future and with humans interacting with offshoots of the human species aswell as completely different speices altogether there would have to be harsher cuss words than an f-bomb. Especially for someone from a place as hard and as racist as the Purist Nation. What is the term for a human getting raped by a Ki on Micovi? Getting ki’ed perhaps.

    Createrakiens have got to have a bunch of derogatotry terms associated with them. Maybe in stead of getting Fu(ked you get Reaked?  – Reakk face, Reakked in the ear, dirty Muther Reaking spawn of the High Ones severed nut sack? (double K just looks cooler to me) or maybe RARKED

    I got over it and enjoyed the book but I can see why people are thrown by Barnes standing up to gangsters kicking all forms of ass on and off the field and then using a curse that sounds about on par with “poopy head”.

     

  14. Scott

    It’s about the kids, man!

    ARealGirl and I believe this series can get a lot of kids to fall in love with reading. Not the kids that like Twilight or Harry Potter, those kids are already dialed-in. We’re talking about a story that entertains scifi gearheads, striaght-out nerds, and kids into sports and athletics. It’s the latter group that goes largely underserved in YA literature. There are some good sports-fiction YA writers out there (like Mike Lupica), but in my opinion these stories are too PC and watered-down, at least for the kind of kids I used to hang out with when I played football and wrestled.

    The GFL series is intended to be gritty and real. Just because you’re 13 doesn’t mean you can’t handle the truth, so to speak.

    Language, however, is a great barrier to this. If the books are full of my normal cursing, that can keep them out of libraries, schools, and tick off parents who are working hard to raise their kids with certain moral values.

    Me keeping in the language is not worth the lost opportunities of getting kids into reading.

  15. Scott

    Never trust a Tweedy’s opinion …

    There was much confusion after the fight. Two of the judges declared Korak the Cutter the winner, the third judge felt that Korak died first, and therefore Chaiyal was the winner. There have been further allegations of tampering with the pulse meters, and three witnesses claim that Chaiyal’s body bag was moving when his body was transfered to the Buddah City Station morgue. If Chaiyal is alive, then he is the winner, regardless of which fighter flatlined first. 

    So, short answer = Korak the Cutter. However, the outcome of this fight will be argued for many years to come.

  16. P-Ray

    Please don’t slay me FDO out of hand for asking

    Yeah I am a junkie. This episode rocks as always but… consistency is an issue for me. So I ask … I realize this may not be an issue but from my understanding the heretic lost the fight in Title Fight. Then here in the episode 2 of the starter he won the fight. Who won the fight in the official over arching story line?

  17. Wolf

    Why we love our FDO. Reason #665.

    After one truly shitty day, I find this sweet rock ready to be pumped straight to the vein. (or ears, whatever) Thanks Scott. You Shucking Rock!

     

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    Husband of Susan, Friend of Junkies everywhere

  18. Jmhutson1

    Man today sucks…WAIT!!

    Do the day and let the day do you!

    an awesome notification pops up on my phone telling me that Episode 2 of the Starter is up!!

    YES!!!

    Just say no to drugs, I was peer pressured to try Infected, I got the craving to try Contagious, I tried to detox and wait for Ancestor to be finished (podcast) but I snuck a few Sunday Releases, and now like a Hobo on a Ham Sammich I’m on the bandwagon and have given in to the addiction. I will be tuning in everyweek to listen to the awesomeness that is The Starter!!

  19. M._Night_Shot-his-wad

    What great news

    Scott, you are our shamakath! We paint the town orange in your honor,

    M. Night Shot-his-wad

    Running Back for the New Rodina Astronauts #35

  20. Mr_Fahrenheit

    Aw man, this is where time zones sucketh

    Don’t think I’ll be able to listen until I get home tonight. Sweet surprise though :D

    – Death, chaos and mayhem, the music of the night

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