Author: James D. Chlovechok, M.D.
The following review was contributed by: SHELDON (SHELLY) WAXMAN & click to view Shelly's reviews.
You would think that with the title page, the author’s sports medical background, the cover showing pills, and the plugs on the cover and back that this would be a novel about the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports. Wrong.
It is not until page 210 before you get to what you were made to believe the book was about. Up until then all you get is a complicated, disconnected and confusing story line with way too many subplots. There are too many characters doing too many things. It is difficult reading.
The book starts out with the arrest and jailing of a professional football player who went berserk and badly beat up a policeman. He had been taking a secret undetectable performance-enhancing drug. The drug is called—you guessed it, didn’t you—“game face.” The many murders that follow are about an internecine war among many characters in attempts to continue keeping the drug a secret.
But at page 215 we learn that the drug is a fake and it is all a big fraud—one that impelled the gang’s warfare because they were making so much money selling it. Dilemma.
If it’s a fake, it can’t be used as the cause of the football player’s bad behavior.
Dilemma solved. They blame it on alcohol and the football player is released to a rehab program and let go to play ball. That’s it in a nutshell.
The story is long and boring. Sometimes a book is not what it appears to be. This is such a book.