Satan's Glove by Cousin Vinny Agnello, Carolyn Rae
Published November 9, 2022
Synopsis (from Amazon):
In 1991, Eddie Romano, an undersized, unconfident kid, finds an antique baseball glove while on a treasure hunt of the ruins of the old Comiskey Park in Chicago.
Instantly that glove becomes his obsession. While sleeping at night, he's transported to a dreary, decrepit ballpark where he learns the game of baseball from Billy, a skillful young ballplayer, who seems to be under the control of a dark, sinister figure who calls himself, “The Manager.”
Miraculously, Eddie becomes a better ballplayer and is rewarded for anti-social behavior by having his skills improve. As his bad attitude causes him to lose more and more friends on his team, he starts receiving phone calls from legendary baseball players Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig who attempt to steer his behavior in the complete opposite direction.
Unbeknownst to Eddie, two factions of “angels” are waging a war for his soul. What is the price of glory? Eddie will soon find out.
My Thoughts: I started this book having no clue what I would think of a young boy being tempted by Satan. What I found was a book that had a young boy struggling with right and wrong while only wanting to achieve his greatest dreams. His parents try to guide him and encourage him but they also place expectations on him that push him to make certain choices.
I cheered for Eddie; I wanted him to be the baseball player he dreams of, but I really was hoping that he would follow the right path to get there. He was making decisions and changing his life in ways that would lead him the wrong way. I cringed at times but had hopes that Babe and Lou would be able to lead him the right way.
I LOVE that baseball was the story. Especially old-time baseball. Babe? Lou Gehrig? Idols to all baseball players and fans. Lou and Babe were the “good guys” in the book and I can only imagine how many current players would love to have a phone call with advice from them today. The Chicago White Sox ( I am a huge Chicago Cubs fan) was great. I love that I could picture Comiskey Park.
Satan’s Glove is a great book. There are a lot of lessons to be learned and I will recommend this book. I feel like this is a book that is under the radar but deserves a lot more attention.
Thank you Cousin Vinny Agnello and Author Marketing Experts for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3Xa19FS
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/64411821-satan-s-glove
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On the evening of August 22, 2008, Mr. Agnello was accosted by two gunmen and shot twice in the leg in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The motive for that shooting was never determined. As of this date, no one has been arrested.
Agnello recovered from the shooting and currently resides in Monticello, Georgia. This is the final evolution of a story that he received in a dream-like state back in 1991. “Cousin Vinny” believes that his colorful past gives him greater insight into the plights of the people we meet in our daily lives. He truly hopes you enjoy this adventure.
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“Apt characterization boosts this enlightening sports tale about the allure and perils of fame.”
– Kirkus Reviews
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