Saturday, June 28, 2014

Baseball Dads Book Review

Baseball Dads

by Matthew Hiley

Dwayne Devero has had enough. On the surface, he lives the good life. He has a great house, a great wife, and a great kid… except that's just on the surface. What's festering beneath will bring anyone who dares cross him to their knees. 

Tired of poor decisions being made all around him, from the politics of player positions on his son's little league team to the philandering of his wife in his own bedroom, Dwayne decides that breaking is better than bending. What follows is a wild ride full of carnage and revenge, led by a man who will stop at absolutely nothing to bring honor back to his family, his community… and children's baseball. 

Baseball Dads is a pitch black comedy by author Matthew S. Hiley in which one man takes on the duty of bludgeoning honor back into a sometimes dishonorable world. 

Baseball Dads… Sex, drugs, murder, and children's baseball.


A true baseball dad is one who never does concession stands or bathroom breaks, and definitely never sits. Dwayne, Russ, Tommy, and Steve are true baseball dads. Their group bonding comes from their sons being on the same team. Dwayne’s son, Alex, is the best on the team, with the other three’s sons being next best. The team coach, Ricky Dale always left them on the bench or playing worse spots on the team. In fact, Coach Dale always gave his son the best spot, and his rich friends’ sons always got to play, even though none were good. Each of the baseball dads had gotten tired of this.

One night Russ is witness to Umpire Dave committing a murder. He anonymously blackmails Dave into killing Coach Dale. This works out great until Assistant Coach Pete takes over and nothing changes. Dwayne has had enough and takes matters in his own hands by killing Pete and taking over as coach. Before it’s over with, there are double-digit murders, but the team makes the playoffs. And to the baseball dads, that’s all that matters.

Truthfully, I didn’t think I would like this book, since it was about baseball. I’m not a sports fan. But this book was hilarious and I hated for it to end. My family thought I was crazy because I was laughing out loud so much while reading it. Please, please, please tell me that they’ll make it a movie.  If you’re familiar with American Pie’s Steven Stifler, you will understand when I say that Russ is at least ten times worse than Stifler. And the comical textings that the group did had me rolling. I liked the ending too. If there is a second book, I guarantee you I’ll read it. 

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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me.

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About the Author
Matthew S. Hiley was born and raised in Forth Worth, Texas. He attended Texas Christian University, and then Northwood University, where he met his wife. They have four children together, along with five dogs, six cats, and two lizards (he's into the animal rescue thing).

After finding success for several years in the business world, Hiley decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In 2010 he published his first novel, Hubris Falls, which was met with many rave reviews. Hubris Falls dealt, in very raw language, with the taboo realities in race, religion, and politics.

In 2011, tired of the sewer-cycle of politics and pop-culture the country had become submerged in, he published his second novel, The Candidates: Based on a True Country. This dark and absurd comedy took swipes at the hypocrisy and self-serving nature of those leading the country, as well as the fame-whores in reality television.

A terrible musician, a reprehensible fisherman, a less-than-mediocre golfer, and a talentless children's baseball coach, Hiley has found his place in life as a writer whose voice is sharp, witty, and unafraid.

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