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Initiation by Phil M. Williams
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Initiation

by Phil M. Williams

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"Initiations" grabbed me right from the first pages and didn't let go until the end. A teen and his family move into a small rural town where high-school sports - especially football - is revered for its untarnished record. Carter, the new kid, is overly confident that he is going to be a first-string player in the upcoming season, dethroning the All-State members currently holding those positions. He befriends a neighbor, Ben, who also wants to play varsity football and joins Carter in his training regimen to become stronger. Football means everything to these two teenagers.

Just prior to the first game, the underclassmen are invited to a party hosted by the seniors on one of the surrounding farms. Turns out, it's a front for the annual football initiation and twice as many girls than guys are in attendance. There are sexual undertones and the newbies are offered a choice of three challenges during the initiation. The mental stress is on overdrive. If they make the wrong choice, they'd be picked on for the rest of the season. One of twelve makes the wrong choice and is unable to cope with the ongoing hazing.

Carter is an excellent football player and does replace the star player as a starter which creates animosity between the two. He's also a violent player who uses his skills to defend great players from other teams - making them appear mediocre. The team's record is unblemished and everyone is celebrating...until the emergency school board meeting.

This is actually an emotional story that continues to pull at your heart strings. Carter has two girls pining for him, his step-father is abusive to both him and his mother, and he's protective of his younger sister. It is also a story about a young boy standing by his convictions and doing what he thinks is right to put an end to the hazing. Only, his action threatens the town's football future - something many in his town won't stand for.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Initiation" and recommend it for everyone. Some of the sex scenes are rather steamy, but aside from that, it's an engaging read with a great ending. Great job Mr. Williams!

John Podlaski, author
"Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel" and "When Can I Stop Running?" ( )
  JPodlaski | Apr 15, 2017 |
Initiation by Phil M. Williams
This book starts out with Carter and he and his family have just relocated to a new location and his dad has retired from the military. He lives with his mom, sister and dad-not his dad.
Carter is into football and most other sports and is good at it. Other people from the neighborhood stop by to say hi and bring a casserole-the Wheelers who also have a boy Carter's age-Ben.
They do get to spend time together as they are both on football team, just different strings. Book is about the initiation into the football club that every boy wants to be accepted into.
Like how author explains it at the end that not everyone has the same set of initiations. Those I've talked to said it was not that extreme but the way the author details the events make it very possible, for the book.
Liked the football play by play action and locations they go. Lots of sex scenes. Liked how there were just a handful of characters tut there are others that stir things up.
Loved hearing the details of places he went to and how he survived and who helped him. Will be reading more from this author.
Received this book from the author and this is my honest review. ( )
  jbarr5 | Feb 28, 2017 |
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