Driven by the memory of a fallen teammate, TSU's 1941 starting lineup made Montana football history, charging through the season undefeated. Two years later, the "Supreme Team" is caught up in World War II. Ten of them are scattered around the globe in the war's various lonely and dangerous theaters. The eleventh man, Ben Reinking, has been plucked from pilot training by a military propaganda machine hungry for heroes. Man by man, he is to chronicle the adventures of his teammates for small-town newspapers across the country, like the one his father edits. Ready for action, he chafes at the assignment, little dreaming that it will bring him love from an unexpected quarter and put to the test the law of averages, which holds that all but one of his teammates should come through the conflict unscathed. A deeply American story, The Eleventh Man is Ivan Doig's most powerful novel to date.
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by Ivan Doig
"THE ELEVENTH MAN follows the WWII experiences of Montana native Ben Reinking, a journalist assigned to chronicle the adventures of his college football teammates, now involved in various war services. This powerful novel is ably narrated by Tom Stechschulte with a deeply masculine inflection and a decidedly Western feel. Pining for action himself, Reinking chafes at his assignment as a war correspondent, viewing his work as mere propaganda. The story becomes more complicated when his travels result in a difficult romance. Sadly chronicling his friends' deaths, some of which he finds to be mysterious, Reinking soon finds himself in mortal peril. Stechschulte's unaffected delivery is especially strong in depicting the historical details of the war. A.W. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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