Friday, February 24, 2023

Book Review Feature: Satan's Glove by Cousin Vinny Agnello and Carolyn Rae

 I love finding new book series to share.  This morning, I have a novel that takes a unique fantasy twist on good vs. evil and serves up some realistic looks at human nature as well.  Check out Satan's Glove, Book One in the Satan series by Cousin Vinny Agnello and Carolyn Rae, read my thoughts on the book and learn about the authors!  Be sure to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the book in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!


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About the Book

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. 


Praise for the Book

“Apt characterization boosts this enlightening sports tale about the allure and perils of fame.”

– Kirkus Reviews




My Review

Satan's Glove Suits a Variety of Readers. The book has an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand flow that feels like a young adult good vs. evil, paranormal fantasy--but serves up many adult, real-world realities to life, fame, and fortune along the way. Readers are pulled into Eddie's baseball dilemmas on the very first page. Older and younger adults alike will find pieces of Eddie's story relatable--and even thought-provoking as the set builds and the scenes unfold. While there is a mysterious, paranormal fantasy element to the novel, there are life lessons, moral challenges, and even a little spirituality thrown in to make this a unique story for a wide range of readers.


Readers will Find Complex, Well Developed Characters and Settings. The authors' words really bring the good vs. evil characteristics and settings to life in readers' minds. I loved Eddie's character and enjoyed watching him grow, struggle and find his way. The evil darkness of the novel is dark, the good feels good--and there are plenty of grey areas for the characters to bridge and overcome.


Would I Recommend Satan's Glove by Cousin Vinny Agnello? If you enjoy thought-provoking, realistic fantasy novels with some moral-filled life lessons--this one should be on your reading list. The story grabs your attention on the first page and pulls you through well beyond the last page. I loved the characters and the realistic feel of the good vs. evil elements. The character outcomes fit the story well to a satisfying ending that entertains. I will definitely look for more books from the authors and this series in the future.





About Cousin Vinny Agnello

Wherever controversy is found it’s likely you’ll find “Cousin Vinny” in the thick of it.

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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