Reviews of the new novel, Over the Monster:
“A great baseball story and love story, exploring faith and life trials in general. Couldn't put the book down once I started reading. Tears, smiles and laughter! If you are into baseball and love stories, this is a must read!”
—Vicki Rose, author, teacher, and minority owner of the New York Yankees, 5 stars!
“Over the Monster is an inspirational baseball novel… Folsom’s Cape Cod setting is marvelous… I loved the baseball theme of Over the Monster, especially that part of the book concerning Harding's vision and creation of the prison team. This is one of those books that you get wrapped up in and then feel just a bit disoriented and sad when it's finally over. It's most highly recommended.”
—Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars!
“I thoroughly enjoyed Douglas Folsom’s Over the Monster. An avid Boston Red Sox fan, I related to the author’s own passion for the sport… The inclusion of the relationship between Mary Beth and Harding added just the right amount of romance…the “mysterious stranger,” settled well with my love for suspense. I believe Over the Monster is essentially a story of hope for readers…”
—Lisa McCombs for Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars!
“I found the book to be a modern and intriguing combination of different genres, which made for a very engaging plot. Folsom’s biographical style of narrative also added weight and realism to his characters, which made me root for Harding from his confusing and tragic beginnings to the novel’s satisfying end.”
—K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars!
"I've now been through my second read of Over The Monster, and I've enjoyed it both times. The author blends a very human character -- with all his flaws and tragedies -- with what is clearly a deep love for the game of baseball, incorporating little-known facts and personalities from that world. There is an element of magical realism at play here, but all the characters come across genuinely human as they wrestle to love, forgive, and overcome some of the worst that life could possibly throw at them. As we follow the protagonist from his childhood and teen years and into the dark hardness of his adult life, we see what makes a man -- and what threatens to unmake him. I would recommend this book for anyone from teenagers to adults -- there is something for everyone."
—Shun Lee Fong, actor & producer, 5 stars!
"A well-crafted novel... It goes far beyond the game of baseball, its players and the statistics. A very interesting story that gets better from chapter to chapter with a very powerful ending."
—Tony Encarnacion, 5 stars!