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“HOOPER’S REVOLUTION is a wildly entertaining read, one of the top soccer titles we have ever reviewed. It’s an eclectic mix of creative alternate history, unruly fiction, and a massive passion for the beautiful game. Simply put, it feels like The Man in the Castle, Once in a Lifetime, and a Hunter Thompson novel rolled together. It’s really an awesome experience, a truly one of a kind read.”
―INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NETWORK
“A creative, witty, and fun read, full of wonderful description of soccer action and of the NASL era. Any soccer fan would enjoy, especially those with ties to the Portland Timbers.”
―Terry Logan, 4-time Oregon State Champion High School Coach
“A novel that sports fans will be rooting for in the seasons to come.”
―Simon Chandler, ELECTRIC LITERATURE
“I felt drawn to the story, knowing that it was taking the world of soccer and placing it within American culture. I just felt that the book would be one hell of a ride stirring together espionage, the ’70s, and the strange world of soccer in the USA at that time. I wasn’t wrong at all….Honestly, I really enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend it to any soccer fan especially, but you don’t have to be a soccer fan to enjoy the story. There is plenty of entertainment in it outside of soccer. It’s in the 1970s—enough said there. Pick it up and have a read this summer. You won’t be disappointed.”
―Jomo Hendrickson, THE ORIGINAL WINGER
Reviewed here: Los Angeles Review of Books, International Soccer Network, Electric Literature, and here: The Original Winger. Excerpts here: Howler Magazine. Q&A here: Brooklyn Vol. 1. How it came to be here: Necessary Fiction.
“Conditions are surprisingly perfect for Dennie Wendt’s debut novel, Hooper’s Revolution. When he first conceived of Hooper’s cockamamie plot, which centers on US soccer in the Cold War era, Wendt could hardly have hoped that Russian-US relations would be at the forefront of people’s minds by the time the book came out. But now a novel about a Soviet attempt to assassinate a Brazilian soccer star during the United States’s bicentennial celebrations seems somehow timely — and hardly more far-fetched than a Putin-era attempt to elevate a crotchety reality TV star to the presidency.…When it gets to the bizarre American All-Star Soccer Association (Wendt’s name for his weird and wacky version of the North American Soccer League), the book becomes more outrageous. Footnotes proliferate, describing how teams came to be formed. Some footnotes become chapters, and some of these chapters even have their own footnotes. The self-indulgent descriptions of the teams’ absurd development get in the way of the plot but, while distracting, are done so explicitly that the author’s glee shines through. It’s charming.”
―Dan Friedman, LA Review of Books