by Carl Deuker
www.goodreads.com Chris Watkins 5th Period 9-16-13
Through the eyes of a distinctly non-athletic protagonist—a fat high school journalist named Mitch—veteran sports novelist Deuker reveals the surprising truth behind a mysterious football player named Angel. When Angel shows up Lincoln High, he seems to have no past—or at least not one he is willing to discuss.
Though Mitch gets a glimpse of Angel’s incredible talent off the field, Angel rarely allows himself to shine on the field. Is he an undercover cop, wonders Mitch? Or an ineligible player? In pursuit of a killer story, Mitch decides to find out just who this player is and what he’s done. In the end, the truth surprises everyone.
Have you ever felt that you were right, maybe that you could never be wrong? Well Mitch True knows all about being right and wrong. Mitch True is a reporter and news writer for his school, Abraham Lincoln High in Seattle. One day Mitch is chosen to write articles for the sports part of the newspaper. But one day Mitch discovers and odd predicament about the football team, which may turn out to be very dangerous to him, and the one person he loves. I enjoyed this entire novel, but I most enjoyed the conflicts, settings, and the different characters.
I enjoyed the great conflicts in the novel Payback Time. I liked how the main character Mitch True always got made fun of because of his size and weight, so he took it in to consideration to lose weight. Which I thought was very inspirational. Also I liked the conflict between Mitch and the mysterious football player Angel Marichal. The author presented all the conflicts in this book really well, which impressed me. The last conflict that I liked through out the book was between Mitch True, the head football coach McNulty, and Mitch’s photographer Kimi Yon. The conflicts in this book made it a must read for teens and adults.
Second, I liked the magnificent setting of this novel. The setting was mostly at football games or a traditional coffee shop. Which was Mitch and Kimi’s favorite place to talk and figure things out. Football is my favorite sport, which probably made me like the setting more than most people would, but overall the setting was my favorite part of the book. Also the setting was interesting because you never knew what was going to happen in any of the setting’s of this book, which made it a mysterious and interesting novel.
Last but not least, I enjoyed the different and interesting characters. All the characters in this book has something mysterious about them, which made them interesting. Mitch True was a news reporter who loved to write, but loved to figure things out. Kimi Yon was a photographer who had the same characteristics that Mitch did. Coach McNulty and Angel Marichal were the most mysterious, that is what the whole book is based on. Angel has a strange background and from what Mitch thinks McNulty is trying to hide it.
In Conclusion, overall I enjoyed the book Payback Time. It was one of my favorite books that I have read in awhile. I intend to read other interesting books by Carl Deuker. I encourage this book to be read by teens and adults. I would recommend it to all readers who love football and mysteries though. It was overall a magnificent book, I would give it a four out of five stars. I certainly enjoyed the great conflicts, interesting settings, and the amazing and mysterious characters. Payback Time by Carl Deuker.