The Dark Depths, Book 1
Page Count: 520
Release Date: 3/29/2018
"Out of this world…a guaranteed home run!"
—Billy Sample, former NY Yankee and author
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"Sports fans will love this phantasmagorical sci-fi story with baseball as a central figure."
— Woody Freiman, sports television executive & long-time baseball producer
It’s 2098 and the last season of baseball—forever. After the ravages of WWIII, the once all-American sport is now synonymous with terrorism and treason. Holograms run the bases for out-of-shape players and attendance averages fifteen spectators per game. The only ballpark left is Amazon, once known as Yankee Stadium.
America, nearly wiped out by radical Islam, has established a society based on love. Religion, social media, and the entertainment industry have been outlawed. All acts of patriotism are illegal, and the country is led by Grandma. Heading up the Family in her home base in the Bronx, she works tirelessly to build a lasting legacy for the future.
As baseball historian Puppy Nedick prepares for opening day, a chance encounter lands him face-to-face with former baseball greats. Determined not to go down without a fight, the players band together to revitalize the game for one last hurrah.
But not everyone wants peace. Will baseball become the catalyst for WWIV, or will it save America?
"After losing World War III, America’s pastime becomes America’s passion. In A Mound Over Hell, Morgenstein stirs the embers with this disturbing and thought-provoking look at a future in search of relocating its past."
— Michael Paolercio, former award-winning baseball journalist
"Destined to become one of the epic reality based science fiction novels of 2018"
"…a powerful and explosive story…"
— Richard Allen, The Jewish Voice
"…a truly unique story! It is unlike any book I've ever read…a fun page turner…"
— LibraryThing Early Reviewers
"…a powerful dystopian setting, dark and disturbing, but a tale of hope. Gary Morgenstein is a great storyteller and it is interesting how, from the rubble of war, he creates a utopia that today’s world badly needs — a world with a new set of rules. The deft handling of the theme of religious conflict, of war, and the dignity of life indicates the author’s sense of realism considering the challenges of our time…exquisite prose…"
— Readers' Favorite
"…1984 meets Shoeless Joe."
— Mark Rosenmen & AJ Carter, Sports Talk NY Live
"Read the book. Enjoy it. Laugh. Cry. Cringe. Morgenstein delivers a home run!"
— Victor Acquista author of Sentient
"[a] must-have for every baseball fan…"
— Parade Magazine
"There’s a lot happening here, and baseball is used in a very different way from anything else I’ve read. It’s fun stuff…"
— Joe Posnanski, writer at MLB.Com
"A blending of two genres I have never seen blended before. A book quite willing to go and do what it wants."
— Brandon Scott, Sci-fi Bloggers
"Fascinating...compelling...you can't put A Mound Over Hell down."
— Dawn Newton, KPOV-FM
"This has everything and takes the best of baseball and science fiction and brings together a fun read. You don’t have to be baseball fan to enjoy it and on the flip side you don’t have to be a fan of science fiction to enjoy it either. We recommend this book highly… A MOUND OVER HELL is the book you didn’t know that had to have in your collection."
"...a wonderful suspenseful story that combines science fiction and baseball."
— Marty Laurie
KNBR-AM Radio Host
San Francisco Giants pre- and post-game show
"...will keep you enthralled to the very end...if you love baseball, politics (and an occasional ghost here and there), you will love this book. We recommend it highly."
"Dystopian futures are commonly explored in science fiction. George Orwell’s 1984 about totalitarianism is a classic. Aldous Huxley’s genetically engineered Brave New World is another… The bar is high for outstanding dystopian literature. A Mound Over Hell is comfortably over that bar."
— Tikkun Daily
"...a Science Fiction / sports genre crossover the likes of which we've never seen (or heard of - or READ), before… I genuinely haven't read a book so refreshingly different, well-paced, surprising and completely and utterly unique."
— Doctor Who Online
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"This highly imaginative, gripping novel by a seasoned baseball novelist blew my mind. You won't be able to put it down."
— Mark Schraf, Spitball Literary Magazine