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  • By Vinny DiGirolamo
    Mar 8, 2010
    "A quick and easy - yet timeless read, The 99th Match is a highly invaluable motivational tool. The 99th Match is a rich, rewarding, heart-warming tale sure to inspire readers of all ages. Coming in at just under 150 pages, author Vinny DiGirolamo’s compelling narrative provides the reader with a practical, tangible example of the success that awaits us all on the other side of life’s most difficult challenges. Based on true events, The 99th Match best serves as a testament to the virtues of perseverance and dedication, which is quite the timely lesson in this modern era of prolonged strain and difficulty. If we each embraced and embodied the core elements of young Michael’s irrepressible character, life would be a much more tolerable journey to endure for us all." APEX REVIEWS THE FOLLOWING 14 REVIEWS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO THE AUTHOR - Real People with Real Opinions. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “Best book I’ve read this... More > year. Fantastic!” (Cancer Patient) “Once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. Now I can’t stop thinking about it.” (Small Business Owner) “I’ve read it eight times so far and got something new out of it each time.” (Facilities Engineer) “It’s a great story. I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out and started speed reading.” (Addiction Counselor) “I was on the edge of my seat during the entire flight.” (Software Developer & Manager) “I loved the lessons learned, could feel the emotion, and see the action. Well done.” (Office Manager) “It brought back feelings I hadn’t felt in years.” (Former Wrestler) “It choked me up a few times – real tears. And I fell in love with that cheerleader.” (Plant Supervisor) “I’m going to have every one of my kids read this book. But not until my wife reads it.” (Media Professional, Father or Four) “I’m not a sports person and didn’t think I’d like it, but I really enjoyed that book. That guy knows how to write.” (Educator) “Your book has me pinned to the mat! It’s ready for publishing as is. If you take the cheerleader out, I won’t read the book again. Everyone like’s a little romance. It spices things up.” (Author/Publisher) Author’s personal favorite – “This calls for popcorn!” (Mother-in-Law) "I finished The 99th Match last night. I tried to read it through the eyes of 14, 15 and 16 year old students because that is the age level I taught for so many years, and I was always looking for good fiction to assign. I was happy to see that this book was able to relate teenage issues without inappropriate language. I found the characters of Michael and Danielle very appealing, normal teenagers to which teenaged readers can relate. I found the description of Michael’s match against Franklin riveting and very well-written. I noticed my heart was racing…don’t worry, though, I take my high blood pressure medicine regularly! I truly felt as if I were at the match, rooting for Brentwood! Thank you for allowing me to read your book. I enjoyed the process, the story line, and the underlying lessons." (A recently retired HS English teacher.) “I liked the book very much. It is a story I could relate to since I wrestled for three years in high school from1955 through 1957 in the 138/145 pound classes in southern Indiana. I would highly recommend this book to every school that has a Wrestling program anywhere in the U.S. Further, I think every wrestling coach would want their team players to read it as well. I read the book mainly for content. The story is excellent and even for a 69 year old who has been removed from wrestling for over 50 years I had tears in my eyes on several occasions. I agree with the author that Wrestling is one of the toughest individual sports anywhere. You have to be in superb physical condition and have a positive mental attitude. Vinny does a great job describing the routine of the most successful wrestler. You can’t be a champ unless you are in fantastic shape and know some basics of wrestling. Having a coach that will spend time working with you one on one like described in the book can mean the difference in a team’s success. You can’t cut corners either. You have to be dedicated and never quit. Never. (A retired Air Force Colonel with 28 years of service, 3 tours in Vietnam. He has a Masters in Education and wrestled in school.)< Less
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Product Details

Edition
First
Publisher
Celestine Publishing, LLC
Published
January 8, 2010
Language
English
Pages
162
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.65 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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