Reviewed by Paula Limbaugh
Kenneth W Cain’s A Season in Hell is a powerful read, there are lessons to be learned. You know, when you pick up a horror book it usually because you want to be entertained, escaping reality for a while but real horror is much darker than that. Real horror is the reality of how and what man can do to another. The pain inflicted might not show on the surface but it’s there… deeply ingrained in your psyche for all eternity.
Keisha Green had a dream, it was a big one! She was willing to tolerate just about anything to play baseball. Making it to the minor leagues as the first woman to do so was a major accomplishment and the first step in seeing her dream come true instead she was thrust into a nightmare. What might be construed as hazing which any newbie usually endures when joining a team quickly becomes all too clear that it is serious business.
Dillon Peterson also a rookie sees what’s going on but feels helpless to stop it. It’ll pass, it’ll get better, he tries to tell himself all the while knowing deep down that this is more than hazing. Too little, too late, is what Dillon must live with for the rest of his life. He could have done more, should have spoken up sooner, but like many of us, he didn’t want to stir the pot. Maybe, someone else will see what’s going on, maybe, they’ll stop it. Yeah, that’s what we tell ourselves as we watch someone slowly dying inside.
You don’t have to be a sports fan to read this book. It could actually be about any circumstance in life. Women struggle every day to be accepted in a man’s world. Take it a step further and you don’t even have to be a woman to know the struggles faced here. You just have to be one of the so-called unacceptables. Maybe you’re too fat, too skinny, the wrong skin color… anything that is outside the perceived norm. Yeah, this could be about you!
As I said, in the beginning, this is one powerful read! Everyone can learn a little something from it. Make sure you read the Afterword, it really is part of the story. Oh, and the cover, that’s Luke Spooner’s work. You can get your copy HERE!