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In the baseball league of the future, losing the World Series will get you the death penalty.  Nobody cares if anti-MVP Thal Simoleon choked because of an opera-singing pink hippo that only he can see.  Angry fans hunt him down in murderous mobs, dying to get a piece of him.  And that damn pink hippo taunts him every step of the way, always making things worse.  But the sins of the past that set the death hunt in motion might also point the way to salvation.  Will the pink hippo's terrible secret be the key that leads Thal back to some kind of glory?  Or will he die in extra innings of the bloodiest high-tech basebrawl of all time?  Only the hippo knows.


"Robert Jeschonek is a towering talent..." – Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author

"Robert Jeschonek is the literary love child of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman--his fiction is cutting edge, original, and pulsing with dark and fantastical life." – Adrian Phoenix, critically acclaimed author of The Maker's Song series and Black Dust Mambo

"Jeschonek´s stories are delightfully insane, a pleasure to read…" – Fábio Fernandes, Fantasy Book Critic


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About the Author

Robert T. Jeschonek is an award-winning writer whose fiction, comics, essays, articles, and podcasts have been published around the world. DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, and DAW Books have published his work. Robert was nominated for the British Fantasy Award for his story, "Fear of Rain."  His young adult urban fantasy novel, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth.

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