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!DOWNLOAD PDF ♤ Champion of the World ⚖ In this stunning historical fiction debut set in the world of wrestling in the s, a husband and wife are set adrift in a place where everyone has something to hide and not even the fights can be taken at face value Late summer,Disgraced former lightweight champion Pepper Van Dean has spent the past two years on the carnival circuit performing the dangerous hangman s drop and taking on all comers in nightly challenge bouts But when he and his cardsharp wife, Moira, are marooned in the wilds of Oregon, Pepper accepts an offer to return to the world of wrestling as a trainer for Garfield Taft, a down and out African American heavyweight contender in search of a comeback and a shot at the world titleAt the training camp in rural Montana, Pepper and Moira soon realize that nothing is what it seems not Taft, the upcoming match, or the training facility itself With nowhere to go and no options left, Pepper and Moira must carefully navigate the world of gangsters, bootlegging, and fixed competitions, in the hope that they can carve out a viable futureA story of second chances and a sport at the cusp of major change, Champion of the World is a wonderful historical debut from a new talent in fiction I m a sucker for a sports story, so when I saw this title on the shelf at the library, I grabbed it, checked it out, and opened it up without reading any book jacket blurbs, reviews, nothing And what a surprise A just barely fictionalized story about the humble beginnings of what we now call professional wrestling The twists and turns of the story and of the lead characters, Mr and Mrs Van Dean he is a carnival wrestler stage artist and she is a card dealer gambler works beautifully Unfo I m a sucker for a sports story, so when I saw this title on the shelf at the library, I grabbed it, checked it out, and opened it up without reading any book jacket blurbs, reviews, nothing And what a surprise A just barely fictionalized story about the humble beginnings of what we now call professional wrestling The twists and turns of the story and of the lead characters, Mr and Mrs Van Dean he is a carnival wrestler stage artist and she is a card dealer gambler works beautifully Unfortunately, Chad Dundas throws in a side story about prohibition and for me he fails to pull the stories together successfully So, five stars for this great, and enlightening, sports story but just three stars for the prohibition side story, resulting in my four star review And so far this year, this is my favorite historical fiction novel Champion of the World invites its readers to navigate the world of gangsters, bootlegging and fixed wresting competition in the 1920s None of these topics particularly appeal.Yet here I am, saying Read it Read it anyway Read it because this is a page turning narrative that is tragic, hopeful and authentic Read it because the prose is confident, assured, and muscular The first line reads The clowns came to get him when it was time for the hanging Most of all, read it because at its co Champion of the World invites its readers to navigate the world of gangsters, bootlegging and fixed wresting competition in the 1920s None of these topics particularly appeal.Yet here I am, saying Read it Read it anyway Read it because this is a page turning narrative that is tragic, hopeful and authentic Read it because the prose is confident, assured, and muscular The first line reads The clowns came to get him when it was time for the hanging Most of all, read it because at its core, it is about the indomitable and irrepressible spirit of a spunky American who faced a rigged system and defined it on his own terms Put another way, it s a timely parable for today.Pepper Van Dean a wonderful creation has renamed and recreated himself After a spotted past going along for a fix in his lightweight wrestling champion competition and performing the life endangering hangman s drop at a carnival circus he has no choice but to accept a shady character s offer to train Garfield Taft.Garfield Taft is a talented heavyweight contender He is Black with a white wife at a time when this was a hanging offense He also doesn t take kindly to being told what to do But in the rural training camp in Montana, Pepper and Taft form an unlikely bond And nothing is as it truly appears not the camp, not Garfield s background, not Pepper s back story Chad Dundas the real deal doesn t take the easy way out The eventual wrestling match is not a Hollywood version and the crosses and double crosses keep this a lively read This isn t a sports book , which I feared It s a novel of dreaming big and second chances and it s cinematic in the best of ways Quite simply, it s GOOD A Good Story just not for meImagine you re going to a movie in the dark ages before multiplexes The show you want is not on, so you try the one that has replaced it Immediately, you know it is good colorful, strong characters, well directed, lots of action Clearly, it is a box office hit But it is not in a genre that you particularly enjoy, and you are not really invested in the story So, thinking of the long drive home, so you cut out after forty minutes or so.It is the same with this bo A Good Story just not for meImagine you re going to a movie in the dark ages before multiplexes The show you want is not on, so you try the one that has replaced it Immediately, you know it is good colorful, strong characters, well directed, lots of action Clearly, it is a box office hit But it is not in a genre that you particularly enjoy, and you are not really invested in the story So, thinking of the long drive home, so you cut out after forty minutes or so.It is the same with this book, which feels cinematic from the start I ll admit I was doubtful at first the fight world in the 1920s holds little interest for me, and it would be hard to imagine a less attractive cover than the publisher put on the ARC But read the first page, and the story crackles to life a has been wrestler, Pepper van Dean, touring with a circus to perform the death defying Hangman s Drop and take on all comers afterwards And the second chapter too the wrestler s wife Moira, a card player since her riverboat days with her father, controlling the punters in the gaming tent A chapter or so later, a former associate of Pepper s offers him a job training a black wrestler just released from prison for a shot at the world title An offer that proves useful, since things at the circus go spectacularly wrong and Pepper and Moira suddenly need new jobs.And so it went Each chapter, excitingly told in the manner of the action novels with which we grew up, delivers another surge of electricity and yet, each time I put the book down, I found myself increasingly slow to pick it up again I am sure Chad Dundas, a highly talented debut author, will continue to deliver, and I am sure I would enjoy other chapters too But I realized I don t really care enough to find out what happens next With no reason to read on, why bother I am content to leave it at 150 pages and move on.I do think, though, that readers looking for the kind of story that they don t seem to write anywould love this This is literate but not literary fiction There is no particular subtlety involved, and certainly no tricks But Chad Dundas writes well and without pretension, and there are precious few nowadays who do so For its scope, sports focus, racial subtext, and interest in the seedier sides of life, I thought a little of C E Morgan s The Sport of Kings, published earlier this year Dundas attempts less, I think but by the same token, he succeeds in what he attempts and is quite without the pretension that sometimes overcomes Morgan And for readers who like this kind of story, that is a huge plus It s just not for me Review copy throughVine Quality 4 5 personal enjoyment 2 3 Those who know me know my penchant for wrestling There s something I find absolutely fascinating about the manner in which combat is used as a pretext to tell a story of contrasting personalities clashing inside the squared circle So when I read the plot description for CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, by journalist Chad Dundas, I was instantly hooked And boooy, did this book ever deliver Set in the infancy days of professional wrestling as we know it today, this historical novel tells the gripping st Those who know me know my penchant for wrestling There s something I find absolutely fascinating about the manner in which combat is used as a pretext to tell a story of contrasting personalities clashing inside the squared circle So when I read the plot description for CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, by journalist Chad Dundas, I was instantly hooked And boooy, did this book ever deliver Set in the infancy days of professional wrestling as we know it today, this historical novel tells the gripping story of former lightweight champion Pepper Van Dean, now a circus performer known for his death defying Hangman s Drop, and his wife, Moira, who makes a living out of tricking people at card games The former champ s wrestling glory days come back to haunt him, when he receives an offer to train African American heavyweight wrestler Garfield Taft for a shot at being the eponymous Champion of the World Which, of course, given the fact that the story takes place in the 20 s, is controversial, to say the least And let me tell you, this book is replete with controversy From gangsters to blatant racism and some homosexuality, there s little in this book that is for the faint of heart However, those who stick with it to the end will find a story that s super confidently written for a debut novel I had a hard time believing this to be the case on a couple of occasions From the opening, the reader is engrossed into this story, and the characters are so complex and well drawn that you ll care about all of them, from down on his luck yet never say die Pepper, to the ever resourceful Moira and the superlatively confident Taft A robust, authentic, gritty, heartfelt debut, written in pull no punches prose, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD is sure to entertain wrestling fans, historical fiction buffs and those who are simply looking for a great read This, in my book, is the great American wrestling novel, and I m looking forward to the further efforts of Chad Dundas Ten outta five for a solid debut The views herein are my own, though Mr Dundas was gracious enough to provide me with a copy of his work I really loved the entire book I hadn t finished a book in a while and failed really getting through some other books This one by Chad Dundas, mma journalist and podcast extraordinaire, is a great piece of sports fiction Hit the right sport at exactly the right time Thanks Dundas Near this book s end, one of its pivotal characters asks the question What s left for me anywhere, I wonder Having read I think every piece of published fiction by Chad Dundas, that question is like the negative space in his work The thing everything hinges on The theme, I guess All of his characters seem to grapple with it pun unavoidable to some degree But it s never boring, never repetitive That s because Chad Dundas is a damn good writer who s got a firm grip on what makes rea Near this book s end, one of its pivotal characters asks the question What s left for me anywhere, I wonder Having read I think every piece of published fiction by Chad Dundas, that question is like the negative space in his work The thing everything hinges on The theme, I guess All of his characters seem to grapple with it pun unavoidable to some degree But it s never boring, never repetitive That s because Chad Dundas is a damn good writer who s got a firm grip on what makes real lifereal Whether he s writing about a deer trapped in a kitchen, or a wrestler with a gold tooth lodged in his finger, or a fictional, historical account of wrestling s evolution at the hands of pop culture, what s on display isn t any of those things not really It s characters navigating real life.I loved this book The intense beauty and drama of boxing is immediate and visceral anyone can grasp the consequences of trading blows Grappling is different Its complexity and grind mean that it generally appeals only to practitioners and lifelong fans Hence, the disparity between boxing s and grappling s artistic bodies.With Champion of the World, Dundas starts to bridge the gap A real page turner, Champion of the World brings the reader into of the hustle of the old school wrestler, wringing from it some The intense beauty and drama of boxing is immediate and visceral anyone can grasp the consequences of trading blows Grappling is different Its complexity and grind mean that it generally appeals only to practitioners and lifelong fans Hence, the disparity between boxing s and grappling s artistic bodies.With Champion of the World, Dundas starts to bridge the gap A real page turner, Champion of the World brings the reader into of the hustle of the old school wrestler, wringing from it some moments of real beauty and exhileration I particularly enjoyed how expansive its world was, using race, organized crime, circus acts, etc as elements of its tightly wound plot.It lags a bit in the middle and there a couple predictable writing devices, but I m sorely tempted to give this five stars CME never die I see less and less novels these days written in the third person POV and in linear order in fact, I now relish the contemporary books with original construction However, Dundas s debut novel is a classic testament to the omniscient point of view novel with a direct, successive storyline It adds background and backstory with fluent ease, gathering suspense and character development along the way.Taking place mostly in rural Montana in the early 1920s the age of the Volsted Act the story fo I see less and less novels these days written in the third person POV and in linear order in fact, I now relish the contemporary books with original construction However, Dundas s debut novel is a classic testament to the omniscient point of view novel with a direct, successive storyline It adds background and backstory with fluent ease, gathering suspense and character development along the way.Taking place mostly in rural Montana in the early 1920s the age of the Volsted Act the story follows Pepper Van Dean, a former lightweight wrestling champ of the world, and his efforts to train an African American heavyweight class wrestler who desires to fight the current white champion, something unheard of in those times The contender, Garfield Taft, like Van Dean, went from rags to riches to rags, but Taft s mildly eccentric, immature, and arrogant temperament, antagonize Pepper s scientific approach to wrestling Moreover, Taft has a long suffering white wife with dark secrets.The intriguing opening line lured me in immediately The clowns came to get him when it was time for the hanging It eventually leads into Pepper Van Dean s current status as a circus act, as Master of the Hangman s Drop, and soon introduces us to his card shark, loving wife, Moira The events that led them to nomadic, second class circus jobs are explained gradually, with a few choice facts revealed selectively, and serve to heighten the tension in the story After Pepper makes an agreement to train Taft, he looks to the future, but the past is still on his heels.Dundas has superb control over his characters and story, and, as I continued to read his confident, lean, succulent prose and his taut narrative, I knew I was in the hands of a solid storyteller whose writing skills combined a command of craft, artistic talent, and creative finesse Even his setting and descriptions are vivid metaphors to the story As Pepper approaches Butte Montana, The town sat out there like a coiled snake sunning itself on a rock, a murky industrial haze scuffing up the sky I was thoroughly gripped by the story of Pepper, Moira, Garfield Taft, and his wife And I was installed in the era of end stage, real world wrestling and the oncoming age of fixed matches bootleggers gangsters gamblers circus acts and poker players One of the best rules to know Only play fair when you ve got the best hand In this corner, we have former lightweight champion of the world, Pepper Van Dean After throwing a fight, he has fallen on hard times He and his wife, Moirs, work for Markham, a ruthless man that exploits Van Dean s wrestling talent in a circus.And in this corner, we have Garfield Taft He is training to become the first African American heavyweight wrestling champion Van Dean moves to Montana to train Garfield, but is met with much resistance.Dundas does well to build all of the characters i In this corner, we have former lightweight champion of the world, Pepper Van Dean After throwing a fight, he has fallen on hard times He and his wife, Moirs, work for Markham, a ruthless man that exploits Van Dean s wrestling talent in a circus.And in this corner, we have Garfield Taft He is training to become the first African American heavyweight wrestling champion Van Dean moves to Montana to train Garfield, but is met with much resistance.Dundas does well to build all of the characters in the book Even minor characters are well drawn and have a life of their own on the page Dundas writes about wrestling in the 1920 s when it was on the cusp of becoming the choreographed dances we see today he gives interesting historical notes in the back.I picked this one up on a whim and I truly loved it