"Men Among Giants" by Kent Krause, Shapato Publishing LLC, 214 pages, $16.95, paperback
In his first novel, Nebraska author Kent Krause did a modern take on the life of King David. In his second book, "Men Among Giants," he goes back to 1994 and follows the life of a minor league baseball player spending a season in Lincoln.
Krause introduces Brian Carter, a 25-year-old pitcher who has more control on some days than others but is happy to get paid to play ball. Carter finds himself on the Lincoln Giants, an independent minor league team in the Central States League that plays home games at Sherman Field.
Carter's roommate, Sam Judge, is the star pitcher who has pro prospects until his season -- and life -- take a dark turn. Krause, who writes extensively about baseball on his blog, matches the pace of his book to the leisurely summer game.
Like a pitcher carefully setting up a hitter, Krause takes his time setting up the plot. Most of the book recounts the ups and downs of life in the minor leagues. Just as in baseball, when the action seems routine, Krause throws a curveball.
Local readers will enjoy the references to Lincoln attractions in this baseball story with a moral undertone.
Cindy Conger is a freelance writer in Lincoln.