Review: The Rookie, by Kirkus MacGowan

Title: The RookieThe Rookie
Author: Kirkus MacGowan
Rating: 5/5 Stars

“Every game played with your child has the potential to become a lifelong memory.

The Rookie is a flash fiction piece (just over 500 words) based on a childhood memory. (description from Goodreads)


Let me first remind everyone that this was a very short piece of fiction. It’s clearly labeled flash fiction. It took me only a few minutes to get through the roughly “just over 500 words,” which made it perfect to read just before bed. It also makes it great to read, and come back and re-read every now and then.

Being a fan of baseball since an early age, The Rookie touched me. It’s a simple story but it brought back my own childhood memories of playing ball in my yard or Little League. I was in the main character’s shoes as he stepped up to the plate, the whole game riding on his shoulders.

I’m leave anything else I want to say out of this. It’s difficult to not give too much away for a 500 word piece. It was definitely worth me picking up and reading. I haven’t read many flash fiction pieces because I normally stick to at least at least a “short story” length (whatever that actually means, haha). But in the pieces I’ve read, this one is beautifully crafted, short, and to the point. MacGowan took a limited amount of words and didn’t waste any of them.


This story is currently free on Amazon

You can find MacGowan’s novel, The Fall of Billy Hitchings, and many other great books (including one of my favorites LICHGATES by S.M. Boyce) for FREE during the Free eBook Holiday Jubilee event


About the Author:

Kirkus MacGowan wrote his first book at age eight about traveling to Mars to find the cure for cancer. He put his writing dreams on hold for twenty-five years and focused his energies on playing baseball. He moved on when he found playing softball with his friends more enjoyable than his pipe dream.

Since then, he graduated with a B.S. in Psychology, married a woman too good to be true, and moved back to his hometown. He gave up an amazing career waiting tables and now stays at home with his two crazy children. He spends his time writing thrillers and fantasy, playing softball with friends, enjoying the occasional computer game, and wrestling with his kids.

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