Title: Alex Ovechkin: The Inspirational Story of Hockey Superstar Alex Ovechkin
Author: Bill Redban
Published: 11 December 2014
This book has been on my ‘to-buy’ list for a while now. Being a big Washington Capitals fan of course I felt the need to read the inspirational story of our fearless leader, Alex Ovechkin. So I paid out the £2- something for the Kindle version of the book and sat down to read. I don’t know quite what I was expecting from a 50 page book but after around 90 minutes I’d finished it. Admittedly, I’m a quick reader but the language was fairly simple and it would probably be a good book for a young fan who wants to know the facts of Alex’s life growing up and of course his rise to NHL stardom, or really any fan who enjoys knowing all the facts and statistics that make up their favourite players career.
60% of the book is made up for just churning out fact after fact, numbers and statistics in a season by season manner, with some opinions throw in about how the Capitals might be able to win the Stanley Cup if only “They could get rid of their habit of starting a game slow or fading after starting a game strong.” Also, the fact that there is a number of notable spelling mistakes throughout the book is something that’s a pet peeve of mine.
The book is structured into chapters that cover different aspects of his life:
- Youth & Family Life
- Professional Life
- Personal Adult Life
- Philanthropic/Charitable Acts
- Legacy, Potential & Inspiration
By the time I had reached the end of the professional life chapter I was about ready to put the book down and give up. Being bombarded with facts isn’t something I enjoy and I was expecting an inspirational story not a constant fact after fact affair.
The remaining chapters were a little better to read but essentially there isn’t anything in this book you couldn’t find for free on the internet. The style of writing was quite hard to follow and I kept finding myself getting distracted by something else. It was hardly a page-turner and I would probably use it more as a point of reference than an inspirational story. Of course, this is just my opinion and you’re welcome to buy it through the link above and try it for yourself.
Value for money: 3/5