So you're a U.S. National Team player and you're stuck on a long international flight? What are your options? Sure, sleep is good. And cards are always fun, but you can only play "Hearts" so many times before you revert back to sleeping. DVD players? A luxury, but too high maintenance. For most folks who rack up mega miles with the U.S. National Team, the answer is: read a book.
Perhaps no U.S. Men's National Team player is as "book-read" as veteran midfielder Cobi Jones, who has been known to mow down two books a week. Although he doesn't quite have the pull or power of one Oprah Winfrey, he is the source of preferred fiction for the U.S. squad. But along with the N.Y. Times best-sellers he devours, he needs to mix it up every once and awhile, which is why we give you Mr. Jones' brief book review of Robert Jordan's "The Eye of the World".
Cobi Jones, L.A. Galaxy and former UCLA midfielder / native of Westlake Village, Calif.:
"Being an avid reader and fan of many books it was difficult to decide which book to review, so I decided on the book that pretty much turned me into a reader in the first place at the age of 19. Before then I was content being a movie and television watcher only. That all changed one day when I was at UCLA. We were at the airport, and I needed some airplane reading material. I saw a book with this really wild cover art, so I decided to give it a go. The book was "The Eye of the World" by Robert Jordan, and I've been reading ever since. It is a simple concept that "Eye" follows. It's the traditional good versus evil, with the good person (Rand) not really knowing who he is at the beginning and through trials and tribulations he comes into his own. But what captured my attention were the supporting characters that become so vital for the success of the greater good, exemplifying the importance of a team effort. To Jordan's credit, he develops every character very well where the reader can personally relate each one's personality to people you know in real life. The perils they face can easily be translated into the challenges that we as human beings are forced to overcome, which is why I enjoy fantasy novels so much. While the stories are elaborate and mysterious, they can relay simple but important messages.
So as the story goes, evil is threatening young boy. Boy must leave small town with the help of strangers in order to "find himself." Friends support and join boy. Group runs into evil continuously on journey. Group grows closer and matures. Suspicion grows in group. All overcome suspicion amongst themselves and come together, while the main character overcomes the evil and self doubt within in order to help defeat the greater evil … or so we think.
"The Eye of the World" is the first book of nine novels in Jordan's "The World of Time" series. The book captivates you and becomes easy reading. I have recommended it to friends and they have all become avid followers of the series. The book has developed an international following on the web and even has it's own video game, much like J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Who knows, maybe a movie is next!
Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (USA's World Cup Qualifying)
2) Word Association (w/ WNT midfielder Shannon MacMillan)
3) Cobi's Book Club (w/ MNT midfielder Cobi Jones)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ U-23 MNT goalkeeper D.J. Countess)
5) DJ for a Day (w/ WNT midfielder Lorrie Fair)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ MNT midfielder John O'Brien)
7) Mark That Calendar (2002 World Cup final draw -- Dec. 1)
8) Point-Counterpoint (w/ commentators Andres Cantor and Jack Edwards)
9) From the Bleachers (w/ U.S. Soccer fans Keiran Downie & Jeniffer Huie)
10) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (U.S. WCQ history)
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