Ranieri is a lovely author, incredibly eloquent, eager and inoffensive. Furthermore, it is so refreshing to read a book
set in the future, which focuses more on the sci-fi than on burdening its
reader with doom and dystopia, its characters happy and ambitious. The final product is a short novella about the
use of technology in the business of football, set in the year 2050.
is undoubtedly a passionate and well-experienced football fan and professional,
and this shows in the childlike glee and excitement throughout his book, about scouts’
discovery and development of new youth playing talent, and the fantastic technology
which will one day be in place to facilitate this. I am in absolutely no doubt that Ranieri’s
vision of the drone and data technology to which he refers will come into commonplace
use in the game – my only disagreement with this book is that I believe it will
be in use long, long before Ranieri’s projection, perhaps even as soon as the
next 5-10 years; furthermore, I would be very surprised if the development of
this specific technology has not already begun.
I do agree with the author’s prediction, however, that the technology will
probably be coveted and adapted for its military potential – perhaps by dusting
the enemy positions with some sort of nano-powder, which transmits data back to
the drone. After all, as humans, isn’t that
what we do with all of our best technological innovations: find new ways to
kill each other, in greater numbers?
thing is, although this is an inoffensive book and a nice, engaging, easy read,
I would have liked to have seen more meat to the story. There are only 30,000 words or so, and
probably some legroom in the book for a lot more. Ranieri develops the characters well, making
them likeable, and the somewhat slight story is amply detailed – I just think
that he could have perhaps built more of it around Harry’s character, and the
attempts at inducement of the young player’s future, by those with a military
agenda; a touch more Crichton suspense, perhaps. But I can see why Ranieri felt compelled to simply
fuel his passion, while playing nice and steering this book away from the
darkness. And, whilst you shouldn’t expect
the same high drama or suspense as Dick Francis’s books about the horseracing
business, World Football Domination is certainly a nice, relaxing way to
spend a couple of hours.
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