Catching the Wind


Fiction - Sports
443 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2022
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Catching the Wind by Steve Physioc continues the story of Sam Cloud-Carson who we first met in Walks With The Wind. After losing his freedom, his family, and everything he loved, Sam thought his life was over. Reluctantly working for Drake Dixon was Sam’s personal hell. However, Sam was finally able to get away from Drake’s clutches and find a fresh start in Nicaragua. There, Sam was able to be himself and play baseball as much as he wanted. Getting the attention of scouts, Sam was relieved to find his groove back. However, that relief was short-lived as someone from Sam’s past was back, and he wanted Sam to lose everything once again. This was not the time for that. Sam needed to keep his attention on the Big League and prove his talent. He wasn’t ready to face his demons once again. Can Sam win this time?

Author Steve Physioc is a grand storyteller. He is a maestro with words and knows how to make things work for his readers. The descriptions are out of this world. I felt like I was transported to Nicaragua with Sam, I felt the change in the winds and could see the colors of the wilderness. I could feel Sam’s passion, his frustration, and then his determination as he fought to reclaim his life. Sydney’s character was fascinating, to say the least. She was relatable and very vital for Sam’s recovery. Physioc made sure to give enough attention to Sydney’s story and keep the main focus on Sam’s journey to redemption. As expected, the dialogues were crisp, the plot was thrilling, and the narrative was entertaining. There was never a dull moment in Catching the Wind, and Sam’s progress made me love this sequel even more. I loved the change in Sam, and enjoyed how he stood up for his dream! I would highly recommend both novels to the fans of sports/action novels.

Pikasho Deka

Catching the Wind is a sports drama novel by Steve Physioc. Eager to let go of his traumatic experiences working as a tracker for DiamondBar Security in Afghanistan, Sam Cloud-Carson arrives in Nicaragua looking for a fresh start. He finds the opportunity when his old friend Whiplash McCracken introduces Sam to Cheslor Estevez, owner of Diriamba Dukes. After leading the Dukes to glory as their primary pitcher, Sam soon attracts the attention of Major League Baseball scout Roberto Francisco, upon whose insistence Sam is brought to the Kansas City Royals. After arriving in Kansas, Sam finds himself in a burgeoning relationship with Sydney Morgan -- a kind-hearted soccer coach stuck in an increasingly abusive marriage. While Sam continues to shine on the field, his former employer Drake Dixon is hell-bent on ruining his life.

Author Steve Physioc tells a moving story about the resilient nature of the human spirit that is bound to strike a chord in your heart. With grounded characters who are easy to relate to and a plot based on realism, Catching the Wind enraptures you from start to finish. The narrative is full of warmth and intrigue and fills you with a sense of giddy optimism so that you can't help but smile. Each character feels layered and well-developed. Sam is a tenacious young man who refuses to let go of his principles at any cost. You can't help but root for him as he chases his dreams. I especially enjoyed Sam's scenes with Sydney. Whether you're a sports fan or love to read a good story in general, Catching the Wind is the perfect book for you.

Vincent Dublado

The compelling sequel is here. Catching the Wind by Steve Physioc is a searing and startling tale that is a powerful hybrid of sports and military fiction. Sam Cloud Carson, a member of the Southern Ute Tribe in Southwest Colorado, is back. Gifted with bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, he is a promising baseball talent that every baseball team would die to have. He is also a gifted wildlife tracker and communing with nature is his way of decompressing from all that he had experienced as a reconnaissance tracker in Afghanistan—an experience that led to the loss of his precious family. Drake Dixon of DiamondBar Security continues to have a special interest in Sam. Drake is engaged in a low-budget/high-return plan to use human trackers out in front of his security teams in Afghanistan. Sam comes from a line of trackers that are on a completely different level than other guides. While he is rebuilding his life in Nicaragua, Drake will resurface to give Sam new nightmares.

Catching the Wind is a searing tale filled with thrills and intrigues. It takes you on a round-trip journey as you follow the characters in dangerous settings riddled with unrest. These settings will permeate your senses as Steve Physioc’s eye for detail will pull you and get you involved. Sam is a three-dimensional character that you will love to root for, and Drake is a villain that you would not necessarily hate but is someone you would prefer to understand. Physioc’s novel works because it is on point, and it is clear that he has done his homework as he includes necessary information on Afghanistan, Nicaragua, and baseball. This is just the kind of relevant and exciting full-throttle story that any fan of action stories will enjoy reading.