“Dennie Wendt’s 'Hooper’s Revolution' is a wildly entertaining read, one of the top soccer titles we have ever reviewed. It’s an eclectic mix of creative alternate history, unruly fiction, and a massive passion for the beautiful game. Simply put, it feels like 'The Man in the High Castle', 'Once in a Lifetime', and a Hunter Thompson novel rolled together.”

International Soccer Network

Hooper's Revolution

Dennie Wendt

It's 1976 and the United States is home to The Giganticos, a football super squad led by the one and only Pearl of Brazil, and more or less the only reason AASSA (American All-Star Soccer Association) exists.

Enter Danny Hooper, a third-division English footballer from East Southwhich Albion, whose thuggish reputation limits him to playing the role of enforcer on the pitch, despite his admiration for the artistry of world-class football from Latin America and the Continent. After Danny takes his frustrations out on an unfortunate opponent's tibia, he finds himself sold to the Rose City Revolution of Portland. But there is more to the trade than a shocked Danny could ever imagine: turns out, he's going to America not just to introduce soccer to its skeptical masses, but to help foil a communist plot. The future of America's soccer league, not to mention the life of the world's greatest soccer player, hangs in the balance and Danny Hooper is their only hope.

Dennie Wendt's pure love of the game, and his poetic sideline accounting of the Revolution's season, match by match, will leave you cheering at the end.

Praise for Hooper's Revolution

"A novel that sports fans will be rooting for in the seasons to come."
Simon Chandler, Electric Literature

"Wendt’s novel abounds with comic moments, offering a skewed view of soccer’s history in the United States along the way."
Tobias Carroll, Vol.1 Brooklyn