"As much as I love history and historical novels, the setup of this one has me spoiled."
Fantasy Sports Writer and Podcaster
"Dan Brown meets George Will."
D. Bruce Brown
President, Baltimore Chapter, SABR
Curator, Horsehide Trivia
"I forgot where fact ended and fiction began."
Editor, Here's the Pitch
"A great read. I was intrigued the entire 250 pages."
Baseball Journalist and Podcaster
Rojas Media YouTube Channel
"Long-gone legends come to life on the page and in our imaginations."
CEO, Dezenhall Resources
Author, Best Of Enemies
"A fun, interesting read.... brought all the players to life."
SABR Origins Committee
"I really enjoyed the book... the whole mystery involved."
Author and Baseball History Lecturer
"... remember it is fiction. If you like a good mystery, it qualifies as a worthwhile read."
Lamar Garrard, Baseball Historian
The Lincoln Journal
" Definitely opens one's mind up to what actually happened.... I will have to look more into this!"
"The book is great. I'm neglecting everything else around the house to finish it. My wife's not too happy about that."
A Reader Who Wishes to Remain Anonymous -- For Obvious Reasons
What The Reviewers Say
I LOVED THIS BOOK....
J.B. Manheim writes extremely well. This book is a baseball story, a detective novel, and an overall great read....
The story is a modern story with such intrigue that the reader gets immersed in the mystery. The characters that Manheim develops who try to uncover the truth behind the mysterious papers they find are very real and very likeable. I found myself rooting for them....
In This Never Happened, J.B. Manheim hits a home run!
Paul Semendinger, Start Spreading the News Blog, November 14, 2021
"A great deal of research is needed for fiction writing. Especially with historical fiction, there’s a lot I’ve learned, and the details often stick with me better when put into a storytelling format. So it is with J. B. Manheim’s This Never Happened....
"The story switches between characters and time frames. Like a Harlen Coben novel (or for that matter, the movie Pulp Fiction), the time jumps are clear, and a reader is able to follow the narrative with no confusion....
"From This Never Happened, readers can be entertained by a gripping story while still learning a lot of things that they never knew before."
Stew Thornley, The Inside Game, Society for American Baseball Research, August 2021
"Manheim... does an admirable research job, both on the baseball side and America during the period of the War and into the 1930s, when the Hall of Fame was conceived and constructed.... He goes back and forth between those and modern times to weave this detective story. He also weaves fictional characters with real-life figures, so well in fact, that at times I had a hard time keeping them apart."
Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf, August 5, 2021
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