Date of Review: 15/03/2021

  • Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform (June 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • ISBN-10: 150758556X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1507585566

Author: P.E. Fischetti

About the Author:

P. E. Fischetti, born and raised in the suburbs of Washington DC, attended Walter Johnson High School and the University of Maryland, where he earned a B.A. in Criminology and an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy.

He currently lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his wife of 34 years. They have two children in their mid-twenties living in the DC area.

Presently, Fischetti is the Creative Writer for Paul Fischetti Publishing and has his website address as

Previously, he spent twenty years in counseling and another twenty years running two different businesses.

He ventured into full-time writing in the year 2011, publishing his first book, The Big Train’s Backyard, in 2013, followed by The Safety, in 2015 and Ms.Pretty Please in 2020.

Fischetti comes from a family who has a penchant for playing sports and athletics and is the youngest of four brothers. He is athletic, enjoys watching sports, and cheers for any DC area team.

Shobana’s Note:

The Safety, published in 2015, the second book authored by P.E. Fischetti after The Big Train’s Backyard (2013), is one of the most intensely written sports stories that have successfully captured the imagination and heartstrings of his readers.

It tells the story of Guy Finelli (Gaetano Anthony Finelli) and his inner struggle in dealing with drugs, his involvement with the elusive drug Kingpin (The Turk), the murder of his FBI agent lover, and meteoric rise to stardom to be the greatest Safety ever to grace the fields of football. He dealt a heavy blow when his football icon, Sean Taylor was murdered while defending his wife and daughter in his teenage years.

Safety, historically known as a safetyman, is a position in gridiron football played by a member of the defense. The safeties are defensive backs who line up from ten to fifteen yards from the line of scrimmage who can play as line-backers or deep as normal safeties. … Their duties depend on the defensive scheme. (Taken from Wikipedia)

Fischetti’s third book, Ms. Pretty Please published in 2020, ends the trilogy detailing the lives of the Finelli and Santucci families of Kensington and Bethesda, Maryland.

As The Safety, Guy Finelli outshone his competitors with his panther-like quickness to the ball, lion-like strength to tackle the runner in the backfield, and always held the football arena with a suspense-filled game.

As he began to get into the limelight with his prowess, when his team won with seconds to go in a suspense-filled game, Coach Favarro had tears in his eyes,

I should have known you would be a block granite for me…I should have believed my eyes watching you in practice all summer… I should have…

As with his other books, Fischetti begins his book with a historical adaptation of how football began to take form in the lives of Americans.

During the Civil War era, organized sports slowly replaced war between states, cities, and towns as acceptable aggression between conflicting sides. Football was the most combative of these aggressions. Football – the first attempt was a rough combination of soccer and rugby – Rutgers University against Princeton University – November 6, 1869.

All of  Mr. Fischetti’s books to-date have a remarkable account of facts that serve to intrigue as it clarifies. His in-depth knowledge of dates and times often relates with candor to the characters that he outlines with ease and creates an exactness to the stories he puts out to the world.

Guy Finelli as The Safety is a powerhouse and reading his story gives one the feeling that the field he steps onto is his foothold and that no other player comes to prominence except him. He takes command of the whole game.

The man in Guy Finelli had to face many tragic occurrences in his young life that leads to a trying time for him to overcome. I think the most hurtful of them all was when he lost his love to a mindless murder at a time when she was carrying his child. He makes wise decisions within seconds, and while waiting for help to arrive, had to perform a C-section to save his child.

In Guy Finelli you find the runaway too, the man who wants time off from his stardom or personal disasters. The man who struggles inwardly to keep up to the success of a half-brother who has risen to the highest ranks both personally and career-wise. However, in Alex Santucci, he also sees his mental and physical support. He has never once failed Finelli.

However, with love, dedication, and his newfound love who he marries, not forgetting his precious love child that he saved to keep a beautiful past alive, Guy Finelli is an emulation to those who believe in the miracles of second chances.

Isn’t it interesting that Guy Finelli chose to rise as The Safety – the last line of defense in football…

I highly recommend this book for a great read to anyone, especially, fans of football.

The Game:

As no one can summarize the game better than the author who is as passionate as he is knowledgeable, as follows in Mr. Fischetti’s words, is the game eloquently explained:

From now on American Football is Football and Mayla Football is Soccer. The only other kinds of Football are Australian Rules Football (which is more like Rugby) and Canadian Football( which is like American Football with an extra player, wider field, fewer downs, etc..)

As I state in “The Safety”, Football was played between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869. It was more like a Rugby & Soccer hybrid. Soon it was played by Colleges all across America in post-Civil War times. The rules were set up in the 1880s to make the game uniform.

The point of the game is to score by getting in the other team’s end zone and get six points. The field is one hundred yards with ten-yard end zones for each team to defend. Total 120 yds. It is 160 feet wide or 53.3 yds(a soccer field is 65 yds wide & 110 to 120yds long).

A team gets four downs after they receive the ball on a kick-off. Generally, they have to gain 70 to 80 yds on a drive to score a Touchdown for 6 points. After a TD, they get to kick an extra point(1 point) from thirty-three yds or a two-point conversion(2 points) if they score on a play from the three-yard line.

Every series or drive, a team gets four plays to gain ten yards. Usually, they punt the football on 4th down if they have not made ten yards and play defense. If they make a first down by gaining ten or more yards, they get the first Down again…etc. 

A team can kick a Field goal if they get close enough, generally within 60 yards of the goalposts that are on the end of each end zone. That is worth 3 points.

A team can gain Safety(rare) and receive 2 points if they tackle the other team in their end zone.

Each game has 8 referees to call penalties(which is annoying) but it keeps players from blocking and tackling incorrectly, like holding, blocking from behind, offsides, etc.

A game has 4 quarters of 15 minutes. The clock stops a lot for incomplete passes and going out of bounds and team time-out. It usually takes 3 hours to finish most games.

The perfect game for advertisers and parties. Each play takes an average of six seconds. But each play the team has to be set(not moving, with only one man eligible to go sideways(in-motion). This takes ten to fifteen seconds, with each team yelling out adjustments. The defense can move anywhere, except crossing the line of scrimmage, before the play starts with a snap from Center to the Quarterback.

On offense, five players make up the blockers, one QB & five eligible receivers. the offense has to have 7 players on the line of scrimmage, close to each other or spread wide. The number of formations is endless but generally, the QB receives the football from the center blocker with two outside receivers on the line of scrimmage and three players behind him or the flank or slot.

-the end-

I had the honor of reviewing all three books that made up the trilogy of the Santucci and Finelli families’ rise in baseball and football. It is indeed a world of blood, sweat and tears.

You can also read the review on my Review Blog as follows:



  1. Such a beautiful summary of my work. It makes me proud to be a writer. Thank you Shobana. You are an amazing professional reviewer & writer


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