The Champion: Galactic Football League Volume 5

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The Champion
Title The Champion
Publisher Empty Set Entertainment
Published 2014
Pages 625
ISBN 978-1939366504
Podcasted Sep. 2014 to Jun. 2015
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The Champion is a thriller / science fiction novel by American author Scott Sigler published in 2014.

Seven centuries in the future, the sport of American football has never been bigger, never been faster, never been more lethal. Trillions of fans from all over the galaxy watch six unique species battle in contests so violent that deaths are part of the stat sheet. The fifth book in the Galactic Football League series, The Champion follows The Rookie, The Starter, The All-Pro and The MVP.


Star quarterback Quentin Barnes has led his beloved Ionath Krakens to glory on the gridiron and become the most-recognized individual in history, but it is off the field where his world crumbles around him. In four seasons with Ionath, he's picked up powerful enemies: one of which drove his sister into the Portath Cloud, a place from which no ship returns. Because his enemies include his team owner - a possessive crime lord who treats players like property - and the ruling government that controls the shipping lanes, Quentin and his friends must hide from the media spotlight as they search for a way to rescue his sister.

The GFL series melds star-spanning scifi, brutal crime fiction and intense sports action into a smash-mouth extravaganza unlike anything you've read before.

Main Characters

Name Information
Quentin Barnes Quarterback for the Ionath Krakens

Released Editions

Image Edition Publisher Release Date ISBN
Limited Release (2000 copies) Hardcover Empty Set Entertainment October 3, 2014 978-1939366504
Paperback Empty Set Entertainment January 15, 2017 978-1939366986

Promotional Efforts

Characters Named for Fans

As with recent previous works, this novel contains the names of fans appearing as some of the characters. The luckiest of the fans will also have their character die a horrific and untimely and death. The following link references a table dedicated to tracking these fan-named characters with indicators of which characters become victims.

See Also

Galactic Football League Core Novels by Scott Sigler

The Rookie (Book I) • The Starter (Book II) • The All-Pro (Book III) •  The MVP (Book IV) • The Champion (Book V) • The Gangster (Book VI)

Novels by Scott Sigler

Aliens: Phalanx • Alive • Alight • Alone • EarthCore • Mount Fitz Roy • Ancestor • Descendant • Infected • Contagious • Pandemic • The Rookie • The Starter • The All-Pro  • The MVP • The Champion • The Gangster • The Crypt • Nocturnal