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Sudden Death (Deadly Sports Mystery #1)

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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  259 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Reid Clark is a pro golfer at the top of the leader board during the PGA tour; he is also a hothead with a reputation for trouble. Reid receives a death threat right before teeing off on the final day of the Master's Tournament, and hires a P.I. to track down the perpetrator. Suspense builds throughout as Reid tries to compete in one of golf s most prestigious contests...a ...more
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published (first published 2007)
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Stacy
My impression of this book:
Pro golfer throws tantrum
Pro golfer spends exorbitant amounts of money to show love
Pro golfer gets death threat
Pro golfer golfs
Pro golfer throws tantrum
Pro golfer spends exorbitant amounts of money to show love
Pro golfer gets more death threats
Pro golfer golfs
Over and over again. All that changed was what he was spending the money on.

After reading about 2/3 of the book I couldn't take anymore. I skipped to the end, found out who was writing the death threats, rolled m
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Richard
Poorly researched and poorly written, this book is chock full of irrelevant minutiae that pads a twenty page anecdote into 534 pages of drivel. The plot is thin, where a plot exists at all. Many of the golf-related portions of the book are unconvincing, and the ending of the story is almost an afterthought. This writer needs to take some writing courses. The book is uninteresting and amateurishly-written.
Nell
As rivetting as watching paint dry - no mystery , a protagonist who I would quite cheerfully have killed myself after the first fifty pages. If you like reading passive writing about a selfish man drinking, smoking cigars, worrying about his hair and occasionally playing golf then I recomend this book.
Todd Fonseca
Reid Clark is at the top of his game. After fulfilling his lifelong dream of wining the Masters Tournament in Augusta Georgia, he lands a huge multi-million dollar product endorsement deal. But everything is not quite right for Reid. Having led a fairly carefree yet successful life, Reid is prone to temper tantrums which has lead the media to coin him as golf’s “Bad Boy”, and while Reid supports philanthropic endeavors, not everyone is as happy with Reid as he is with himself. Players on the tou ...more
Jeannie Walker
"Plunk"! I knew that very satisfying sound when my ball went rolling and hitting the bottom of the cup. I had putting down pat! I didn't play professional golf, but I was a darn good amateur player. For sure the adrenalin rush from winning is consuming and addicting. Playing golf is one game that will not let you concentrate on anything else, not if you don't want to dub all over the place.
I especially liked the way the author put descriptions in his novel of the different country club golf cour
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Wanda Hartzenberg
I downloaded this book from Amazon as a free download. Reid is the bad boy of Golf. I loved his character. He is a good boy with focus and issues. Who does not have those? But I was concerned reading this book for review once I started. It is after all a book about Golf. Golf is a sport. I am a reader, pacifist and snacking, according to me, should be an Olympic sport. Golf is mighty sporty for my taste. Guess what, between the mystery, the suspense, the romance etc, I ended up with a new apprec ...more
Dave
James Patterson said it best, "You like golf, you like murder mysteries, then Sudden Death is your book."

Michael Balkind's Sudden Death is the story of PGA Tour star Reid Clark, a sometimes not-very-likeable hero who competes--and wins--at the highest levels of competitive golf while literally under the gun from an anonymous assailant. Reid perseveres despite the cloud of death hovering over him, making for a suspenseful, hard-charging plot.

I particularly enjoyed Balkind's description of places
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Michael Martz
This was an awful book, but since it was a freebie I suppose I can't be too critical. Oh, sure I can.

The golf-related passages were mildly interesting, but the book itself went nowhere and then abruptly ended. It followed this pattern: golfer receives a threat, several dozen pages of golf and related topics, another threat, another series of golf pages, another threat... Until the end, when it wraps up. Absolutely no investigative narrative, nothing explaining what was going on to 'solve' the pr
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Tony
If you are looking for that perfect gift for yourself or that someone special, look no further than Michael Balkind's book, Sudden Death. Michael weaves a story so well, that you will find yourself holding your breath as you turn the page in anticipation of what you will find. Just about the time you settle into the lives of the characters, WHAM! the author ratchets up the suspense. If you love golf, you will love Sudden Death--If you hate golf, you will love Sudden Death. This is definitely a b ...more
Glenn
Nov 16, 2008 Glenn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery, thriller, golf
Shelves: indie-author
Michael Balkind's `Sudden Death' is a gripping thriller about a top pro golfer being stalked by a killer while on the PGA tour. This well written story provides an insightful look into the intense and challenging world of professional sports while presenting interesting characters and a suspense filled plot that will satisfy the non-golfer. I hear that this is the first in a series of sports thrillers by Mr. Balkind. I look forward to the next in the series!
Bill Thibadeau
I don't remember a book with such a wide disparity in reviews in quite awhile. I am amazed that readers find fault with a fictional character to the point they allow it to ruin the book for them. It is true that Reid Clark is not someone that most people would care about, the truth is that the story is dependent on him for its' success.

I agree that Reid is a convoluted character. He goes from the big Bad Boy of Golf to a great guy that the entire touring members of the PGA seem to all of a sudde
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J.R.
Nov 10, 2008 J.R. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: definitely lovers of golf and mysteries
Michael Balkind's "Sudden Death" is a great read, even if you are not a master of the game. I never would have thought that I would enjoy unraveling the mystery of golf while unraveling a mystery in a book. And believe me, I enjoyed all of it - A very, enjoyable quick read.

Sudden Death will keep you guessing right up until the exciting end!

J.R. Reardon, author of "Confidential Communications"
Mike
I couldn't put this book down!

Sudden Death is a fast paced page burner. The characters are personable, and realistic as our hero struggles to win the elusive "Green Jacket" at the Masters, while trying to avoid an assasin. The writing is smooth while the plot is pockmarked with exciting twists. This is a great read whether you like golf or not. Everyone likes a good whodunit, and this is a good one.
Lauren
I have to be completely honest and say I was intimidated by this author's work. I dislike sports, don't want to see them or hear about them. However this book contains mystery, romance, comedy and sports. The Golf talk lost me a few times, par and birdie? But I read right through it and was able to understand what had gone on. The great writing style kept me turning the pages and enjoying what I was reading. Golf bad boy Reid has been threatened, with his career just taking off he keeps playing. ...more
Rai
Fast-paced golf mystery aptly named!

Sudden Death is one of those books that you pick up, and don’t want to put down. The story moves at a pace similar to what I imagine the big golf tournaments do – it speeds by, with moments where you hold your breath, riveted in the moment, eager for what will happen next.

I can sometimes guess endings to novels, but this time I was fooled - the book had a fantastic surprise ending worthy of its title. Though I don’t golf much, I did enjoy the game, (in spite o
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Elva
the story is a great idea...but ended up as a so-so story.

***** SPOILER AT THE BOTTOM *****

i did appreciate learning about several things, for example:

1. learning how body guards work and a little bit (not enough) about their their security methods.
2. glimpsing into the mind of a professional athlete. their focus and drive is an incredible thing.
3. the ridiculously lavish lifestyles with $100M endorsements.
4. i'm not a golfer - but enjoyed and learned from most of the game commentary. i espec
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Cathy
I hate golf. It's stupid. I can't imagine anything worse than playing except watching people play golf on TV. Wait, reading about people playing golf may be worse. Nevertheless, I thorougly enjoyed this book.
Our hero, Reid Clark, is the best golfer on the PGA circuit. This "Bad Boy of Golf" plays a mean game - on the green and off. Many of his fellow golfers hate him and reporters have a thorough dislike of him.
A very lucrative endorsement deal and winning the Masters convince him he needs to c
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Duncan McGonall
Review of Michael Balkind’s Sudden Death
By Duncan McGonall

Ried Clark is an extremely well developed character. His dynamism is not overdone, he starts out an uptight, overbearing ass and decides to change his demeanor and with some believable difficulty, he does. Clark is a man with quite a bit on his plate, a member of the PGA, gunning for the top spot and his famed “green jacket,” he and his manager fund and chair a charitable organization founded to recruit exceptional athletic talent from am
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Nikos
As I was browsing the other day through the "free" section of the iBooks store, I stumbled upon "Sudden Death". Although to be honest, the statement "endorsed by James Patterson" did help quite a bit.

Anyway, the premise -at first- seems fairly interesting: A top golf pro, which has everything he can imagine (money, fame, women etc) and is considered to be the "bad boy" of the sport, receives an anonymous death threat on the eve of a big tournament. On one hand, we witness the may facts and detai
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Christoph Fischer
When I started "Sudden Death" by Michael Balkind I expected a straight forward murder mystery set in golf circles. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a bit more to the book.
First of all I have to say that I loved the setting, since I have many golf playing friends and neighbours who follow the sport closely and so I have become familiar with the tournaments and the expressions. All that is peculiar and odd about golf players is brilliantly depicted in the portrayal of the main character an
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Jeremiah Johnson
Sudden Death. If only...
About the only thing more boring than watching golf is reading about it. Throw in a completely unlikable protagonist that does nothing but drink and spend money and complain about everyone and you have the makings for what has to be one of the worst books I've ever read in my life.
I think this was supposed to be a mystery or thriller, but it was more like an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Assholes.
Linda
By the four star rating, one can see that I enjoyed the book. Kudos to Mr. Balkind.
There were good and bad reviews given about this book. Now I will give you a weird review. Golf-pro Reid Clark 's life was threatened if he won one more tournament. Bodyguards were hired, and Reid kept playing golf. (I did enjoy the games.) Reid and his entourage ate, practiced, played, slept and that was it. There was no plot development, no motives for murder examined, no suspicious characters introduced. I coul
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Andrew
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Summer Daniels
Pressure.

We all have to deal with pressure in some respects in our lives. Those of us that have played a sport, and played competitively, know pressure all too well. It can cause you seize up at that critical moment, make your heart race, or in some rare cases - give you the clarity you need to be at your best.

Reid Clark - the self-styled "Bad Boy of Golf" finds himself dealing with more pressure than most. Dealing with trying to win one of golf's greatest tournaments - he finds himself the ta
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Eric Thomasma
Michael Balkind is an excellent author. His descriptions of the golf courses and golfers actions were excellent. I saw the good lies and the bad. He made me feel like I was right there on the course. Unfortunately, this is why I did not like the story. My love affair with golf ended several years ago, and while I always thought that I just didn't care for it, this book made me realize I have an active dislike of the game. Setting that aside, I thought the story was good and well told. I found th ...more
Mark
Reid Clark, prize winning golfer, on the verge of signing a multi-million dollar equipment deal suddenly is besieged by death threats. Here’s the situation. Does he throw the next tournament as the killer demands or face the threat and keep the public happy? Never one to turn down a challenge he hires the best PI money can get, brings his girl-friend and family in close to keep an eye on them while his investigators not only protect him but track down the bad guy in time for the tournament to go ...more
Marsha
Sudden Death by Michael Balkind is a very good mystery. It is a web of intrigue and suspense. I have had this book for a while, but neglected to read it. Once I got started, it was difficult to put down. Balkind takes a unique approach to the story line and pulled me right in.
Robert Graves
As a murder mystery, this novel is a complete and utter failure. Rule #1 of murder mysteries: there must be a murder. One quarter into the story, there's no tension, no suspense, no intrigue, no suspects, and no murder. Basically, there's no reason to keep reading other than indulging in the fantasy of being a pro golfer with a "bad boy" reputation. No thanks. If I could give this 0 stars, I would.
Ann
Mystery, suspense, romance - this book has it all. Reid starts off being the 'naughty boy' of golf but underneath is the hidden 'good boy'! This is a real page turner, I had to put my chores on hold while I read the next chapter!
I am now enlightened on the behind the scenes activities of pro golf! The detailed descriptions were excellent. I have never played golf, my only contact with the game was caddying (?) for my ex many years ago but this book opened my eyes to the intricacies of pro golf.
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Elizabeth
The main character is so self absorbed and negative that he is impossible to care about. When he decides after six successful years on the pro golf circuit that he wants to be a better man he begins to throw money all over the place . He decides to by mom a house and car even though she loves where she lives. He throws parties and gives gifts to most everyone who had a kind behavior. He just didn't ring true. He constantly snaps at everyone around him, his caddy, his agent and he expects to be f ...more
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Michael Balkind's novels; Sudden Death, Dead Ball, Gold Medal Threat, & The Fix are endorsed by NY Times bestselling authors; James Patterson, Clive Cussler, Wendy Corsi Staub, Andrew Gross, John Feinstein, Tim Green & John Lescroart.

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Gold Medal Threat (January 2013)
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