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Opur's Blade (Prairie Winds Golf Course #4)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  8 reviews
After the first ball is struck on the driving range, the head pro, J Dub Schroeder, realizes that he has a child prodigy in his midst. Soon thereafter the pro shop regulars assign a nickname to the teenager. To the locals the lad becomes known as Opur for because of his propensity to sink putts with an old, worn-out putter that was gathering dust in the lost-and-found barr ...more
Paperback, First, 472 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Nightengale Press
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Christy Stewart
There has got to be some way to write a heart warming story without any of the following used as a check list: southern, single mother, under-dog, disability, hooker, poverty...


Yeah, sure, golf too.

I expect self-published books to take advantage of the freedom they are given but this book was just another Lifetime cast off.
For the first time in my experience working in the writing and publishing industry, I have had the opportunity to read and review four books from the same author. It is such a pleasure to see the evolution of a writer’s style and message, especially when they are developed in books I have enjoyed so much. After spending hours and hundreds of pages with the work of James Ross, I have an ever-growing sense of his overarching commentary about how we relate to one another and the expectations that w ...more
It has taken me forever to write this review, mainly because I have been putting it off. I tried to get into this book, but was unable to. I could not finish it.

I tend to read a lot of different genres, so I don't think that's what did not sit well with me. I just did not find the protagonist convincing. I put it down and came back to it several times to give it another chance, because I absolutely did not want to leave a low review without really giving it a shot. Aside from the protagonist, I
James Ross
Jun 22, 2010 James Ross rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: males, females, young adults
Shelves: golf
This is my underdog story. A young man chasing his dream on the hallowed grounds of America's greatest golfing event - The Classic.
Cheryl Selby
Aug 08, 2010 Cheryl Selby rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cheryl by: James Ross
Shelves: first-reads
Opur’s Blade by James Ross

Opur’s Blade tells the story of a young man’s journey to adulthood. Owen Purler, Jr. is born into a family lacking the financial resources necessary for entrance into many of the opportunities life has to offer. The local golf course offers free instructional lessons one summer, opening a door that forever changes the course of Owen, Jr.’s life.

The story is well written and fast paced. The chapters are short, and the plot moves briskly. I found this book to be both an e
Author, James Ross, takes us back to Prairie Winds Golf Course in East St. Louis for his latest novel, Opur’s Blade. For those of you who have read Ross’ earlier releases, Lifetime Loser, Finish Line and Tuey’s Course, you will feel like you are reconnecting with friends in the clubhouse.

J Dub Schroeder, the golf pro at Prairie Winds is back and at the center of things as he discovers a raw golf talent in a young boy named Owen Purler, Jr. This young boy arrives at J Dub’s golf course with his m
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

One of the things I'm fascinated by in the arts these days is the rise of what could almost be called the "pro/am" writer, who takes advantage of small-run publishing plants and social media to craft a humble career for themselves as the author of an ongoing, hyper-specialized series, maintaining a fan bas
Sarah Sammis
Opur's Blade by James Ross is the fourth Prairie Winds novel. In this one, a golfing prodigy is raised by a single mother after divorcing her abusive husband. To get her son Owen Jr. out of the house during summer she sends her son to Prairie Winds for free lessons. On his first day there, using a discarded driver, he shows raw talent.

Of the four novels I've now read, Opur's Blade is my favorite. The set up: a shot gun wedding turned to unhappy marriage and alcoholism and ultimately an absentee
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I'm a cancer survivor who had something to say. One story has become several novels from fictitious Prairie Winds Golf Course high atop the Mississippi river bluffs just east of St. Louis.

My stories are character-based with the genre being realistic fiction. My writing style utilizes the use of dialogue from an eclectic cast of characters. Aside from the recurring regulars roughly 20 new personali
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Other Books in the Series

Prairie Winds Golf Course (6 books)
  • Lifetime Loser
  • Finish Line (Prairie Winds Golf Course)
  • Tuey's Course (Prairie Winds Golf Course)
  • Pabby's Score
  • Shari's Shot (Prairie Winds Golf Course #6)
Pabby's Score Lifetime Loser Finish Line (Prairie Winds Golf Course) Tuey's Course (Prairie Winds Golf Course) Shari's Shot (Prairie Winds Golf Course #6)

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