Gold Medal Threat

Rated 5.00/5 based on 7 reviews
When Casey and Johnny overhear assassins discussing “taking out” an Olympic gymnast just prior to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, they team up with Chelsea and Samantha, and attempt foil the crime. Suspense, action and lots of fun combine as the team puts their lives in harms way to identify and stop the assassins, before it’s too late. More

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Words: 52,060
Language: English
ISBN: 9781939337139
About Michael Balkind

Michael Balkind is the author of the Deadly Sports Mysteries as well as other novels. His novels are endorsed by literary greats including James Patterson, Clive Cussler, John Lescroart, Wendy Corsi Staub & Tim Green. He has appeared on ESPN's The Pulse and Sportsnet's Daily News Live and was featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly. He has co-hosted and is a regular guest on The Clubhouse radio show. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America and The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association. Balkind graduated from Syracuse University and currently resides in New York.

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Review by: Christoph Fischer on April 11, 2013 :
"Gold Medal Threat" by Michael Balkind is a murder mystery set at the Olympic Games in Australia.
There is a minor connection to Balkind's previous novels in that Casey, one of the main characters is the son of Reid Clark, detective and sportsman in previous Balkind novels. Reid Clark runs a sports club called AllSports and some of the athletes at the Olympics have trained at that club back in the US.
Not long before the Olympics Casey and his friend Johnny overhear by chance parts of a conversation between two assassins about a murder plot aimed at one of the gymnasts. However, our heroes do not know which one of the athletes is targeted and they are not certain they could identify the assassins. The book becomes a battle against time to identify the victim and the murderers before it is too late.
This is aimed mostly at the young adult market but has is just as enjoyable for grown ups. I am far from the target age group but really loved the book. Balkind loves his sport and proves this with the knowledgeable description of some of the sports events.
The story moves along in a great pace, as befitting to young adult novels this book is less dramatic than its predecessors and more of a fun and adventure read then a gruesome or terrifying thriller. Having said that it is still great suspense, cleverly plotted and just like Balkind's other books entertainment.
The boys also get close to two young athlete girls, adding more interest and spice to this already colourful great book.
"Gold Medal Threat" confirms the author's versatility which was already shown in is second book, "Dead Ball", which so decisively was written in a different style to "Sudden Death". This must be my favourite book of the three published so far as it is at times very playful and light hearted.
The ball is back in Balkind's court to show where his writing takes us next. I will be waiting in anticipation. A well deserved 5 stars out of 5.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Heidi Burrows on Feb. 07, 2013 :
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Wow was I surprised by this story. I am not a sports buff in the least and worried that I would find this book hard to get through. I was so wrong! This book was not only engaging but the characters were so alive and believable that you felt as though you were right along side them throughout the entire story. The story was so well written it was like watching a movie inside your head. I know this book is geared towards the male YA readers but I think that anyone who loves a good mystery will enjoy this book. It is fresh, has a unique story line and brings in enough suspense, mystery, and intrigue that you won't want to put the book down until it is done. A few twists will keep it action packed, humor keeps it light and of course there is a bit of boy meets girl without being overly romantic. So don't worry boys it isn't a sappy romance at all! A great read and one I highly recommend.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marsha Berg on Feb. 06, 2013 :
This book was given to me, by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Gold Medal Threat is a book that Middle Schoolers and older will enjoy! that includes adults! This story caught my attention from page one, and held it until the end! I was disappointed when it ended.i will wait impatiently for the.next book.

Casey, and his friend Johnny, get to go to the Olympics in Australia when Casey's father gets the chance to compete in a golf tournament there. They meet Samantha and Chelsea while eating dinner one evening. The four of them almost immediately are engrossed in an adventure because the boys overgear a conversation while they are in the gym of the hotel in which they are staying. Police have the quartet helping in an investigation connected to the overheard conversation.

I liked this story because of the action that began on the first page and continued for the entire story. This well-written story is suitable for anyone interested in Olympics, gymnastics, Australia, or just athletics. The suspense of the story is as unending as the action.

This story receives five stars from me. I believe that you will think the same!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Wanda Hartzenberg on Jan. 01, 2013 :
I read a copy of this book upon request from the author for an honest review.
This is the third book I have read by this author but the first one that is a YA for boys.
It is filled with sport, suspense and the boys being detectives getting them in deep trouble.
Casey and his friend is up against the mafia, organised crime, murderers but it is girls that trip them up.
I loved this wholesome family friendly story focused upon the Olympic games in Australia this is one story that most ya boys will adore.
Most ya girls will develop a crush and most adults, like me, will like to read a book that they can read to their children with no fear.
I highly recommend the purchase of this book for your son, yourselve, a friend, a nephew a dad.
It is fun, the story is fast and engaging.
A 5 Gold medal review rating
WaAr
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Wanda Hartzenberg on Jan. 01, 2013 :
I read a copy of this book upon request from the author for an honest review.
This is the third book I have read by this author but the first one that is a YA for boys.
It is filled with sport, suspense and the boys being detectives getting them in deep trouble.
Casey and his friend is up against the mafia, organised crime, murderers but it is girls that trip them up.
I loved this wholesome family friendly story focused upon the Olympic games in Australia this is one story that most ya boys will adore.
Most ya girls will develop a crush and most adults, like me, will like to read a book that they can read to their children with no fear.
I highly recommend the purchase of this book for your son, yourselve, a friend, a nephew a dad.
It is fun, the story is fast and engaging.
A 5 Gold medal review rating
WaAr
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Wanda Hartzenberg on Jan. 01, 2013 :
I read a copy of this book upon request from the author for an honest review.
This is the third book I have read by this author but the first one that is a YA for boys.
It is filled with sport, suspense and the boys being detectives getting them in deep trouble.
Casey and his friend is up against the mafia, organised crime, murderers but it is girls that trip them up.
I loved this wholesome family friendly story focused upon the Olympic games in Australia this is one story that most ya boys will adore.
Most ya girls will develop a crush and most adults, like me, will like to read a book that they can read to their children with no fear.
I highly recommend the purchase of this book for your son, yourselve, a friend, a nephew a dad.
It is fun, the story is fast and engaging.
A 5 Gold medal review rating
WaAr
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Calin Bianca on Jan. 01, 2013 :
“Gold Medal” it’s definitely one of the funniest books I read in 2012. I loved it very much!

This book it’s full of suspense and mystery. “Gold Medal” it’s that kind of book that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time you’re reading it because of the suspense. The characters are very well created and I even developed a little crush on Casey. He’s just adorable,smart and funny.

“Gold Medal” it’s a book that has everything a teenager needs to have fun with a book: mystery,suspense,action and humor. I liked the fact that the kids are treated like adults.The action develops fast and you turn the page without noticing.I loved every single page of this book and I am going to read other books by Michael Balkind. He’s such a good author!

Also, you can find my quote about the book on the page 2 of the book. But I will put it here for you:

“Gold Medal” is one of those books that puts a big smile on your face and makes your day better. I truly recommend it to everyone, at every age.I bet my grandma would love it too, because you can’t dislike a book like this. Is so much fun! I loved it!”

I highly recommend this book to teenagers and preteenagers. You’ll love it as much as I did!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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