Sudden Death (endorsed by James Patterson & Clive Cussler)

Rated 4.31/5 based on 16 reviews
Reid Clark - a pro golfer on the PGA tour; 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, & hires a P.I. to track down the perpetrator. Suspense builds throughout as Reid tries to compete in one of golfs most prestigious events & woo the woman he loves, while dodging death at every turn.
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Words: 71,300
Language: English
ISBN: 9781935670100
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: R Ralan on Jan. 28, 2016 : (no rating)
If you like to read about pro golf and celebrity high-life, this is the book for you.

If you want escapism with a puzzling mystery and manly hero to admire, look elsewhere.
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Review by: Carol on April 26, 2014 :
This is more of a suspense novel rather than a mystery. The main character is interesting and the golf setting is different.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)

Review by: Christoph Fischer on April 09, 2013 :
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 and drawn into the sports world most tension and suspense seemed to be coming from the games, the teams and the rivalry instead of murder.
The title character is hunted by the press and has a hate for all things paparazzi and is widely hated for his temper. He receives a death thread and so we wait for the execution of this death foretold.
When I found on my kindle that after twenty percent there was still no sign of this murder I was starting to get restless, expecting a murder at any given moment and at every corner and became to appreciate the suspense of a death foretold. I naturally cannot tell you when the murder happens, how and what happens after, that would be spoiling the fun, but rest assured that this book will keep you on the edge of your seat in any case.
Besides the tension that permeates the book there is also some surprising depth to the way some characters develop throughout the book and the main characters are backed up by an excellent supporting cast.
I am very glad I picked this book.
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Review by: Liz Carter on Nov. 06, 2011 :
Great work. I liked this thriller, and love the entertainment thrillers such as it provide.
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Review by: Max Kruger on Oct. 30, 2011 :
I found this a perfect entertainment, and read. I will read it again.
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Review by: Matt Eliason on Aug. 25, 2011 : (no rating)
sorry, gave up at chapter 27, waiting for the story to start. I take back my one star. Dreadful.
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Review by: Matt Eliason on Aug. 21, 2011 :
I am currently 44% of the way through the book and have come to the conclusion it is not the novelist Clive Cussler that endorsed it. So far the story has been plodding (certainly NO hint of a "sharp, fast murder-mystery'" as claimed by one reviewer) and overly descriptive of matters that will have no bearing on the plot *once it starts*. Describing what meals were ordered at every meal certainly only made me feel hungry.

The first half of the book could easily be edited to remove 80% of the content.

I will plod through the final half and update the review, but up till this time the content indicates a very beginner novelist with friends to write praise about the book.
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Review by: RJ Parker on Aug. 04, 2011 :
I found this book so good, and enjoyed the charactors, that I purchased Dead Ball and read it right away. Excellent books and I will add this author to my collection of favorites.
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Review by: James Mendell on July 16, 2011 :
What a pleasant surprise! I don't like golf at all, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this book! Highly entertaining and difficult to put down.
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Review by: gotmud on June 26, 2011 :
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Review by: Mark Stewart on June 01, 2011 :
A pleasing read. Very enjoyable. Well done.
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Review by: Nelda Smith on April 06, 2011 :
Exciting mystery. Keeps you guessing.
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Review by: Tony McFadden on March 12, 2011 :
They say 'write what you know' and Balkind certainly knows golf.

This story draws you into the competition and the pressures on and off the course as his protagonist, Reid Clark reaches the top of his game, where 'sudden death' is a bit more than just a sports metaphor. An enjoyable read. Looking forward to more from the author
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Review by: Dave Donelson on Dec. 30, 2010 :
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 like Westchester Country Club in Harrison, where I play frequently. Now that I've read Sudden Death, in addition to the extreme elevation changes, tight fairways, and ridiculously difficult greens, I can add visions of a sniper lurking in the trees to the list of hazards to be considered the next time I tee it up there.
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Review by: Rai Aren & Tavius E. on Dec. 14, 2010 :
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 of golf-ball topping being my unfortunate specialty) and I can appreciate what it must be like at the elite levels. The sections describing the game were very interesting, and very well done. Getting a sense of the ultra-competitive, and oftentimes glamorous life of a top athlete in the world of golf was tantalizing. It makes me wish I was one of them!

Sudden Death is a fast, sharp murder-mystery that does indeed live up to its name. It has highly entertaining lead characters that are so fully fleshed out, you can very well imagine them walking into the room. I felt rewarded by the book, first because it's a good read, and second because I feel that I now know more about the world of pro golf - this book is an exhilarating peek into something the average person will never experience.

If you are in the mood for a quick, fun, interesting, fast-paced murder mystery, then Sudden Death is your book!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
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Review by: Luke Fuller on Nov. 13, 2010 :
Balkind has created a character who is a believable, flawed and ultimately likeable. Reid is unashamedly human and personality development actually made me smile.

The golf passages were beautiful. I felt like I was on the fairway with them. The pressure, the feel, the elation of a sweet hit. Well presented. Made me want to get out there immediately.

The climax was sharp and unexpected. I enjoyed the shock of it. Great!

A minor negative: I lost track if all the characters. Too many without memorable personalities. Of course, I realised after a while they were incidental and there only to build the tension but for a while I tried keeping track of everyone.

Often in crime novels I'm annoyed when the plot deviates from the 'action' or main story. In Sudden Death it was a pleasant aside, introducing some characters I hope to meet again. In particular, the advertising campaign. Well orchestrated and described, I could see the set and you had me completely believing this was a real promotion.

A great novel, easy to read, ultimately enjoyable.
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Review by: Arthur Levine on Nov. 04, 2010 :
This book is pure entertainment. Set at some of the finest country clubs in the US, and featuring a top of the line slightly quirky and definitely insecure egotist by the name of Reid Clark as Pro Golfer extraordinaire, we are treated to a treasure chest of inside information on how a number one pro golfer operates both on and off the course. In addition to being an intriguing golf story complimented by beautiful women and the interplay of a big money sponsorship offered by a golf equipment company, we have the added suspense of our hero being under a death threat if he wins his next tournament. All of this is put together with a mellifluous new voice by the author, Michael Balkind, in a package that makes for a great read and warrants five stars.

Arthur Levine
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Review by: Inknbeans Press on Sep. 17, 2010 :
This review was written by BG Pupps of Inknbeans Press:

I just took a Master's course in golf - pun intended.

Sudden Death is about a top PGA golfer who is trying to win that green jacket while in the cross hairs of someone who really doesn't like him. The trouble is, there are a lot of people who don't like him so it's difficult to figure out who is sending the threats. Reid's not a very sympathetic protagonist. He's very good at golf, and very bad at interpersonal relations. He has a temper. He throws things. Other golfers hate him. Reporters hate him. Ex girlfriends hate him. Sometimes, even his agent hates him.

The story is quick paced, and even if you know nothing about golf when you pick up the book, after reading it you're going to be ready to understand the game the next time it's on television.

As the danger grows, as the threats seem to get closer and more personal, Reid does a strange thing - he starts to mature. At the end of the book, you believe that, while he'll always be quick tempered and unbendable about the etiquette of the game, he's more appreciative of the people around him and more willing to give of himself rather than demand of others.

If you like golf, if you want to know more about golf, if you want to understand why others like golf, this is a good textbook...which just happens to have a mystery tangled up in the rough.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

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