DEAD BALL REVIEWS
"Listen up, sports and mystery fans! Buy Michael Balkind’s DEAD BALL right
now. Remember “Bo Knows Sports”? They should update it to “Balkind knows
sports (and mysteries, too).”
John Lescroart - New York Times Bestselling Author
"Michael Balkind has "Who-Dunit" again. Dead Ball offers an intriguing look at a
different side of sports."
Ralph Wimbish - New York Post Sports Editor
"Big Sport, Big Money, Big Suspense - Michael Balkind hit another one right
down the middle!"
Dave Donelson Author of Heart of Diamonds, a novel of scandal, love, and death on the Congo
“In Dead Ball, golfing great Reid Clark and his inner circle try to catch a killer, and Michael
Balkind turns a sports event into much more than a game. Can’t wait for Balkind’s next.”
Alan Kalter - Television announcer
"From the opening page of Michael Balkind's crackling thriller, Dead Ball, one
thing, and perhaps only one thing, is certain, golf legend Reid Clark is being
stalked by trouble. With the discovery of his best friend's dead body, Clark is
propelled into a frenzied search for the killer with the aid of a team of capable and
loyal friends including investigative genius, Jay Scott, who digs into the shadowy
corners of the business side of sports only to discover even the most admired
among them can have secrets which prove deadly.
Balkind lays out the search for answers like the great golf course designer, Albert
Tillinghast, laid out his fairways and greens, with a mix of challenge and reward,
deception and epiphany, gracing his readers with an enjoyable walk through the
pages culminating in a satisfying finish. Along the way, Balkind reveals his own
appreciation for and knowledge of a wide array of martial arts and sports, making
it clear why he chooses to base his mysteries in that world, he knows it, he loves
it, he writes it so well.
There are mystery writers. There are sports writers. And then there's Michael
Don Dahler - WCBS-TV News Anchor and Author of A Tight Lie & Water Hazard (coming 2010)
"A Masterful performance by Balkind. Through the detail and description in this
book, Balkind effortlessly brings to life both characters and scenery in a way only
expected of New York Times bestselling authors. Readers unknowingly become a
part of the action- examining the interaction between organized crime, organized
sports and the world of high finance. DEAD BALL is a refreshing new thriller,
blending murder, mystery, intrigue and suspense. There is something for
everyone. A real page turner!"
Jeannine J.R. Reardon - Attorney & author of the legal thriller, Confidential Communications.
5 stars - A fantastic sequel to Sudden Death
Author Michael Balkind introduced us to Reid Clark, golf superstar with the attitude of a
prima donna, in Sudden Death. As the book progressed, Reid transformed into a sports
figure we all would love, as well as establishing Michael Balkind as one heck of an author.
His Reid Clark sequel, Dead Ball, hits it out of the park. Reid Clark's dream to have a facility
where talents from all sports can converge and learn their craft has become a reality -
AllSport is the best place for the best to learn.
Something terrible happens - a dead body is found on the grounds. Turns out it is Bob
Thomas, Reid Clark's best friend and Chief Financial Officer of The Inner City Sports
Foundation and AllSport.
Reid is devastated, but determined to find out who would kill such a good man.
With Buck, Reid's colorful agent and friend, as well as other characters from Sudden Death,
the authorities and friends try to figure out why Bob Thomas was killed and dumped on
The process of the investigation proceeds in a believable fashion and will keep you guessing
'who done it'. Balkind knows how to spin a mystery.
Dead Ball's actions are nonstop. Balkind's characters are well rounded and you care for each
of them and the circumstances that have occured.
Reid Clark, our hero, has grown into a man you respect and would root for on the golf
course. I think I may root for him like I root for Tiger Woods!
Mr. Balkind's AllSport Complex gives a broad canvas for future adventures as AllSport
deals with, well, all sports to glean many stories from.
The proof of the pudding of an author is if he can expand on a character or sequel to make
us want more.
I cannot wait for more adventures from Reid Clark and AllSport!!
Keep 'em coming Michael Balkind!
Ellen George "ellen in atlanta" (A Top Amazon Reviewer)
5-stars: Dead Ball, if you’re in the game - watch your back!
"Where else can you find murder, mystery, elite sports, guns, greed, special ops, mafia, and
glamour? Dead Ball has it all! The story takes place on the rarefied grounds of AllSport –
state-of-the-art facilities that house & train top athletes in numerous sports to compete at the
highest levels. It’s no surprise then, that combining the world’s most highly skilled and
competitive athletes, with the best training facility in the world, and all of the rivers of money
that follow and flow, makes for a combustible mix. Cutthroat tactics abound throughout the
book, the players are many, and the high-stakes world of amateur & professional sports
makes for a thrilling read. A brazen murder is committed and the list of suspects with plenty
of motive and opportunity is long. Then the body count grows. The sports world is one
where all kinds of people come to play, not just the athletes, and rules of the game are
sometimes subject to dangerous interpretation. Is murder just another form of competition? Is
it no more than a price to be paid as a means to an end? Or is it revenge? Dead Ball is full-
throttle action from the very first page!"
Rai Aren - co-author of Secret of the Sands
"In his latest novel, "Dead Ball," Michael Balkind throws the reader a fast and fun
read with many suspenseful curves... A great change up from most mysteries
Mark Jeffers - President Marsar Sports & Entertainment
Dead Ball, no Dead Beat!
Michael Balkind delivers another steady swing for sport fans who thrive on
murder and intrigue. Reid Clark fans won't be disappointed.
Carrie Runnals - Words To Mouth
5 stars Balkind Does It Again!
Being a fan of Michael Balkind's first book, Sudden Death, I waited with guarded
anticipation for the next book in the Reid Clark series. Not many authors can
deliver when following up on a great first offering. With Dead Ball, the author
scores a hole-in-one. Reid Clark is back and better than ever. Finding a hero that
you can root for, care about and live vicariously through is the pinnacle of what an
author can create. Reid Clark is definitely that hero. Who could not root for a man
who is a master at a major sport, international hero, constantly a step away from
mortal danger and all around cool guy? All this wrapped in a fast paced page turner
that will definitely keep you reading well into the night.
Tony Eldridge "Author of The Samson Effect
"I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one. I wasn't ready for it to end.
How soon before we get the next book?"
Ladyknight - From Kindleboards.com
5 stars - Awwwwesome Mystery with Reid Clark
Michael Balkind has done it again. I picked up this book and never put it down. I
love a good mystery and this was it. Reid Clark and his "team" always keep you on
the edge of your seat. The best part though was the ending. It doesn't get any better
than this...until his next book!!! Keep them coming Michael!
Dianne M. Sheen