When veteran NFL quarterback Noah Larson finally guides his team to the Super Bowl, his dreams -- and life -- are dashed when his six-year-old son is kidnapped for a unique ransom: lose the game or his son dies. Seattle sportswriter Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into an FBI sting to help rescue Noah's son in Mexico. But when everything falls apart, Cal and Kelly are left to save themselves, save Noah's son, and save the Super Bowl.
NFL quarterback, Noah Larson, is beyond excited as he plans to lead his team, the Seattle Seahawks, to the Super Bowl. Suddenly, his life crashes down on him when his six year old son is kidnapped. The kidnappers instruct him to keep his mouth shut, keep the police out of it and lose the championship game if he wants to see his son alive.
Sportswriter Cal Murphy is assigned to cover the Super Bowl and interview Noah. He immediately realizes that something is wrong and gets Noah to confidentially tell him the truth. Cal confides in the FBI and the heat is on to save a six year old boy.
This is the second book featuring Cal Murphy. I haven’t read the first one yet, but it’s not necessary – although I fully intend to read it. I'm not a football fan, but I do love baseball. I'm always looking for fiction that features any sport so I had to jump get on board to read this one - sports and mystery (my favorite genre), how could I go wrong?
I didn't go wrong. I was totally engrossed in this book. The author is a great storyteller. The book flew by. It was filled with mystery, suspense and action. I was at the edge-of-my-seat and didn’t want to put this book down. A-new-to-me author to add to my reading list!
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
For reading challenges:
2013 ARC Reading Challenge
2013 E-Book Reading Challenge
Publisher: Hangman Books
Publication Date: 11/25/2012
About the Author
The first signs that I might like writing about sports -- and be slightly competitive -- appeared when my year two (or first grade) teacher, Mrs. Holland, asked my class to write and illustrate our day. Mine read like this: “The Red team beat the Blue team, 1 to nil. And I won.” The next 47 entries covered my exploits on the soccer pitch while growing up in Ipswich, England.
In South Carolina as a teenager, my dad told me that I could get paid to watch sports provided I could write about it. Sounded easy enough and by the time I was 16, I landed a job at my town’s daily newspaper and had a column on Major League Baseball players from our area. I also covered my first riot there at a sporting event -- and it’s safe to say I was smitten with journalism.
After graduating from one of the best journalism schools in the country, I took a job as a sports editor in South Georgia and learned firsthand about the passion of high school sports in rural America. I thought I knew before, but I didn’t. This was another world.
I also had the opportunity to cover major sporting events like the Olympic Games, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the Final Four. It was a thrill!
But nothing was as thrilling to me as uncovering the truth in investigative assignments. I once broke a story about a prominent southern football team’s NCAA violation -- and found out the violating coach had committed suicide only a few months earlier. The story won a national writing award and stoked my desire to write about these issues. It made me realize that the sports world was just another fantastic backdrop for drama.
After writing non-fiction books with athletes, for athletes, and ghost writing for many others, I decided to enter the world of fiction writing. It had been something I wanted to do but never found the time. So, I made the time--and am now having a blast. I hope you enjoy reading my novels as much as I enjoy writing them!
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