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Product Details

  • Series: Tournament (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Griffith Publishing (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982481748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982481745
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,046,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...With an exciting plot of excess and secrecy, "Blue Fall" is a fine and riveting novel that should prove hard to put down." -Midwest Book Review (5 stars out of 5)

With a technology element that ingeniously makes the story work, Blue Fall successfully combines two categories of thriller--conspiracy and techno--in just the right balance and is sure to please readers who enjoy either genre. -ForeWord Clarion Reviews (5 stars out of 5)

Griffith propels the story forward by pinballing among a series of elaborate set pieces...he revels in the details of his action scenes and gives readers a visceral sense of mayhem by sticking close to his well-painted characters. -Kirkus Indie Reviews

About the Author

B. B. Griffith was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in English and American Literature, he wandered the world a bit before returning to Denver to set up shop with his wife. 

He writes thrillers that make you think. He is the author of the Tournament series and the Vanished series

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More About the Author

B. B. Griffith was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in English and American Literature, he wandered the world a bit before returning to Denver to set up shop with his wife.

He writes thrillers that make you think. He is the author of the Tournament series and the Vanished series.

If you like his books, you can sign up for his mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/SObZj
It is an entirely spam-free experience.

He also enjoys writing about writing and publishing on his blog at www.griffithpublishing.com/blog

Customer Reviews

This book had well developed characters and a unique plot.
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Second there are too many characters and many of them are very two dimensional and of little interest.
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A good book has to grab you from page one and transport you to another world, another time and place.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Cate Baum - Editor SPR on March 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Blue Fall: The Tournament: Volume One is B.B. Griffith's first novel. I am always a little hesitant to read someone's first novel as one doesn't know what to expect. However, the book's description intrigued me. I wanted to know more. An insurance agent, Frank Youngsmith, begins investigating a large life insurance policy payout after he receives a call from his boss during the middle of the night. And what Frank stumbles onto is a competition that not many people would understand. The battles fought are not sanctioned by society as a whole. Instead, they are part of a world where rich and powerful people wage bets and play odds on the unsanctioned battles. The bets are astronomical, and the latest competition has taken a new turn and foreign affairs are now at stake.

In Blue Fall, there are three team members per each nation that is involved. This installment of the series begins with eight nations fighting: England, Ireland, Mexico, Russia, Italy, France, Japan, and the USA. The weapons used have diode bullets that knock the players out of the game but do not kill them. Once hit, the player will start to feel numbness and within a certain amount of time will lose consciousness, leaving the players available for the next round of the competition. All of the players were recruited by Tournament leaders. Reasons as to why each player is recruited are vague. Do the Tournament leaders think certain individuals are natural born killers? I got a sense that the individuals were special, but I didn't feel that it was completely explained. Also, not enough time was spent developing the history of the Tournament and the competitions.

As the story unfolds, we find that the competitions have nations pitted against other nations.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Betts on May 9, 2012
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If you are a fan of action thrillers, be prepared before you start this book.

The elements of a truly great story are here, but Mr. Griffins needs a good editor to make it work. The action scenes are good, really good. Unfortunately, instead of being involved in the story, I found myself checking to see how much longer the author had to get to the meat of the book, or even doing rewrites in my head.

Kindle frustrations were also troublesome. Several times I tapped to turn the page only to find myself back at the first page of the book. Syncing to the last page read did not function properly either. Trust me, I know how many chapters are in this book! Also, I had real trouble getting back to my kindle menu especially after chapter 30. After I finished reading, I had to shut down the kindle to close the book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Wanchoo VINE VOICE on January 27, 2012
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OVERALL RATING = 3 & 1/2 Stars

Blue Fall is a book which was sent to us for review purposes, the blurb details given above do not appear that exciting but what garnered my interest was this paragraph detailing the content of the book:

"The book centers on the notion of using contests between individuals to settle disputes between nations. Thousands of years ago, warring nations sent their champions to battle each other, and the outcome of single battles often settled wars. This type of fighting is immortalized in literature as well: Achilles fought Hector, for instance, to settle the Trojan War. David went out to battle Goliath. The notion of a national champion has fascinated readers for years. Blue Fall asks what our national champions might look like today. The plot is set in modern times, where war has cost millions of lives, and nations are growing weary of it. A secret group of powerful individuals creates The Tournament, a competition where the best and brightest of one country can battle those of another country."

The above description immediately got me hooked and I was waiting to get my hands on the book to see how the author had developed this fascinating premise and what his imagination had created.

The story has a multiple POV structure, which begins with Frank Youngsmith who is woken up in his sleep to investigate the death of a scientist Bill Beauchamp, the particular surprising thing is the hike in his insurance standards that demand an investigation plus the nature of his death is anything but normal. The story then swings along with Frank's journey as he investigates the widow and Beauchamp's workplace that do nothing to alleviate his suspicions. To top it all at Dr.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By hookedonbooks on July 19, 2013
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This book kept my interest just enough to see it through. The author fills out his characters so that I wanted to see what happened to some of them, even though there were no actual 'good guys'. In several scenes the characters were just sitting around, waiting. This occupied so much of the book as to almost make me delete it, then there would be a burst of violence which was all neatly permitted and cleaned up after because this tournament was secretly sanctioned at the highest levels of world power. The really frustrating/disappointing thing was the ending. The story follows an elimination tournament and after two rounds the book just stops. Of course there are sequels but I resent being dumped out there.
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