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Dead Men's Clubs: A Story of Golf, Death, and Redemption [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Ryan
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Book Description

Munch Malone is one seriously inept golfer, but that hasn’t dimmed his enthusiasm for the game. Now, at seventy, Munch, a high handicapper, has drawn some unlikely attention—from the afterlife.

From on high, two golfers—both quite deceased—have been scouring Earth on a quest to find the perfect golfer. But there are so many golfers on so many golf courses. If they are ever to play the game they both loved so much in life again, they need just the right golfer for a grand experiment from the Great Beyond. And then they find Munch. Target acquired, they settle back into their easy chairs in the great clubhouse in the sky, drinks in hand, to watch as their experiment plays itself out down on terra firma—on high-definition television, of course.

Meanwhile, down on Earth, Munch is going about his life, oblivious to the role he is about to play in their game. He’s just invested in clubs that once belonged to scratch golfers— his secret strategy for success in the USGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championship. But his destiny to win the Open is derailed as Vegas operatives plot to steal his clubs. The escapade romps across The Greenbrier’s Old White Golf Course and into the hotel’s underground bunker—as the adventure is spiced up by sexual twists and Glocks being drawn on the course.

Now, it’s a battle of wills—both terrestrial and heavenly—to see if Munch’s destiny or his ineptitude will reign supreme.

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About the Author

Charlie Ryan is a serial entrepreneur who founded and sold four marketing firms over thirty-two years. He began his career as a television anchor; after selling his businesses, he became the founding dean of a graduate school of business. He currently lives in South Carolina, and he seeks divine intervention when trying to lower his handicap.

Product Details

  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AbbottPress (November 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7V84XW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this Book! November 29, 2012
Format:Paperback
Easily, the best book I have ever read - humorous, funny, shocking and left me grinning for weeks. It took me a three days to read this book. I could not put it down. I love the characters and relished in the descriptive details about some in particular. I felt as if I personally knew each character.

After I finished the book, I toasted my first-ever Gin and Tonic to Munch Malone (the protagonist/ main character). You won't be left disappointed in anyway - I promise. Charlie Ryan takes you on a constant crescendo of excitement and thrills echoing with innocent, and sometimes some not so innocent, humor. I have bought 5 books as Christmas gifts this year for my family and friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Read Review November 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
Having the great opportunity to have had an early read of this book, I feel that it will top the charts and a must read for all golfers.

Munch M.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat yourself to a good laugh! January 8, 2013
Format:Paperback
This is a delightful romp from Hilton Head to The Greenbrier, with characters of all sorts, on heaven and earth, to delight golfers and non-golfers alike. Where Charlie Ryan came up with these characters and this scenario, God only knows. But the name of the book tells you something: an inept golfer with a high handicap buys clubs that belonged to talented golfers who are now "dead men."

Dead they may be, but they are watching from "on high" and decide to "channel" their swings and talents to the swings and non-talented arms of Munch Malone who, amazingly, ends up in the USGA Senior Men's Amateur Championship at The Greenbrier as a result. He captivates the attention of America and The Golf Channel. Along the way are Vegas con men who try to steal his clubs, inept advertising guys and at least one lady described as a Lucky Strike: "so round, so firm, so fully packed." I read this on vacation in two days and couldn't stop turning the pages or laughing out loud.

In the interest of full disclosure, I've known Charlie Ryan since high school. We were in college together, were both broadcast journalists, and at different times in our careers, he was my client or I was his. Charlie is a business entrepreneur and built a multi-million dollar advertising firm in the mid-Atlantic in West Virginia. Now, he lives in Hilton Head. As well as I knew him, I always saw him as the pragmatic journalist - facts, figures, strategies, "just the facts, ma'm." Little did I know - well, I didn't know at all - his deep well of imagination could produce a Munch Malone and such an entertaining piece of fiction. This is a delightful, funny, entertaining, energetic, "what will happen next?" book. I do not make recommendations lightly. If you're a golfer, it's a must. If you like lively fiction, kick back and have some fun with "Dead Men's Clubs."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!! December 17, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book. All (almost all) golfers will relate to the main character and his frustrating love of the game. Trust me, once you start reading this book you will not want to put it down.

Ron in Marietta, GA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan wins with `Dead Men's Clubs' February 17, 2013
Format:Paperback
We've heard struggling golfers request divine intervention, but their appeals to heaven - delivered at various decibel levels - are mostly unanswered.

But now we have Charlie Ryan's "Dead Men's Clubs," whose main character - 70-year-old duffer Munch Malone - shakes up the golf world as he learns that heavenly hosts can lower your handicap.

"Dead Men's Clubs" is funny - make that hilarious - and a wee bit ornery. It is a wink to golfers of all skill sets but especially to those more senior competitors who take the game seriously but struggle to string together two pars.

Ryan can tell a story. The retired public relations professional and entrepreneur knows how to communicate, and his story is loaded with come-alive, descriptive details of one of the great golf venues - The Greenbrier and its Old White course. A West Virginia native, Ryan is always ready to plug his native state.

"Dead Men's Clubs" is an easy, fun read. The dialogue - always tricky - is natural and easy to follow. Readers will find the likeable Munch Malone to be the perfect focal point for a novel subtitled "A Story of Golf, Death, and Redemption." The plot is clever fantasy that seems perfect grist for Hollywood.

But before the Big Screen bites, read the book. It generates hope for golfers of all kinds and plenty of laughs for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classmate Scores Double Eagle August 28, 2013
Format:Paperback
Dead Men's Clubs - Classmate Scores Double Eagle
I remember the author,Charlie Ryan, from my days at Potomac State College in Keyser, WV. He had a radio show on WKLP called "Riding with Ryan" and played popular music for the commuters. But my fondest memory of Charlie was his booming clear base voice when he delivered his assignments during Dr. Atwater's Speech Class.

I was introduced to his book by a student from that same speech class (Munch Mahood) and was not surprised at the wit and wisdom displayed throughout "Dead Men's Clubs." Growing up in the hills of WV I particularly appreciated the colloquialisms judiciously sprinkled throughout the book as they spawned memories of my youthful years in the state and for that I am deeply indebted.

In addition to the nostalgia generated, the main golf theme and its associated twist and turns as "Munch Malone" chases his dream - supported nicely by his loving wife - results in a "good feel read" which is so lacking in today's literature.

As of this writing, I am sending, as gifts, 4 copies of this superb book to other Speech classmates.

In Navy vernacular, Mr. Ryan deserves the coveted "Bravo Zulu" (Well done).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Golf is a game of confidence, and a little help from above!
I took Dead Men's Clubs on vacation, finished it and wanted more! Great read. Fast paced, funny and a very intriguing story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - All golfers and golfer wannabes should read it!
This is one of my favorite golf books.. It is based on an unusual (to say the least) premise, but the story is extremely well conceived and well told. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joe Boiseau
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Good book!
Published 12 months ago by Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead men's clubs for live men (and women)
If you love golf and believe in heaven it is hard to imagine spending eternity there without hitting the links. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Men's Clubs
Dead Men's Clubs was a "great" and "hilarious" read. It had me laughing out loud numerous times. I live in a golf community and play over 200 rounds of golf a year. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Doc Lykins
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Fun Read
I knew Charlie was creative, but I didn't realize he was this creative-until I was given his book by a mutual friend. I couldn't put it down. Well done. Great read. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jed Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Men's Clubs - A great read!!
Once you start reading "Dead Men's Clubs" you can't put it down. It holds your interest from the first page to the end. Read more
Published on March 7, 2013 by BHR
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!!
DMC is a fantastically entertaining read that really puts you right there in the novel. There is never a dull moment and plenty of surprises, to say the least! Read more
Published on January 6, 2013 by elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Golf on a Higher Plane
This book is successful in in the difficult task of integrating imagination, humor and intrigue and, as such, is a rarity in the genre of books on golf. Read more
Published on January 3, 2013 by Troy F Stallard
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST FOR GOLFERS
Not a man -- not a golfer but I still LOVED this book! Funny, in the Elmo Leonard/Janet Evanovich style. Read more
Published on December 24, 2012 by CherryB
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