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Book 1 of 3 in the Marshall Connors Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463530927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463530921
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,729,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you like baseball and thrillers, Game 7: Dead Ball is a must read. Even those who are only so-so on the national pastime but enjoy complicated plots with well-drawn characters will find Game 7 most satisfying." -- Amazon.com reader review

"Allen Schatz, in his first novel, has proven a welcome newcomer to an overcrowded thriller market sadly diluted with average ho-hum fare... I would highly recommend this book to any thriller fan who is tired of the same old mediocre drivel plaguing our bookshelves. Schatz has proven he belongs in the game" -- Amazon.com reader review


"Simply put, it's a fun, entertaining book that I would recommend for anyone's summer reading list." -- Amazon.com reader review

From the Author

I'm happy to be able to bring this story to print. The eBook version has been greatly received (many thanks to the readers and reviewers for their comments), and now those of you who like to "feel" your book can have it at as well. Enjoy!

Customer Reviews

If you are a fan of baseball and you like mysteries, this book is for you.
Joe
I am a fan...a fan of the Marshall Connors Series and Alan Schatz and I am looking forward to reading books two and three of the series.
Heidi
It was well written, with strong character development and clear plot progression.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Furlow on March 22, 2011
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There may be other novels featuring baseball umpires as lead characters, but I haven't read one. It sounds almost like an exercise in a creative writing class: Set the person who is supposed to remain invisible at the center of a story involving love and hate, success and failure, excitement and tragedy. Author Allen Schatz has done that and done it well.

For a good portion of Game 7: Dead Ball, protagonist Marshall Connors knows he's in the middle of a life-or-death situation. He just doesn't know whose or what to do about it.

Chosen to umpire the World Series as a surprise replacement for the crew chief who apparently suffered a heart attack, Connors must call balls and strikes on his boyhood friend Terry O'Hara, the ace of the Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff, and Terry's former USC teammate Nik Sanchez, catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Terry and Nik's relationship was ruined long ago and now is defined only by animus. A third Trojan teammate, AJ Singer, had an affair with Terry's mother, and when her husband discovered it, things got very ugly for all involved.

As the Series bounces between Florida and Pennsylvania, millions of fans watch the games on television unaware of the real drama swirling around Marshall Connors. Notes are surreptitiously delivered to him at home plate; meaningful looks are thrown by league security men, and an old-fashioned baseball "message" is delivered by catcher Sanchez - a fastball allowed to blast Marshall in the facemask.

Between games, though, Marshall manages to work in a little romance and tries to help his friend Thomas Hillsborough, an ex-CIA spook who is sort of a law-enforcement-stud-without-portfolio, figure out what's going on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2011
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The author uses the 2008 World Series as the backdrop for a thriller that includes a history of friendship between several men, who go their separate ways but who share a particular incident. The lives of these friends converge at the World Series. Marshall Connors, the main character, is an umpire and without giving anything away, the story involves players on both teams, Connors , baseball security, the FBI and a high-tension situation that involves kidnapping, extortion and the need to prevent these nefarious actions from derailing the World Series and possibly jeopardizing its legitimacy.

Schatz does a remarkable job with a complex plot, involving a number of points of view. He's taken some liberties with the real history of the 2008 World Series in that the real World Series was won by the Phillies four games to one. Schatz needs more time for his story to unfold, so it takes the Phillies until the 7th game to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays. Nevertheless, if you're a baseball fan you'll appreciate the realism Schatz injects into this side of the novel. If you're not a baseball fan, that's ok too as you'll enjoy this thriller and Schatz' stiletto-sharp writing style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on May 15, 2013
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The baseball fan will appreciate the nuances of the game, and the murder mystery fan will appreciate the depth of characters and fast moving plot lines. Can't wait to read the next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet Brown on March 11, 2011
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You don't even have to like baseball to enjoy this book. It surrounds the players lives with murder, mystery, kidnapping, and gambling debts! Marshall an umpire, his best friend Thomas an ex cia spy, Terry a player with Dad Michael an ex player are connected in this thriller! It all comes to a head during the World Series game. Can't wait for the next in the series to see what Marshall and Thomas deal with!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sooz on May 5, 2012
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As a baseball fan, I'm pretty much a sucker for anything to do with my favorite sport. But at the same time, I'm also very critical.

Game 7: Deadball by Allen Schatz is a mystery thriller with the 2008 World Series as a backdrop. For the record, I was at that World Series, so it was interesting to see how certain things would be incorporated into an event I attended.

The first thing I noticed was how well the book was written. As an indie author, Schatz's writing is very polished. It was a refreshing start because it meant there would be no cringing throughout the book from poor grammar or something else that a good editor could have helped.

It allowed me to just enjoy the book, which I did.

Marshall Connors, a Major League Baseball umpire, is at the center of the book. Connors has to cut his vacation short as he's asked to become crew chief for the 2008 World Series. Not a bad gig, but mysterious and dangerous messages start popping up around Connors until he realizes he's in the middle of a large revenge scheme.

There are a number of characters to track in the book - and at times it felt as though there were too many. During certain passages when there was a mention of a lesser character, I had to go back and remind myself of whom Schatz was writing about.

The difference with Connors and the rest was Schatz's characters was the use of perspective. Connors' passages were written in first person while the others were written in third person. It took some getting used, but I found it interesting.

When I asked Schatz about it he said it was a way for him to incorporate a bit of himself into the character.
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I didn't really start out to be a writer. I'm not sure I started out to be anything, really. It's not that I was lazy or lost, it's just circumstances required me to join the "working world" earlier than I'd hoped. These things happen. Like most, I did my best to find my path.

That path first led me into the business world as a CPA, Accounting, Finance guru. It was mostly fun, but never really felt like "home" to me. There was always something just on the other side of all those numbers and financial statements. It just took me a while to find the courage to step off the ledge and dive in, to do something about all the "Hey, you should be a writer" comments I kept hearing.

I'm glad I did it...

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