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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (November 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419675710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419675713
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Flynn is a retired aerospace engineer who lives in New Hampshire with his wife Barbara.His follow-on career was devoted to golf product exporting. Both careers took him to the places his book, The Feathery, is set. He has been fortunate to have played imperfect golf on many of the perfect golf courses of this planet. Bill's first novel, A Deadly Class Reunion is available on Amazon. His third book is about the adventures of three boys set on Cape Cod in 1942 while German submarines lurk off shore. One sub launches two spies and the teenagers stumble in on their covert mission. The back story describes the life and love of a German U-Boat commander who is not as enthralled by the Nazi regime as some in his crew are.

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Bill V Flynn is a retired Aerospace Engineer. Author of four books; A Deadly Class Reunion,The Feathery, A Drumbeat Too Near and The Beddington Incident. Bill lives in New Hampshire with wife Barbara. When not writing he travels the country sharing Barbara's passion for hiking and bird watching while she tolerates his imperfect golf play on the perfect golf courses of this planet.

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After reading this book I strongly recommend this novel by Bill Flynn called The Feathery.
Letta Meinen
He has skillfully woven in truly interesting details about the history of the game as well as its technical aspects.
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Pate Coleman spoke of his love of the game and that he played every year at St. Andrews in Scotland.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike Monahan on April 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Bill Flynn is a master at weaving a string of stories that intersect for a marvelous conclusion. The history of the feathery and the game of golf is well researched and told in a delightful manner. Throw in the suspense of murderous thugs, auctioneers, and millionaires who covet the feathery at any cost, and you have a seriously entertaining novel. The Feathery is an easy, entertaining read whether you are a golfer or just like a good whodunit. Well done Bill.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Lerwill on June 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Don't let the cover keep you away from this read, because this one is definitely not just for golfers!
Right from the get-go I was into author Bill Flynn's story, because it woke up my patriotism due to the death of our protagonist's father while serving in Iraq. What follows is an interesting description of young Scott Beckman's struggle to find his way in society and his sport without his mother's support and his dead hero dad.
Soon, Scott and his buddy Matt are taken under the wing of a very special person who manages a golf course close to where the kids grow up.
As we jump a few years into the present time we find ourselves amongst Scott and Matt and how their talent and love for the sport of golf continues to grow until.... Scott's former teacher and mentor passes away and leaves him a very rare Feathery golf ball and a few other very valuable antique golf items.
With these treasures in his possession Scott's life soon turns upside down as he not just qualifies to play the `Masters' as a pro golfer, but also as his friend and caddie Matt goes missing - along side the Feathery ball.

Flynn weaves a clever cat and mouse chase and light romance with some die hard treasure hunters and we end up in a net of international crime, intrigue, and murder.
I very much enjoyed this plot, though I could have done with a little less of the sport's technicalities.
Overall, The Feathery is extremely enjoyable especially because this thriller/mystery is based on a real artifact which without a doubt, is admired by many collectors around the world.
I'll be certainly looking for more of Bill Flynn's future work.

Rebecca Lerwill, author of Relocating Mia

Relocating Mia
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angela M. Hooper on November 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I admit, I do not know much about the game of golf. However, I have goofed around playing it, but this book brought a whole new meaning to golf for me.

In this novel, we are taught about the history of the golf ball makings in St. Andrews, in 1849. Golf balls were made of feathers, who would have thought that? One ball in particular - The Feathery - holds a very high cost to the owner who inherits it, Scott Beckman.

This story is unique in itself. We learn about Scott at a young age, with his best friend, Matt. Both have lost their fathers and are headed in the wrong direction in life, a life of imprisonment. Both boys lost their fathers and are rebellious. They are caught one day trying to steal a golf club. Fortunately for them, a black officer decides to take them to "Sandy McNair." Sandy is a kind, old man who loves the game of golf and teaches golfing to young lads in trouble.

Sandy helps Scott and Matt both achieve a better life for themselves. Scott is in love with the game of golf. His father admired it and Scott wanted to follow along in his footsteps, granted that his mother despises the game.

Scott - with Sandy as his only means of a family, embarks on a golfing journey. Sandy suddenly passes away and Scott inherits "The Feathery." It is worth more money that Scott could imagine and this simple book about golf turns into a mystery, suspense, and thriller novel - along with a good story about a guy who loves golf. It is brilliantly put together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debra Purdy Kong on November 2, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Thirteen-year-old Scott Beckman and his best friend, Matt, are headed for a life of crime and jail unless something drastic happens to change their lives. Detective Kyle Ross sends them to Sandy McNair, an eighty-five-year-old golf instructor with a reputation for turning kids around. Through the game of golf, Scott improves his life by developing a passion and talent strong enough to make him a contender for major tournaments. When Sandy dies, he leaves Scott a valuable feathery golf ball made by a relative in 1849. Scott soon discovers that some collectors will do anything to acquire this heirloom.

The Feathery is a touching story of a young man's struggle to find his place in the world. It's about loss, passion, and second chances. Author Bill Flyyn tells the story in a simple, straightforward manner. As a mystery author, I would have loved more conflict and tension during some of the crime scenes, yet Flynn certainly brings these aspects to crucial moments at tournaments.

I'm not a golfer, but Flynn's descriptions about various aspects of the game were interesting enough to make me wonder if I should try it one day. If you're a golfing enthusiast you'll enjoy this book and, if not, you might be by the end of the tale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Letta Meinen VINE VOICE on April 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
After reading this book I strongly recommend this novel by Bill Flynn called The Feathery. I do love history and when a writer uses that as part of their novel then I am interested. Bill Flynn the writer used golf history as a start of his novel but it also included suspense and intrigue about an old 1849 Feathery golf ball that the main character Scott Beckman inherited. Since this Feathery golf ball was so valuable it came part of the story of murder and greed but also a story about two boys whose life was turned around by golf.

I liked the way the author built up the story by giving you a good background of the characters involved. The main characters were Scott Beckman and his friend Matt Kemp who got into trouble as youths but a kind hearted police officer turned them over to Sandy McNair an elderly golf teacher at a country club. Sandy had worked with many troubled youth but became close to these two young boys. Scott worked very close with Sandy and he began teaching Scott the game of golf. Scott goes on to become a golf Professional and Matt became a tour Caddie and the two finally get to work together.

The intrigue starts when Scott finds out he inherited Sandy's belongings when he passed away. In these items it turns out to be some antique items from St. Andrews in Scotland where Sandy's family was from. When Scott professional career became low on earnings he thought about selling these items to fund his golf tour. Scott finds out how valuable they were when he puts them up for sale at an Antique Auction House. This is when the mystery, murder and theft become mixed up in the many tour golf tournaments Scott was playing in.
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