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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Laurel Books (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098832380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988323803
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,442,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Early on S. J. learned that in the world of fiction an underdog can win. One of his first favorite reads was a novel called THE KID WHO BATTED 1.000, a tale about a last-to-first-place baseball team. Plenty corny, but he still thinks it’s better than the movie ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD. The clincher for his writing career might have been when he discovered alliteration, though he couldn’t have defined or even pronounced the word. In first grade he wrote a little tale entitled, ahem, “On Porpoise on Purpose.” He doesn't remember the details, except that his young male hero, riding the back of a big fish, performed some bold deed of great import. And no, Flipper wasn’t on TV yet. From there, he gathered enough literary acumen that his eighth grade teacher told him he had an ear for dialogue, and then somehow he won the county spelling bee, and then what seems like a few days ago he grew up, though his dear wife, son, and daughter might question that last assertion. Some honest-to-goodness authors told him he could write a bit, so he submitted a few short pieces of fiction, some of which were published. Then he picked his own underdog and wrote a novel about an amateur woman golfing against the guys, and he called it THE VICTORS CLUB. He very much wants folks to read it. Anyone can find out what S. J. is up to by checking out his website at sjcrown.com, where he blends fiction and sports together.

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The ending was very good, believable and satisfying.
A. J. Capper
The best part of Crown's writing, though, is the ability to the create interesting, multi-dimensional characters who inhabit this world.
Nancy Hedrick
I am looking forward to reading more from this gifted author!
Debra Pettit

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 6.0/10.0

Review: When it comes to sports writing, this book has it made. Very detailed in the descriptions of each play and what the terms were. A great book for Golf enthusiasts. I gave this book the rating I did because it was predictable from the beginning, seeing as how the author introduced each character at the very start and progressed from there. I understand that the world of golf is very prejudiced, but the sexist remarks made throughout the book make it seem very feminist. I agree with many points made by the writer, but it was a little overkill at times. Kudos to the author, but try to keep it friendly. After all, the ending of the book should have been the perfect reason to keep it clean, and not referring to the language.

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The author, S. J. Crown, is a friend, but I read The Victors Club because of the book's pacing, characterization, and sense of unfolding conflict. The Victors Club is a page turner that offers the additional appeal of being artfully rendered. It is true that protagonist Star Mavin is a gifted golfer and athletic ambition is a powerful engine for the plot, but The Victors Club is ultimately a story about relationships rather than titles or trophies. It should appeal to any reader, golf fan or not.

Craig Albin
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Good exposure to the world of golf. And, a good story of a woman dealing with that world and how she overcame it.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I won't go into a lot of the story details, as other reviewers have already covered that.

"The Victors Club" is a book about all aspects of life, not just golf (as the cover may suggest). It is a story of love, loss, family, friends, life's struggles, and finding that your greatest victories in life may not be what you expected at all.

SJ Crown's writing technique was excellent. The characters and settings easily came alive in my mind - somewhat like watching a movie while I read. Actually, I can easily see this book as a movie!

I am looking forward to reading more from this gifted author!
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By Alan Cockrell on January 15, 2013
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Disclosure: S.J. Crown is a friend of mine. That said, trust that I'm objective.

Not having golfed in 20 years, I was reserved about reading a golf novel (although I remembered some great times on the courses in bygone years). And finding that a woman was the heroine also gave me some pause. I don't know why. I suppose it's because I simply have never read many stories written from a woman's point of view. With these reservations, I dove into "The Victor's Club."

Telling her story in the first person--the simplest and best way to tell it in my opinion--Star Maven quickly sucks you in to her world, which is a simple one; she loves golf and all the men in her life are golfers: her husband, her dad, her friends, and a mysterious fellow with an ugly facial scar. She's a humble woman with no great aspirations to turn the pro golf world on its head--indeed, she's only a caddy.

Then suddenly she finds her life turned on its head through no fault of her own and charts a new course. She lays down her husband's bag and picks up her own. Along her course she finds the traps and bunkers of prejudice, fear, heartache, deceit and uncertainty blocking her way. But the power of love sustains her--love for the game, love for the man in her life, and for a fading father who baptized her into the game.

My criticism is that the antagonists (there are more than one), while introduced early, don't sow their seeds of discord vividly enough until about mid-story. Until then the power of Star's compelling narrative keeps you engaged.

Moreover, that narrative is what I like most of all. Star shares her thoughts with you between the sentences of her dialogue with the other characters. Wonder why she said that to that guy/gal? She'll tell you.
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