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Dead Men's Clubs: A Story of Golf, Death, and Redemption Paperback – November 7, 2012
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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.
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All in all, a fun read with a really different slant on the great game of golf.
Ron in Marietta, GA.
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).
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."