- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (November 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419675710
- ISBN-13: 978-1419675713
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,211,644 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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In THE FEATHERY, Author BILL FLYNN has given his readers an extraordinary lesson in the history of the game and those who master it. In the past few years I have occasionaly watched in awe as Tiger Woods made it look so easy. Now, having read THE FEATHERY, I have found a whole new appreciation and facination with the game.
Author BILL FLYNN has written an exciting novel, mixing the history of Golf, those dedicated to it and those who are slaves of it, with a well crafted plot of an historic ball, made in Scotland and thought to be lost forever. Young SCOTT BECKMAN lost his father at age 14, a Helicopter pilot killed in Iraq. He and his best friend, MATT KEMP are caught shoplifting in a sports store. A Detective decides to use a different approach than dumping the boys into Juvenile Hall. He hooks them up with a friend, a successful businessman addicted to Golf, as Scott's father was. Soon he is being taught by SANDY McNAIR, a renowned Golf Pro. Soon, Scott advanced from being a well respected Caddie to being a Golfer headed for the pros. His mentor, Sandy McNair passes away and leaves his entire worldly possessions to Scott. Inherited along with many other Golfing Antiques, is a golf ball made of feathers and bound with leather. Scott has been off his game and not making enough money to stay on the U. S. Tour. The idea of selling the Antiques are suggested by Matt, his Caddie and best friend.
An Italian golf memorabillia collector, introduced by a friend's cousin makes an offer of $100,000.00. Scott is skeptical and decides to get a second opinion. The next day he has the antiques appraised and finds the ball alone is worth at least a million dollars. He decides to sell them all at auction. That's when the plot thickens. A murder in New York City, an attempted murder and theft of the Feathery Ball and a Bronze statue of a nude lady golfer is stolen in London. Scott's game improves and he is earning a substantial sum of money. He decides not to sell the Feathery Ball, and withdraws it from auction.
There are many twists and turns in this finely tuned novel that you will not put this book down. It has romance, sex, murder and mystery that will keep you reading to the last line.
This is the third novel I have read by Author BILL FLYNN, and the third I must award FIVE STARS and my appreciation. I will be looking for his next novel with anticipation of a solid and enjoyable read.
As adults, the two childhood friends hook up to try their hand on the pro golf tour. Here is where the intrigue begins. When Scott Beckman inherits a valuable feathery, he and his friend become targets of various plots to extract the antique golf ball for financial gains. The author makes the case for the traditionalists - those who respect the feathery and the game more than simply financial advancement.
It is a wonderful winding adventure of intrigue and drama on its face. On a deeper level, I can infer from this book that the author might have a disdain for artificial turf and the DH in baseball, domed stadiums in football, and three pointers in basketball. Maybe,maybe not. But at least as far as golf goes Bill Flynn shows a deep respect for the game through the characters we come to like in his book. The Feathery is a salute to golf tradition and stand-up role models, and is a complete celebration of "the gentleman's game".
The book had me wanting to head to the driving range to hit a few "feathery's" into the sky. All the pieces fit well in this book, like getting on a green in regulation, on the low side of the hole, up and in for a birdie. This is a great book for all, but especially for people starting out in golf who do not yet know why the game commands so much respect. The Feathery, as you might hear on the links, is, "well played chap!"
Yale R Jaffe