Let me be the first one to say this book isn't even close to par. It was advertised on the Golf Channel and, since it was co-written by James Patterson, I assumed it would be a mystery set on the links of the fabled Royal and Ancient Golf course at St Andrews. It's not and that was disappointing as I enjoy mysteries. But I love golf so I stuck with it. The novel is about fifty-four year-old golfer, Travis McKinley, who washes out of the Senior Tour and then tries to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. He has a wife, two sons and a daughter who are undeveloped characters, (we don't find how his wife manages to support the family until the rather bizarre excerpt at the back of the book). Travis, on the other hand who has no income, makes a stab at the Senior Q school and broadcasting. The plot is as thin as a bad tee shot and there is a great deal of "product placement" which leads me to believe this was solicited as monetary insurance in case sales didn't measure up. If there is one saving grace it's for those of us to who love the sport The reader can imagine playing a round with old Travis McKiney knowing how it feels to hit the ball into the bunker or miss an easy putt. Tiger Woods makes an appearance on these pages along with other pros most people would recognize from their heyday. So if you like playing golf you may well enjoy the book. If not, it could be a miracle if readers found it captivating.
I do not know how Mr. Patterson keeps coming up with his story ideas but hope he does not stop for a while. As a golfer I think that all of us would like to play the home of golf. This story is just a great dream and the main character is believable. Must be what makes this story so fun to read. Two days is how long it took to read, only interrupted by two devices running out of juice.
After reading two or three pages I realized that I had read this book a while back. Continuing with the reading was the right choice as it seemed like I was in the company of an old friend. If you like golf or not, give this a try. You will like it.
You really have to be a die heart golfer to enjoy this book, I am & I did enjoy it. Sad to see it end. I’ve been to St.Andrews & a lot of the places they traveled in Scotland so it made it all the more enjoyable. The Scots are so friendly.