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Bestselling Author of 26 Novels (10 Kid's novels), & former NFL Defensive End
"Gold Medal Threat, was very interesting and hard to put down. It is a perfect book for
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Casey Clark and his
friends join forces with the
Olympic Security team in
order to try and stop
assassins from "taking
out" an Olympic gymnast.
A mystery for Pre-Teens
and Teens filled with lots
of action and lots of fun at
the summer Olympics in
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Host, Ryan Burr.
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Star college quarterback, Colt Walker, has it all... good looks, brains, one of the best arms in the game,
not to mention potential for the Heisman and a first round NFL draft pick...
...until he puts it all on the line as he slides into the ugly world of sports gambling.
College football referee, Frank Gastner, is a man stewing in his own misery...
consumed by a drinking problem, heavy gambling debt and heading into a nasty divorce...
Two emotionally wrought characters, their lives spinning completely out of control...
alcohol, lies, bookies and mobsters pushing them deeper into despair...
...until they are brought together on the football field, each hoping to resolve his own dilemma...
...but will they succeed?