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Red Card [Paperback]

Daniel J. Hale , Matthew LaBrot
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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July 2002 Zeke Armstrong Mysteries (Book 1)
After living in a series of far-flung countries-and finding more than his share of trouble along the way-Zeke Armstrong thought he would finally lead the life of a normal thirteen-year-old when he moved to Dallas and joined the Sundogs soccer team. Instead, he goes to the Lone Star Invitational tournament and soon find himself in the middle of another adventure when someone tries to take his coach out the game-permanently. Will Zeke solve the mystery and help his team win the playoff, or will he ber the next victim?

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Grade 4-7-Ezekial Tobias Armstrong, a soccer whiz and mystery sleuth, helps to find out who is trying to kill his coach while they are playing a tournament in Dallas. Zeke also helps to hold his teammates together as they move through the competition without their coach, who has been hospitalized. The constant action and excitement of the play-by-play, the mystery, and Zeke's first-person narration should hold readers' attention. As in many novels for young people, the adults don't appear too bright. While knowledge of soccer is not necessary to understand the descriptions, it helps.
Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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My wife and I always check out the books we give our boys (ages 8 and 10). We grew up on the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, and we loved the pleasure those books brought us. Until recently, we'd been unable to find anything new on the market in the way of great mystery/adventure fiction. You know what I mean - pure, unadulterated, fast-paced fun. There are a lot of books out there about kids with "issues", which is fine - they're certainly needed. But if alot of the kids today are anything like my wife and I were when we were young, then there's a need for a modern Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew.
We'd all but given up on finding anything like that, until I noticed a teaser on an uncle/nephew mystery writing team in last week's Apple eNews email from Apple Computer. I checked out the full story on Daniel J. Hale and Matthew LaBrot on Apple.com's Pro site. I was intrigued. I ordered both books in the Zeke Armstrong series. I read both Red Card and Green Streak in a single day (when I should have been making sales calls). They blew me away. They took me back to my youth. I gave the books to my wife. She stayed up until 3 AM reading them. They blew her away. They took her back to her youth. We gave them to our boys. They devoured them. For the past two days, all they've been able to talk about is Zeke and Pow Wow, Zeke and Pow Wow, Zeke and Pow Wow. My wife and I have never seen them so excited about books.
At last! In Zeke Armstrong, we have a worthy successor to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Thanks to Apple Computer for bringing him to our attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool mystery novel April 3 2004
By A Customer
I read this book after Mr. Hale spoke at our library last year. Even if you don't like soccer, you'll still love Red Card. It has action and adventure, and it's a really good mystery. I didn't figure it out until the end...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Award winner ! March 25 2004
By A Customer
Okay, I got into the Zeke Armstrong Mystery series backward. I read Green Streak first. I loved it. My ten year old son loved it. I ordered Red Card and received it yesterday morning. Like with Green Streak, once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I had it finished by the time my son came home from school. He picked it up and kept reading until HE finished it. We both understand why this book won the Agatha Award, and we expect Green Streak to win even more awards. Daniel J. Hale and Matthew LaBrot have definitely got something going with the Zeke Armstrong Mystery series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, a great find! May 16 2003
By A Customer
Mr. Hale came to our school to tell us about this book. I reccomend it to anybody who likes mysteries. I don't really like soccer, but I still give this book two thumbs up
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hang on for This Fun Ride May 13 2003
Zeke Armstrong is playing in a soccer tournament with his team, the Dallas Sundogs. Things are going well, until his coach gets thrown out of a game for loosing his temper with a ref. The next morning, Zeke discovers that the coach has just been shot. After he's rushed to the hospital, another attempt is made on his life. It has to be one of the team's fathers, but whom? The police think they have their man, but Zeke is convinced they're wrong. Can he make the other parents believe him and save his coach's life?
I'll read a good mystery aimed at any age group, and I loved this one. The main character is lots of fun. I'm not a big sports fan, but the descriptions of the soccer games held my interest and were easy to follow. In fact, a book that could have been awash in characters did such a good job of introducing them that I had no trouble keeping everyone straight. And the climax had me turning pages as fast as possible to find out what how everything would end.
This is an entertaining debut that left me wanting more. I recommend this book to anyone of any age looking for a good mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray May 8 2003
By A Customer
I really just totally loved this book and I was so excited to hear that it just won the Agatha award. How cool!
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By A Customer
I don't like soccer very much. I didn't want to read this book but my mom made me read the first chapter because she paid for the book. Well I read the first chapter then I read all the others. This is a really good book. Zeke Armstrong is like James Bond except he's only 13. There's soccer in the book but it's not really what the book is about. Everybody should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stayed up all night reading
Red Card is a young adult mystery novel. It kept me up all night trying to figure out the mystery. Loved the characters, the action and story. Read more
Published on July 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced mystery-excellent book!
Daniel J Hale and Mathew LaBrot's Red Card combines the classic mystery with an action-packed plot, creating an engaging novel that can be a positive and adventurous experience for... Read more
Published on July 19 2002 by William Mahan-13
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest mystery book ever
I loved it and I thought it was a book that everyone should read because it surprises you at the end of the book in many ways and it is really action packed too. Read more
Published on July 13 2002 by Tricia Leavitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Soccer Mystery
A great read with lots of adventure. An inspiring tale for young guys. A great gift as well for that clever and observant teenager you know.
Published on July 4 2002 by Dallas Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Card is fun, fast, exciting.
Red Card is the perfect book for summer, or anytime you find yourself looking for a quick, highly entertaining read. The protagonist is Zeke Armstrong. He's thirteen years old. Read more
Published on July 3 2002 by W. B. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed and hard to put down!
Red Card is a young adult mystery novel with enough action and intrigue to keep any mystery fan satisfied. Red Card is an impressive first novel from authors Daniel J. Read more
Published on July 3 2002 by phillip tomasso III
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