Red Card Paperback – Jul 2002
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From School Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Zeke Armstrong and his soccer team, the Sundogs, are involved in a tournament when someone shoots the coach and leaves him for dead. A second attempt is made on the coach's life at the hospital. One of the player's fathers is caught red handed holding a pillow over the coach's head and is arrested.
Things are not always what they seem. Armstrong believes he has clues that will prove to the police the man in custody for the attempted murder is the wrong man. Being just 13 years old, the police do not take him serious. And neither do the moms and dads of the players on his team. Even his friends think he should give the Sherlock behavior a rest. See, but Armstrong is not only a talented soccer player, he also possesses a secret identity that only he, his Uncle Dane and a few others know about. He lives to solve crimes.
With a cast of plausible suspects for wanting the coach dead, Armstrong and his closest friends work to figure out who keeps trying to kill their coach. It is a highly climactic and action-packed finish, when everything unravels and more lives are in jeopardy that Armstrong struggles not only to catch the killer, but also fights to save the lives of his friends ... and his own life.
Red Card is the kind of book that demands a readers attention. It is the type of mystery that can be read in one sitting. It contains enough suspense to keep the pages turning. And with the well-developed characters and story line, readers will be thrilled to know there are more scheduled in the series.
--Phillip Tomasso III, author of Johnny Blade and Third Ring
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on April 3 2004
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. Read morePublished on March 25 2004
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 upPublished on May 15 2003
I really just totally loved this book and I was so excited to hear that it just won the Agatha award. How cool!Published on May 7 2003
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002
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 morePublished on July 23 2002
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 morePublished on July 18 2002 by William Mahan-13
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 morePublished on July 12 2002 by Tricia Leavitt