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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (271 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: John Feinstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sports Beat Series Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780307745866
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Bestselling writer John Feinstein is back with another exciting sports-mystery, this one set behind the scenes at the storied Army-Navy football game.

Teen sportswriters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are thrilled to be covering "America's Game."  The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it's a rivalry like no other, filled with tradition. But this year, the match-up is also filled with intrigue.

For weeks, Stevie and Susan Carol have been spending time at Annapolis and West Point, getting to know the players, and coaches. And the secret service agents. Since the president will be attending the game, security will, of course, be tighter than tight. As the game draws nearer Stevie and Susan Carol can tell that the agents are getting tenser.  

But as usual when Stevie and Susan Carol cover a big event--nothing is quite as it seems, and the coaches aren't the only ones calling plays...

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Czubati | 2/7/2014

    " It's a kids book, but was a fast read with famous names and a plot that was not obvious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/26/2014

    " Fun for young readers who could identify with he protagonists, not matter how implausible their presenting scenario. The extensive name dropping became quite annoying. How many "famous" people could possibly appear in any one book!?! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mrs. Tongate | 1/22/2014

    " Wanted this to be like the other YA mysteries be Feinstein. I couldn't even get into this one. Too much football and too many details. Feels like he pulled from his nonfiction book and pushed out a quick book. Read 1/2 book, maybe it picked up. Only boys will read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 12/30/2013

    " A solid entry in the series, although I was a little disappointed at the ho-hum nature of the mystery itself. Our heroes, Steve and Susan Carol, didn't do a whole lot of digging or sleuthing to figure it out. They just kind of put two and two together in a flash of inspiration, which is clever, but not as much fun to read about as doing actual investigating. The story is mostly all about the lead up to the Army-Navy college football game, and we get a lot of background on the history and tradition of it; I found that intriguing because I know nothing about that topic. And there's plenty of football action thanks to the flashbacks to the Army and Navy teams' two last games leading up to the big one. Stevie and Susan Carol get to shadow a Secret Service agent as part of their research for a newspaper story on the security aspect of protecting the President at the big game, and that too was interesting. But the romance is pretty much done now, because the two teens are dating long distance, and I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more to that angle of the story. (What can I say, I'm a romantic!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lexi | 12/22/2013

    " Well, I think it's safe to say that the series has run its course. If the plot of the previous installment was thin, the plot of this one was nonexistent. It felt like Feinstein had a lot of material left over from his nonfiction account of the Army/Navy rivalry (which was excellent) and was looking for an excuse to revisit it. My recommendation is to read that one instead. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/22/2013

    " Feinstein is more interested in showing what he knows about Army and Navy than writing a compelling story. The book kind of fizzle out at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Wahlster | 12/6/2013

    " This book is pretty good. good enough to convince me to get the rest of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Pierce | 11/19/2013

    " This is such a great book for kids who enjoy sports writing. I love that there are real peolpe in the book like President Obama, Bon Woodward, David Robinson, Babby Knight, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abass | 11/6/2013

    " Unlike Mike Lupica John Feistein stayed true to his true nature of writing sports stories and guess how it turned out..... great!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel A | 7/4/2013

    " This book was pretty good because it explained how the media world works for sports but it wasn't very good because it didn't have a lot of action and I could easily predict what happened next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 5/2/2013

    " THIS BOOK IS GOOD FOR SPORTS LOVERS, Make sure you read the whole series before this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy Wolf | 2/22/2013

    " Overall the book was well done. It was great learning about the Army Navy game from a diffenerent view point. Having the main characters be about my age really helped me relate to what was going through their minds. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler 11-12 | 2/22/2013

    " I was a decent book! Kinda intresting! Ok detail! At the good parts it kept me wondering! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dwight Ternes | 10/22/2012

    " Average at best. Gave it 2 stars out of respect to Army & Navy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lola Franco | 10/8/2012

    " i wanted to like this, i really did. i'm a huge fan of the army navy game and sports in general. but this book didn't really do it for me. it seemed too far fetched to me that the kids would understand such technical aspects of football gambling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony Taylor | 9/12/2012

    " The book was written for young people; it was loaned to me by one of my ten year old grandsons since it is about a mystery associated with a Army-Navy Game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh B. | 12/22/2011

    " Great for sports fans! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cade 11-12 | 11/20/2011

    " I really liked this book. it had my favorite sprt, football. it has mystery in it, and it kept me reading. And not many books keep me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ChristopherX | 10/21/2011

    " It was a great book with a great ending! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 3/5/2011

    " The book was written for young people; it was loaned to me by one of my ten year old grandsons since it is about a mystery associated with a Army-Navy Game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/25/2011

    " Phenomenal story! I loved hearing all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the tradition of the Army-Navy game!

    And, once again John Feinstein has found a unique way to tell his story! And, for better or worse, another crime associated with the sports world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abass | 1/2/2011

    " Unlike Mike Lupica John Feistein stayed true to his true nature of writing sports stories and guess how it turned out..... great!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 12/31/2010

    " I am about halfway through the book. It is very good and well written but it is confusing when they go back in time a few days but they don't tell you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mrs. Tongate | 11/14/2010

    " Wanted this to be like the other YA mysteries be Feinstein. I couldn't even get into this one. Too much football and too many details. Feels like he pulled from his nonfiction book and pushed out a quick book. Read 1/2 book, maybe it picked up. Only boys will read this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dwight | 11/2/2010

    " Average at best. Gave it 2 stars out of respect to Army & Navy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 10/18/2010

    " This is such a great book for kids who enjoy sports writing. I love that there are real peolpe in the book like President Obama, Bon Woodward, David Robinson, Babby Knight, etc. "

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About the Author
Author John Feinstein

John Feinstein is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of nonfiction, including Moment of Glory, Are You Kidding Me?, Living on the Black, Let Me Tell You a Story, Caddy for Life, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, and others. He has also written four sports-mystery novels for young readers. He writes for the Washington Post, Golf Digest, Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis magazine, Basketball America, and is a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.