The imagined anecdotes involving Ben Hogan ring true. A great job by John Coyne.
If you enjoy intrigue and romance mixed with a perspective of golf then and now, you will love John Coyne's The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan. He tells a story without resorting to weepy antics, and Coyne is informative but never overbearing. He so cleverly tells this original tale that you will be shocked to learn that this is merely the product of his rich imagination.
John Coyne has come up with a winning golf tale. Anyone who loves the game will have trouble putting down this intriguing story that skillfully mixes fact and fiction. Coyne gives us tragedy, triumph, and Ben Hogan all in one. For those who enjoy a good read about golf, it's perfect!
J. Michael Veron
The Greatest Player Who Never Lived
I found myself enchanted by the marvelous purity and smooth narrative swings of The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan, and must admit to a measure of envy for readers who come to these pages with an enduring passion for the game, the same sweet passion that Coyne's novel seems to have reawakened in me.
In The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan, the world's greatest player takes a youngster under his wing to illustrate life's greatest lessons making the book a must-read not just about the game of golf, but also about the game of life.
The Professional Caddies Association
This novel achieves something remarkable: even to a confirmed non-golfer, the two fictional marathon golf contests at the heart of the book are presented with such narrative skill, such compelling detail, and such evident love of the game, that they are transfixing. That would be enough, but John Coyne has managed to employ golf as a lens through which aspects of Midwestern daily life in the 1940s, of thwarted love, of social class, are revealed with stark and unsettling clarity.
Don't play golf myself. The only two balls I ever hit was when I stepped on the garden rake. But I can tell you that John Coyne captures the skill and magic of fellow Texan Ben Hogan in a helluva great story.
John Coyne knows golf and golf history, and he understands the intricate workings of the human heart. In The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan he's managed to combine all three into an intriguing tale of love, ambition, and the lessons every life holds. Anyone who loves golf and many readers who don't know a five-iron from a free-throw will appreciate his skill and be happily drawn into this fine story.
Author of Golfing with God
I knew Ben Hogan on the golf course and off. John Coyne has captured the spirit of the man as well as the player himself. Reading The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan took me back to that day long ago when I first photographed one of the greatest golfers who ever played the game.
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