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· Hit that Blot: A Carol Golden Novel

· Pictureland: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Dangerous Wind: A Carol Golden Novel

· Dancing with Bulls: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Relatively Dead: A Carol Golden Novel

· Forget to Remember: A Carol Golden Novel

· Freedom's Light: Quotations from History's Champions of Freedom

· Aces and Knaves

· Catch a Falling Knife

· Thirteen Diamonds


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· Freeway Exit

· Red Dress

· Antietam Adventure--Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Have a Nice Knife

· Echo's Story--Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Hot Days, Cold Nights

· Moon Over Murder

· Little Willie Chews the Scenery

· Freedom Sneezes--Matthew and Mason Mystery


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· Are We in Dystopia Yet?

· Are You Normal? Do You Want to Be?

· Blaze a Trail: Do Something Nobody Else Has Done

· James Bond and Me--and a Few Other People

· Internet Backgammon (9 of 9) Glossary

· Internet Backgammon (8 of 9) Playing the Microsoft Computer Backgammon Prog

· Internet Backgammon (7 of 9) Psychology

· Internet Backgammon (6 of 9) Using the Doubling Cube

· Internet Backgammon (5 of 9) Bearing Off

· Internet Backgammon (4 of 9) Game Strategy


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· Eyeful

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My new mystery/suspense novel, "Hit that Blot," has a backgammon theme. Does anybody still play the game?

My new mystery/suspense novel, "Hit that Blot," has a backgammon theme, but since there donít seem to be many backgammon players around Iím glad people are telling me itís a good read even for those poor souls who donít play the game.

Backgammon is a game of chance (using dice) with a strong element of skill. People who know the odds of certain events happening have a big advantage. My understanding is that it used to be much more popular in many places, such as the US, than it is currently.

I, myself, learned to play backgammon many years ago. I even read a book on backgammon and learned good opening moves and the chances of hitting my opponentís checkers or getting hit. At that point I figured I was ready for a tournament being held nearby. I entered the advanced category instead of novice because the prizes were better. Of course, I was quickly handed my head by a bunch of Armenians who were born playing backgammon, but in spite of that Iíve been playing on and off ever since.

Not long ago I started playing backgammon on the Internet, using a Microsoft app that hooks up players from all over the world, and did quite well. This led me to the idea for a new Carol Golden novel, since Carol is a mathematician and likes to play games. In doing research for the book I discovered that the backgammon guru (or MFICódonít ask what that means) for the Los Angeles area is Patrick Gibson, a man I used to work with in a previous millennium.

I entered one of Patrickís tournaments and got handed my head again, but I also found that Iím not that bad. I had some good games, although I lost the matches. So I wrote the book, making Carol a better player than I am. Then I had the hubris to add a series of appendices giving backgammon tips and a glossary of terms. The feedback has been positive, Iím happy to say.

Whether or not people play backgammon I hope they enjoy the book. But deep down inside Iím hoping to start a backgammon revival.

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Reviewed by Alan Cook 12/14/2014
Re: Ronald Hull's mention of Hugh Hefner. Hefner once gammoned the world champion backgammon player 5 games in a row.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/2/2014

well said

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/1/2014
While I played many games in my youth, I never learned backgammon. Now I find that Solitaire is all that I will attempt.

I know one guy who likes to play. Maybe you get him to join youÖ Hugh Hefner.

Ron

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Hit that Blot: A Carol Golden Novel

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Pictureland: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

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Dancing with Bulls: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

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Forget to Remember: A Carol Golden Novel

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Relatively Dead: A Carol Golden Novel

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Dangerous Wind: A Carol Golden Novel

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Aces and Knaves

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