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21. Lacrosse for Dummies
22. Lacrosse Fundamentals
23. It's Not About the Truth: The
24. The Lacrosse Training Bible: The
25. Lacrosse Warrior: The Life of
26. Winning Lacrosse for Girls (Winning
27. Coaching Boys' Lacrosse: A Baffled
28. Box lacrosse: The fastest game
29. Lacrosse Goaltending II
30. Burn Me Deadly: An Eddie LaCrosse
31. Lacrosse: The National Game of
32. Sports Illustrated Lacrosse, Second
33. Kids' Lacrosse for Parents:: What
34. The Official National Collegiate
35. Clear from the crease: The who's,
36. Lacrosse
37. Lacrosse: The Player's Handbook
38. Lacrosse: Sports Injuries: How
39. Lacrosse 2011 Wall Calendar (Calendar)
40. The Beast In The Crease: A Lacrosse

21. Lacrosse for Dummies
by Jim Hinkson
Paperback: 384 Pages (2003-04-08)
list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$5.86
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Asin: 1894413490
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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The sport of lacrosse is not only Canada's national sport, but it has recently spawned one of the fastest growing professional leagues around. Outrageous ticket prices and million dollar superstars have made hockey, baseball and basketball a corporate province and out of reach for the average family. As a result, North American sports fans and families have discovered the appeal of the fast-paced, high-scoring, grassroots game of lacrosse.

Lacrosse For Dummies is the most cmprehensive mass market book available on the sport and is the first book licensed by the National Lacrosse League. Packed with photos and line drawing to demonstrate techniques and tips for players and fan alike, Lacrosse For Dummies is an essential tool for all those who play, watch, coach, or simply enjoy this action-packed game. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Box Lacrosse book
This book is a great overview of the sport of box lacrosse.It does mention differences between box and field lacrosse and briefly discusses women's lacrosse as well.It's discussion on the equipment, positions, skills, and tactics of box lacrosse is it's strong point though.The Dummies title is misleading as there is plenty of information contained inside.Overall if your interested in learning more about box lacrosse it'd be hard to go wrong with this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading title
The title is misleading. It is not about the game of lacrosse as we know it in the United States.

I assumed that I could trust the "Dummies" books to be a good general resource. However, this is not published in the U.S.

It is mostly about the game of "box lacrosse" played indoors in Canada. The section on coaching your players how to cross-check pretty much says it all about how useful it is to the U.S. youth coach or player!

1-0 out of 5 stars Review of Lacrosse for Dummies
This book is not about lacrosse played on grass fields.It is about indoor "box" lacrosse.

I'm sure it's a fine box lacrosse book, and some drills would cross over, but you need to be clear that this book is not about "normal" lacrosse.

I also bought "Lacrosse Technique and Tradition" by Hopkins Coach Dave Pietramala.That one is great.

3-0 out of 5 stars For indoor lacrosse only!
This book is NOT for US field lacrosse, boys or girls. Indoor Canadian...i suspect it is great, but I have no clue.

3-0 out of 5 stars Boys Only Need Apply
If you're coaching boys lacrosse, this is the book for you.However, if you're interested in girls or women's lacrosse, don't waste your money here.There's only a few pages on girls rules and even those are skimpy and practically useless. ... Read more

22. Lacrosse Fundamentals
by Jim Hinkson
 Paperback: 208 Pages (2005-12-01)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$10.48
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Asin: 1894622642
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Jim Hinkson's books have become the standard guides to one of the fastest-growing sports in North America – box lacrosse.Lacrosse Fundamentals is an invaluable skills-development guide that shows players and coaches how to master the basics of catching, cradling, passing and shooting the ball; loose ball strategies; individual offense and defense techniques; face-off techniques; and goaltending. Simple, straightforward instructions are accompanied by photos and illustrations. Hinkson draws on his extensive coaching and playing experience to give valuable tips for developing the physical and mental skills necessary to become a top-notch player.

Instructions are presented simply enough for the new coach to grasp, and provide ample ideas and challenges for the more experienced coach and player. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Still relavent
While the technology of the game has changed significantly since this book was written, the information contained inside is still quiet relevant.Only the sections on stick and pocket maintenance, and the section on goalie equipment are dated and mostly of historical value.The rest of the book features solid and easy to understand explanations of skills and drills to improve them.At the low price available used it's an extremely solid investment if you're looking for a good book on box lacrosse skills.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hinkson keeps it simple!
If you're a beginner to the game of box lacrosse, this book will get you off on the right foot. Hinkson lays things out in simple format and uses photographs to emphasize his points, plus he tells you how to practice what you learn.Not everyone would agree will Hinkson's approach to the game, but his ideas aren't what one would call controversial either.

Fans of the game will enjoy this one too, as they'll find their ability to follow the game improves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for learning the fundamentals of box lacrosse
Lacrosse players, young and old, would find this book very useful to start playing the game or if players want to hone their skills.The book is very well detailed , from players basic stick skills, individual offense,individual defense, face-offs, to goaltending.Also, for you coaches outthere, I highly recommend buying this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars great for box, indoor or canadian style lacrosse
Jim Hinkson's books (see also Lacrosse Team Strat.) are a valuble resource for the indoor lacrosseplayer coach or fan.While "Fundamentals" covers the individual skills each player will need to successfully play indoor lax, "Team Strat." covers understanding, developing,and coaching indoor lax plays - both offence and defense, man-up or short-handed.This 'team strategy'book may be forwhat the 'fan-only' is looking for a deeper understanding of the game. "Lacrosse Fundamentals" has a wonderful foreward by Chief Irving Powless, Jr. of the Onondaga Nation that describes, in the small space available, the vast importance the game of lacrosse holds for he and his people. Enjoy

5-0 out of 5 stars great book for young box lacrosse players and coaches
I have coached teenage box lacrosse teams for 6 years now.I require my players to keep a team file folder into which they are to place and review things like drills, plays, strategy, etc.Several chapters from this book have also been photocopied by me and put in their files.The author has played and coached lacrosse for over 30 years and is recognized as one of the foremost box lacrosse authorities, along with Jim Bishop, his old mentor-coach, in Canada. He also has a second book out now on box lacrosse strategies, which you don't list. A must read for those wanting to know about "the fastest game on two feet" ... Read more

23. It's Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered
by Don Yaeger
Paperback: 352 Pages (2008-06-03)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$3.31
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Asin: 1416551492
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Mike Pressler walked into the bottomfloor meeting room of the Murray Building and, as he had done hundreds of times over a sixteen-year career at Duke University, prepared to address his men's lacrosse team. Forty-six players sat in theater-style chairs, all eyes riveted forward.

It was 4:35 P.M. on Wednesday, April 5, 2006. The program's darkest hour had arrived in an unexpected and explosive announcement.

Pressler, a three-time ACC Coach of the Year, informed his team that its season was canceled and he had "resigned," effective immediately. While his words reverberated off the walls, hysteria erupted. Players cried, confused over a course of events that had spun wildly out of control. What began as an off-campus team party with two hired strippers had accelerated into a rape investigation -- one that exposed prosecutorial misconduct, shoddy police work, an administration's rush to judgment, and the media's disregard for the facts -- dividing both a prestigious university and the city of Durham.

Wiping away tears, Pressler demonstrated the steely resolve that helped him win more than two hundred games. For the next thirty minutes, Pressler put his personal situation aside and encouraged his players to stick together. He also made a bold promise: "One day, we will get a chance to tell the world the truth. One day."

This is that day.

Pressler, who has not done an interview since the saga began, has handed his private diary from those three weeks to New York Times bestselling author Don Yaeger, exposing vivid details, including the day Pressler was fired, when the coach asked Athletic Director Joe Alleva why the school "wasn't willing to wait for the truth" to come out. "It's not about the truth anymore," Alleva said to the coach in a signature moment that said it all. In addition to Pressler, Yaeger interviewed more than seventy-five key figures intimately involved in the case. The result is a tale that defies logic.

"It is tough to be one of fifty people who believed a story when fifty million people believed something else," Pressler said. "This wasn't about the truth to many of the others involved. My story is all about the truth." ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Factually accurate but emotionally biased
This is a clear, but not especially well-written, account of the events in the case. While Pressler did get royally railroaded out of Duke, he probably is merely mortal like the rest of us, not the God-like figure that the author paints ad nauseum. Pressler did conduct himself as well as anyone could be expected to, however. My only major gripe with the book is the author's broad brush portrayal of the Duke faculty as "radicals," when in some cases the quotes from professors that he uses simply reveal people who are trying to provide some historical context and explain the seething resentments that are still just below the surface in black/white relations, especially in the South. The author totally freaks out on a History professor because he brings up Emmett Till in a blog post. It is obvious the professor was not trying to equate the Duke case with the murder of Emmett Till, he was simply trying to explain that it was not that long ago (1950s) that racial relations were so fraught in North Carolina that a black man could be lynched for "talking too familiarly" with a white woman. The violent slave-owning history of the South pervades the Duke case, and it's certainly a viable lens through which to understand the volcanic emotions the case unleashed. Granted, some of the faculty proved themselves to be as hystrionic (now that's a word postmodernists can dig into!), emotion-driven, and blind as any lynch mob. But ... I finished the book with the thought that the Duke lacrosse team, while they were certainly stomped by a corrupt legal process, displayed staggering ignorance by hiring strippers in a small southern city. I would bet that they didn't call the whole thing off when the two strippers turned out to be Black because to do so, in their minds, would be racist! But they had to acknowledge somewhere down in their drunken brains, that continuing with the strippers was walking the razor's edge.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great telling of a disturbing story...
Anyone living in America during the time remembers this case.It was plastered all over the national news.As one who remembers but never followed this case, this book did a great job filling in the gaps and telling the complete story.It is a story worth reading.

Given the fact that Pressler (the coach) is a co-author, it comes as no surprise that the story is told from his perspective.While the inevitable biases are present, they are neither hard to recognize nor distracting to the telling of the story.As one of the few innocent adults in this case (aside from the players themselves), Pressler is likely the only major participant capable of relating the entire story.

The book does a fantastic job introducing the major figures, giving the reader a feeling for who they were as these events occurred.As the events are presented, people of education and character consistently made poor decisions in their rush to judgment.What is surprising is their reluctance to admit those mistakes as the facts showed just how wrong they had been.Instead of acting with character and integrity, admitting their mistakes and apologizing for them, they justified their inappropriate reactions.

Most have heard how the DA ultimately was not only discredited but disbarred as a result of his actions.A true villain in this story, the reader sees how a weak and incompetent man stretched beyond his capabilities was willing to do anything to maintain the illusion.Nifong tried to twist the situation to his own advantage without regard to his main responsibilities of due process.The reader can't help but cheer when his career goes down in flames.

The administration and faculty at Duke are more frustrating.The administration does what administrations do best, that is, overreact after the fact lest they be held accountable themselves.Their unwillingness to acknowledge their mistakes comes as no surprise; accountability is something that they apply to others but not to themselves.Duke's administration did all bureaucracies proud.What is surprising is the faculty, the gang of 88.As supposed liberal champions of tolerance, they showed themselves to be exactly what they claim to abhor and amazingly never backed down from these positions.These pseudo-intellectuals have become what they hate.The reader keeps hoping that these two groups will admit their mistakes, but alas that moment never comes.

The story is not a pleasant one to read, but it is told well here.It is a story that shows the realities of life today, and just how frail our systems of Justice and Higher Education are.

4-0 out of 5 stars The real story behind the scandal
This book is about the Duke lacrosse team and the scandal causing the firing of Mike Pressler and the cancellation of the season.It details how the administration of the school threw the team under the bus and how the rogue prosecution of Nifong treated the team wrongly.It details how the professors and general student body mistreated the team once the allegations were made.It especially deals with the media attention given to the case and how everyone judged the team before any real facts came out.I recommend this for anyone who is curious about the case, and wants to know more about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow !
Informative book that is loaded with the facts, including all the atrocities committed against the players and their families.Your jaw will drop at the manipulations and egos that were involved with this case.

3-0 out of 5 stars A little convoluted but still worth ploughing on
It's obvious that this book is cobbled together from drafts of several authors with different writing styles which isn't all that annoying in itself. However, the chronic repetition of the same information is.That said it's still worth finishing the read.It's certainly a sad indictment on the media industry and justice system in the USA. ... Read more

24. The Lacrosse Training Bible: The Complete Guide for Men and Women
by Vincent Perez-Mazzola
Paperback: 264 Pages (2007-06-26)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$12.21
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Asin: 1578262496
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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The Lacrosse Training Bible

The Essential Guidebook for Players, Coaches, and Enthusiasts

The Lacrosse Training Bible brings everything you wanted to know about playing, training for, and teaching lacrosse into one easy-to-use manual.

Written by coach and fitness trainer Vincent Perez-Mazzola, with contributions from professional lacrosse player Matt Brown and University of Denver Men’s Head Coach Jamie Munro, this book will give you the cutting-edge training you need. It’s the indeipensable guide to stepping up your game, with detailed chapters on:

·All aspects of athletic training, from warm-ups and flexibility to strength training

·Unique skills and drills section highlighting catching, throwing, dodging your man, ground balls, passing, ripping rope, and stick tricks

·Nutrition information designed to keep you energized, hydrated, and in the game

·Tough training to challenge men, women, youth, high school, college, and pro ballers alike

·A complete look at the beginnings of lacrosse and how it became what it is today

With a comprehensive look at this history-rich, dynamic, and growing sport, The Lacrosse Training Bible will help you advance to the next level, whether you’ve played for years or just picked up a stick.

Vincent Perez-Mazzola is a youth and high school lacrosse coach and a fitness trainer for professional athletes in lacrosse, hockey, boxing, and martial arts. He lives in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Matt Brown is a professional lacrosse player for the National Lacrosse League team the Arizona Sting and the Major League Lacrosse team the Denver Outlaws.

Jamie Munro is the Head coach for Men’s Lacrosse at the University of Denver, the founder of Run and Shoot Lacrosse, and a former professional player for the Boston Blazers. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Better for players than coaches
First, let me say that this is not a bad book for players looking to design their own workout in the off season.I would give it 3 stars for that.

However, as a coach, I would have preferred to see more lacrosse-specific material--drills and techniques, coaching tips--and less about exercising and working out in general.Weight-lifting and other exercises are helpful for lacrosse players, of course, but if that's primarily what people are after, then they're better off getting a weightlifting or sports training book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Has almost nothing to do with Lacrosse.
This book is a very general exercise guide at best... and even at that there is way to much obvious information. There are pages with photos covering things like a bench press, butt kicks, crunches, pull ups,... you get the idea. The actual lacrosse info is VERY basic; ground balls, holding the crosse, passing, catching,... and the info is (in my opinion) not very good. There are also some annoying things like EVERY checking example starts with the exact same photo (they kept recycling it... you couldn't take a fresh photo sequence for each type of check?)

The book is good if you are not exactly certain how to do a push up... otherwise, don't waste your money as I did.


5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for instruction
I wanted to comment on the Lacrosse Bible. I bought the book for my children as they are both in the sport at school. The level of their knowledge of the sport has been enhanced by this book. The author has included all the drills necessary for anybody to learn the sport and excel at it. I would highly recommend this book for anybody with an interest in sports who wants an understanding behind the mechanics of this sport.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply AMAZING! The best book of its kind -- by far!
My son, Drew, was a mid-level player on his HS varsity lacrosse team. Last season, his junior year, while some of the better players were being evaluated by college scouts, Drew was receiving very little (if any) attention. I bought him this book as soon as it came out (July). The results have been nothing short of miraculous. His skill level has increased ten-fold! Now, he's simply ridiculous, playing at a level neither the coach nor I knew he was capable of. Even though the season hasn't officially started yet, he's already been named a starter. What's more, the coach has called all the college scouts he knows, telling them that Drew is a must-see. Thank you, thank you, thank you Vincent Perez-Mazzola... Because of you, my son's dream of being offered a scholarship for a college lacrosse powerhouse may soon become a reality! ... Read more

25. Lacrosse Warrior: The Life of Mohawk Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless (Recordbooks)
by Wendy Lewis
Paperback: 120 Pages (2008-04-15)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$5.41
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Asin: 155277001X
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Gaylord Powless was playing lacrosse by the age of three.His father was a famous player who taught Gaylord everything he knew. But Gaylord's tremendous skill and native ancestry made him a target on and off the lacrosse floor. Gaylord learned that the best revenge was to improve his game. He became a standard for sportsmanship and skill and a pioneer in promoting equality for Canadian athletes of all ethnic backgrounds.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.7]

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26. Winning Lacrosse for Girls (Winning Sports for Girls)
by Becky Swissler
Paperback: 212 Pages (2009-11-30)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$9.48
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Asin: 0816077134
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27. Coaching Boys' Lacrosse: A Baffled Parent's Guide
by Gregory P. Murrell, Jim Garland
Paperback: 160 Pages (2002-02-27)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$7.99
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Asin: 0071385126
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A novice's guide to coaching one of the nation's fastestgrowing youth sports

Unlike other lacrosse titles, this latest addition to the acclaimed Baffled Parent's Guide series arms newcomers with a total road map for mastering all aspects of coaching a 6- to 12-year-old boy's lacrosse team. From skill fundamentals to managing a game, it covers all the bases in a clear, step-by-step format. At the heart of Coaching Boys' Lacrosse is a set of original drills designed to keep kids engaged and motivated while teaching them the subtleties of the game. This book has been endorsed by University of Maryland's renowned lacrosse coach, Dave Cottle, whose teams have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for 11 consecutive years. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good on multiple levels
This book is great for the beginner coach.It offers simple and effective advice on getting the kids started in beginners' level Lacrosse.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great first reference
I am realtively new to the sport of lacrosse. My son is getting involved and I had volunteered to coach his team of beginners (first and second graders). This book was a great resource to the general rules of the game and techniques. I found the illustrations helpful and the practice games great.

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28. Box lacrosse: The fastest game on two feet
by Jim Hinkson
 Hardcover: 114 Pages (1975)

Isbn: 0801963036
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars good book on box fundamentalsi have a copy
good book on boxla and mister hinkson knows his lacrosse. my son had him for a coached and learned more in two months than previous 9 years. i have read his book and have used his knowledge to teach my teams i recommendthis book to any boxla coach as required reading ... Read more

29. Lacrosse Goaltending II
by Jon Weston
Paperback: 176 Pages (2008-06-03)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$19.70
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Asin: 0980127300
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The authoritative book on how to coach and play field lacrosse goalie. Wih sections on basics, attitude, advanced play, drills and a unique new section on grading the goalie and planning improvements, Lax Goaltending II is unique in an already exciting and unique sport ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing content but poor formatting
This book is hands down the absolute best product out there on goalie coaching. As a former goalie, I went back to my high school Alma mater to help coach and I found myself having a hard time translating the techniques and knowledge that I either had drilled into my head over the years or did instinctively, into something I could teach new keepers. This book changed that, the techniques in it are effective and explained simply and thoroughly. There are plenty of pictures that help give a visual to what is being described.

My only complaint would be that it has a lot of formatting errors. It looks like it is self-published and I wish it was a little more polished. The table of contents will have you turning to pages in the middle of chapters, and some pages will reference charts that either don't exist, aren't labeled properly or are pages ahead or behind the actual page referencing the chart.

Also, despite what the name may lead you to believe, there is no Lacrosse Goaltending I. This isn't part of a series, to the best of my knowledge the II stands for second edition.

If you're looking to improve your own game or help improve the game of those you coach, you won't find a better, more up-to-date book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Goaltending Handbook!
Jon Weston is the true "goalieman".At 62, he's still stopping shots. His understanding and first-hand knowledge of the art of goaltending comes through in htis book. Whether you are a youth league coach or goalie, just starting out, or a seasoned veteran, the is something in this book for you. Did I forget to mention girls lacrosse? "Lacrosse Goaltending 2" is for you, as well. This book is the ultimate handbook for goalies and a must for anyone planning on playing the position beyond rec level.
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30. Burn Me Deadly: An Eddie LaCrosse Novel (Eddie LaCrosse Novels)
by Alex Bledsoe
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2009-11-10)
list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$5.75
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Asin: 0765322218
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Alex Bledsoe’s first novel, The Sword-Edged Blonde, drew rave reviews for its ingenious blend of fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction. Now Bledsoe returns with an all-new tale of mean streets and medieval intrigue.

Above Angelina’s Tavern in down-and-dirty Neceda you’ll find the office of Eddie LaCrosse, a freelance sword jockey who, for twenty-five gold pieces a day, will take on any task short of murder for hire. Eddie’s on his way back from a routine investigation when his horse almost runs down a half-naked blonde in serious trouble. Against his better judgment, he promises to protect the frightened young woman, only to find himself waylaid by unknown assailants and left for dead beside her mutilated body.

Eddie isn’t the kind of guy to just let something like this pass. But who killed Laura Lesperitt? Eddie’s quest for payback leads him to a tangled mystery involving a notorious crime lord, a backwoods dragon cult, royal scandals, and a duplicitous femme fatale who has trouble keeping her clothes on. As bodies pile up, attracting the unwelcome attention of the king’s guards, Eddie must use all his wits if he hopes to survive . . .

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Fantasy
Although I have a soft spot for Wisconsin authors, I am especially fond of ones that take genres where they were not originally meant to go. Alex does just that (again) with the second Eddie Lacrosse book. Although set in a fictional sword-wielding land (with strongly Wisconsin names), the style of the story and most of the characters personalities are drawn from detective noir.

When you finally see a traditional fantasy trope used, you are so involved in the noir feel for it that you have the sense of disbelief that those things exist in this world, which offers the pop that you would not get from a traditional fantasy setting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Take a seat, lift a pint, relax, and enjoy ...
I hope it's not giving too much away, but this story is about dragons. It's not complicated, and it's easy to recognize the good guys from the bad guys, which I like. There are a few twists that you don't necessarily see coming, but the real enjoyment in reading this novel is in getting to spend a bit more time with Eddie LaCrosse. Eddie LaCrosse is a character you wish you could sit down and have a beer with just so you could hear his tales, and you know he's got a million of them. He's a lovely mix of impulse, experience, capability, and roguish charm, and he has a quiet deadpan wit that just draws you in. I look forward to more of his adventures. In fact, I hope he runs afoul of pirates next, that is a story I'd love to hear.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eddie's back and better than ever
In March of 2008 I wrote of the first Eddie LaCrosse novel, The Sword-Edged Blonde:

"In private investigator Eddie LaCrosse, Bledsoe creates a character who is equal parts witty and charming, rough-and-tumble and roguish. LaCrosse's journey reveals him to be a character of surprising depth in a novel that is short (232 pages) by today's standards. Bledsoe uses each page to his advantage and has crafted a page turner story that had a few "I didn't see that coming" moments as it reached its conclusion."

Alex Bledsoe had merged the genres of sword-and-sorcery and pulp noir so successfully that I was unsure if such an amalgam could ever be topped. To which Mr. Bledsoe has now replied (to the voices in my head, at any rate), "Take that!"

Alex Bledsoe proved in his first novel that he could deftly interweave the kind of literary worlds created by authors like Robert E. Howard and Ian Fleming, infuse it with a witty sense of humor that respects both genres, and in the course of so doing breathe life into these well-worn literary conventions. Then he went out and did it again.

It takes a special skill, in my opinion, to write a sequel that provides readers, new and old, with enough background information to recap the previous story without bogging down the new story. This is one of many areas in which Burn Me Deadly succeeds. Alex Bledsoe drops the reader right into the action in a manner that compels the pages to be turned, and then he proceeds to introduce Eddie LaCrosse, beloved characters met in The Sword-Edged Blonde, and the world itself so skillfully that I never once felt like I was reading a `previously in The Adventures of Eddie LaCrosse...' info dump.

I had not realized just how much I missed Eddie's world until I cracked open the cover of Burn Me Deadly, and then it all came flooding back. The roguish charm and `damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't' heroism of the main character, `the kick-ass-and-ask-questions-later' women, dastardly-and deadly-villains, Eddie's relationship with his horse...there is just so much to love. Yet even as I type these lines I realize that there are some who might read them and think this is exactly the kind of thing they do not like about the sword-and-sorcery or pulp noir genres. I could list dozens of wonderful-and divergent-books, television shows, and films that come to mind when I read Bledsoe's books, and yet it isn't their similarity that makes this such a fun world to lose yourself in. It is the fact that Alex Bledsoe uses the familiar to do something creative and has once again crafted a read that is thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Unlike the criticisms of lack of character depth that can be lodged against these genres, Bledsoe writes characters that you care about, that have meat on their literary bones-characters that give you that twinge of melancholy when that last page is turned because you are just not ready to say goodbye.

It might seem prosaic to describe a book as "fun", but when I say that Burn Me Deadly, like its predecessor, is a really fun read, I mean it with genuine affection and see it as the highest praise. It is a book that will surely appeal to those who have found a home within these genres, but I submit that the book has a much more broad appeal if you will only give it a chance. My wife does not typically read books in the fantasy or noir genres. She is a big fan of mysteries, however. When she saw how much I was enjoying Burn Me Deadly, she quickly picked up The Sword-Edged Blonde and tore through it and then devoured Burn Me Deadly in its wake and she thought they were great.

As is my wont, I will not delve into great detail about the plot. That would spoil the fun. Suffice it to say that Alex Bledsoe has taken all the best from the genres he is paying homage to, has mixed in some religion, some dragons, some humor, romance, adventure and has crafted a book that will leave you thoroughly satisfied with the time spent reading it.

Thank you, Mr. Bledsoe, for more of Eddie LaCrosse, a character who is fast becoming one of my very favorites. I certainly hope to see more of Eddie in the future.

4-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend to fans of detective style mashups
Burn Me Deadly is Bledsoe's second Eddie LaCrosse novel, which again plays the Noir/Fantasy combo very well. The action is believable as its main character Eddie gets as good as he gives most times. The pacing of Burn Me Deadly is a bit slower this time around, but it serves the story well after some hard action on Eddie at the start.

Eddie is one tough nut and won't let go even if he has no clue what is going. A promise made to someone he just met leads him down a harsh road and into the hands of [...] and questioning the allegiance of those closest to him. Although you get the feeling he is avenging his horse and pride more than the girl. Again the magic is on the low side, which makes you appreciate the little this is included. This is a land where legends have lied dormant for a long time and are just now stirring. But legends don't always turn out to be what you expect as Eddie and his companion Liz learn as they step into the mud. Liz was given some expected and needed depth this time around.

Burn Me Deadly comes off a bit like Abercrombie-light, which is not necessarily a bad thing as Abercrombie can be a bit much for some stomachs as was evidenced by some of the harsher scenes in Best Served Cold. That said this is the gruesome side of Bledsoe as he lets some truly harrowing things happen to a few characters with deeply tortuous acts. All in all this was a great revenge tale that pleases on all levels including the ending.

Bledsoe has again achieved an action packed adventure as Burn Me Deadly will keep you guessing at the truth of the matter in its truly noir style along with its likeable protagonist LaCrosse. Highly recommend to fans of detective style mashups. Folks new to the world should start at the beginning to get the best idea of where the characters have come from. I'd really like to see a map included in the next volume as the region and its divisions are discussed quite a bit and LaCrosse moves around a lot it would help to get some more footing for his movements.

2-0 out of 5 stars Decent potential but could have been better.
As a big fan of the Garret P.I. novels by Glen Cook, I was hoping to find a similar blend of the fantasy and hard-boiled detective genres. This book was darker, more violent, and less fun. Although most of the sex and violence takes place, "off screen," it still struck me as a bit too grotesque for my tastes. (Several characters are tortured and mutilated throughout the story.) The story flowed reasonably well (with a few exceptions) and a few areas struck me as having worked a bit too hard to blend the genres. This caused a few portions to seem a bit contrived but none of them was too severe. On the whole, I would have to say the genre for this book would best be described as CSI meets Fantasy. It's not bad if you don't mind the violence but I personally prefer a more intellectual type of mystery. ... Read more

31. Lacrosse: The National Game of the Iroquois
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Hardcover: 31 Pages (1998-04)
list price: US$16.95
Isbn: 0823413608
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Describes the sport of lacrosse, its origins, and connections to the Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, peoples. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great for teaching kids the history of the game
Lacrosse: The National Game of the Iroquois is a photo-essay telling the story of thirteen-year-old Monte Lyons, who has grown up playing lacrosse.His family is part of the Onondaga Nation and lacrosse is part of their heritage. The book begins by discussing the Onondaga Nation Territory and the six nations of the Iroquois.It then describes the history of lacrosse and its significance to the Onondaga Nation.It also provides some information about how to play the game, including how the field is set up, what positions there are, what equipment is needed, and the skills used.The book mentions that women's lacrosse is somewhat different but does not go into details about the women's version of the game.Also included are a description of how lacrosse sticks are made and a glossary of terms used in the book.

I would recommend using this book for children ages 8 through 11.Many children in this age group are interested in learning about other cultures and history.In addition, sports books are popular in this age group.The combination of these elements in this book make it appealing on different levels.I would use this book during the summer as part of a discussion on lacrosse.I would have lacrosse sticks available for the children to see and possibly include a guest speaker from one of the local college or professional lacrosse teams.The photographs and illustrations give children a better understanding of the Iroquois, the Onondaga Nation Territory, and the game of lacrosse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indigenous Game of this land.
It is fortunate to finally hear about the origins of a world class game from the indigneous people who first introduced it to this country.Rarely are the origins of team sports made available to those who play them.In this case, it is revealed how the game of lacrosse is still connected to the cultural integrity of the Haudenosaunee, past, present and future.In turn, the reader also hears an Onondaga voice regarding their history--a voice usually not heard in a public school environment.

3-0 out of 5 stars Juvenile - Great for Kids
Has significant information, but overall, is very child based. As a childen's book, I would give it five stars. If you're looking for any significant information on the game, don't buy this book. If you're looking for something entertaining for your children, I would highly recommend. Personally, I was looking for information for a college thesis, and this book did not really help. If you don't want to buy it new, wait a few days, until mine is offered as used. The people need to know. ... Read more

32. Sports Illustrated Lacrosse, Second Edition: Fundamentals for Winning
by David Urick
Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-04-25)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$9.19
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Asin: 1589793447
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Lacrosse, a game of speed, complexity, and nuance, is fast becoming one of the most popular sports nationwide. In this thoroughly updated edition of a Sports Illustrated bestseller, ten-time national championship coach David Urick shows players and coaches the pathways to lacrosse success. With this book you can learn:

· 10 fundamental stick skills every player should know

· The rules of lacrosse: penalties, play, and positions

· How you can dodge, shoot, feed, cut, pick, and screen like a champion

· Individual defense: the art of the check and the hold

· 15 team offensive formations and how to make them work for you

· How your team can play quality defense

· 18 skills and drills for becoming a better goalie

· Extra-man defenses, man-down-defense, fast breaks, team practice, equipment, and more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Made a great gift
I gave this as a gift to my cousin who was starting out in high school Lacrosse.I wanted to pick something that wasn't too basic, and this book had some good details on some basics but also strategy and drills. ... Read more

33. Kids' Lacrosse for Parents:: What Your Son in Elementary School Needs You to Know
by Tom Mylott
Paperback: 98 Pages (2010-03-16)
list price: US$9.99 -- used & new: US$9.49
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Asin: 1451510101
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Elementary school boys are clamoring to play lacrosse, but lacrosse often confounds their parents. The lack of practical information casts numerous moms and dads adrift without a GPS.If you're one of those parents, this book will steer you through the uncharted waters. Kids' Lacrosse for Parents provides essential information that will answer your questions.Laser-focused on elementary school boys, it has everything you need to know.*Need help fitting a helmet to that tiny player's head? Chapter 4 has you covered.*Would a 30-second explanation of lacrosse help orient you? Breeze through it in Chapter 2.*Does your son need a little extra help? Chapter 9 packs in several, easy-to-implement suggestions.This book is loaded with specific, practical, and useful information on every page. In Kids' Lacrosse for Parents Tom Mylott blends extensive experience in coaching the youngest players and assisting their parents, with a patient understanding of lacrosse at the elementary school level. ... Read more

34. The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association lacrosse guide
Paperback: 108 Pages (2010-06-26)
list price: US$19.75 -- used & new: US$12.72
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Asin: 1176091379
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more

35. Clear from the crease: The who's, why's, and wares of all-America lacrosse
by Bob Merrick
 Unknown Binding: 184 Pages (1982)

Asin: B0006E9T34
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36. Lacrosse
by Howard Liss
 Hardcover: Pages (1970-01-01)

Asin: B000JFDFTO
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37. Lacrosse: The Player's Handbook
by M. B. Roberts
Paperback: 240 Pages (2007-11-01)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$6.70
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Asin: 1402741308
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Long-time Sports Illustrated photographer Ronald C. Modra joins his wife, journalist M.B. Roberts, to present an irresistible introduction to the fast-moving, high-scoring game of lacrosse. A challenging form of athletic competition with a centuries-old Native American tradition, lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the country today for teams of both sexes at high school and college levels, and lately has been attracting crowds of enthusiastic adult beginners. Prospective players—along with parents, coaches, and trainers—can rely on this definitive photo-illustrated guide, which captures all the visual excitement of the game while delivering authoritative information on everything from the official rules, necessary gear, and safety precautions to the finer points of field tactics and training.
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2-0 out of 5 stars lacrosse
In my perspective, this book was not as good/useful as I thought it would be.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Guide
When my nephew asked me to join him at Lacrosse, I thought he'd gone cult on me. Once defined I bought this book.Not only is it pleasing to peruse through, the text informs one gracefully and to the point.Now I know what all his fuss is about regarding this action-packed sport.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lacrosse: The Player's Handbook
Subject: seen at Grant Park on a placard...

My friend's son started playing lacrosse so I bought him this book.
I actually read part of it before I gave it to him and thought it was incredibly well-done.Really clear instructions and a terrific section about the women's game.Highly recommended.

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38. Lacrosse: Sports Injuries: How to Prevent, Diagnose, & Treat (Sports Injuries: How to Prevent, Diagnose & Treat)
by Lisa McCoy
Hardcover: 64 Pages (2004-01)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$20.69
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Asin: 1590846362
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39. Lacrosse 2011 Wall Calendar (Calendar)
Calendar: 12 Pages (2010-07-25)
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Asin: 1416284788
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You've never seen Lacrosse like this before - photos that put you right in the middle of the action!Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in North America.And here's the calendar for lacrosse fans everywhere.Every month you'll get an inside look at the fastest game on two feet.The bone-jarring hits.The 100 mph shots.It's no wonder that the enthusiasm for lacrosse is rising exponentially. ... Read more

40. The Beast In The Crease: A Lacrosse Goalie's Guidebook (Volume 2)
by Fritz Hoffecker
Paperback: 230 Pages (2008-09-22)
list price: US$32.95 -- used & new: US$26.19
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Asin: 0615221971
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Fritz Hoffecker has been a lacrosse goalie since 1962--at high school in Maryland, as a starter at Princeton, and as a semi-legendary club goalie for 40 years. In The Beast in the Crease, he shares everything he's learned about how to be a great goalie. The book covers many subjects, such as:Attitude, Equipment, Focus, Watching the Ball, Stance, Stepping to the Ball, Stickwork, Clearing, Goalie Conditioning, Man-down, Fast Breaks, 1-on-1s, Screens, Baiting, Drills, Fritz' Personal Techniques and Tricks.Over 150 color photos and 35 diagrams. A must-read for every goalie-from the kid just starting out to the college starter who's in a slump. Coaches will learn practice techniques, pre-game prep, special conditioning tips, and much, much more. Fritz is fresh off being invited to a 2008 tryout with the Washington Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. He didn't make the squad but in 25 minutes of play against players less than half his age, he had 7 saves and allowed just 2 goals. ... Read more

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