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Revolution No. 9: A Novel Hardcover – January 4, 2005

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Starred Review. In his fourth thriller about reluctant medical hero Dr. Carroll Monks (after 2003's To the Bone), McMahon pulls off the virtually impossible: he creates a lunatic terrorist adversary so believable that he quickly becomes touchingly real. "Freeboot," as the leader of a band of dedicated, deranged outlaws who live on a secluded tract of land in the mountains of Northern California calls himself, is "a macho speed freak who dominated his followers, made allusions to Machiavelli, and hinted at the grandiose importance that he would enjoy in the eyes of history." Monks gets involved when Freeboot's three-year-old son becomes seriously ill, and the doctor's own long-estranged son—a member of Freeboot's terrorist tribe that's chosen the titular Beatles song as their anthem—suggests kidnapping the medical man to treat the child. The boy turns out to be in a dangerous diabetic condition, and Monks's first chore (aside from staying alive) is to treat his illness and then find a way to get the child to a hospital. Since Freeboot and his followers have actually begun their revolution by killing some leading citizens and scattering their stolen objects among the homeless, the terrorist is ready to sacrifice his child for his cause. Dr. Monks, his son already lost, is equally determined to keep the little boy alive. In McMahon's cool, expert hands, it becomes a duel both fascinating and frighteningly real.
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When a beautiful woman turns up at Dr. Carroll Monks' door, claiming that her car has a flat tire down the road, he somewhat reluctantly accompanies her to the vehicle. We really can't blame him for failing to suspect that he is about to be abducted, and sure enough, Monks is soon spirited away to a backwoods paramilitary community. The leader of the community, a sociopath who calls himself Freeboot, needs Monks to tend to his ailing son. But, when he figures out that Freeboot's refusal to take his son to a hospital means the boy will almost certainly die, Monks hatches a plan to save the boy and himself--or die trying. The Carroll Monks novels--this is the fourth--are crisply written, with plots that make you think and characters who make you want to spend quality time with them. The quick-witted Monks is one of mystery fiction's more original series leads, and this new novel shows that he is a long way away from outstaying his welcome. Bring on the next one! David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (January 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060529180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060529185
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,143,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Neil McMahon has published a dozen thrillers, including (co-authored with James Patterson) the #1 NY Times bestseller, TOYS. He holds a degree in psychology from Stanford, and is a journeyman carpenter, with many years spent working construction. His wife, Kim, coordinates the annual Montana Festival Of The Book. They live in Missoula, Montana, with the world's noisiest cat, Emma (named by their daughter after a Spice Girl).
He has always loved supernatural fiction, and his first three novels, written in the 1980s, were in that genre. Now in 2015, he's just released a new supernatural horror thriller: THE SHADOW KIND, evoking the haunted New England of H.P. Lovecraft.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on January 6, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Carroll Monks leaves his home to help a lady change her flat tire down the road. But instead of a disabled vehicle, Monks finds himself kidnapped and taken to a terrorist encampment.

The leader is a sociopath called "Freeboot". The group is determined to change society. They have already killed a few leading citizens. Freeboot's three-year-old son, Mandrake, is diabetic and close to death. Monks, being the caring healer he is, wants to stabilize Mandrake and then get the little boy to a hospital. Freeboot refuses to let Monks or Mandrake leave camp, even if it means Mandrake's death. Worse, Dr. Monks's own estranged son is one of the terrorists. In fact, he was the one to give Freeboot the idea of kidnapping the doctor.

Monks already knows that he has lost his own son, but refuses to let Mandrake die. Monks will have to think of a way to escape. Then the "kidnappee" will become the "kidnapper", because Monks plans on taking Mandrake with him.

***** This is one of the best novels I have read in months! It is scary to think that something such as this has probably already happened before. Author Neil McMahon has one daring imagination! Most impressive! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Kern VINE VOICE on February 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the fourth in a series featuring Carroll Monks and it's close to being one of the best. You know the storyline by now featuring cults, brainwashing, and the evil protagonist known as Freeboot.

A well told and fast-paced story that should please all the fans that have read McMahon's previous novels.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hans Castorp VINE VOICE on January 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
DR Monks is a semi-burned out doctor, who is kidnapped by some very perverse "Robin Hood" anti-heroes, in order to cure a very ill 4 year old boy, the son of the cult's very mad leader. This same group has brainwashed the good doctor's 22 year son. So we are led into a den of anti-medicine revolutionaries, and misfits, who are also heavily armed. We also learn alot about diabetes and its treatment, an extra plum in this excellent thriller. Hiding out in a very remote forest of northern California, this doctor attempts to escape with the 4 year old boy. What happens next are series of dangerous and wild pursuits, FBI actions, and alot more. To say too much might give away too much!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OCMD VINE VOICE on October 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to get an advance reading copy of "Revolution No. 9", by Neil McMahon. It grabbed me from the first page.

Dr. Carroll Monks, divorced ER physician, is abducted by a band of psychopaths with names like "Freeboot" and "Taxman". Worst of all, he finds his estranged 22 year old son is involved. I won't give away the whys and wherefores, you will enjoy reading them for yourself. But be assured, the fast paced plot will keep you hooked.

I will definitely be looking for the previous Carroll Monks thrillers and any new ones to come.
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