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Marathon (A Jonathan Stride Novel) Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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"A bomb along the Duluth marathon route sends Jonathan Stride sprinting into a media nightmare and an area manhunt. With strong characters and a propulsive plot, this thriller races to a breathless finish before truth becomes collateral damage."
―Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Freeman delves into this community being pulled every which way extremely well, and delivers quite a shock before this fantastic psychological thriller comes to an end."
"Just as in Boston, a bomb explodes at the finish line of the Duluth marathon - killing and maiming. Most people in Brian Freeman's Marathon assume it was a Muslim terrorist. But what if the jihadist didn't do it? A good read, albeit hugely disquieting."
―Winnipeg Free Press
"Brian Freeman has his finger on the pulse of technology. His use of social media in Marathon feels so real that readers may find themselves searching the hashtags to make sure this is really fiction. In a time when even the simplest utterance can have global reach, Marathon exposes the dangers of such communication and the chain of events that can ensue."
"Freeman has given us a book that couldn't be more relevant...an excellent look at the results of assumptions, ignorance, and prejudice. There are lessons to be learned here, including that freedom of speech can be an action with consequences as deadly as a bomb."
―Books Are Magic
"Freeman's character and plot development remain first-rate throughout MARATHON, and the continuing thread involving Stride and Serena should bring readers back for more."
"While some may consider certain parts controversial, Brian Freeman does weave in a thought-provoking message into his fast-paced plot, making Marathon a solid thriller that most fans of the genre will enjoy."
―The Real Book Spy
"Fast-paced . . . A reminder that, in these days and times, what seems to be foreign, politically, or religiously inspired terrorism may really be something quite different."
"Tweets inspire actions with dreadful, if sometimes unintended, consequences . . . Freeman builds on his torn-from-the-headlines story with a surprising
resolution and a healing conclusion."―Booklist
"Once you start you will sprint through the pages...Freeman portrays a community torn apart by politics, prejudice, and terror. Marathon is a fascinating, captivating and involving thriller/procedural that unquestionably merits the few days that it will take to finish."―Great Mysteries and Thrillers
About the Author
A native of Chicago and longtime resident of the Twin Cities, Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. He is the author of Goodbye to the Dead, The Cold Nowhere, and Spilled Blood--which was the recipient of the Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards presented by the International Thriller Writers organization. Brian's debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel. Freeman lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Marcia.
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There are multiple suspects--three Muslims, an anti-Muslim provocateur, the proprietors of a store in which the bomb was positioned and some local blue collars who work, ironically enough, as exterminators.
An FBI agent is added to the usual team and BF constructs a set of parallel plot arcs which will be interwoven and then resolved in a succession of climaxes. Yes, there will be some surprises along the way.
The characters are lively and interesting, the Duluth setting nicely realized and the theme of fear and violence commingling and resulting in unexpected pain and loss is compelling and persuasive. Without giving away too much, let me simply say that this is a love story, not, ultimately, a terrorism story.
MARATHON features Freeman's trademark, penetrating psychological insights into the motivations of civilians, police, and criminals alike, but what sets this book apart from Freeman's many other great novels is the way it challenges the reader's notions of what motivates terrorism and how the agony and destruction created by such a crime ripple back and forth across the waters of society. The greatest act of bravery may indeed be compassion for the Other, a message forcefully brought home by this terrific book. I read it in thirsty gulps and expect you will, too.