`By A Thread', a political thriller by Marty Beaudet, is an exceptional book, a labyrinth of situations and outcomes. It is like a Picasso painting, something entirely visible, but hidden by directions of view.
`By A Thread' is an illustration in speech control. Every thread in this narrative is secured on one end to what is being said. What did the Muslim say to the Mormon? What did the Chaplain say to the Detainee? What did the Speaker say to the Cabinet? What did the Syrian wife say to the Reporter?
None of these conversations were permissible. The Muslim had no business speaking to the Mormon. The Chaplain had no reason to visit the Detainee. The Speaker had no legal grounds to speak to the Cabinet. The Syrian wife broke the law when she spoke to the Reporter...
But, here, each of those conversations created an outcome. It is shocking. It is logical. It is terrifying. Our Government is in jeopardy, the moment we open the book; we are victims of a cunning sabotage.
There are government-shaking plots afoot, a myriad of conspirators, numbing moral conundrums. No, this isn't about assassination. It isn't about terrorism, not about religions. This book really, after I've thought about it, not really about freedom of speech either. It hides perfectly within all those threads, but the garment is something completely other, and that makes it a very strong tale.
Its strength is its intelligence, its boldness, its honesty, its willingness to face criticism. `By A Thread' is about a young man, a Mormon, and whether he should believe what he has been told, or should believe the opposing feelings within his own heart. Beaudet's book is about freedom to believe a thing, and be safe from opposition.