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By a Thread [Paperback]

Marty Beaudet
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Aug. 31 2010
"The time will come when the Constitution and the Government will hang by a thread and will be ready to fall...but this people, the Latter-Day Saints, will step forth and save it." Thus prophesied the founding prophet of the Mormon Church. Is this prophecy on the verge of being fulfilled? Some adherents to the faith within the U.S. government think so. But what role will 21-year-old missionary Kevin "Red" Davis play when the CIA approaches him? What choices will he make when his faith, his patriotism, and his personal integrity come into conflict? Unfolding on the streets of Vienna, Munich, and Washington, D.C.; and in the confines of a prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, By A Thread is a tale of truth, trust, and betrayal.

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Marty Beaudet is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and communications consultant. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he has lived in Damascus, Oregon since 1998 with his husband Chuck.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review- By A Thread July 25 2011
Format:Paperback
By A Thread by Marty Beaudet is a tour de force thriller of gripping action. This writer really knows how to research a story and give it accuracy.
It begins with the seeds of terrorism. We start with a prisoner of Gitmo being released but blackmailed to work for the CIA with threats to his family. We see his wife who doesn't have a clue where he has been; struggling to feed her children and translating for her country to feed her children and fight terrorism. Both are being manipulated by the very government they are so loyal to simply because of their native land. As we delve into the novel we get to know the main character Kevin a missionary of the Mormon Church posted in Germany. Kevin an innocent raised in the Mormon faith he has never been allowed to think of his own sexuality. He is confused and hiding from himself as who he really is goes against church doctrine. Kevin is approached by the CIA to spy on a terrorist suspect Jasim Shammari whom Kevin has met in his missionary duties. Kevin finds himself falling for the suspect and must choose either the suspect or his country and religion. The story really takes off from there as we find out the president has been killed and the vice president is dead. Who is really behind those acts of terrorism it seems in the novel that the seeds of terrorism are insidiously beginning to germinate in the youth and in desperate people's lives that are blackmailed by unscrupulous people. However is the real culprit Al Quaida or is something more sinister at play? Does someone want to seize the power of the presidency of the United States for themselves? Could they have engineered all to size that power? Really nail biting suspense and heart-pounding chases as you turn the pages wondering what will happen next. I truly enjoyed this well-crafted story of intrigue. This author is a new favourite of mine and I look forward to anything else he might write.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, timely tale of terrorist conspiracy Oct. 18 2010
By Bob Lind - Published on Amazon.com
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Kevin "Red" Davis is a young Mormon missionary on a two-year assignment in Vienna. Among the countless people he meets (and attempts to convert) is one he can't forget: a mysterious, engaging Kuwaiti named Jassim, who seems to awaken in Kevin feelings he has long repressed. When his mission ends, Kevin is recruited by a government agent to continue his friendship with Jassim, whom they feel may have some information about a terrorist plot that resulted in the death of both the President and Vice President of the United States. Meanwhile, a long-planned political plot threatens to turn the US into a militia state, with marshal law and hired mercenaries set to take control. A journalist with inside information about the plot searches for Kevin and Jassim to help, if it isn't too late already.

At a time when many Americans are voicing displeasure about elected officials, as well as government domestic and foreign policies, Beaudet's story of security agency conspiracies and government takeovers is especially timely and compelling. It also adds to the mix the occasional blurred line between politics and organized religions, carried to an extreme for effect. Well-written and suspenseful, though it adds confusion with frequent use of acronyms to refer to government agencies and policies, it's definitely an engaging, page-turner of a read, which I give four stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent political thriller! Oct. 23 2010
By Chuck Kisselburg - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book! This "every-day person who gets caught up in political intrigue" story is a good, political thriller that is both unique and well told. Aside from excellent character development I enjoyed the strength of each of the three seemingly disparate stories that wove their way into one very compelling story. Each of the three stories, complex in their own right, has the strength to stand on their own, as could also be found with the story "Traffic". For me "By A Thread" compares with the "The Da Vinci Code" as far as it being a fast-paced thriller with unique religious overtones. For me what sets this book apart from the "The Da Vinci Code" is, while both are page turners as far as action is concerned, it has a level of character development that exceeds what is found in "The Da Vinci Code". In that regard this is a more complete story. "By A Thread", while a political thriller, is also an enjoyable spy novel that, while takes place on multiple continents, mainly takes place in Vienna, Austria. For me Vienna is an excellent location as it was once the veritable crossroads of cold war spy and espionage stories, whether real or fiction (i.e., "The Third Man"). In this case the context of the spying is current. What is interesting about this story is it provides conflict at various levels within the three distinct stories, is educational, forces the reexamination of stereotypes, is current and can be viewed as eerily close to reality; thus great fiction and compelling story telling. The other nice thing about the characters in "By A Thread" is they are the "every-day person", meaning I can easily identify with them! I feel like I have picked up new friends in Kevin, Jassim and Devore. I wish the press would take note of Devore's efforts and follow suit! "By A Thread" is well done and an excellent read! I can easily see this being made into a movie.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Sept. 25 2010
By Nathan C. - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished this book - goosebumps all the way to the end! I never read during this time of year because I am sooo busy with the beginning of the school year, but I grabbed it up any time I had some extra minutes. I loved this book. It begins by building the characters, locations, and sets the mood. Before you know it, it grabs ahold of you and you can't put it down. It's surprisingly on point with current affairs and grips you with the possibilities of things swinging out of control politically. With a refreshing point of view and story line, it brings a new twist to fiction that I haven't encountered before. It's a must read! It has great flow, great imagery, and I love the romance! I can't wait to recommend it to my friends - My only question is - when's the next one coming out?!!!
~ K. Cawood
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CIA missionary Nov. 11 2010
By Johnny T. Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
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When I was a missionary in Rome, our mission president told us to be on the lookout for an orange van. Men had threatened to kidnap two missionaries and force them to confess to being CIA agents. I loved reading this novel, "By A Thread," where it turns out the myth is true. The book is well-researched. I felt as if I were really in Vienna and the surrounding areas. The plot is outrageous and yet still believable. While the story is told seriously, there was one moment of humor when Kevin thinks, "He'd just woken up after his first drinking binge in bed naked with--what?--a terrorist? A boyfriend? He wasn't sure which was worse." The story doesn't belabor the internalized homophobia, but this one sentence pretty much sums up the Mormon view. Being gay might actually be worse than being a terrorist. I loved the book and actually think it would make a pretty good movie, too. I expect good things from Marty Beaudet's future novels.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy to the end Jan. 17 2011
By POODLEMAMA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was quite different from the normal conspiracy book. Found it very interesting with enough political and Mormon religion intertwined. How Kevin and Jassim wound up at the end was a surprise.
Would recommend this book to those of you who are interested in a conspiracy book with a twist.
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