By a Thread Paperback – Aug 31 2010
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
5out of five
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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
~ K. Cawood
`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.