The Prophet of Marathon

The Prophet of Marathon

by Bob Waldner

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BN ID: 2940158447075
Publisher: Bob Waldner
Publication date: 05/13/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 390
Sales rank: 82,095
File size: 686 KB

About the Author

Armed with degrees from Duke University and the University of Michigan Law School, Bob Waldner moved to New York City many years ago to seek his fortune. Not being an adept fortune-seeker, he started writing fiction. He published his first novel, Peripheral Involvement, in 2014, and his short stories have appeared, or are scheduled to appear, in The Saturday Evening Post, Pinball, theEEEL and Mulberry Fork Review. He continues to practice corporate law in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Erinn, and his two daughters, Maureen and Madeleine. You can find him on the web at

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The Prophet of Marathon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Barnseys_Books More than 1 year ago
James Bennett is a 30-something-year-old from a wealthy New York banking family who, much to his father's disappointment, hasn't made anything of himself. When he's offered a job helping establish a small church in Marathon, Florida by disgraced ex-televangelist John Wainwright, he thinks he can make some easy money. Wainwright proves to be a slippery character with a knack for manipulation. James realises he's getting in over his head but the lure of Wainwright's estranged daughter becomes too tempting and he's soon entangled in a plan of double-crossing and revenge. I thought The Prophet of Marathon was both entertaining and very well-written. Normally I find books written in the first-person perspective difficult to get into but this one was an exception. The story flowed brilliantly and although the plot wasn't particularly fast paced, I found it a pleasure to read. James' observations on where his life was heading and his father's lack of empathy were superbly handled and I finished the book with a great sense of satisfaction of having read a well-crafted thriller. More like this please .
Richard_Bunning More than 1 year ago
An interesting plot centred on a rich wastrel from a well-to-do family, who in the end sort of comes 'good'. There are two very powerful male characters in this book and neither of them are the failing gambler that is at the centre of this story. One is his father, and the other a preacher of dubious reputation. There is a strong female role as well. The book reads well and is in the main well edited. The plot is believable, unlike many thrillers, with all of the individual elements pieced together from behavioural patterns that really do regularly pop-up in the real world. There are some nice twists that kept refreshing the book without over stretching one's credulity. The book's strongest elements, the difficult relationship between a highly successful father and a son that at thirty still hasn't fully tested his potential, the shenanigans of the evangelical preacher, and the preacher's daughter that seems to like existing on the seedy side of life, might be in a sense formalistic, but believable characters have to be, don't they? They certainly aren't ridiculous inventions. The story dynamics lack some of the power of Waldner's first book, 'Peripheral Involvement', but I preferred the first person writing that was employed here. We need to get inside James's head in as personal way as possible, we need to understand why he was so easily manipulated, and that is perhaps only possible by engaging through his mind and his eyes. The third person style would have been far too remote for us to build any genuine sympathy for this patsy. I was sort of left doubting that James's father would have trusted a dime given past history between the two, but he did, and thinking about it as I read on, the father's assumed feelings of guilt made that element seem believable. So, so far, two great five star reads, from Waldner, with I assume plenty more to come. If you like believable thriller fiction then these books might well be your cup of tea as they are mine.