06 May 2017

The Prophet of Marathon

A 2017 Top Rated Read

By Bob Waldner

Paperback 390 pages
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (9th Nov 2015)
ISBN-13 978-1517706784

📕My Review

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.

My thanks to author Bob Waldner for providing a copy of this book.

Barnsey's Books Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

James Bennett didn’t come to the Florida Keys to find a new father. As the rebellious, serially underemployed scion of an old-money New York family, he’d spent years disappointing the one he already had. But when smooth-talking ex-televangelist John Wainwright takes an interest in him, he spurns an invitation to grow up and finally join his family’s business on Wall Street in favor of staying in Marathon to help Wainwright rebuild his church.

When James’ faith in his new mentor and his infatuation with Wainwright’s beautiful, estranged daughter lead him into a maze of deception and double-crosses, he’s left to try to find a path to redemption on his own, and he can only hope that his father will still be there to meet him on the other side.

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