Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Rating 4 stars out of 5 posted 1/29/16
I didn't find The Prophet of Marathon to be mysterious. I saw it as more of a coming of age tale about an extremely naive thirty-year-old slacker searching for his calling in life. Malcolm J. Bennett is the main character; he becomes embroiled in one of the money making swindles of John Wainwright, an aging preacher who is the plot's antagonist.
I know there are naive people like Malcolm, I've met a few; but I don't look forward to reading page after page about their gullibility. I find it tiring to see the world and its low-lifes through their rose colored glasses.
The writing style is good but wordy. For me, too much time was spent on Malcolm's back story information when a long paragraph would have sufficed to set the stage for the type of person Malcolm is instead of page after page of narrative.
Characters are well developed and interesting, and the editing was far above average.
The plot was good but rather simple, and it depended entirely on Malcolm's high degree of gullibility.
The ending was good in that it gave Malcolm a minor taste of revenge and the knowledge that he'd aided some people who truly needed a helping hand.
For my taste the story is a 3 star, but I'm stretching the rating to a low 4 star because a lot of people will enjoy this level of self introspection and the feelings Malcolm experiences on his way to learning who he is while establishing a closer relationship with his father.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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