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On a rainy June morning, tens of thousands of people crowd into Duluth for the city's biggest annual event: the Duluth Marathon. Exhausted runners push to reach the finish line and spectators line the streets to cheer them on. Then, in a terrifying echo of the Boston bombing, there is an explosion along the race course, leaving many people dead and injured.

Within minutes, Jonathan Stride, Serena Dial, and Maggie Bei are at work with the FBI to find the terrorists behind the tragedy. As social media feeds a flood of rumors and misinformation, one spectator remembers being jostled by a young man with a backpack not far from the bomb site. He spots a Muslim man in a tourist's photo of the event and is convinced that this was the man who bumped into him in the crowd - but now the man's backpack is missing.

When he tweets the photo to the public, the young man, Khan Rashid, becomes the most wanted man in the city. And the manhunt is on.

But are the answers behind the Duluth bombing more complex than anyone realizes? And can Stride, Serena, and Maggie find the truth before more innocent people are killed?

©2017 Brian Freeman (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Disappointingly Predictable

One of my favorite reviewer's gave this audiobook 5 stars but I could not make it past chapter 7. Shaking my head I jumped to the last four chapters to see if I was right and found I was.
This audiobook is too predictable.
I like this author very much, but he preached to the point of making me bored.
The ending is so neatly wrapped up that it needs a bow.
I recommend sticking with the earlier audiobooks in this series.

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Stop with the preaching!!!

I actually AGREE with the author's message, but pleeeease: don't LECTURE! I listen to audiobooks to escape what is currently going on in this country (the demonizing of immigrants being just one of the catastrophes). If the author had managed to convey his point in a less plodding and obvious way, it would have been "a novel." THIS was unbearable. Obvious and manipulative ( I could not finish it, hard as I tried simply because I have been a fan of the author). Love this series and hope the author gets back on track. This one was just plain lazy.

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Not the author best, actually the worst

Great narration as usual. The story was cliche and predictable. It felt like the main characters were after thought to a story that was far fetched and spent more time trying to prove a point. Things are not always what they seem, but this book was what it seemed to be. The book tried to hit the point of not judging all people on the action of few, or rush to judgement, got it, but using a cliche story line, and adding a “far right” person as villain far more then those who actually commit violence missed the mark and dated. Do not judge a book by it cover. This author has many great books, after listening to this one, this is not good, could not finish it. First book I returned. Hopefully the next book gets back the same quality

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Too Politically Correct for me

What would have made Marathon better?

Treating the free speech movement with fairness

What could Brian Freeman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not treating American values as the villian

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was a good mystery, but the political message hurt any entertainment value.

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In this age of free speech being blown away on campus, I don't understand Brian Freeman's intense dislike of women in the movement.

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A Heavy Handed Morality Tale

As much as I love this series, this particular installment was disappointing. I didn't appreciate how it rubbed my nose in its message and telegraphed all its outcomes early and often. All the obviously misplaced outrage got a bit tedious after a while. Joe Barrett, as always, did a fine job with the narration . . . as he has done on all the Stride audiobooks.

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EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!!!!

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This is another one of my favorite series. I have listened to all of the Jonathan Stride books at least twice (I like reruns when I have nothing new to listen to). I can't say enough about the books other than to recommend them all.
In this book there is a marathon going on in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. As the runners begin crossing the finish line a knapsack containing a bomb inside a glass fronted store is detonated. A few people die, many are injured.
One man believes he saw the culprit and finds a picture of him on the internet, he posts the picture and tells people that this is the man responsible. One problem, the picture is that of an innocent man. What follows is a series of tragedies, more people die unnecessarily. An entire city is out for vengeance/justice and an innocent man is on the run but not without suffering a personal tragedy himself because of the vigilantes.
While all this is going on there is another background storyline. A woman has moved into town who is an advocate of civil rights and racial profiling, meaning she is very outspoken about people who appear to be middle eastern and calling all believers in the Muslim religion murderers. She incites people to take action.
The two plots collide in an explosive (but believable) ending.
EXCELLENT book, fast paced with out a single dull moment.
Joe Barrett narrates the book (as well as all the other Stride books). He does an Outstanding job.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!!!
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Thank You.

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Go Past The Concept of Predictability

I read a couple reviews saying that this was a predictable story. It had me questioning a little bit because I love the Jonathan stride books. Yes there are things that are predictable but that doesn't distract or detract iat all from the point of the story. It is well worth reading and it has a wonderful theme to it that is well told.

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thought provoking

I think everyone should read or listen to this book, it shows you how hate and assumptions can be so very destructive.

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Great story; great narration!

Author Brian Freeman is relatively new to me, but I have listened to 6 of his audio novels during recent months as he is becoming one of my favorites. Marathon is Freeman's latest release. The subject is a bomb in a backpack exploding near the finish line of the annual marathon in Duluth MN. Several people are killed and many injured. Many people rush to judgment and a well known provocateur comes to town to further inflame ethnic/religious mistrust and hatred. The FBI also arrives to help with the investigation.

Marathon is an outstanding mystery and suspense police procedural which deals openly with the horrible impact of false assumptions of responsibility on the lives of innocent individuals and families. Joe Barrett narrates. This novel has my highest recommendation.

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Deepest Book in the Series

Made me angry and made me cry. This truly was an impactful, provocative and emotional book.
Anybody who gave it a bad review are just people who think storming the capital was OK!!
I truly could not stand that Bash lady, and we all know there are people like that in our lives and in the public eye.
The narrator did a great job revoking the emotions that were necessary in this book.
This was an important story to tell, and it’s nice to see that there was more than just typical detective story but something with a deeper purpose coming out in this novel

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