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The Athlete (a psychological thriller)

The Athlete (a psychological thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Lawton
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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"A great paced read, with a compelling lead character and a great plot." Ann Abrams.
"Simply brilliant, couldn't put this thriller down." Beth Boyd
"A page-turner with great tension and real suspense." Chris Child

Since having to give up his college dreams of an athletic career following an injury, Michael has worked as an agent provocateur for The Company, a powerful but nebulous organisation of dubious intent. Following a new posting in a foreign city his partner is murdered, and in the course of finding out why, Michael uncovers the true sinister nature of his work, and his own, long-suppressed desires. In the face of mounting civil unrest, will he recover the singularity of purpose he had on the track, and free himself from The Company’s grasp?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Not So Noble Books Psychological Thriller Publisher; 1 edition (19 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FA353DQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Lawton was born in Sheffield in 1980. He studied Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University and Chelsea College of Art & Design. He now lives and works in London. He has had one novel published; The Athlete.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and immersive debut 27 Sep 2013
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The Athlete is a great story, where the people and places are foreign yet familiar. The author describes streets, suburbs, public transport and architectural follies to create a complex and believable city, immersing the reader in a complicated world, without labouring the points of similarity with our own. Since reading, I've expected to see yellow smoke rising in the distance whilst walking through London. China Mieville's, The City and the City had the same effect.The Athlete of the title can be infuriating in his passiveness and naivety, but whilst he faces matters of life and death, they are grounded in everyday feelings of love, belonging and self-respect. Parameters of traditional good and bad morality are stretched in rooting for `Michael', with the constant threat that he will break bad. The writing is full of strong visual hooks, and the historical and contemporary art described in the book could join this Guardian list of art in books
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, haunting and playful 31 Oct 2013
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This debut starts dramatically in a manner commensurate with the thriller genre and then quickly mutates into something more interesting and explorative. Reminiscent of Paul Auster's "The New York Trilogy", "The Athlete" mirrors that book's clever variations on the conventions of detective fiction with its own sleight-of-hand on the classic dystopian novel. Where is the action in "The Athlete" taking place? What precise forces have divided this future society into violent factions? Lawton tantalisingly sidesteps these questions preferring the very nature of the mystery to become central to the narrative. This small book haunts the mind long after it is finished and in its picture of a time so very like and at the same time unlike our own is extremely persuasive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read for a while 10 Nov 2013
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It is the type of novel that you miss after you have finished it. I really found myself immersed in the world that had been thoughtfully and thoroughly created by Lawton.
The lack of detail and background explanation of the place and society in which the story is set was my favourite element. You never quite know what is going to happen and I found myself pondering the history of the place whilst daydreaming throughout the day (when I wasn't reading it)
It was the best book I have read in a long time and I can't wait for Lawton's follow up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy debut 26 Sep 2013
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Like the nameless city moving beneath the protagonist's feet, Michael Lawton's debut novel is hard to pin down. In equal parts, it's a spy thriller loyal to its genre, and the study of an outsider's struggle for conciliation with a foreign land. Moments of tautly-paced violence are offset by a strange, meandering languor. But in spite of its contradictions, Lawton delivers a story that is simultaneously haunting, immersive, and - perhaps most surprisingly of all - tender.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and thoughtful thriller 1 Oct 2013
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The story drew me in very quickly, there are some great descriptions of places and people - most interesting is what the writer leaves to the imagination. He is incredibly evenhanded when tackling the difficult subjects of fundamentalism and terrorism. I found myself constantly questioning my assumptions of who the protagonist might be and what part of the world the action is set in. The story is quite open-ended and kept me thinking for a long while after finishing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and credible 16 Oct 2013
By Pete109
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With echoes of Kafka this short novel locks us into an imagined city where random acts of terrorism are perpetrated to further an unseen government's aims. The hero the all to familiar fallible athlete of the title stumbles from crisis to crisis trying to discover who he is and what his true purpose is within the city. A gem that is both gripping and credible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really suspenseful 21 Sep 2013
By ari red
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The Athlete (gripping suspenseful psychological thriller)

This book is very well written with great descriptions of an imaginary city that will look familiar to many, skillfully intertwined with the protagonist's inner states, flow of consciousness and unexpected development. You can wander the streets of the city and its suburbs imagining the places that inspired them, and lose yourself in the protagonist's repressed anguish at his own predicament and perceived lack of control. Full of interesting and mysterious characters, the plot will fill you with doubts and make you want to get to the end. Without giving anything away, I really think a sequel will have to come! I would definitely get it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy thriller 25 Oct 2013
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A creepy, atmospheric thriller which uses pieces of your own memories to create the mysterious city, and has a dark violence running through it. A page turner which leaves plenty to your imagination so it lingers with you after reading it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I don't think I’ve ever read anything like it before. Really gripping atmospheric thriller set in a creepy mysterious city that Lawton sets you up to keep on imagining and... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Hagop Atamian
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like a story with no time frame, no place, no real characters...
I'm with Jenny! I found this book so strange. I couldn't build a picture in my mind of character, who he is, where he's from and actually don't have a scooby where he is or what... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nick Gilligan
1.0 out of 5 stars Weird and deep
I have no idea what this book was about!!!! I enjoyed it to a point but never knew what was going on.
Published 10 months ago by jenny
3.0 out of 5 stars No gripping suspense
I didn't find this book too gripping or full of suspense more of a journey for the athlete finding out that he was in the wrong job.
Published 10 months ago by Sparkles
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
not what I expected dronded on could not get into it and I usually persist but did not with this
Published 11 months ago by dotty
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really gripping
I wasn't gripped. Actually I found this book a bit annoying what with the nameless city, nameless country, anonymous agent provocateur calling himself Michael, and bizarre Golden... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sarah Hague
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
I don't understand why this book was labelled a gripping thriller. If this author is going to write any more books he really needs to get himself a good proof reader and understand... Read more
Published 12 months ago by MarkD
2.0 out of 5 stars not keen
Couldent get into this book have not read any of this authors before i think it is definatly a mans book
Published 12 months ago by Ann Harper
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