Marty Beaudet


Marty Beaudet is a freelance writer, graphic designer, communications consultant, and the author of the political thriller By A Thread. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he has lived in Damascus, Oregon since 1998 with his husband Chuck.

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By A Thread
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,780. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
"The time will come when the Constitution and the Government will hang by a thread and will be ready to fall...but this people, the Latter-Day Saints, will step forth and save it." Thus prophesied the founding prophet of the Mormon Church. Is this prophecy on the verge of being fulfilled? Some adherents to the faith within the U.S. government think so. A tale of truth, trust, and betrayal.
Losing Addison
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,490. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Losing Addison was delivered fully formed into the author's mind in the guise of a nightmare. He wrote every day for the next fifteen days to complete the 15,000-word novella. It is unedited, except for typography. Now you can live the nightmare!

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  • The Cutting Edge on Dec. 04, 2011

    I'll admit, I chose to read this book because of an online acquaintance with the author, along with the many rave reviews of her work from other authors in my network. Although I write thrillers myself, I'm not big on gore, guts, and cruelty. So a plot with a serial killer wouldn't normally attract me. [End disclaimer] I have to say I was pleased with the first half of the book, where protagonist Skye, a hair stylist with murderous thoughts about her overly-demanding clientele, gave voice to some very astute observations about the selfishness that seems rampant in our me-me-me society. What made her rants so enjoyable was the humor with which she infused them. It was easy to relate to her frustrations, and fun to laugh at her characterizations. A problem, perhaps, is that so much of the book is filled with these humorous characterizations (Skye describes at least 50 of her clients through the first 24 of 36 chapters), that it feels at times more like a stand-up routine than a crime thriller. Now, for me, that wasn't all bad—it spared me having to close my eyes too often (I'll admit to skipping a page or two during the killer's activities, which are meticulously described), but it detracted from the suspense that should have been building as the story interspersed the killer's machinations with Skye's day job and personal life. But the plot overall was entertaining. I knew that that the two story threads would eventually intersect, but I didn't know just how, and by the time they did I was anxious to find out. The resolution was satisfying; I'm glad I read the book. The ease with which the author paints her characters made them colorful, relatable, and humorous in their all-too-human foibles. It also made it a joy to read such tight, evocative prose. Knowing that the author was once a stylist leads me to conclude that these portraits of strangle-worthy fussbudgets were drawn from actual clients. After all, what author dreams up fifty or more incidental characters for a novel! I may still have to skip the most grisly pages, but I'll be reading more of Darcia Helle's books.