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Few thriller-fans today may have ever read the original book which William Goldman wrote in the early 70s --from which, this much-later work I'm now going to describe to you--is the sequel. The earlier book redefined the thriller genre; was adapted into a fine movie (by the author himself, thankfully) with the most famous leading-men of the day acting in it; and even now it remains a book to which any new thriller must be compared to. That genre-benchmark was 'Marathon Man'--and its still as gre...
From BBC Radio 4 - Drama:William Goldman's dark sequel to Marathon Man, dramatised by Stephen Keyworth.The western world is gearing up for war until Scylla, an infamous American spy, is brought out of hiding and sent on a brutal mission to keep the peace.Starring Tom Burke and Jack Lowden.Directed by Kirsty Williams.http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08yj...
Ridiculously phenomenal. The sequel to Marathon Man and was even better.
Brothers - a sequel to Marathon Man - is completely over the top. Goldman may well have written this on an opiate/alcohol bender. It could be one of the most egregious Mary Sue offences ever, but I loved it. It's as if Goldman figured "Edged Weapons" was an unappreciated masterpiece, but suffered from an excess of subtlety.There will never be a movie. The plot reads like Get Smart delivered with a straight face, but why did I love it?Perhaps because of Goldman's gift for literary slo-mo, and the...
I read this while I was 18 and in Europe, the storyline has stayed with me. I don't remember realizing it was a sequel, I'm looking forward to reading the first.
No wonder few people know about this sequel to Marathon Man - it is NOT good. The story is confusing, dumb, and extremely violent with a huge body count (most of whom are innocents). Also, it is barely a sequel, as it focuses on the character of Doc (Roy Scheider in the movie, who absolutely died in Marathon, and barely features Babe (Dustin Hoffman), whose sole purpose for even being in the story only becomes clear on the last page.Most disappointing is that Goldman - the man behind not only a...
While the premise is a bit far-fetched and one of the back stories didn't appear to go anywhere, this was Goldman at his best, which is always good. And in this case, the dude proved he was able to see into the future...
I like William Goldman. I've always enjoyed the films that he has written ("All The President's Men", "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "Marathon Man", "Maverick") and I've read a few of his novels over the years which I have also enjoyed."Marathon Man" is one of my favorite thrillers and has been for many years. I really wanted to like "Brothers" despite the negative opinions I have heard and read over the years. Sadly I have to say that I found it to be a mess. It's isn't that I was expect...
I couldn't remember whether I had read this book or not until I actually opened it and read a little of it. I remember it being okay, but I get it confused with Marathon Man, to which this is the sequel.
sequel to Marathon Man
This is certainly not high literature but was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I rarely reread books, but I have reread this one.
This book is truly absurd. I don’t know if it was meant to be an unfilmable, contractually-obligated sequel to a book that should not have one, but it reads like someone writing a book out of spite or frustration. However, it has some things to recommend about it. The biggest: by my count, only two characters who speak dialogue in the book survive to the end. I noticed about halfway through that the body count was getting ridiculous, and then there was a scene where a little boy buys candy from
Absolutely horrible sequel to Marathon Man. At the end of that book one of the brothers is stabbed to death. He dies in his brothers arms. But to make a sequel about the two brothers, one now a Columbia professor, the other, a secret agent, had to be resurrected. He was severely injured in the stabbing, but didn't die. From there it gets more preposterous. Skip it.
I get the feeling that Goldman felt the need to one-up the infamous dental scene in Marathon Man; he does this early on in this book, in a different way, and it almost pushed me out of the book. The second third of the book gets better and I was almost engaged as much as the previous book, but it bottoms out in the final third and I found myself skimming.
Good sequel to Marathon Man.
I remember this as so much better. Of course, it was probably 20 years ago I first read it.
A fun sequel to the great Marathon Man. Lots of killings, attempted killings, and fight scenes. A pretty good twist at the end.
A decent thriller.
Read in 1988. A sequel to Goldman's 1972 novel Marathon Man. Stunning international thriller packed with incredible surprises and amazing twists. One of my favorites that year.
Sequel to Marathon Man and might be far superior in the story. Doc (Scilla) is back from the dead. Babe is grown up and married. Incredible final reveal.
only read half of it and it was good until page 100
Brothers is the sequel to Marathon Man by William Goldman and it really is just as weird as its predecessor. Honestly, I think you have to suspend reality a little when you are reading these books. Other wise, you’re probably going to be in way over your head. Read Full Review Here
I came to the book with great anticipation based upon Goldman's award-winning film scripts (particularly "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "All the President's Men" and "Princess Bride"). I have not read "Marathon Man," but enjoyed the movie so thought this sequel would be an entertaining introduction to Goldman's books. Babe's brother (Dustin Hoffman's character), known as Doc in the film (played by Rod Scheider), is the central character of this book. He is supposed to have died in "Marath...
Brothers is a good example of Goldman's writing; gripping prose hindered by bizarre story choices. The story (mostly) follows the assassin Scylla's return to civilization and black ops, years after his presumed death in Marathon Man. Scylla has returned to keep the world from plunging into World War III; his job is to kill a few key figures whose unusual experiments have proved too effective to NOT be abused by those in power. When the story sticks to Scylla (or his eventual victims), this book
one of the worst books i've ever read. i usually don't finish books so terrible, but i read the whole thing on my dad's recommendation. it was an absolutely ridiculous story. there's one fight scene where two guys are such brilliant fighters that almost nothing happens! they're both motionless as the slightest feint would prove his undoing and so, what is supposed to be a fantastic fight scene is nothing but a standstill. my favourite part though, were the bombs made to look like children. there...
One of the most insane books I've ever read. For the first forty pages, you have no idea what is going on as new characters are continually introduced, each with a unique back story and a voice all their own. Some of the sight gags and jokes are as funny as anything Dave Barry could come up with, particularly an encounter a thug and his girlfriend have with a black porn actor. The action is punched up to unbelievable levels, and there are so many twists and turns, you will be kept in suspense un...
Mr Goldman led me to believe some things would happen just from the title of the book. Then there was a twist and I thought: " Oh, Ok, so we're going this way now." I was wrong. I was wrong about everything. I could never have guessed what would happen! Spectacular ride! The end literally left me with my mouth open.
Follow on from Marathon Man, hit the wall after about 1/2 mile and struggled for the 25+ miles after that. Not really a sequel, just 2 brothers (one who died in the first book) and throw them into a shitty contrived plot with little or no sequence. William Goldman has written some damn fine books, assume this one was done by a 10 year old ghost writer with poor concentration levels
There's a certain post-war beat quality to the prose which makes the ridiculousness of the novel palatable and engrossing. This may not be the way anyone else would write a thriller, but thrillers sort of blow anyway.
Not recommended. The ending is particularly bizarre including a holocaust of exploding children.