The Freedom Building

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
258 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Freedom Building is a work of thriller fiction set in contemporary times and was penned by author Martin Kendall. Taking a sharp look at the political, cultural and media-driven nature of modern times, this novel takes us on a surreal journey to view the modern-day West through fresh eyes. Its protagonist is John Gowan, an architect who awakens in the hospital with amnesia about his past life. When he learns that he has designed a highly important building, John seeks the truth, but darkness blocks him from remembering. What follows is a psychological thrill ride through the pressures of contemporary living as a secret reveals itself to the protagonist along the way.

Author Martin Kendall hits on every salient and terrifying point about modern life during this wild ride of a thriller novel, and it is those nods to our own reality which make the book all the more riveting for it. Intellectual and astute on many levels beyond the story itself, this is a book that keeps you thinking long after you put it down. Story-wise, John’s journey to remember things is well crafted and paced excellently for the psychological elements to really take hold, and the dialogue and narration really characterize his failing mental state very well. One of the things that were most memorable for me, however, was the symbolism that takes place everywhere, from the building itself to the media machine and the other factors of oppression. Overall, The Freedom Building is a truly superb read and comes highly recommended indeed.

Lesley Jones

In The Freedom Building by Martin Kendall, John Gowan is 48 years old and the proud owner of an architectural firm. When a group of African terrorists bombs Zenith Star Holdings, which specializes in clothing for the Israeli defense forces, John's thoughts are not with the 181 dead employees, but how he will win the contract to design the new building. John's plans to win the contract are disrupted when he is involved in a car accident. When John wakes from his injuries, he discovers he has amnesia. Now John must battle the mental darkness that surrounds him and fill in the missing pieces of his life. As John tries to get his life back on track, he realizes the existence of happiness and freedom is not what he first thought. He also discovers, to his peril, that speaking the truth is not always the safest course of action.

Martin Kendall is extremely skillful at creating such three-dimensional characters with interesting backstories. I loved the relationship dynamics between the characters and how they all bring out a different aspect of John's personality, helping him to discover his truth. The plot is intriguing and compels you to ponder your own inner thoughts and life goals. John's journey to find peace and true happiness was so authentic and representative of today's society. Although John had many flaws and wasn't your average hero, I liked his honesty and how he came full circle to realize what was important to him. The underlying message throughout the story was extremely powerful and I feel most readers could relate to John's situation. The Freedom Building will undoubtedly make you ponder about society's judgemental attitudes and unwillingness to accept other viewpoints.

Maria Victoria Beltran

The Freedom Building by Martin Kendall is certainly an intriguing read. John Gowan, an architect, grew up in Blanworth and had a contented childhood. He married his college sweetheart and they had a daughter but the marriage disintegrated soon thereafter. He was able to set up an architectural company, the Gowan Partnership, with his friend Pete Williams and the business prospered. When a landmark building in his hometown was destroyed by a terrorist attack, his firm won the prestigious deal to design a large office block in the center of Blanworth. Things are not as ideal as they look, however. When John recovers from an accident, his life will take a bizarre turn.

Martin Kendall's The Freedom Building starts its exposition innocently enough. Its main protagonist, John Gowan, seems like an ordinary human being going through life that is familiar to most of us. The plot abruptly takes an intriguing turn when he wakes up from what looks like a minor accident. Slowly and innocently enough, the reader is jolted from his seat by the strange twist of events. And as we continue following John Gowan's story, we realize that there is nothing at all ordinary about what is happening to the life story of this small town architect, who is now confronted with the real meaning of freedom itself. The Freedom Building by Martin Kendall is a modern, mind-boggling tale of a man pushed to the limits as he struggles with the absurdity of the things that are happening around him.

Rabia Tanveer

The Freedom Building by Martin Kendall is the story of a man as he tries to figure out what he lived for and what his life was before it was all turned upside down. John Gowan has no idea what his life used to be. He woke up in the hospital where he learned that he has amnesia. Before this, he was happy with his life; he was a moderately successful architect but he was proud of himself. However, when he finds out that he is the man behind the design of a famous building, he is lost for words. He wants to remember this monumental moment in his life, he wants to savor that success, but every time he gets one step closer to remembering, something pushes him back. There is some kind of deceit around him, he has no idea who is telling the truth and who isn’t. He doesn’t remember who are his friends and foes. Can John jog his memory enough to remember what the truth is?

Intriguing, mysterious and sharp, John is an incredible protagonist for this story. He is determined to find the truth and he is not afraid to push himself until he gets the answers he needs. The story itself is carefully woven to give you an adrenaline rush with all the action the author packed in the story. I enjoyed how analytical John is, how he observes everything and allows his mind to come to almost perfect conclusions. Martin Kendall kept me guessing. I could not guess what would happen next or why John lost his memories. This made me want to read on, to learn more and try to figure out what really happened to John in the first place. The Freedom Building is an incredibly rich, complex and fast-paced story that will knock your socks off and make you crave more. Impressive and entertaining.

Christian Sia

The Freedom Building by Martin Kendall follows a strong protagonist and wends its way to a satisfying climax. Forty-eight-year-old John Gowan is the architect who redesigns the New Zenith Building after the original was blown up by terrorists. But he doesn’t remember any of that, having woken up in the hospital with amnesia. How did he get there? Things only get more complicated as he can't remember anything about the building. His life is in danger, and remembering his secrets may lead to more tragedy. But how can he protect his business, Gowan Partnerships, which he set up with his friend Pete Williams, deal with his clients, and handle his relationships if he doesn’t remember the past? Time isn’t on his side, so will he remember who he is before time runs out?

The story starts with a strong premise. I was gripped from the opening pages as the protagonist struggles to rediscover who he is. At the start, he seems to have the idea of just wanting to design the Zenith Building but as his conversation with the doctor continues, it becomes apparent that he might have actually accomplished that dream and it has been much longer than he recalls. The questions assail his mind and the mind of the reader. I wanted to know everything about his character from this moment. The drama builds up and then the sense of danger. The Freedom Building by Martin Kendall is cunningly plotted and well-written for fans of psychological thrillers. It is fast-paced and emotionally charged, with many surprises that will capture the interest of readers.