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The Book of Deacon

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

173 out of 189 people found this review helpful.

Outstandingly good read!

The plot and characters are well developed and interesting. Each personality is distinct and uniform throughout the story (all three books). The details within the story are just enough so the read's own imagination can form the images easily. The story is fluid, comedi...
The plot and characters are well developed and interesting. Each personality is distinct and uniform throughout the story (all three books). The details within the story are just enough so the read's own imagination can form the images easily. The story is fluid, comedic, serious, heartfelt, and reads easily. I do not remember there being any vulgarity, there isn't any sexuality, and is a very clean, exciting read. The length of the novels is over 900 pages, an unprecedented amount for a free book. This is the kind of novel I look for because I want more book for my buck. I am an avid reader and I average about 150 pages an hour. So an "average" novel is nothing more than a magazine article to me. The length is amazing and I am extremely pleased to say that I enjoyed every word! One of the greatest failings I find in some authors is that they spend too much time with the details. I really don't need to be told that the leaf on the tree has 5 main veins running through the center etc etc. A clearer example, recently I read a novel where the author spent 5 pages describing a tree. A tree that didn't have any direct bearing on the story line other than it was in front of the character. This is what I refer to as book filler or fluff. Unnecessary detailed information for the sole purpose of filling the bare minimum of 10,000 words. I am thrilled to say that Joseph Lallo does not suffer from the affliction of detail diarrhea. If the characters in the story can make me laugh out loud more than once, I usually find it's a good story. I love quick intelligent wit. Countless times while reading this story my husband would say to me, "You are smiling at the book." "You are giggling at the book." "Stop laughing at the book." We read the same kind of books and I can't wait for him to finish the novel he is currently on so I can repeat those same lines back to him! I LOVE the fact that there isn't any detailed sex or seedy romance in the story. Yes, there is a touch of romance, but it is kid friendly, and it is more like a dash rather than a sprinkle. My son (16 yrs old) reads the same genres that my husband and I read, it's a family event. I enjoy being able to pass my books onto my son and then all of us discuss them afterwards. Sorry this is such a long review but stating, "Great read" just didn't seem to do this justice. I am greatly looking forward to more novels from Joseph Lallo. "Jo" is becoming one of my favorite authors. Keep up the good work Jo! And if you need and editor to proof read sometime for you, just let me know! (Seriously)

posted by JD_Pecor on July 22, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

15 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Eh.

The quick overview makes this book seem interesting & a must read. Upon starting the book I was quite disappointed. The beginning starts a little slow (I wasn't sure if he was going for Star Wars or something from the Middle Ages) & overall thr book is written in an ext...
The quick overview makes this book seem interesting & a must read. Upon starting the book I was quite disappointed. The beginning starts a little slow (I wasn't sure if he was going for Star Wars or something from the Middle Ages) & overall thr book is written in an extremely simplistic manner. The customer reviews was a big decision factor to read this and I found myself disappointed. I could not finish this book because if the writing style. Might be a good read for younger readers.

posted by 11352544 on December 27, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Eh.

    The quick overview makes this book seem interesting & a must read. Upon starting the book I was quite disappointed. The beginning starts a little slow (I wasn't sure if he was going for Star Wars or something from the Middle Ages) & overall thr book is written in an extremely simplistic manner. The customer reviews was a big decision factor to read this and I found myself disappointed. I could not finish this book because if the writing style. Might be a good read for younger readers.

    15 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Slow plot. Flat characters.

    Slow! I wasn't impressed with the world building. Main character makes all sorts of awful/stupid/naive decisions yet doesn't appear to learn anything from it. The last third of the book feels rushed to make up for the slowness of the first two thirds. Main character's prodigal magical talent feels forced. Most characters are very one dimemtional and the interactions frequently fell flat for me. No character growth. I won't be looking for the next one.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    I just don't get it...

    I read this book when it first came out and i was excited. The synopsis seemed right up my ally. However the characters were a little flat and for the last 1/3of the book i was bored and just wanted to finish it. Now i just passed by this book again and was surprised to see so many 4 and 5 stars. Not sure what people are thinking. Its okay but i wouldn't read it again.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    I couldn't finish this one. Myranda picked up the sword and then

    I couldn't finish this one. Myranda picked up the sword and then worse and worse things just kept happening to her. She seemed like a pawn, not a character with any agency, so I didn't find her story interesting.  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Enjoyable Read

    I would rate this book higher but judging by the shear number of anonymous posts that are 5 star i would say my score will add some balance to these. The story is ok not good or great. Just ok. The characters are likable if a little one dimensional and predictable. Also there is not a lot of character growth but 1st book is free and the other 2 are 3 bucks if you can put up with some grammer errors and the authors tendancy to be a little too decriptive at times you will find that it is a fun read when you are in the mood for some straight forward fantasy

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Engaging

    A interesting story that kept my attention and kept me wanting to read more.
    The only thing I would change would be to make it a little shorter . I feel that the author spent to much time taking about magic that was extreme to the max.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Fair

    While this book had its interesting parts, it was not good enough to go buy any more parts. I really hate books that leave you hanging, forcing you to by countless other books to complete the story. Especially when the first book wasnt all that good to begin with.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Half-half

    The magic was really fun, but the writing was less fun. I'd appreciate the characters more if I knew them better. Also, I didn't love the main character - she's immature at times, and at other times is even slower than the reader. If I can figure out what's going on as the reader, then she should be able to as well, don't let her play stupid, she's capable of so much more. Also, lots of typos, please edit. Otherwise, great ideas, and hoping to read it when it's more developed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Honestly i thought this book was going to be really good after r

    Honestly i thought this book was going to be really good after reading the intro .. but as i started to read the book . I got half way through and they were still describing the details and how she wanders the perilous icy fields of nothing. I got bored and stopped reading as there was just to much repeat material.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

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    Not as good as the first two

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