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Product Details

  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Borgo Press (August 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434411508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434411501
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Billy: Messenger of Powers is a fascinating, fun read. It kept me captivated, in suspense, and laughing. Highly recommended!" --James Dashner, NY Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

"Fantastic! Fanstatic! Fantastic!!  The story line is so unique... a great read for both adults and kids... Collings has created such a fun world to get absorbed in... Billy is such a likable character you can't help yourself from cheering him on... I was truly entertained... FANTASTIC!" - walkingonbookshelves.com

From the Author

Many people have asked about the sequel to Billy: Messenger of Powers.  The sequel is called Billy: Seeker of Powers, and it is now available on amazon.com at amazon.com/Billy-Seeker-Powers-Saga-ebook/dp/B00962GFM0  !  And the best way to stay abreast of its release and other deals, giveaways, and book news is to "Like" my Facebook page at facebook.com/MichaelbrentCollings.

More About the Author

Michaelbrent Collings is a #1 bestselling novelist and screenwriter, and one of Amazon's Most Popular Horror Writers.

His bestsellers include The Colony Saga, Strangers, Darkbound, Apparition, The Haunted, The Loon, and the YA fantasy series The Billy Saga.

He hopes someday to develop superpowers, and maybe get a cool robot arm.

Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids, all of whom are much better looking than he is (though he admits that's a low bar to set), and much MUCH cooler than he is (also a low bar).

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Customer Reviews

It was a very enjoyable story full of imagination and excitement.
Jeff Johnston
It was one the most humorous books I have read I hope this writer keeps writing books like these cause I don't see a lot of good books like this around!
Kindle Customer
The author was far too wordy and had the tendency to explain even the most easily understood and mundane concepts.
Sonya

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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sonya on May 11, 2010
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The storyline was decent and even somewhat original but for people to compare it to Harry Potter is ridiculous. It can not hold a candle to it.

By it's own merit, Billy: Messenger of Powers was a enjoyable read. The story was interesting and kept my attention. Unfortunately, the writing was only mediocre. The author was far too wordy and had the tendency to explain even the most easily understood and mundane concepts.

I enjoyed many of the characters but they were fairly one-dimensional. Although, Terry and Mrs. Russet's story was a delightful exception.

My biggest problem with this book was the main character, Billy. I like having the main character be an underdog but found it frustrating and annoying that he was made to have the intelligence of a Twinkie. It appeared that the author made Billy somewhat unintelligent as a method to explain every detail. Unfortunately, this took away from an otherwise good story. I almost felt as if I were reading a novel written by someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I found it irritating when Billy would ask for clarification on something that was just said (which wasn't too hard to understand if some thought was put into it) so someone explained it to him in more detail yet he still couldn't comprehend this fairly easy to understand concept. I must note that I am an adult so a younger reader may not find this to be a problem. My other problem with Billy was that he was a huge baby. I found it hard to believe that a fourteen year old boy would cry as many times as Billy did in this novel. I thought the reasons for his crying and screaming were a bit flimsy and unrealistic.

Overall, if you do not mind one dimensional characters or having every detail explained to you as if you are five, and if you are not annoyed by stupid people then I recommend this book. As I said, at times it was slow but each of the scenes were important to the overall story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mpm13 on November 9, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book! The story is engaging, and humorous enough to keep me chuckling. I am reading this out loud to my children, and it's a great way to get them to finish their homework. They don't want to miss out, so they'll even fold clothes while we read, and that's a fabulous plus. Thanks, Mr. Collings, for writing a book I can tell has many sequels coming. I can't wait to read more. Thank you for writing something clean and fun to read. My only wish was that the whole series was finished, so I could dive in to each new book after I finish the last. (Oh, the talking hot dogs!! I smile just thinking about those scenes.) Keep 'em coming, Mr. Collings!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gennyfer Hanvey on June 10, 2012
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This was a bedtime story read that took us a few months to get through. I was reading to a 6-year-old with an above his age level ability to listen to chapter books, but, an age level ability to keep his eyes open much past bedtime. Still there were many nights when we stretched our limits to find out what happened next.

This book is a great adventure about a misfit boy who is made of stronger stuff than even he is aware. This is another story that takes the concept of a magic world, separate, but, connected to our own. I understand that there will be comparisons to other tales along that line, but, this was unique enough to keep us guessing. The writing is intelligent and descriptive, yet, the author has bits of whimsical fun peppering the rather intense tale. Collings' ability to write a battle scene had me holding my breath at times, which is difficult when reading aloud. I felt as if we were being whisked from one unexpected place to another on a magic carpet ride. I found myself scouring the internet when we were close to the end to find any news of a sequel. We are very impatiently waiting for a sequel. Tap...tap...tap...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Merlin's Girl on January 18, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book!!! It was so exciting and even scary at all the right times! I highly recommend to people who like the Harry Potter series or the Inheritance series!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SUSAN on September 19, 2011
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The book dragged and was a labor to read. Parts of it were ok, but the story line was a jumble of fantasy devices that just didn't mesh. Dragons, unicorn, zombies, and death moths just didn't play well with each other. It felt like the author reached into a grab bag of fantasy constructs to randomly move the plot along without a vision of how it would all work out. Other than Billy, the characters are poorly developed. The ending was abrupt and unsatisfying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By imhd92 on November 21, 2011
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I loved this book! So often when you read a story or watch a movie, you can tell from a mile away how things are going to develop, not with this book...it had me gripped with suspense and anticipation, I really couldn't put it down. Just when I thought I had the plot figured out...BAM! and the ending had chills running down my spine. I can't wait for the next book in this series!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pheniox on August 31, 2011
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this book is a very good book. the author is very imaginative and has the ability to take you along for the ride. i initially just got the sample and thought i would try it. after reading the first chapter i was hooked. this is the first book that i have felt like it was good enough to buy on kindle. (im a hard copy person)i was looking for a book to restore my faith in the fantasy genre and i was not disappointed. im now reading this book to my kids who also are enjoying it very much. i cant wait for the sequal.
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