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Billy: Messenger of Powers Paperback – August 27, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Billy Jones Series

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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

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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: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,406,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Collings stays true to his action and excitement writing roots, and here delivers for kids. Billy starts high school low on the food chain, immediately making enemies of bigger and cooler kids, but things turn around when he sees -- of all things -- a talking frog. Soon he discovers that he is no ordinary kid, but maybe someone with great magical powers, maybe a herald-prophet whose appearance on the scene is to start the war among the Powers, and certainly a kid in whom lots of dangerous people and creatures suddenly take an interest. Billy faces off against dragons, comet-riding scorpions, zombies, and bigger, older kids... with evil magic powers... as he struggles to survive his testing and find out if he is indeed the precursor to the return of the White King.

Great for middle readers and young YA readers (aged 7 to 14, I'd say). Action, fantasy, go!
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I think this is a great book for kids, although in a younger age group. The main character is fourteen years old, and he is still immature for his age, so comes across as a little whiny in places. Having said that, he is a weak kid, bullied at school, then suddenly gets thrust into a world of magic and powers, is it any wonder he cries now and then!

I liked the mix of characters, and thought the writing style was excellent. I think having the character ask for things confirmed is a great way to ensure the younger reader is following along, although older readers may feel a little talked down to. I think the story line was quite complex for kids, so all in all I thought this was a positive.There is suspense and tension and some thrilling fight scenes, enough to keep older readers enthralled, without giving the younger ones nightmares.

I do, however, see many a bedtime story over-running, as the kids beg for more, lots of exciting chapter ends that mean you have have to begin the next.
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