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The Book of Deacon [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Lallo
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,093 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Myranda is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orphaned by a continent-spanning war that has gone on for decades too long and shunned for failing to support it, she has been on the move since she was only a child. One can hardly blame her when she thinks that the chance discovery of a fallen soldier's priceless cargo is the moment that will change her life. No one could predict just how great that change would be. It will lead her through an adventure of rebels and generals, of wizards and warriors, and of beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step of the way will take her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.

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About the Author

Joseph R. Lallo is the author of the Book of Deacon series, Bypass Gemini, and Unstable Prototypes.

Karyn O'Bryant is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and also has a degree in English literature. She has several audiobooks and television appearances to her credit, as well as over twenty-five years of experience in stage productions in New England, Germany, and Los Angeles.

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  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036FTF4S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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332 of 337 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise May 20, 2011
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This book showed up as a free download yesterday. I woke up this morning and figured I would start a few pages of this book over coffee. Seven hours later, I finished the book and bought the 2nd book in the series.
I'm struggling to find the words to describe why I enjoyed the book. It was a book about war, magic, wizards but it was done very differently than other books of that genre. The character development was well done. The good characters had flaws and the bad characters had redeeming qualities. And, most importantly, I never found myself in skimming mode. And, of course, the ultimate positive review of any book is to immediately purchase a 2nd book by that author (which I did). If you are a fan of fantasy fiction, you will probably enjoy this book.
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191 of 200 people found the following review helpful
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Ok, first things first. I picked up this book via my Kindle because of its price (free). And for a free ebook, it is more than worth its cost, which is your time. I would not have been upset if I had paid a small amount to purchase this book.

Now, onto the book review itself. This is a simple tale that relies upon the tried and true fantasy formula of a "nobody" coming into their own as a previously undiscovered prodigy has been used by many fantasy authors. This formula therefore requires either significant character development or a type of twist to the story to rise to the five star rating. While this first book utilizes this formula, the character development is still somewhat lacking and even the "education" process wherein the heroine in this book learns to control her power is simplistic and repetitive. If the author was attempting to write fantasy targeted at a child or young teenager, this might be appropriate, but I did not get that impression. I believe this was fantasy that was to be consumed by an adult audience, therefore the lack of sophistication compels me to remove a star from five to four.

So why did I give this book a three star rating? Editing! It is a shame that a good tale should suffer from clunky language, and both grammatical and spelling errors. A professional editor could definitely assist the author in polishing this story. At that point I would be happy with a four star rating for this story.

So overall, as it currently stands, I give this tale three out of five stars. A good read, one that I would not mind paying a small sum for, and definitely worth the current cost of only your time.
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95 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 21, 2011
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This was a free download I happened upon and was pleased to discover that it wasn't a blurb to entice me to buy the rest of the book. It's also a fairly long story at 8000 plus on the Kindle. It's a page turner and a fascinating read. Many times I read a free download but choose not to pursue the next books in the series, not so with this story! Also, the books are very reasonably priced at 2.99 to make it a bargain not often seen on Kindle, sad to say. Thank you for the wonderful books Mr. Lallo!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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"The Book of Deacon" is the first of a fantasy adventure trilogy by author Joseph Lallo. This is Kindle book that is a 586 Kb download and was free from at the time of writing this review.


On a foreign land, the Perpetual War has raged on and on for 150 years between an alliance of three smaller northern countries and larger, stronger country (Tresson) of the south.
Myranda, our heroine, is against this ongoing war (an opinion contrary to the popular positive feelings towards the war by the majority of the populous). Shunned as an outcast for her beliefs, she stumbles across a magical sword and soon after meets a person by the name of Leo (Lain). Unbeknownst to her, these two seemingly unrelated events will change her life forever.


The Pros:
1.) the idea for the overall plot was intriguing.

2.) initially well written with an engaging style.

3.) interesting and intriguing cover art.

The Cons:
1.) nearly all (with only the rare exception) of this story is told from Myranda's POV. This was initially ok, but I found I grew tired of her character after a while...I began to look forward to the occasional but brief encounters with her main adversary, General Trigorah Teloran.

2.) *spoiler*...the latter third of this book got really bogged down with Myranda's studying the main elements of magic (fire, earth, air and water) from the Masters. Myranda's brilliance was beyond doubt and she'd pass all her tests with the highest results ever. Unfortunately, while the outcome was never in question from the beginning, this section took up almost the latter third of the book, while dragging out the obvious.

3.) *spoiler*...areas of questionable realism/believability.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes and no, but mostly no. October 11, 2013
By Kellin
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Every book with a cliffhanger ending should come with a warning emblazoned on the cover. Nothing infuriates me more than spending hours of my precious time reading through a book, only to find I've been cheated of a satisfying conclusion to the story. Especially when I have not enjoyed the journey, but only read on because I'd already invested so much time that I wanted to know how it turned out.

The book is so rife with horrid grammar that I was totally distracted all through the first chapters. Because tense changes occur inexplicably, I could hardly surmise whether an event was happening in present, had happened in the past, or would happen some time in the future. Strangely, the grammar improved as the story moved on.

The story starts on an exciting note and carries on for a while, but then comes a long, flat section that I could hardly drag myself through. The main character is just too, too perfect for my taste, and she seemed to regress in maturity as time went on. First I pegged the novel as Young Adult, then Middle Grade.

I really wanted to like this book. I think the author could have woven a wonderful tale from the interesting elements he put forth. Unfortunately, it seems that he just didn't take the time to clean it up. The Book of Deacon reads like a first draft. . . and then you come to a non-end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars but then started to enjoy t.
It took a while to get into the story, but then started to enjoy t.
Published 1 day ago by PATRICIA A. SIMMONS
3.0 out of 5 stars Second world sword and sorcery
On the whole i enjoyed this book. Character development and plot we pretty standard fare, although there were some usage and repetition issues. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Arianna Workman
4.0 out of 5 stars The book of deacon
This book was very interesting with a unique story line. I can't wait to read the other books in the series.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Here's the thing.... I read every single page
The book has charm. However, the experience of reading was marred by unnecessary exposition and an odd cadence to the prose (as if it was written by someone very young, or someone... Read more
Published 1 day ago by RP
3.0 out of 5 stars Another rating
I would recommend this book to those who are beginnings their fantasy adventure. A very easy read and keeps you attentive.
Published 1 day ago by cecilia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved all series
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars another good read from bookbub
I liked the new twist on magic,dragons,wizards, etc,I've always been a sucker for dragons and this a new view.loved the book.
Published 2 days ago by ethelinski
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Book
I am writing to you because I liked the book very well I will be reading the other books as well,thank you.
Published 2 days ago by bonnie taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A wonderful tale that moves right along, and gets better as it goes...... A five star book. I could barely put it down!
Published 2 days ago by D.Edgar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters, well-written
Engrossing, well written story. Amazon has hooked me into looking for its sequels!
Published 3 days ago by Darla T
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More About the Author

A native of Bayonne, NJ - the fabled birthplace of George R. R. Martin - Joseph Lallo is an unlikely entry into the world of literature. After a childhood spent daydreaming and reading, he fully intended to pursue a career in the tech sector. He received a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering from NJIT, and subsequently got a job working IT for a large healthcare corporation. Things changed when, in January 2010, his friends finally convinced him to publish the story that had accumulated over the course of a decade of spare time. That story, now known as the Book of Deacon Trilogy, was a surprise hit, and once he got a taste of the world of indie writing, he was hooked. Now he splits his time between crunching numbers at his day job, writing novels at night, and writing articles and reviews for, a group blog he helps run. His latest novels are Bypass Gemini and Unstable Prototypes, the first two books of a science fiction series.

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