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The Book of Deacon [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Lallo
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (933 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: #1,087 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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299 of 303 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise May 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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166 of 174 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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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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28 of 28 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 Amazon.com at the time of writing this review.

SPOILERS

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.

END SPOILERS

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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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A book desperately in need of an editor February 5, 2012
By Jayde
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Based upon the many positive reviews for this book I was very much looking forward to reading this story. Unfortunately I have given up - a very rare occurrence for me. And I think this is probably the first book I have ever rated under 3 stars.

This book desperately needs an editor. It may possibly be a very good story, but the flaws in the first few chapters overcame my patience. As the book opens, the main character is trekking across an inhospitable landscape. She happens across things just as she needs them. She encounters an individual who is friendly until she says (in not so many words) that war is stupid and then the individual isn't so friendly. He tells her to go to village B instead of village A, because in village A they are patriotic. You then discover that she'd been heading for village A but based on the advise of an unfriendly stranger (would YOU trust that?) she instead goes to village B which we are then told has a bad reputation for having a significant criminal element. She goes into a bar, narrowly avoids being the center of a bar fight, accepts a very expensive bottle of wine from a stranger, then lets said stranger into her room against her better judgement but with apparently no suspicion that he could mean her harm.

At this point I just gave up - the coincidences encountered by and choices made by the main character were simply beyond my ability to suspend my disbelief. None of the above is explained, the motivations of why the main character is on the move is not explained(beyond that she's seen as unpatriotic for believing that war is a waste of human life), and there is a lot of convenient coincidence. I'm glad other people were able to get through and enjoy the story - and I hope the author finds a good editor so that if I encounter a book of his in the future I will be able to enjoy it as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Improved!!!!
OMG I just can't explain in full detail how this book makes you think. It starts slowly but builds with time and destroys any genre of fantasy you have read. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by michael creager
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here!
Meh sums it up. Tired plot lines with nothing new and interesting, only one sort of enigmatic and mildly interesting character, and pedestrian writing make this a very run-of-the... Read more
Published 10 hours ago by L. Gathmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Has everything I like
Young heroine, shady friends, mystic blades, magic users and a baby Dragon assembled by fate. I purchased book 2 and unless the story and quality of writing take a tragic turn to... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Brian Zavasnik
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Could not put it down, every chance I got I would knock out pages can't wIt for the rest of the books to be at my disposal
Published 1 day ago by Darrell Vassey jr
4.0 out of 5 stars original
This story drew me in almost from the first sentence. The story has a purpose and so many of the fantasy stories lack a good purpose. Read more
Published 1 day ago by june hill
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book I've read in a long time!
The story is exceptional! This is the best book I've read since having my kindle and I only hope the rest of the trilogy is just as incredible. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Low raters are either
crazy or must not be open minded. Not that I think you need an open mind, per se, more that you need to open your mind and let the story take you. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a remarkable narrative of a war-torn country. Though the writing style left much to be desired, the story was flawless.
Published 4 days ago by Rodney Holden, II
5.0 out of 5 stars pulls you in!
Kind of a Middle Earth feel . The descriptive quality of Lallo's prose is wonderful. I feel cold, hungry, anxious right along with his characters. The pages keep turning!!
Published 5 days ago by Ellen Pruitt Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome story!
I love the characters and the setting. There is plenty of action. I'm starting book two. Can't wait to see what happens next! I totally recommend the series.
Published 7 days ago by sweeter
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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 BrainLazy.com, 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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