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Wizard Born Paperback – November 2, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463706138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463706135
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,133,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Geof Johnson was born in Florence, South Carolina, and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He eventually found his way to Florida State University, where he earned a degree in music theory and pursued a career as a songwriter, winning numerous awards.
The last few years, Geof has devoted himself to writing fiction, and has published 8 novels.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian Chrisman on December 18, 2011
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It took me a bit to get into this story. So much of it is simply about the mundane items of growing up in America. A large portion of the book really just seems like filler. Who really cares what the main character's father thought and felt while building a treehouse?
Well, in the end, I did care. Maybe it was filler... maybe it was the characters being artfully colored in?
Either way, the author did a good job of creating characters that had their own, intriguing, personalities, which definitely isn't an easy task!
There really wasn't much plot or story to the book, but worked anyways.
I'd be interested in reading further books from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on February 27, 2012
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As others have mentioned, a good portion of this book is about little events as the wizard grows up. That would be less of a problem if those events all played into the character's magic development, but many, if not most, did not. And there were mere glimpses, not complete events.

A few times while I was reading, I felt inundated by all the names in one paragraph: main character, his mom, his friend, his friend's mom, his other friend, his other friend's mom, his grandmother, his father ... you get the picture and they were all referred to by the first names. Maybe it was just me, but I had to keep stopping to remember who was who.

I did like the explanation as to how the wizard does his magic, but I would have liked more detail about the wizard's nemesis.

When I was done, I kind of felt that it was a short story with a whole lot of filler. Having said that, the author's style is pretty good - engaging enough to keep me reading and I would buy more of his work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Professor on March 13, 2012
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As others have mentioned, it took me a few chapters to really get into the book. I was a little bit confused at first as the author went back and forth between a modern family awaiting their first, and unexpected, child and an evil wizard. But I hung in there and was so glad I did! Johnson does a masterful job of developing very interesting characters over the course of the book, which covers the entire youth and adolescence of Jamie, the budding wizard. I realize that this novel is for young readers, but this 46-year-old mother of young readers enjoyed it thoroughly! I couldn't wait to pick it up and read each night after everyone was in bed! I would recommend it to pre-teens, teenagers and adult readers.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R.L. Austin on January 20, 2012
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I stumbled upon Wizard Born while perusing Amazon, and after reading the sample I purchased it. I'm very glad I did.

The story follows the birth and early childhood of Jamie Sikes, a young man born to become a sorcerer. The pace is slow, especially at the start, but not necessarily in a bad way. I was able to relate to the characters well enough that I simply enjoyed being a fly on the wall as Jamie, Fred, and Rollie became friends and grew up together.

About ¾ of the way through the pace quickened, considerably, and I must admit I no longer felt so connected to Jamie and his friends. Not because the writing became less effective, but Jamie's teenage life was reduced to mere flashes with minimal detail, especially when compared to earlier parts of the book.

My only real complaint, and it's a minor one, is the brevity of the climax battle scene between Jamie and Renn, the evil wizard. I kept thinking "Is that it?" To me, it was an opportunity lost.

I can't end this review without saying how MUCH I appreciate the author's choice to create characters that were good people making good American-value choices. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Benner on February 6, 2012
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I finished this at 3:00AM and immediately went looking for the next one. This writer has a great sense of timing and presentation. The people are real wth real feelings, the kind all of us have growing up, blended with the magic all of us wish we had. This book has a little of everything, believeable magic, simple straightforward coming of age romance, all wrapped up with people you wish you knew. I have a feeling I'll be watching this author for some time to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah R on February 5, 2012
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I enjoyed this story because it was character driven and it had good pacing. As a teenager, this story appealed to me because it had characters I could relate to and enough magic to keep me interested. I found the ending to be very satisfying, and I'm glad the author didn't drag it out with another cliched flash and crash mess. I thought it had just enough balance between the importance of friendship and the battle between good and evil.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gryffen on April 6, 2012
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My lady friend and I both read this book and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Although it does not have a lot of the typical action and battles, the story is evenly paced, great fun to read and very addicting. The character development and story line are both excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2012
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This was a very good story. The story follows the idealist life a child that appears to to be a reincartnated wizard. I would recommend this to everyone.
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