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Guardian of Deceit by [Coles, William H.]

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Editorial Reviews


I really appreciate how simply and effortlessly William Coles can tell this intoxicating, multi-layered story with well-developed world building and still manage to make a literary drama novel feel so fresh! A less talented author would probably over-write or over-dramatize to the point of being totally unbelievable. But even with the dramatic and multilayered storyline we are all in, hooked on every scene, as the world building always follows its rules which is so important in books like this. At first it took me some time to acclimate and get the feel of the different characters and their backstory... was confused on a few things, but stuck with it and it all became clear. A fun read all through to the end, even though some parts are heart wrenching and you will definitely be upset more than once.  Really loved the different characters that Coles created, the perspectives on life, love, humanity, morality... so much covered it's so hard to even address in such a short review. But one thing I know, I would definitely like to read more from William Coles!!
Indie Book Reviewers, 4 stars

I think that William H. Coles just made a new fan out of me!! Normally I stick to more contemporary thrillers/mysteries, but this was such an incredible book I had a hard time putting it down at night. Admittedly in the beginning I felt completely over my head, and was confused at a lot of things that were going on, with what Darwin was going through - there wasn't a big obvious hook right away which normally I need in order to get (and stay) interested.  But I found that things smoothed out the more I continued on, and after a slower intro (to really ground us in the world-building) Mr. Coles does an admirable job of ramping up tension and giving the characters some pretty complicated, almost impossible obstacles to overcome. And speaking of world building... it is brilliant, and even a little frightening, but in a good way.  I can totally see this being a movie, although it probably wouldn't be as good as the book anyways. It just felt like such a big story, one that I'll remember for along time. Recommend for adults as there is language and some mature scenes. A must read for fans of literary sagas and drama.
Indie Book Reviewers, 5 stars

Like his other books I've read, "Guardian of Deceit" by William H. Coles was so much fun to read, with one of the most interesting and enjoyable ensemble of characters I have encountered lately. From villains to love interest, friend to foe and the relationships with the characters and the creative world-building Coles creates is downright phenomenal and truly more profound and with much more substance and introspective take on humanity and our place in it all... not just some mindless cliché murder mystery/drama/romance book, but deeper, touching but also fun. Covers such a wide range of subjects, from Darwin's education and coming of age, to Luther's 'sins' and the mystery of Betsy...and so, so much more. An enjoyable experience, one that actually teaches us something about life and the human condition and shows us the 'bigger picture'. An unexpected treat, and I look forward to more from William Coles soon. Recommended for mature fans of literary fiction.
Indie Book Reviewers, 5 stars

Oh wow, I loved this book and read the whole thing in one week, which is fast for me, because I'm a slow reader. But it just seemed to go by so fast and I never wanted to stop reading it, even late into the evening. I was mesmerized by the world William Coles creates, one so realistic and authentic we feel like we are there with Darwin as he goes off to live with his cousin, and his life will never be the same. One thing I love about Coles's writing is how he manages to pack just so much'story' inside one novel. in a way it might be intimidating for some readers,as this book doesn't have A plot... it has several. The focus will shift throughout, so while it may be on Darwin at times, it will change to Luther,Granny, even Betsey and Laszlo. Coles does a terrific job with detailing, from conversations about medicine, to moral dilemmas, to romance and money... really adds flavor and authenticity needed to really bring the characters and story to life. Great writing, too. Love how fast paced it is, even when its being narrated. Usually that slows it down, but not here. Too much happens in this book to cover properly in a short review so you really just have to read it for yourself... you will not be disappointed!
Indie Book Reviewers, 5 stars

This is the second novel I've read by William H. Coles and it was fantastic!  He has such a great way of capturing slices of life over several pivotal years with wonderful details and drama. But what I loved most about the novel was the relationship between the various characters and especially what they do in moments of great challenge or adversity. Do they rise to the occasion or fail? Are they heroes or cowards? Are they loyal to the people we love most or do we betray them? What is truly important to us, and are we doing the right thing? Coles explores these questions with probing finesse and great heart. He does a great job with characterizations, but I thought that Darwin was particularly well-crafted and loved Granny too. A definite recommended read, as are the other novels by William H. Coles. You really can't go wrong with any of them...
Indie Book Reviewers, 5 stars

About the Author

WILLIAM H. COLES is the author of Facing Grace with Gloria and Other Stories, The Necklace and Other Stories, Story in Literary Fiction: A manual for Writers, The Guardian of Deceit, Sister Carrie, The Spirit of Want, The Surgeon's Wife, and others. His books and stories have won thirty-six awards in the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, The William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, and others. He created a website for writers that features essays, interviews, stories and a workshop. He is a former ophthalmic trauma surgeon, department chairman, and Regent for the American College of Surgeons. Presently he lives and writes in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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  • File Size: 2942 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher:; 1 edition (April 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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