Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Other Fiction Forum

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fiction books or series that do not fit into one of the other categories. If the fiction book fits into one the other categories, please use that category instead.

Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#1 by CatInTheHat
» 15 Aug 2017, 17:21

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Guardian of Deceit" by William H. Coles.]

Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Review by CatInTheHat
Share This Review

William H. Coles engages his readers fully within the first few pages of Guardian of Deceit. A complex story line demonstrates things like what a family is and what it means to be a part of a family, how reality differs from what one expects, and exploring what's important in life overall. Coles lets you delve into a story that brings out both the worst and the best in people.

Our protagonist is Darwin, a teenager who has been orphaned for several years. At the start of the book, he is sent to live with his Uncle Luther, a famous football player known just as much for bad behavior in his personal life as he is for his skills on the field. Such behavior is along the lines of what many people post on social media when sharing disgust with certain celebrities' actions. Darwin finds himself taken in by the household help and Granny rather than by Luther. Luther finds Darwin to be an inconvenience at first, someone that he needs to find a way to deal with, which he does in ways that would shock most sensible people.

Darwin learns that sometimes the people you meet in unexpected places can have a great impact on your life. Darwin meets Dr. Malverne on the plane, as he heads to Luther’s to live. Doc was Darwin’s mentor throughout high school and well into adulthood. Doc and his family eventually become integral to Darwin’s future in many different ways, both good and bad.

Others are met in ways that are more predictable. Luther’s wife, Sweeney, is a famous music artist. She and Darwin have an interesting, dependency-based relationship that often makes one wonder why anyone would ever want to live the life of the rich and famous. Mrs. Thomas, Luther’s house manager, is the one that keeps everything together for everyone else until tragedy hits her in the worst way imaginable.

This is not a rags to riches story, as Darwin was born to wealthy parents. Rather, it is a story of a boy, as he grows into a man while facing intense situations that most of us cannot imagine, trying to survive in a world he did not expect to live in. Darwin has to figure out who to trust, who is really there for him and who is not. Life is not always as it seems. Relationships are complex. Despite seeing good examples of love when he was younger, he sees poor examples as he grows up. This heavily influences his relationships with women.

Guardian of Deceit spans approximately 15-18 years. The way many of the relationships develop into stronger friendships, as well as relationships that pertain more to romance, feels very authentic. Often in fiction, people become best friends right away or lovers that head to the altar within weeks. That is not how most relationships work. This story is more realistic, with the stronger bonds taking years to develop to that strength. Such strength is what helps them get through the tragedies that strike. Coles does a good job showing that people can grow, even when the obstacles seem too much or their hearts are too hard.

I tried hard to find weaknesses in this story, but I simply could not find any to share. The editing is excellent; there are no issues with grammar, spelling, typos or odd wording. I rate this story 4 out of 4 stars. This story would appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. If you like to connect with your characters, like a bit of mystery or watching characters overcome insurmountable odds, you will enjoy Guardian of Deceit.

******
Guardian of Deceit
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like CatInTheHat's review? Post a comment saying so!
Life without a good book is something the CatInTheHat cannot imagine.


Grateful to get the opportunity to explore new books with those in the OBC.
CatInTheHat's Latest Review: "The Poet's Trap" by Sylvie Gallimore
User avatar
CatInTheHat
Previous Member of the Month
 
Posts: 956
Joined: 31 May 2016, 11:53
Currently Reading: The Governor's Daughter
Bookshelf Size: 412 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 76%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#2 by Amagine
» 17 Aug 2017, 10:22

I like the fact that this book can connect with many and different types of people. It sounds like a fascinating book.

Great Review! 💞
"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet." -Jhumpa Lahiri

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." -Frederick Douglass
Amagine's Latest Review: "The Tattered Box" by Paul Schumacher
User avatar
Amagine
Bookshelves Moderator
 
Posts: 4669
Joined: 04 Mar 2017, 19:27
Location: Lost in My Imagination
Favorite Author: James Patterson
Favorite Book: Writing for Children and Teens
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 692 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HD 7 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 400 Books
Goal Completion: 43%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 17 Aug 2017, 14:24

This sounds kind of like a coming of age story. Sound very interesting. Thanks for a nice review.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley's Latest Review: "The Other side:" by Seth Ramey
User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 2613
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
Currently Reading: Strong Heart
Bookshelf Size: 100 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 82%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#4 by Kelebogile Mbangi
» 17 Aug 2017, 17:39

I like the books take on relationships, I feel its refreshing. Thanks for the great review.
"I am a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me." - Maya Angelou.
Kelebogile Mbangi's Latest Review: "Followed my Star" by AR Annahita
User avatar
Kelebogile Mbangi
 
Posts: 646
Joined: 28 May 2017, 05:20
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 33 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 20 Books
Goal Completion: 110%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#5 by ritah
» 17 Aug 2017, 21:35

This sounds like a great book! Thank you for the well-articulated review.
User avatar
ritah
 
Posts: 385
Joined: 24 Jun 2017, 06:52
Location: Everywhere
Favorite Book: The Darziods' Stone
Currently Reading: Sylvio: Past and Present
Bookshelf Size: 84 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 11%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#6 by Odogola Benjamin
» 17 Aug 2017, 23:25

How smart and smarter do we expect these book to be, if the author is these brilliant.
Thanks
User avatar
Odogola Benjamin
 
Posts: 2
Joined: 01 Aug 2017, 09:50
Currently Reading: The Expansion
Bookshelf Size: 0 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#7 by IsabelMay
» 18 Aug 2017, 14:24

I like that you mentioned it's not about a poor boy becoming rich as in so many other stories, but instead he goes through difficult times and learns from it which only confirms that money isn't everything. The book concept seems refreshing, maybe I'll give it a try.
User avatar
IsabelMay
 
Posts: 211
Joined: 21 Jun 2017, 04:36
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 1939 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#8 by CatInTheHat
» 18 Aug 2017, 17:48

IsabelMay wrote:I like that you mentioned it's not about a poor boy becoming rich as in so many other stories, but instead he goes through difficult times and learns from it which only confirms that money isn't everything. The book concept seems refreshing, maybe I'll give it a try.


At first glance, I expected it to be a rags to riches story so I wanted to make clear that it wasn't along that theme.
Life without a good book is something the CatInTheHat cannot imagine.


Grateful to get the opportunity to explore new books with those in the OBC.
CatInTheHat's Latest Review: "The Poet's Trap" by Sylvie Gallimore
User avatar
CatInTheHat
Previous Member of the Month
 
Posts: 956
Joined: 31 May 2016, 11:53
Currently Reading: The Governor's Daughter
Bookshelf Size: 412 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 76%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#9 by Jaime Lync
» 19 Aug 2017, 08:41

Great review! You really sell this book.
Jaime Lync's Latest Review: "My Author Is Dead" by Michel Bruneau
User avatar
Jaime Lync
 
Posts: 1030
Joined: 15 Mar 2017, 19:33
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 61 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 12 Books
Goal Completion: 483%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#10 by CatInTheHat
» 19 Aug 2017, 09:01

Jaime Lync wrote:Great review! You really sell this book.


Thank you! Coles is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. I've read two of his books so far.
Life without a good book is something the CatInTheHat cannot imagine.


Grateful to get the opportunity to explore new books with those in the OBC.
CatInTheHat's Latest Review: "The Poet's Trap" by Sylvie Gallimore
User avatar
CatInTheHat
Previous Member of the Month
 
Posts: 956
Joined: 31 May 2016, 11:53
Currently Reading: The Governor's Daughter
Bookshelf Size: 412 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 76%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#11 by Snowflake
» 21 Aug 2017, 19:38

Your review gives a very good idea of this book. I'm not sure I'm ready to read a story about such difficulties for an orphaned teen at this time but I know where to go when I am....
peace starts with a smile...
User avatar
Snowflake
 
Posts: 204
Joined: 07 Feb 2017, 10:32
Currently Reading: Two Dogs and a Blonde
Bookshelf Size: 233 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 6%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#12 by CatInTheHat
» 21 Aug 2017, 20:03

Snowflake wrote:Your review gives a very good idea of this book. I'm not sure I'm ready to read a story about such difficulties for an orphaned teen at this time but I know where to go when I am....


You will definitely get a different story than is typical of orphan stories if you give it a try.
Life without a good book is something the CatInTheHat cannot imagine.


Grateful to get the opportunity to explore new books with those in the OBC.
CatInTheHat's Latest Review: "The Poet's Trap" by Sylvie Gallimore
User avatar
CatInTheHat
Previous Member of the Month
 
Posts: 956
Joined: 31 May 2016, 11:53
Currently Reading: The Governor's Daughter
Bookshelf Size: 412 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 76%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#13 by SpiderDreamer1
» 21 Aug 2017, 20:34

An excellent review; this sounds like a very interesting story. Considering the length of time spent, how does the pacing feel? Stories like this can sometimes seem either too slow or too fast.
User avatar
SpiderDreamer1
 
Posts: 28
Joined: 05 Jul 2016, 11:15
Bookshelf Size: 0 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#14 by CatInTheHat
» 21 Aug 2017, 21:18

SpiderDreamer1 wrote:An excellent review; this sounds like a very interesting story. Considering the length of time spent, how does the pacing feel? Stories like this can sometimes seem either too slow or too fast.


For the most part, the story was paced well. Not too fast, not too slow. The ending wrapped up a little quickly but it was done well.
Life without a good book is something the CatInTheHat cannot imagine.


Grateful to get the opportunity to explore new books with those in the OBC.
CatInTheHat's Latest Review: "The Poet's Trap" by Sylvie Gallimore
User avatar
CatInTheHat
Previous Member of the Month
 
Posts: 956
Joined: 31 May 2016, 11:53
Currently Reading: The Governor's Daughter
Bookshelf Size: 412 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 76%

Re: Official Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Post Number:#15 by Snowflake
» 21 Aug 2017, 22:17

CatInTheHat wrote:You will definitely get a different story than is typical of orphan stories if you give it a try.


Thanks catinthehat. I will keep that in mind.
peace starts with a smile...
User avatar
Snowflake
 
Posts: 204
Joined: 07 Feb 2017, 10:32
Currently Reading: Two Dogs and a Blonde
Bookshelf Size: 233 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 6%

Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests

Navigation

Return Home » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Other Fiction Forum