Thursday, 31 October 2013

Review: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

Darwin Hastings is seventeen and his dying aunt sends him from Pittsburgh to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He is excited and afraid; he wants to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died and become a doctor like his father. But in his new home of celebrities, crooks, untrustworthiness, and excessively wealthy deviants, lust and want thwart his search for selfless caring love, and in his quest to become a doctor, he discovers the altruism of health care and scientific discovery riddled with profit motivation and deficient moral standards. A finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 13th 2013 by Authorhouse 
Kristine's Thoughts:
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
I guess this book could be described as Darwin's unique coming of age story. It is a little difficult for me to put into words how I felt about this book as I found it a bit unusual.
What I liked...
The story was unique in the sense that I have not read many books with a similar plot line. All of the chapters were short and it was easy to get through the book quickly.
What I didn't like...
There were way too many plot lines in this one book which made it a little confusing and I did not feel that there were any conclusions to any of them. What happened to Luther in the end? Who caused the boat accident? Does Sweeney ever find happiness?  Also, there were big holes in the plot that added to the confusion. One minute I was reading about one part of Darwin's life and when I turned the page he was getting married. Wait...what? When, where and how did this happen? I found myself wanting answers to too many questions as I read and most of them were left unanswered. There were also a substantial amount of errors (grammar and spelling) in the book. I am use to and expect the errors if I am reading an ARC but that was not the case.
This book had some good moments but unfortunately I could not overlook the not so good. It was an OK read but not for me.

 William H. Coles

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