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November 22, 2013

GUARDIAN OF DECEIT by William H. Coles

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A story of ethical dilemmas, family challenges, murder, deceit, and love.

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William H. Coles

Published March 13th 2013 

Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

(from Goodreads)

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.

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I  had a little difficulty with the wording and some of the sentences.  It seemed to me that it was all over the place.  Sometimes I re-read certain lines and would have to think about them to get at what the author was trying to say.  I think as the story progressed, it became easier to read and understand.  It was a hard time for Darwin, being young and losing your parents. That can be a lonely and difficult road to follow.  Darwin kept on following  his goal of becoming a doctor. His life changed when he went to live with his cousin, a professional ball player. His cousin would be his guardian until Darwin reached adult age. It was hard for Darwin to stay true to his goal. He was living a totally different life now.  Wealth, celebrities, gambling were only a small part of what Darwin was seeing.The characters would have been more interesting if there had been more depth to them. This might have made a good series.  That way the reader would have been able to get to know the characters better.  When I finished reading the book, I wondered what happened to Luther and Sweeney. Another couple was Laszlo and Bonita, what happened with their attraction to one another?  Some of the characters had some real turmoil going on in their lives. I thought perhaps the author didn't go into a lot of detail with the characters because he wanted the reader to use their imagination and build on the characters and situations.   The author definitely wrote a book about the real world.  He didn't put in a bunch of fluff, it was true to life.  If you are looking for a book that puts the light on life as it really is , a young man striving to reach his goal and the obstacles placed in front of that goal, then this is a good read for you.  Let your imagination work a little. Mr. Coles has written quite a few other books that you may want to check out.  When you read the book, read it for yourself, not for any reviews.  Everyone has their own taste and take on a book.

I would give this book 4 Ribbons.

I was given a  complimentary copy of GUARDIAN OF DECEIT from the author, William H. Cole for my personal opinion.

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William H. Coles AUTHOR:     I am the owner and developer of the website Story in Literary Fiction as well as several mobile applications. I've written all of the content on my website: short stories, novels, essays, interviews and produced downloadable-audio readings of stories. I've also written several novels. My interviews include: prominent authors, educators, writers and editors.

In addition, I'm the producer and reader of audiobooks: Open Book Audio. Finally, I provide a free online workshop for fiction authors and a tutorial.

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