Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dark Deception, False Prophet, And Viagra Ads

Recently my fellow blogger AlexisAR posted that she'd just finished my novel, False Prophet, describing it as "delightful" and "recommending it to everyone." Awe, thanks Alexis!

Also, in the same post, she shared what has to be the perfect poster couple for Viagra. Click here to check them out. I dare you not to feel happy for this pair!

But speaking of great reads, it came to my attention that I'd neglected to blog my review of Dark Deception by Lawrence Pratt. Usually when I review a Mormon Alumni Association book on Amazon, I also blog the review either here or over on Main Street Plaza. Somehow I let poor Larry slip through the cracks.

So here's the review, along with some added comments at the end:

Dark Deception by Lawrence Pratt
The Master for Mormonism

Dark Deception is a great first novel from the talented writer, Lawrence Pratt. It is an engaging story about realistic characters who are trapped within a fictional cult that bears a strong resemblance to Mormonism. The author is obviously familiar with his subject, and presents practically every scenario that may occur within such a closed society. The story begins with the history of the cult from its origin in the 1800's, making it a somewhat slow read at the start. As a writer of Mormon-themed fiction myself, I know how challenging--nearly impossible--it is to write about the Mormons without the aid of a little explanation and backstory. Add to that, Pratt upped the challenge by creating a fictional cult. But don't put this book down! The beginning, while seemingly slow, is an excellent description of how a cult begins and then later evolves. It also lays the groundwork for the remainder of the novel, which is a fast-paced, exciting ride that includes many twists and turns as well as characters who are truly worth rooting for. In this way, Dark Deception is to Mormonism what The Master is to Scientology. As entertaining as it is informative, Pratt has made an important contribution to the body of works on Mormonism, a subject that few people are familiar with. I look forward to reading more from this author.


--While I initially compared Pratt's novel to The Master, it later occurred to me that its pacing is reminiscent of the hilarious spine-tingler, Hot Fuzz--a film that begins innocently in a quaint English village and then all of a sudden erupts into a violent siege that ends with a mythic bang. Buckle yourself into your Barcalounger and prepare to be entertained! 

Dark Deception is available in both print and ebook formats. Order it here.

Then go back here and check out those candidates for the Viagra ad. Aren't they the cutest?!

5 comments:

  1. Hi Donna, Thanks for the book review. I went to Amazon to purchase Dark Deception and wasn't able to find it in Kindle or e-form. Am I missing something?

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    1. Dear Just Jill - under "Books" on Amazon, search by Lawrence Pratt or Dark Deception. Somewhere in the queue, there will be a hard copy option and a Kindle option. You may have to scroll down a bit to catch the Kindle item. The hard copy listing has a bit about the book, my bio, and several reviews. Thanks. L. Pratt

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    2. Dear Just Jill - Just checked on Amazon - the paperback edition is #3 on the page, and the Kindle version is #10. L.Pratt

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  2. Donna - thanks so much for the review. As lanky as I am, it's easy for me to slip through the cracks. I find myself walking around drain gratings in order to avoid being washed into SF Bay. Larry

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    1. Ha! Thanks for writing such a great book!

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