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Balance (The Divine Series Book 1)

Balance (The Divine Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.R. Forbes
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My name is Landon Hamilton. Once upon a time I was a twenty-three year old security guard, trying to regain my life after spending a year in prison for stealing people’s credit card numbers.  

Now, I’m dead.

Okay, I was supposed to be dead. I got killed after all; but a funny thing happened after I had turned the mortal coil...

I met Dante Alighieri - yeah, that Dante. He told me I was special, a diuscrucis. That’s what they call a perfect balance of human, demon, and angel. Apparently, I’m the only one of my kind.

I also learned that there was a war raging on Earth between Heaven and Hell, and that I was the only one who could save the human race from annihilation. He asked me to help, and I was naive enough to agree.

Sounds crazy, I know, but he wished me luck and sent me back to the mortal world. Oh yeah, he also gave me instructions on how to use my Divine ‘magic’ to bend the universe to my will. The problem is, a sexy vampire crushed them while I was crushing on her.

Now I have to somehow find my own way to stay alive in a world of angels, vampires, werewolves, and an assortment of other enemies that all want to kill me before I can mess up their plans for humanity’s future. If that isn’t enough, I also have to find the queen of all demons and recover the Holy Grail.

It’s not like it’s the end of the world if I fail.

Wait. It is.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Quirky Algorithms (9 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6ZQ642
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I grew up with books. When I was eleven, I used to ride my bicycle three miles to the nearest bookstore to check the shelves for any new science fiction or fantasy titles they may have added in the last week, and eagerly put down almost all of my paper route money for the pleasure of escaping to a different place.

It's hard to be an avid reader without wanting to create worlds of your own, and so that's what I then set out to do. Too many years later, it's a dream come true to be published, and have people read and enjoy my work.

Thank you to all of my readers, or potential future readers, for helping me live this dream!

If you want to get in touch, you can find me at, check out my fan page at, or just send an e-mail to

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 4 Jun 2013
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Landon is a pretty average guy. And this story starts with his death.
We follow him to Purgatory, and to the revelation of his destiny. To be a champion for humankind, and be able to wield all manner of magic and bend the world to his will. The downside - he's not fighting for good or evil; he's in fact fighting to make sure there is no outright winner, because if either side wins, humans will pay the price. Which means that both sides consider him the enemy, and he has no allies.

Landon is sent back to earth to restore the balance. The war is currently tipping in the demons' direction, and he needs to find a way to set them back.
This involves angels, vampires, weres and marines.

I downloaded this for free from Amazon a while ago, and eventually got round to reading it. I'll be honest, I wasn't overly drawn to it by the description, and I am always sceptical of high reviews, but thought I'd give it a go.
The first couple of chapters were ok, but I felt like I was reading the book accompaniment of 'The Matrix', which was only compounded by references to the film. I was worried that the rest of the book would continue to rely on established media. And do you know what, it did - but I am going to have to eat my words; because as it went on, the little references to The Matrix, Star Wars, Captain America (and any others I might have missed) were all really funny and made my geek side smile.
As soon as Landon is sent back to earth, he stumbles along from one incident to another, gradually learning what he is capable of and how to control it. He gathers an unlikely team to help him, as we learn more about his enemies.

Balance is a perfect mix of action, adventure, angels and demons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 30 Jun 2013
By Nick
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I can't rate this highly enough. The story and characters gripped me from the start. Really enjoyable. This has a very different slant on life and that beyond it. Get this and you won't regret it !!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 1 April 2013
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Its an amazing book that grips you right from the start, with an interesting take on science and religion it is well worth buying. I enjoyed every page of it!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great! 30 Dec 2013
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A good read with an excellent storyline.However, the writing and characters lack depth.Enjoyable and I look forward to finishing the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 29 Dec 2013
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Kept me enthralled from the start. Can't wait to read the second one. And the third. Romantic fantasy, yet humorous.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me. 26 Aug 2014
By Nev
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Hmmm.........Landon dies. He goes to purgatory and gets sent back to earth to try and keep the balance between good and evil, not fighting for either side but making sure the scales stay level.

I'll be honest........This book is very well written. It keeps you did for the first 100 pages with me. I'm sure people will love this. In fact the reviews say they do.

But for me? Sorry, I don't do Twilight or clones of it.

Gets a boo hiss from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Divine Balance 19 Aug 2014
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I bought this book (OK it was free but you know what I mean) on spec, never having read anything by this author before. What a surprise! This guy is really talented, he has a fantastic imagination and he can write! I will DEFINITELY be buying the series and will be reading his other novels too. Do yourself a favour and look no further for a GREAT read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and intriguing story. 30 May 2014
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A very absorbing book with unputdownability. The plot had me, I couldn't guess where it was going and when it got there it was jaw dropping.
Will read the next and the next and I believe the next,
I recommend highly
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loved it, would msve liked a conclusion, well written, with wel defined goodies and baddies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Modern Fantasy
I found The Balance to be a solid modern fantasy with a great story. Forbes writes a good character with strong dialogue though sometimes it can be a little stilted hence the four... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Waylander101
5.0 out of 5 stars very good!
I got this book free on amazon. Wasn't sure what to expect but was not disappointed. Gripping to the end and characters you root for. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
Good characters, well thought out story with great attention to detail.
Published 4 months ago by Billy Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Balance
Gripping from start to finish. Great characters particularly Landon, but they were all believable.
Going straight to book two. Nice job MR :0)
Published 4 months ago by Mark Andrews
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
Landon advances through the levels like a fantasy roleplaying character on nitro. The concept is a bit of a rehash of stuff that's been done before, albeit in a new take. Read more
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