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The Great Pretender [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739458175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739458174
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Millenia Black is the bestselling author of the novels THE GREAT PRETENDER and THE GREAT BETRAYAL. She loves to tell a compelling story, and she is an avid reader. Heralded as a double life and relationship expert, she's been a featured guest on radio shows across the country.

Millenia is an alumni of Keiser University and was born and raised in the U.S. state of Florida, where she still resides today. She's currently working on RAINDROPS ON ROSES, book one in her highly anticipated FAVORITE THINGS trilogy!

Currently unmarried, she has never dated anyone living a double life...

She thinks.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Play By Your Own Rules 25 Jun 2007
After reading this story I realized the sad part about this book is that it might be someone's reality. Maybe yours, her's, his, or mine but it is someone's reality. Aside from that, this book is wonderful and creative! Cheating plots are done all the time, but this type of double life scenario is very uncommon. Millenia Black has put a daring new spin on modern family drama by exploring its secrets and lies.

In here we meet married executive Reginald Brooks who has been living a double life--with two families in two different Florida cities. But after nearly a decade, he decides it's time to "come clean" with both women. But the results may be tragic as the so called the "perfect man" comes undone by the consequences of a double life.

Reggie is a brave soul because I don't think a lot people could have pulled off what he did and he certainly hurt a lot of them, including himself, being a "pretender." The story was believable and the rest of characters were well developed. It was definitely a page turner and kept my interest from beginning to end. It had an unfortunate and unexpected ending and I was very saddened by the actions taken by the other woman, although I could understand her hurt over living a complete lie. I was also shocked that the initiator of all of the problems couldn't handle what he had placed on others for so many years.

The author made you feel as if you were a "fly on the wall" in every scene of the book. I agree with the other reviews that this should be made into a movie's you have to be careful about who you deal with...if it doesn't feel right, nine times out of ten, it's not right. It broke my heart at certain parts, while other occasions made me think. Millenia Black did a great job with her debut and is well recommended.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book leaves you wanting more! 12 Sep 2005
The story has a feel of "sliding doors" about it - as it describes the intertwining lives of the characters and how one man's actions have such an effect on the lives of the people around him. Each character has their own issues and problems which you are exposed to as the story unfolds.
This is an excellent book which keeps the reader interested throughout. The end of each chapter leaves the reader with a cliffhanger, enticing the reader to continue. For that reason, it makes excellent holiday reading. Once you begin reading you will not want to put this book down.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Tangled Web We Weave... 13 Mar 2004
What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive. Mr. Brooks traveled from Miami to Orlando for 10 years and had an outside child for 6 of them with a woman his wife didn't know existed. The mother of this child also knew nothing about Mr. Brook's wife and two daughters that existed long before she did. What a roller coaster ride we have here. No stone goes unturned when all the chips fall and it is too good to put down when it reaches the climax. I was shocked by what the ramifications were in the end, but could definitely see such a result in a situation like this. No one can win. I recommend this book because it is a pageturner and the storyline is not overdone or trite as so many fiction books I've come across in recent months.
Geena Brighton, columnist for Sherrington
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamite Drama!! 24 Jan 2006
I read this book in 6 hours, I kid you not. I can attest that it was a pageturner. Very engrossing story about Reginald Brooks trying to extracate himself from years of a double life. The ending had my heart pounding because I couldn't believe the outcome. The Great Pretender begs a lesson be learned from reading it. Be careful how you treat people!!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyment and sorrow 26 Jan 2004
By Technic
Mr.Reginald Brooks,a guy who wore a rolex,drove the latest model Ford Expedition,he had the cash that made it easy to enjoy extramarital affair.So he suppressed interest in wife and childre back home,while indulging in extramarital affair.That eventually cost him both families.Oh,he was now sorry but it was much too late, shouldn't start it in the first place. This author paints a good picture that men's nature can easily undermines their sense of marital integrity. I'm telling you this is a real page turner to the finish, that's right!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Read 22 Mar 2006
One sitting. That's all it takes for this one. If you're anything like me, you'll forget you've got supper on the fire because you're so wrapped up in the lives of this Brooks family. What a ride! I couldn't believe the way things turned out. You've got to get this one.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE MORAL TO THIS STORY 11 Oct 2005
My book group and I really love a good book. This story is a literal page-turner and we all had a great time reading it.
I can tell you, the pages turn themselves! The characters are so well-drawn and you really get caught up in their choices. Some infuriated me, and others I sympathized with and rooted for. My favorite character was definitely Reginald Brooks, the main one. He wasn't at first, but he ended up showing us a great moral in the end of the story. The ending to The Great Pretender is a true lesson that gives a reader a great moral value on top of the exciting, fast-paced story that the author leads up to it with.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzles!! 2 May 2004
By A Customer
This is book has some terrific sex scenes that I really kept my eyes peeled!! I loved the interactions among all the characters in the story. A man is cheating on his wife with a mistress in another town and she did not know he was married either. This made for a dangerous finish, which does come as a surprise in the end. Amongst the drama are some couplings that sizzle and make the book all the more interesting!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Didn't enjoy it. Found it boring and dull. Typical American tale of family life. First time have read a book by this author - won't be rushing to read another.
Published 5 months ago by Bonny white
4.0 out of 5 stars light entertainment
I enjoyed the story.
It was easy to read and awesome in places.
The main character ? Had no sympathy for him
the arrogant prick. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dohey
4.0 out of 5 stars Daring and shocking plot line
Although I haven't given this book the full five stars it was pretty close. The storyline was so unbelievably gripping. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by olivia1987uk
3.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced saga of deceit and tangled family relationships
What a saga of lies, deceit and tangled relationships!!

This plot revolves around the fact that a man commits bigamy and has two separate families,who live miles apart... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by Leicsliz
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak, shallow, vacuous and just plain dull.
Bought this after being misled by some of the 'glowing' reviews on here.

Reads like a cheap soap opera, little or no depth to the characters or even story. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by WoofWoof
3.0 out of 5 stars mmm....unsure what i thought of it
Started reading this about 3 days ago, its one of those books thats easy to read,story flows easily,i was a little taken aback by the end and didn't expect that, very sad knowing... Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by chand
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pageturner!
I was up until the wee hours of the morning finishing up this one, I could not put it down and that ending will blow you away!
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Kay Bunny
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended ...
Read this awhile back, and must add to the *s ...
A family saga that's defy worth reading, about a man leading a double life, running two familes without the other... Read more
Published on 26 May 2009 by Dee
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time and money
I've never bothered to put a review on Amazon before, but this book has driven me to writing this. I have never read such tripe. Badly written and unbelievable characters. Read more
Published on 10 April 2008 by S. Rutter
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh the drama!
Drama, drama, drama! On the one hand that flair for the dramatic is the core of this book and makes 'THE GREAT PRETENDER' what it is, yet on the other it is also the books... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2008 by DevJohn01
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