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Betrayal of Love and Freedom

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2.9 of 5 stars 2.90  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Two powerful men-one at the mercy of bipolar disorder, the other facing life imprisonment-struggle to regain their freedom. The life of Luke Powers has long been punctuated by abrupt changes in fortune, but nothing could prepare him for the possibility of life imprisonment. Facing charges of murdering the love of his life from thirty years earlier, the influential media mo...more
Paperback, 612 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Mwella Publishing (first published October 1st 2009)
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Michelle
I won this book in the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Alright, I just can't take anymore. I've never read a book so in need of an editor in my life. The author apparently has such a low opinion of his reader that everything has to be spelled out - blatantly and repeatedly. There is absolutely no subtlety here. There are phrases so melodramatic they'll make your eyes roll, and paragraphs so dry you imagine the author intended to come back and polish them up later. This book reads like an unaltere...more
Andrea Love
Received for review from netgalley.
I gave this book four stars because I can appreciate what the author was trying to accomplish. However, it was simply too long. There were at least three solid independent books contained in this single tome: one great fictional story dealing with tragedy, one true story of healing mental health, and one final fictional story full of intrigue and mystery.

The message of finding the inspiration in oneself to heal from mental and physical illness is one I apprecia...more
Nicholas Beck
This book was interesting in many ways. The first being the depth which people who have these kinds of disorders have to go through in order to survive in everyday life. The pain and turmoil of the two main characters is evident throughout the book. This was one of the things which the author did great through the entire novel. The only things which really bothered me about the book was the length, I felt the point would have been delivered just as well with a slightly shorter book. As well as t...more
+ Dragonfly+
Thanks Goodreads for the book I won. Betrayal of Love and Freedom was a really BFB and is divided up into 3 parts. Really interesting read.
Must be terrible to suffer from this mental illness.
Cheryl
Aug 27, 2010 Cheryl marked it as to-read
this was a featured book on Goodreads. The author has a video describing his own struggles with mental illness. This is my kind of book!
Heidibb
I have never been so highjacked by an author before! What a self serving guy. No real insight into bipolar just the sanctimonious author.
Michael Armijo
It was fate that this book would find me. It was left on my front doorstep randomly and mysteriously. A force told me that I should read it. I savored the three PARTS of the story as well as the epilogue. It's a novel 'based on a little bit of truth' by the author Paul Huljich of Auckland, New Zealand. The author also introduced me to the music of his son, Simon Spire (www.SimonSpire.com) in the Acknowledgement pages of the book. I especially like his songs WHISPER FROM THE DARK and TODAY (avail...more
Raymond Mathiesen
Nov 26, 2012 Raymond Mathiesen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those wanting a good story & to learn about psychological recovery
Do you ever feel you don't have the energy to do everything that is demanded of you? Do you ever lay awake at night worrying about your problems? Have you ever thought that if just one more disaster occurs you'll completely loose it? If so, this may be just the novel for you. As the fact page at the end of the book points out, "An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older - about one in four adults - suffer from a diagnosed mental disorder in a given year." The idea of `loosing it' i...more
Mish
This book was written in three parts. Part 1 is the story of Luke who is facing murder charges. Part 2 is Rick’s story who is struggling with Bipolar disorder, and part 3 is when the two story’s combine.

I absolutely loved reading Luke’s story; it was a real page turner for me. The romance was so intense, passionate and heartbreaking. I thought it was a wonderful read, but I also felt annoyed at the same time. Just when the story was at its peak, it stops suddenly and Rick’s story begins. I reall...more
Annabelle
Huljich must have self published this book, it is wild and crazy, annoying, interesting and all over the place with 612 pages. Huljich uses his own life as a basis. He was diagnosed as bipolar, was messed up by bad prescriptions, went psychotic and then slowly recovered, healing himself with diet and attitude. There are two main protagonists Luke and Rick, they meet each other briefly as teens, but each takes half of the book, and they seem unrelated. Luke’s family dies, and he grows up in New Z...more
Shay
This book was a refreshing change of format...

This book is about the lives of two men Luke and Rick. Their lives are broken down into two parts within the book. Part one is about Luke's story, which is very amazing and exciting to read about. Part two is about Rick's story, which drags a bit (but is very interesting all the same). The final part of the book, their lives cross paths once again (as they do during part one).

A portion of the book is based on the Huljich's real life experiences, whi...more
Suellen
The Betrayal of Love and Freedom is a very long novel but well worth the read. Part one is the story of Luke and the tragic loss that occurred to him when he was 11 years old. Part two is the story of Rick and the mental illness that could have totally destroyed him. The third and last part of the novel shows the interconnection between the two stories.

I should never read other people's reviews before starting a book because it affects my expectations. I expected this book to be very long and dr...more
Cydney
Everytime I sat down to read this book, I found myself struggling to get through the overwhelming details thrown at the reader. I think that the author's greatest flaw in this novel is simply telling too much. It seemed as though the story would have had more of an impact if a large portion of the oftentimes trivial details and descriptions were left out. That being said, Betrayal of Love and Freedom was an interesting look into the struggles of someone with this terrible disease. It just seems...more
Chelsea
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book.

The over all plot of the story was alright, I loved Luke's story; it was really interesting and really a page turner. Once I got to Rick's story everything seemed to just slow down. I found it really hard to get through Rick's story and all I wanted to do was get through and finish Luke's story. Once I got to the third part I was just ready to be done with the book. I feel everything really got dragged out, and often one paragraph said the same thin...more
Elaine
Pt 1 moved quickly, decent enough plot. Pt 2 is plodding and the author's premise that mental health issues need no medicinal intervention is disturbing. May work for the author personally but not for all of us. Forced my way thru Pt 2 to Pt 3 only to be sorely disappointed. Pt 2 had NO bearing on the novel. The characters met briefly in Pt 1 and that was it for their interaction. Pt 3 was poorly written (as was Pt 2). Did the editor stop working after Pt 1? Seems so. I cannot recommend this tit...more
Georgiann Hennelly
This is the story of Luke and Rick.This story is told in two parts.Luke suffered a tragic loss when he was 11 years old. Part two is Ricks story of the mental illness which could have totally destroyed him.The final part of the book tells the interconnection between the two stories.It really showed me a new perspective about mental illness. And how people who suffer with it deal with it day by day. A very informative book, i highly recommend it.
Gemma Dale
As someone who has had experience of dealing with a person who was bipolar, this book was incredibly interesting. Luke's story needs to be made into one bigger book and the experiences outlined in part two were eye-opening. Be warned that some parts are quite graphic and can be quite difficult to read, but this is only because they've been so well written.
Layla
A well written book with characters that draw you in. I found this book very hard to put down and the life of Luke Powers is captivating. Slightly repetitive in the middle in what I'm guessing is autobiographical sections yet still interesting. The ending is sharp, attention getting and is satisfyingly suspenseful.
Tobyann Aparisi
Mar 17, 2011 Tobyann Aparisi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: to anyone this is a great book
Recommended to Tobyann by: first reads
This was a wonderful book, the journey was painful, yet well written. What a scary disorder and thought to have your control taken from you. What a survivor and human character. This was an excellent book and I would recommend it to anyone.
Nicole
Compelling story - I agree with other comments that there is a lot of spelling out for the reader, but this didn't offend me it. I found it got me to know the characters more. I think the author is very brave for writing such a story.
marcy
Disappointing. It's made up of two different stories. In one story the main character suffers from mental illness - biploar. In the other story the character just has a screwed up life. I had higher hopes for this book!
M
Nov 02, 2010 M marked it as to-read
Unable to rate this as I have not received a copy even though I apparantly was selected as a winner in early September!

Copy arrived 28th October - now on my towering "to be read pile"....watch this space :)
Samantha
I really loved parts one and two. The third part was too all over place and I couldn't even finish reading the last couple of chapters. I wish part one and two were their own separate books.
Donna
I thought this book was an interesting read. Thanks again Goodreads for sending me a copy!
Isabelle
Sep 08, 2010 Isabelle marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads
Just won this book with Goodreads. Will review it as soon as I read it.
Leah
Dec 15, 2011 Leah marked it as ditched
Won this in a Goodreads giveaway, couldn't finish it.
Tamela
Jun 27, 2010 Tamela marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I heard that this book was interesting.
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Paul Huljich was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He attended St. Ignatius Convent, St. Peter’s College, and began a degree in Commerce at the University of Auckland.

His enterprise and ambition was evident from a very early age. With a sense that self-sufficiency was important, he did everything from caddying at the local golf club, collecting bottles, mowing lawns and laboring at construction sites...more
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