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The Disillusioned (Guardian #1)

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A mother’s suicide threatens to destroy a family legacy. Her sons, Sam and Daniel, are forced to leave their comfortable worlds behind and search for a woman they believe can unlock the secrets that have remained hidden. They are propelled into separate journeys from Los Angeles to the heart of the Zambezi where they are forced to confront a man known as Die Duiwel. On the ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Forgotten Stories, LLC (first published February 20th 2013)
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May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Starts with the point of view of an old woman in a mental institution thinking over her life. I was drawn in right away, wondering what secrets she is keeping that are causing her so much pain. The focus shifts to her sons and there is plenty of mystery, intrigue, action, suspense, and more. It is thought-provoking, showing that there is a difference between faith and religion and also shining a light on the subject of human trafficking. There was much more here than I was expecting. Kept me rea ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Disillusioned: D. J. Williams

Ideals, visions and your take on the world are your own. One’s thoughts, feelings and biases should be based on research, understanding and your specific beliefs that are unique to you. But, sometimes what you see in front of you has not been orchestrated, choreographed and coordinated to such perfection that you do not see past what has been projected in front of you nor do you see any flaws. Picture a mural or tapestry of your family. Each part of the mural cr
Casee Marie
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brothers Danny and Sam Armstrong grew apart after an unconventional childhood. Their distant father and unstable mother were different people in the spotlight; together they worked to create one of the biggest evangelical ministries in America, with an impressive array of books, sermons, and a tremendous California church to their name. After their father’s death abroad and their mother’s unexpected suicide, Danny and Sam are drawn out of their separate lives and into a pulsating new adventure. ...more
Kandy Scaramuzzo
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Sins of the Father

Parents are notorious for keeping secrets from their children, but do they do it to protect the children or protect themselves? This is a question you must ask yourself as you read this story. The father figure in this story might have done well to remember the old saying, “Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.” Since he was a world travelling minister with an ego the size of Montana, I don’t think he ever thought anyone would spill his secret, even though it was k
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Disillusioned is an amazing story! I just finished reading it, and I'm feeling that withdrawal you feel after reading a good book. It's as if you have been on an incredible journey and now must return to real life. This book is suspenseful, mysterious, thrilling, eye-opening, and convicting all at the same time.

This book deals with so many issues: depression, suicide, embezzlement, child trafficking, infidelity, and redemption. These all blend together seamlessly to make this story one that
Michell Plested
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Derek Williams, writing as DJ Williams, gave me the opportunity to read his new book, The Disillusioned. The book begins with the inner thoughts of a woman tortured by her past. She has been institutionalized and feels that the only way to release her family from the sins of the past and her own torment is to end her life.

What results is a whirlwind of activity that has her sons traveling from the relative safety of their lives into some of the most dangerous places in Africa. It is during their
Sara Ella
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What if, in a single moment, your entire world was turned upside down? For brothers Danny and Sam Armstrong, the only way for this question to be answered is to look beyond the veil.
A family secret. A major cover up. A shocking scandal. You’ll find all this and more in DJ Williams’ exciting new novel, The Disillusioned. After a family tragedy shatters their world, the Armstrong brothers must put aside their differences and band together to fulfill their mother’s final wish. What they discover go
Yatin Gupta
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am not an e-book person. I don’t know but I just can’t read them. There are some 10 e-books lying on my iPad unfinished. After a while, something disconnects me from finishing these books. The only e-book that I have successfully managed to finish is “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie and the reason behind this is the immense curiosity I had about the book. The Disillusioned, happened after a lot of procrastination. I request the author to send me its paperback but getting it shipped from ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Danny Armstrong resisted his ‘destiny’ as the pastor of the California megachurch planted by his famous father. His brother Sam also walked away from the church, and is building a rising career as a producer of up-and-coming musical talent. When their mother commits suicide, Danny and Sam find a portion of the estate has been left to a woman in Zambia, a complete stranger.

And if they don’t find her, the whole estate will go to the church. They need to find her and claim their inheritance, or th
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The Disillusioned was sent to me by the author a while ago in exchange for an honest review. I happily found within this book, a truly emotional and heartfelt story full of mystery, intrigue and a genuine concern for both the characters and the reality behind their fiction.

As with every good mystery, you have to claw your way through all of the lies and deceit surrounding Sam and Daniel's family to get to the bottom of a w
Nancy Silk
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"An Awesomely Written Realistic Story"

This is a fast-paced realistic thriller which will reveal many secrets. Carole Armstrong had been married to John Armstrong who had been a very successful preacher building a highly popular church world-wide. They had two sons, now fully grown, Danny who is married, and Sam who has a demanding profitable production career in Los Angeles. John was constantly away from home preaching while Carole considered herself a single mom, as the boys never had a chance
Lindsey Silvestrini
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that just grabs you into it and you cannot put it down? Author D.J. Williams does a magnificent job in writing a story full of mystery that puts the reader into a trance.

The Disillusioned is a novel written about a fictitious world renowned preacher John Armstrong that leaves many mysteries for his family to discover after his death. The story takes place in Southern California which I love, because I could relate to all of the local institutions that are in the book. E
Jo Barton
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Following their mother’s suicide, Sam and Daniel Armstrong leave behind a comfortable world to search for the truth about long buried family secrets. Their individual journeys take them from Los Angeles and into Zambezi, to the heart of a dark and very dangerous place, where children are disappearing and where the ultimate revenge threatens their very existence.

The corruption at the heart of the story focuses on the very depths of human despair, and intertwines a humanist perspective alongside
Tracy Terry
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
The story of a somewhat dysfunctional evangelical Christian family, The Disillusioned, a real roller-coaster of a read made even more so with its short, snappy chapters, begins with a suicide and the reading of a will that takes brothers, Danny and Sam, along with us, the reader, on a search, an adventure deep into the heart of Africa.

So much more than a meaningless gratuitous action/adventure story though, powerful, well written and full of corruption in high places, of kidnappings, of slavery,
Karla K Thompson
Great story!

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are easily loved. The plot moves right along. The bad guys are REALLY bad and the ending......well, the ending was perfect! Coincidence that I have a niece and nephew in Tanzania as I read this story. They are there, also, helping the children at Neema House. Great work Mr. Williams and thank you.
Glenda Calvo
DJ you kept me engrossed in your writing. I could not put it down--had to finish it straight away. Can't wait to start reading the next one...
Dianne Butts
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well put together story. Very sad and tragic topics, including wrong-doings by prominent Christian leaders, suicide, and human trafficking, No wonder there is so much disillusionment. But all these things happen. In the story all these tragic happenings bring the main characters to a better place, doing better things.

It’s a wild ride, like an action/adventure movie with faith-based elements. I enjoyed it.

The book could use some editing. Nevertheless I’ll read more by this author.
Sandra Heptinstall
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The back of this book will tell you a lot about the story that lies within. But you could never imagine what will happen. Two brothers are on a trip to find a woman they had never heard of. They have to find her to get the inheritance that is left to them and the woman who will get 25% of it. Along the way they find out the woman is the sister they never knew they had.

While this
is a work of fiction there is so much truth in it. It is a book that will haunt me the rest of my life.This is one o
Benjamin Sos
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! It was interesting and intense! The Disillusioned is a story about two brothers who work through their damaged relationships with family and God to uncover mysteries left behind by their deceased parents who were pastors of a mega church in Southern California. The story begins with the Danny and Sam learning of their mother's suicidal death several years after their father was murdered in the Philippines. Upon reading the last will of their mother and the millions of doll ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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Thanks D.J. Williams....I did enjoy the ride!!

This book was well written. The descriptions were incredible, painted Africa like a picture. The story line of kidnapped children was compelling. Hard to read about these situations but since they actually do take place, it is a necessary evil. I enjoyed the aspect of the story that showed that everyone has faults and secrets but the religious part came on too strong in sections for me. This was a book that was hard to put down, once begun.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yummy...intense...profound...thought provoking...

I will try to review it more deeply later...summer has me in its arms...I am not in focus.
Glenda Bixler
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is my top favorite book for 2016...See my review with music and excerpts...

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With the DNA of a world traveler, D.J. Williams was born and raised in Hong Kong, has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East. His global travels have engrossed him in a myriad of cultures, and provided him with a unique perspective that has fueled his creativity over the course of a twenty year career in both the entertainment industry and nonpro ...more
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