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The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil | [Victoria Christopher Murray]

The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil

Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction, Essence® best-selling author Victoria Christopher Murray delivers a cautionary tale about debt and the dangers of an overly tempting offer. Married at 17, Adam and Evia Langston have worked their way up from rags to riches. But as they are enjoying all the trappings of their success, a financial downturn leaves them teetering on the brink of disaster. And that’s when Evia’s boss makes the Langstons a fivemillion dollar offer they can’t refuse.
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Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction, Essence® best-selling author Victoria Christopher Murray delivers a cautionary tale about debt and the dangers of an overly tempting offer. Married at 17, Adam and Evia Langston have worked their way up from rags to riches. But as they are enjoying all the trappings of their success, a financial downturn leaves them teetering on the brink of disaster. And that’s when Evia’s boss makes the Langstons a fivemillion dollar offer they can’t refuse.

©2011 Victoria Christopher Murray (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Just me... 05-04-12
    Just me... 05-04-12 Member Since 2014

    Audio books give my eyes a break...

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    "It's a shame...it had a little potential..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Where do I start? I struggle with anything good to say about this title. I really tried to see and justify what I thought was the authors intent, but I just found this book typical, maybe as of a writer trying to do something different with the evident, I don't know. I looked at the authors videos about this book but I still don't get it....

    I was told this author was uplifting and I'm trying not to be confused... is this a book of spirituality, faith and inspiration? There is absolutely no foundation for this being any of the aforementioned. So, Heeeeck yeah I would change some things...for instance, I would have spent more time balancing out the bad choices of the parents with some growth and maturing somewhere in there..instead the author seems to drone on with unnecessary soliloquies in the mind of the wife ...a husband with his own agenda ...along with the negative productions of meetings with her good angel bad angel girlfriends.... what a drag....

    I mean, I get it... the descent of wrong choices into the abyss that turns your household to shambles can be devastating-however, in order for this book to be inspirational one would think eventually a light bulb of right would go off over one of these peoples heads or the voice of truth and reason would penetrate their hearts... at the very least leaving the reader with hope! But I guess I was misinformed...

    And I would rewrite that awful and awfully obvious ending...seriously!


    What was most disappointing about Victoria Christopher Murray’s story?

    What selfish, irresponsible and shortsighted parents the lead characters were, seems the husband learned one lesson from his upbringing ...live above your means at all costs...and the wife? well...she....she was just plain annoying...seriously who does this?

    And although I'm sure the author wanted to reflect this couple as being in a long yet still passionate marriage, it just came off as if they had sex to keep from facing the issues of life....it was empty and hollow ...I don't know.... that could have been her point however, it just seemed ridiculously gratuitous to me.This book was far from inspirational and what's worse the ending left it open for a sequel ...Ugh!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to use caution when choosing any of this authors other books.


    Any additional comments?

    This story began with some potential ...but throughout to the ending was just plain evil to me.....to bad I happened to choose this particular composition to start with by this author, it left a bad taste in my mouth. Obviously this is just my opinion and I could argue both sides of looking at this book unfortunately the only side I can give at this time is the side eye.... and it ain't pretty being left without an understanding of what the author was truly trying to relay.....but read/listen and judge for yourself.

    The only redeemable thought for my time is choosing to hope I understand the authors intent correctly.....she having wanted us to see that all church goers/professing Christians don't know or serve the Word of the Elohim of Abraham, Issac and Jacob (which is what I find typical) and because of such are deceived and and ruined in the wake of trial. I can respect that intent, if it is as I believe but, it just really came off to me, like a bad science fiction movie.

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    N decatur, GA, United States 03-30-12
    N decatur, GA, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What god do you REALLY serve?"
    Would you listen to The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil again? Why?

    The storyline is quite good; however the characters don't necessarily ring true. The author curtails the use of


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    Kamala 03-16-12
    Kamala 03-16-12
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    "Would listen to again!!"
    Where does The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns. Definitely on the edge of my seat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the ending


    Who was the most memorable character of The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil and why?

    The head of the company the wife worked for...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KashMartin 12-09-11
    KashMartin 12-09-11
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    "So-So!!"

    I felt there wasn't enough action in the book...it was too dragged out and I was a bit disappointed :(

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    Meika Katy, TX, United States 11-17-11
    Meika Katy, TX, United States 11-17-11
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    "I couldn't stop until it was over."

    This was a very good novel, one that really got the mind going. There was a few too many lusty parts in the book for my taste, but I got the point the author was makig sure to get accross. The ending was good too, it did not let me down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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