"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexander Dumas.

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        The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas is one of the most exciting books ever written. The characters are very real and believable, particularly Edmond Dantes, the protagonist.         The way he lusts for vengeance and yet waits patiently for the right time is admirable, to say the least. His mind, sharpened and educated by Abbé Faria during years in prison, helps him transform into many different personages, including the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo. …

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…still had him locked away in the Chateau D'If because of political and personal reasons. His selfishness and greed forced Dantes into fourteen years of torturous imprisonment.         Because of this book's great size, the first thirty or so chapters are used as the exposition, preparing the way for the rising action, climax, falling action, and, finally, the resolution. This is excellent for a long, drawn-out story that will leave you hanging until the very end.