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The Guardian (O'Malley #2)

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  8,439 ratings  ·  229 reviews
A federal judge has been murdered. There is only one witness, and an assassin wants her dead. U.S. Marshall Marcus O'Malley thought he knew the risks of the assignment . . . but he was wrong. Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Multnomah Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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A good book (like all her others). The things I like most about the books are the romance aspect, but more importantly, the fact that each of the siblings has a different issue about God to deal with and I find that Dee Henderson makes the issues real - I can definately relate to a number of the themes and have enjoyed all the books. The ability to make people aware of aspects which might be affecting their relationship with God as well as the solution and the reasoning for making the choice I f...more
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I was seriously wondering if this book would EVER be done. I don’t like giving up on books, but this wasn’t anything like the 1st 2 in this series. Sherri wasn’t relatable at all, and the O’Malley’s fell in love with her by talking to her on the phone like twice? The beginning was good, good enough that it kept me reading, hoping that it would get good again. I don’t think it did. The ending was a HUGE let down. So much so, that I have the next 2 books in this series and debating on reading them...more
Hannah Davis
I love a good hard-copy book, but having it on my kindle was the best decision I ever made, as I tend to go back and re-read this one time after time after time.

Dee's knowledge and love of law enforcement takes center stage in this murder mystery - this time through the eyes of a bread-for-congress woman and a driven US Marshall. When a very powerful man is murdered, it's up to our hero, Marcus O'Malley to keep the only witness alive, who just happens to be a powerful and driven woman herself.

It took me forever to read this book. I read the first few chapters and quickly got disgusted by Marcus and Shari's hitting on each other when they had just happened to meet by accident. So I set it aside for about a month until it got annoying. I can't stand starting a book and not finishing it. So I sat down and told myself I was going to read until it was done.
For starters, I was really annoyed with all the kissing and flirting going on between these to mature, career-minded adults. It just...more
Nathan Washburn
A federal judge is murdered under the watch of US marshal, Marcus O'Malley. As he and his team investigate the shooting he meets Sheri. A close friend of the judge and who's father was also killed in the shooting, tas he protects her they begin to fall in love. They grow together as she teaches him about God's love and believing in prayer. This is a great book, especially people who love a good action book, and also a little romance as well. It has a great story about God's love and prayer in it...more
I really liked this book. Marcus was such a great character, and the story was pretty intense. I wasn't sure they were going to resolve it by the end. This is my second read in the O'Malley series and I look forward to continuing on.
The story line is that a federal judge is killed on Marcus' watch, and Shari is the only witness to the shooting. While Marcus and his team search for the killer, Marcus ALSO has to keep Shari alive as she is being hunted before the trial begins. Without her testimo...more
Fantastic! Didn't want to put this one down. I'm glad there are more books in this series, but I really didn't want this one to end. No wonder this one won a Christy Award. The author juggles each element of this story (romance, suspense, christianity) in equal and superb style. You should love this book if you are a fan of any of these elements, but I loved them all. Only problem, I want more of Marcus and Shari!
I liked this book as a bit of escapism, but it really isn't very deep. It was a good story and the set up of the O'Mallys is creative, 7 adoptive siblings, each with his/her own unique problems to be dealt with. It just isn't my schtick. I found it too unrealistic in parts, and pretty predictable in others. Although I'm not unhappy that I read it, I most likely will not read the rest of the series.
Fun as a little change-of-pace escapist story; the kind of thing I'd read instead of zoning out in front of the TV. It's not great literature and doesn't have a lot of depth, but it's an interesting story, and not badly written.

I do feel a little confused by the characters in this book and the first book- there's a lot of angst from the Christians about not being in a relationship with an unbeliever, but then they just kind of let it happen anyway, with all of this kissing and hugging and genera...more
I love this series. I like the Christian background, the feel of God used by the Author. The ties within the family are also one of the most important parts of the books. She has a gift for drawing you in, and making you feel like you are part of the story. Recommend this series for adult readers. Am using same review for all books.
Crystal Laine
I love every one of the O'Malley books.
Michele bookloverforever
Marcus Malley lost trust in Jesus as a child when his mom died despite his desperate prayers. now he faces a possible death in his acquired family, the O'Malleys. then he meets a beautiful young woman who witnesses a federal crime. there are several attempts to kill this woman. during the investigation and the protective detail they fall in love. but the woman is a strong Christian. her faith and the faith of Marcus's dying sister brings him back into belief. plus he gets the girl and saves the...more
Pamela Hubbard
Marcus O'Malley is a US Marshall. While at a judicial conference, protecting the judges, Marcus ends up in the middle of a judicial assassination and protecting a witness. As the case unfolds and the O'Malley's band together to find the killer and protect Shari, the witness, Shari and Marcus begin to fall in love. Problem is, Marcus abandoned his faith decades ago and Shari is a firm believer. As Marcus's world gets shaky with his sister fighting cancer and a hit man after the woman he loves, Ma...more
Jeni Enjaian
While I enjoyed this book, I did not enjoy it as much as the first book in the series, The Negotiator. In comparison, the characters seemed just a bit flatter and some of the plot felt just a little more unbelievable than The Negotiator.

That being said, Henderson continued the O'Malley family story brilliantly. Jennifer's continued struggle with cancer (something I can relate to, having watched my aunt battle cancer for 13 years) and the really hard questions it raises, Henderson does not shy aw...more
Evangheline Farcas
As the other books by Dee Henderson this story kept me reading on and on. The story had many twists and turns, heartache and joy. Still the ending of the story seemed to come a bit too easy which is the only reason I only gave it four stars. There was suspense and my heart beet quite faster then it should have, but it ended to quickly and too easily. Lucas (an assasin hired to kill Shari) seemed to be skilled and unbeatable and also for a bad guy seemed to have a sense of honor since he didn't r...more
Book 2 of the O'Malley series. This one focuses on the oldest in the family - a US Marshall who is tasked with protecting a witness to the murder of a federal judge. As a Christian based author, she weaves God into her stories but isn't preachy about it. The witness believes while the Marshall has lost faith due to his mother's death when he was a young child. I enjoy the character development and how she weaves the importance of God, family & friends into the story itself. Now onto book 3.
It's been probably 10 years since I've read this series but as I've reread it lately I'm reminded why I fell in love with it in the first place. I love watching the characters as they wrestle with personal issues while simultaneously trying to do their jobs and protect the ones they love. Watching Marcus and Shari's story unfold was just as good this time around. I look forward to continuing the O'Malley series!
Audio book.
There are things in this story and the last that strain credibility for me at times. There are always conflicts of interest in both books. The independent wealth is another that is a credibility strain, with both Dave and Quinn. I even find the whole O'Malley family concept a bit of a stretch for me. However, I like the characters, want to know what happens to them, and may continue reading the series.
Ok, here's the truth: I just deleted a very long rant about how bad this book was. But it was mean...
So in recap- this pretty good storyteller has very poor writing skills. Very, very, VERY poor writing skills. I could only take 2/3 of the book before I gave up.
I've read the prequel and it wasn't quite as bad, but still not anywhere near good.
You've been warned.
I love all of Dee's character's, but this book felt a little repetitive after the first two, the situations and the romantic relationship. That said, I really enjoyed it, the mystery was interesting, the dialog (as always) is well written and highly entertaining, and the subject of prayer was well addressed.
I've been thinking a bit about this series and the thing that really bugs me is the whole 'I'm a Christian (or not) so I should keep my distance because it's not fair to them, being a non-Christian (or not)' and then they start making a move anyway. And why do they all appear to be rich?
I enjoyed this so much. I liked The Negotiator and this book elevated Henderson in my opinion. I loved the characters of Marcus and Shari. Henderson's plots, except Danger in the Shadows, always seem like they could happen in real life. I love the closeness of the O'Malleys and seeing each of them encounter God and how that changes them. The romance had a plausible timeline as well. It's kind of weird to me when the main characters develop feelings for each other within a few days in suspense no...more
This was a pretty intense story for the O'Malley series! It had more of a murder mystery feel, and less of the Criminal Minds aspect, but I could also see some CSI and Castle thrown in as well. I know, it's odd to compare books to television shows, but of late, that's what I've been watching, as it is hard to crochet and read at the same time! But, I digress. Marcus is a very strong male lead and Shari is vulnerable enough that she needed Marcus' protection. The story moved at a good pace, and k...more
Anna Mcfadden
Shari Hanford is the only witness to the killing of a federal judge, U. S. Marshal Marcus O'Mally is head of the investigation and determine to keep his witness alive. at the end he realizes on 1 can live. He he save all he cares and loves. awesome read
Debbie Roberts
Really love this author and her Christian fiction style. Clean content but great suspense and likable characters. This is book 2 in a 6 book series. Really loved reading them all you will not be disappointed if you like this type of book.
Amanda Hunsaker
Once again, Dee Henderson wrote a book that has action, suspense, romance, politics, and faith all entwined. The characters are lovable and the plot intriguing. The way that the O'Malley's rally behind one another is heartwarming.
WOW... What a great book the second time around. I truly think that Marcus is a great guardian to all his brothers and sisters. What a difficult job he has to do to protect people.
Sydney Young
This was a great listen, fun story -- pure brain candy (and thought provoking) for Christians wanting to read good fiction. I think I liked this book even better than the first in this series (although I liked it, too). The theme of the Guardian really resonated with me at this time in my life: life happens and people lose faith - or - they choose to be Christians and pray through the tough times. Mark O'Malley, the Guardian, is a charming and tough guy, but he is an unbeliever because he lost h...more
Nice Christian novel. Suspenseful, clean, religious quandary of unanswered prayer. Prayer for healing and death results. Liked it.
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Award-winning novelist Dee Henderson excels at creating believable, challenging characters. Dee is the author of two series: the Uncommon Heroes series and the O'Malley series of romantic suspense novels. Her books have won a host of awards, including the prestigious RITA Award, Bookseller's Best Award, and Nati...more
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“Slip away and come watch the sunset." -Marcus
'There are more calls to finish.' -Shari
"Those will wait. The sunset won't" -Marcus”
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