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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Plunge into the world of seen and unseen forces in The Guardian. Anna Riley has just come into possession of a two-thousand-year old scroll that God gave to John the Disciple. Her mission—to guard the scroll and unlock its secret. Jason Lang, her protector, has his work cut out for him as they begin their journey around the world, facing corruption and dodging bullets—all ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Barbour Books (first published August 30th 2011)
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Oh the conundrum!?!? How to rate and tactfully review a book that is as fabulous as it is horrible - where the many parts and pieces, ranging from trainwreck grammar to praiseworthy storyline - do not equal a stellar whole?

I suppose the only thing to do is to list the elements and briefly summarize what worked well and what derailed.

Storyline: Exciting and engaging plot. Fast action; streamlined pacing. Logical forward movement. A few minor plot holes; a few convoluted and happenstance forced
Mystery… Intrigue…. The Catholic Church… Good – vs - Evil

A scroll written by the Apostle John while exiled in Patmos 60 years after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The Guardian

During the first century, the apostle John, under the direction of God Himself, writes a message on a scroll. John then entrusts only his family to protect and guard it. It has been kept safe and hidden for many centuries. Now, as Thomas Riley lies dying, God sends the archangel Michael to summon his granddaughter Anna to
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good book; there is a deeper meaning within the fast paced triller. It has encouraged me to take a closer look at my faith in God & my relationship with him.
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Faith, Mercy, Promise"

Anna Riley is a young woman celebrating Mardi Gras when her life suddenly changes. A little boy meets her on her way back to the hotel and gives her information that makes her fly immediately to Pittsburgh. From that moment on, Anna's life moves quickly as she becomes the Guardian of the scroll God gave to John on Patmos. She needs to find the scroll and decifer it, finishing the work of her grandfather. With the help of Father Vin, Jason Lang, Nick, Hale, and Marie, Anna
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
It was difficult for me to assign a rating to this book, the first written by a pair of young pastors. On the one hand I would like to congratulate them on their efforts and encourage them. On the other hand, I feel as though I should be honest and tell them they have a long way to go before their writing is as compelling and masterful as the bestsellers in this genre (whether Christian-based or not). Therefore, I chose a middle-of-the-road three stars because there were some great, original ide ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
An exciting, spiritually-themed thriller with a surprise ending.
Kat Rose
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I loved this book. Anna's journey is one that we all go through at one point in our lives. Anna was not saved when she accepted in the mission from God. As she takes this journey, she gets to learn about God and in the end, she accepts Jesus as her Lord and Savior.
Tom Robinson
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent work - a gripper, and action packed. Highly recommended!
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
I sometimes wonder how books make it to print. You hear about rejections and the difficulties of a book company even seeing an unknown author's manuscript...much less reading it.

And then I read a book like THE GUARDIAN and I wonder if THAT'S just fiction. How did this book make it to print.

OK the story is interesting...the trigger events to Jesus' interesting speculation....but the writing is horrible--reminiscent of freshmen (high school freshmen, that is) creative writing. There
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It was a roller coaster of a book. Going from one country to another being chased by bad guys. It even got me crying in a couple of places.
It starts with John in Patmos Island Prison 60 years after the Crucifixion. When he got a scroll with a revelation on it that he had to hide from the world.
Then it goes New Orleans present day mardi gras Anna is with friends but she doesn't want to drink to excess like her friends so she is going to walk by herself to hotel. She sees a boy in ally and he call
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
We all know about profound artifacts that humans have possessed at some point in the Bible. There has been the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God, the staff of Moses which allowed him to part the waters of the Red Sea and of course the famous Ark of the Covenant which was kept in the Holy of Holies where it is said the Mercy Seat of God dwelt. The most amazing thing is that none of them have ever been recovered.

Now one more piece of the Bible archive is about to be searched for, the scroll o
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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From Goodreads: Plunge into the world of seen and unseen forces in The Guardian. Anna Riley has just come into possession of a two-thousand-year old scroll that God gave to John the Disciple. Her mission—to guard the scroll and unlock its secret. Jason Lang, her protector, has his work cut out for him as they begin their journey around the world, facing corruption and dodging bullets—all the while trying to keep his attraction to Anna at bay. Will he succeed in defending the woman he’s vowed to ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller fans, young adults, adults, Christians
Recommended to Meagan by: NetGalley
By Robbie Cheuvront with Erik Reed

When the Apostle John received the Revelation from God 2,000 years ago he also received a scroll that he and his descendants have been guarding ever since. It is into this world that Anna Riley, the newest Guardian and Jason Lang, her protector have been drawn. It is a world of treachery and danger that could cost them their very lives and the lives of those closest to them.

But to secure the scroll and the secret it hides they must first discover th
Jo-Ann Murphy
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
The description of this book in the Goodreads giveaways sounded interesting and I was pleased that I won the giveaway.

When I began reading, I first became worried that it was going to be amd extremist Christian novel. But then it hooked me and was a very excellent adventure story in vein of The DaVinci Code. There was a good cast of characters, mystery, chases, evil trying to take over the world.

Then the book took another turn and I became a bit worried when they brought in the Baptist missionar
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy I finally finished this book, so sorry it took me so long, but it was worth it to really enjoy it. I will like to first thank Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed and Goodreads for allowing me to enjoy this book, I was a winner of this first read giveaway. Thank You! This book is amazing, when I read the first chapter, it kinda of scared me and I wasn't sure what this book was truely about. But this book is filled with action, thrills, even had me crying at some parts, but this book was ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anna Riley is in possession of a 2,000 year old scroll, passed on from generation to generation from the apostle John. When she is appointed the guardian of the priceless scroll, she sets out on a perilous journey to unlock the secrets of the parchment.

With her protector, Jason Lang, they travel the world, hunting down the answer to the seemingly impossible riddle. Armed with the scant knowledge of her ancestors and a determination to see her mission through, she faces corruption and dodges cata
Nate LaClaire
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In The Guardian, agnostic Anna Riley discovers that God created her with a special purpose: to guard the scroll that the apostle John received on the island of Patmos 2,000 years ago. The scroll holds a powerful secret and the forces of evil, led by the mysterious Prince, will stop at nothing to steal it. What follows is a riveting thriller that will take the reader across Europe, to North and South America, and into the holy lands.

I found this book to be exceptional. I couldn’t put it down. Fir
Books to the Sky
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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(We received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.)

This book reminded me strongly of The DaVinci Code, except I actually enjoyed this book. A lot.

I loved the "historical" aspect of this entire story. John the Disciple is given a scroll (rather, he pukes it up) from God and has to protect it. It thus passes down John the Disciple's descendants and they spend their lives guarding the scroll.

Anna is next in line to protect the scroll (
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This story is full of actions, running from one place to another. After Anna had accepted the duty from her grandfather, to complete the task from God, her life was no longer same. Within few days, she had to run away from the bad people and witnessed death, and more death along the journey. She learnt to trust and have faith in God
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book was not what I expected. It was better. So much better.
With all the 'scroll', 'end times' and 'bible code' books floating around these days, I told myself this novel was probably going to be just another one of the cheap, bad Da Vinci code knockoffs, except with a Christian spin...
Hah! I'm now eating my words and they are delicious!
This book is similar to the Da Vinci code in that, there is a mystery to be solved, bad people to run from, action, international chases, and thrills g
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
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I went into this book hoping for another The Da Vinci Code. The Guardian was good, but not quite what I was looking for, not quite up to the standards I was expecting. The mystery/suspense of finding the lost scroll was really interesting, I was just hoping for a little more historical/religious facts. I did like the intrigue surrounding the Pope and his Cardinals. I actually felt a little sad to think that such corruption exists. I hope it is not like that in real life.

The writing style of the
Shawn Fairweather
Sep 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I burned through half the book in a day, and finally got to the point of wanting to through it through the window. It is essentially marketed as a similar entry of the DaVinci Code-Angels and Demons genre, however it was a pitiful attempt at that. I knew I should have realized what I was in for when I noticed that all the chapters are merely 2-4 pages long! The writing is that of a 14 year old high school freshman getting their feet wet ...more
Kasia Hubbard
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I won this on Goodreads. This book hooked me going into the story line and refused to let me go until the very last page was read. Full of mystery, intrigue, and characters that seem real, it's one adventure I won't forget. It starts off about a scroll that was given to John the Baptist from God and he's entrusted to take care of it and pass it down thru the generations until the return of Christ. Fast-forward to today where you meet Anna Riley, direct descendant of John the Baptist, who soon fi ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, fast-moving, and a delight to read. If you like Dan Brown's books you will be captured with This one!!!
Thomas Riley has died and left his granddaughter as secret. The first being that he didn't die when she was a child and he is a decendent of John the revelatsaor. The catholic church has been searching for the scroll of John and for years the Pope has been supporting those in discovering it's where abouts. When Cardinal Vin gets in touch with Anna and calls her to finish what her gra
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads-book
I won this book on a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway. Very interesting and exciting book. It was a very enjoyable read. Definitely a book for Christians - I don't think people from other religions would understand some of the book. As stated by the authors - the book is a work of fiction. I thought the end of the book was interesting, but don't know that I would have ended it the way they did. That being said, it didn't detract from the overall feel of the book. Differing sects of the Christian re ...more
Joshua Spotts
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anna Riley’s adventure starts when she finds a young boy alone in New Orleans; or maybe the boy found her. The boy is really an angel who tells Anna that her grandfather wants to see her. After he dies, she inherits the family calling to protect an ancient scroll. But first she has to find it. Helped only by a priest, an ex-Navy SEAL, and a missionary, she must keep the scroll from the hands of a corrupt and powerful cardinal. To do this she must find what the scroll refers to as “the key.”

Amanda Duciaume
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a GOODREADS FIRST-READ that I would read again! From the start it caught my attention and held me captive. I found that the story line was not only well written, but that it also held a great amount of Christian meaning behind it. By the end I could not put the book down! I found that I was attached to the characters and pleading for them to solve the riddle and defeat Satan. I loved the way the book describe "being saved". I found that it was not only accurate but also touched my heart ...more
Terry Conrad
The first couple of chpters of reading I felt it was obvious this was the authors first book. I felt there was no depth to Anna and a few other people when introduced in the book. After chapter 2 that was soon forgiven and forgotton as things heated up in the book. I couldn't wait to find out what was so important that so many people were willing to give their life for it without even seeing it. There was plenty of action to keep me happy. The spiritual battle was great. I highly recommend this ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
A unique fast paced religious thriller. The heroine Anna Riley and the hero Jason Lang are thrown into a world that they did not even know existed. Anna is designated by God to be the current guardian of a secret scroll given to the disciple John. They dodge bullets as they race across the world on the quest to decipher the meaning of the scroll. Full of intrigue, deception, good versus evil and coming into the knowledge of true faith.
W. Lattimore
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ehh ...
How very much I want to say that this is an excellent read, but I just can't. The story, itself, is terrific. The writing is, at times, very mediocre. Just when you begin to believe in a character, the writer(s) takes the character completely out of character. It's frustrating.

One can also tell where one of the writers took over the writing from another. One of the two is pretty talented.
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Author of THE GUARDIAN and Worship Pastor of The Journey Church in Lebanon Tn. I am married with two kids. Before going into ministry full time, I played music professionally and toured for over ten years with BNA recording artists Lonestar.
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“he lacked something very important: faith. He believed in the Almighty, sure. He even believed in the Holy Trinity. That was not the issue. The issue was that he couldn’t control his ambitions. He had a very weak spirit and refused to give the control over to God. And because of that, he found himself involved in things that the church could never agree with. He constantly gave in to temptation. He was full of pride. He only thought of himself and how he benefited in every situation. Quite simply, he was a lost soul.” 0 likes
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