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 catastrophe at every turn. Will she unlock the secrets the scroll has to offer? Or will unseen forces ultimately win the battle of good verses evil?
Religious thrillers are a dime a dozen, but this one caught my interest with it's straightforward writing, and true biblical roots. While the storyline is fiction, quite a few events are true history, even to the non-Christian world. I appreciated the lack of lovey dovey dribble, yet there was still a subtle romantic undercurrent between Anna and Jason. It was tasteful and didn't choke up the story, and I enjoyed seeing the beginnings to a romantic relationship from the guys' point of view.
The book took so many grand twists and turns, leaping out at me with it's adventures and mysteries. I stayed up half the night, willing the book to not kill off anyone important and breathlessly reading as fast as possible to find the outcome. If you like unique, Christian suspense/thriller then this is the book for you! Definitely authors to watch, and two guys that clearly didn't get the recognition they deserve for this amazing work of word art.
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 the clues and riddles left for them by Anna's grandfather. In a race against time and the human disciples of Lucifer they must cross oceans and continents to prevent Lucifer from gaining control of the Papal seat of power.
But the journey Anna is on is also a journey of the soul. What does she believe in and where does she place her faith? Who is Anna Riley? As Jason and others aid her in her quest they also open her eyes to the plan and purpose God has for each of us. We must all play our part in His plan. It is only when we put our total trust and faith in Him and die to the world that we realize our full potential.
Over the centuries many have attempted to steal the scroll in their quest for power and dominion, but Anna and Jason discover the truth. The scroll has no power in and of itself. The true power lies in the words, the truth given by Jesus to the Apostle John.
"To him that has ears, let him hear"
Anna and Jason's quest leads them back to the beginning. Before sin began there was God's perfect created world and it is to this place that the truth of the scroll takes them. Can they reach their final destination before it is too late?
The Guardian is an exciting page turner with a valuable lesson in faith. Where will your faith take you in your life journey?
At the end of the book are discussion questions to help you examine your own life.
Digital Review Copy provided by Publisher for review purposes.
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. First-time authors Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed wove a suspenseful story around biblical truth. The characters are well-developed and the story is very well-written. I found myself identifying quickly with the characters and truly being immersed in the story. I laughed when they laughed, and I cried when they cried. I love how the authors emphasized the importance of faith in God without getting preachy. I was also pleased by how "clean" the story was.
I encourage you to read this book if you like suspense. Just make sure that you have time to read it all in one sitting.
Anna Riley is living life in the moment, unaware of the forces at work in the world around her and that her life holds a greater purpose than she ever could have imagined. She suddenly learns of an ancient secret, that she is a descendent to John the Disciple and has been chosen to be guardian of a two thousand year old scroll. Anna is soon thrust into a dangerous race around the world as she seeks to uncover the secrets of the scroll before the forces of evil at work in the Vatican can find the scroll and it's secrets for themselves.
I have to admit that I began this book with great anticipation, expecting a work in the manner of The Da Vinci Code. While mystery and suspense do abound, I found the plot got bogged down in overly long or unrealistic dialogue that detracted from the story. At some points there was too much "telling" about a scene via dialogue, and not enough action. Also, when Anna chooses to walk away from her former life, including her relationship with her parents, it was hard to believe she would do so without a greater sense of loss than is allowed for in the story. There is no hint that she was mistreated or that there was any reason she would not have at least some sense of attachment to her parents that she would grieve. However, despite these issues the plot itself was enjoyable and the race to different exotic locations kept my interest. I will walk away pondering my own greater purpose in life and what adventures God has in mind for me. The book is easy to read, and I would mildly recommend The Guardian for those simply looking for a fun adventure that will entertain.