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.
Review of The Guardian by Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed
This is exactly the type of novel that I love to read! It contains mystery, suspense, action, a bit of romance and it is based on the Bible. It is a very enjoyable good vs. evil plot where I knew all along that the good guys would win, but I could not wait to keep reading to see how the story unfolds. The hero and heroine are very likable and believable characters who are easy to relate to, and the protagonist is the most evil type of character who I detested right from the start of the story.
Anna is a college student having fun at Mardi Gras when she suddenly receives a calling from an angel boy to go to her Grandfather whom she has not seen since childhood. She discovers that her Grandfather has died, but God is calling her to carry on his life work to become the guardian of the scroll given to the disciple John by God (see Revelation 10:1-4, the opening quote of the book). She goes on an incredible journey to find and uncover the secret of the scroll. Jason is a missionary teacher working in a church that Anna is led to as part of the scroll discovery process. He becomes Anna's protector after the priest who was her Grandfather's protector dies. Together, Anna and Jason solve the mystery behind the scroll which ultimately leads to Anna's salvation and the grand finale of God's triumph in the world.
Cardinal Wickham is one of the most powerful men in the Vatican who makes a pact with Lucifer and does everything in his power to obtain the scroll. He even convinces some of his fellow Cardinals to plot against the Pope who is involved in the secret of the scroll. Without being a spoiler I will only reveal that Wickham gets what he deserves in the end. The one thing that I did not like about this story is that it portrays these Cardinals as so evil that it gives a negative feeling towards the Catholic Church. In contrast, the Pope is a holy man of God who is loved by his people and used by the Cardinals to gain control of the scroll.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian fiction based on the Bible.