Book Review: The Guardian by Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed

Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: September 1, 2011

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. 3 of 5 stars.