Just before he is nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court, a controversial judge is murdered. His speechwriter, Shari Hanford, surprises the assassin in the act and sees his face before he flees. Now U.S. Marshal Marcus O'Malley is assigned to protect Shari while police conduct a widespread manhunt.
As O'Malley draws close to the beautiful young woman, both know she is the target of someone who will stop at nothing to eliminate her. This challenge demands all O'Malley's resources, and it will also force him to examine his faith and his heart. Narrator Tom Stechschulte provides a moving performance, highlighting each spiritual conflict and conviction.
©2001 Dee Henderson; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
"An entertaining thriller-cum-romance-cum-conversion story is what readers get in this fast-paced novel....Christian readers will relish this intriguing tale." (Publishers Weekly)
The reviews rave about the writing and the awards. I can't take the stories.
The stories are all too sappy for me.
I couldn't listen long enough to decide.
This was my first Dee Henderson book and I really enjoyed it. I thought the narrator was great! I thought it was a very good mystery story and I didn't think the romance overpowered the mystery. I will definitely listen to more of Henderson's books.
So I thought I would give Christian fiction a try and I must say that I was disappointed. The story sounded exciting enough, but I feel there was far too much of the mushy love story development and therefore the it moved very slowly. The basis for the story is great; after listening to it there is absolutely no doubt that the love element of the story took precedence over the murder story in the author's mind. Sorry, maybe I'm just being a guy; I had even turned it off for a few days and then finally broke down and gave it another chance.
Maybe someone who normally prefers love stories will like this one, others beware...
Some unexpected twists and turns. Being pulled into the story.
This is clearly a book for people comfortable with Christianity, which I am. What is disappointing is how cliche the story and family became. Everyone down with big challenges and they get together to meet their challenges. Everyone is so larger then life as to be unbelievable.
Didn't really have one.
I'd make the characters less sappy and more human.
I thought the series might improve but it plays on the same template
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (inspirational romance/suspense) The Guardian is Book 2 in The O'Malley series, and I must say I was disappointed. I do not normally read inspirational books, but I enjoy them if they're not too preachy and have a good story. I listened to Book 1 in this series, The Negotiator, and really liked it. It had religious undertones but they weren't overpowering, and the plot was excellent. This book, The Guardian, is just the opposite -- mediocre plot and the characters talk about their beliefs a lot.
Otherwise, it's the story of a U.S. Marshall (Marcus) who must protect a witness to a murder (Sherry) and also try to find the murderer before he can kill Sherry. During their time together they begin a relationship, and Sherry tries to turn Marcus back towards a God he has rejected. The book is very "clean" - not much violence, no cursing, alcohol or sexual references. Lots of emphasis on family relationships.
PERFORMANCE - Narrator does a good job, but for some reason I don't really care for his voice.
OVERALL - If you like inspirational books, you will probably enjoy this. It's not my favorite genre, so I suppose therein lies my problem.
First book I have read of Dee Henderson and LOVED IT. Loved the Narrator Tom also!
Back to look for more by this Author and Narrator!
He makes you feel like you are there and part of the lives of the charactors.
The reading was very good and a great story. I'm even listening to it again since I'm sure I missed some of the story the first time around
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 purchase the rest of the series.
Yes, if I were reading and not listening it would be hard to put down.
A good who done it, or rather why
The female parts. His voice as a female was irritating
I love the O'Malleys. These books make you want to be part of this amazing family.
I have read the entire series, but hearing the audio book brings them to life.
This is a wonderful story.
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