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The Guardian | [Dee Henderson]

The Guardian

Dee Henderson is one of today's most popular inspirational novelists. She fills each work with tightly woven suspense and touching struggles of faith. Henderson has received many awards, including the RITA, National Reader's Choice Award, and Bookseller's Best Award. The Guardian is a Christy Award winner.
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Publisher's Summary

Dee Henderson is one of today's most popular inspirational novelists. She fills each work with tightly woven suspense and touching struggles of faith. Henderson has received many awards, including the RITA, National Reader's Choice Award, and Bookseller's Best Award. The Guardian is a Christy Award winner.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

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    Julie Lumpkin, GA, United States 05-02-12
    Julie Lumpkin, GA, United States 05-02-12
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    "Another in the O'Mally series"

    Once again a little bit of everything in this story. You get drama, action, romance all in a Christ like environment. These will make you laugh and make you cry.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 08-08-14
    Anonymous 08-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read - didn't care for the reader"
    What did you love best about The Guardian?

    I enjoyed that Marcus was such a great guy to Sherri. Rare these days


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Stechschulte?

    Anyone


    Any additional comments?

    The reader made Dave sound odd. Dave's voice began normal in the other books, but had a foreign accent or something in this reading. I don't much care for this reader, and the change for Dave made the experience worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cgashley Deer Park, Texas United States 04-24-13
    cgashley Deer Park, Texas United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2008

    CGA

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    "Love These Stories...in print or audible"

    I've loved the O'Malleys since I read the books some years ago. I have been put off, from time to time, with the lack of really well-written Christian fiction; at times I've felt that authors were published in the Christian market simply because they mentioned God and avoided vulgarity rather than for the excellence of their writing. Not so with Dee Henderson--her stories are well-thought out, and her characters multidimensional. The protagonists exhibit flaws and redemption in a realistic way and there are twists and turns to keep mystery enthusiasts engrossed as well as romantic moments for those who are looking for a love story.

    This is the first of the series that I've listened to so far. The one complaint I've had is that the narrator tends to use a nasal tone to indicate a female speaking. I am sure there are great challenges in making a deep voice, such as this narrator has, sound feminine, but I am a little put off by the whiny vibe I get. That being said, I find the story to flow quite well and the narrator maintains excellent pacing. I will listen to the entire series, I'm certain.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 02-25-13
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "A very nice read"

    This was my first Dee Henderson book and I was pleasantly surprised. A lot of suspense and a very sweet love story. I fell in love with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lytle Wilmington, DE USA 02-22-13
    Mary Lytle Wilmington, DE USA 02-22-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Remind me never to buy Henderson's books!"
    What disappointed you about The Guardian?

    The reviews rave about the writing and the awards. I can't take the stories.


    What was most disappointing about Dee Henderson’s story?

    The stories are all too sappy for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too drab.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Guardian?

    I couldn't listen long enough to decide.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 11-24-11
    Dawn 11-24-11
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    "Worth the Read"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kaley barrie, Ontario, Canada 11-29-10
    kaley barrie, Ontario, Canada 11-29-10 Member Since 2010
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    "lockhart 16"

    Really, really weak. The characters are unrealistic and the romance is silly. More of a Harlequin romance than anything else. Highly rated, so I expected much, much more. Total fluff.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 11-01-13
    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 11-01-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Same ol, Same ol"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some unexpected twists and turns. Being pulled into the story.


    What was most disappointing about Dee Henderson’s 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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't really have one.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Guardian?

    I'd make the characters less sappy and more human.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the series might improve but it plays on the same template

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie St Pete Beach, FL, United States 10-08-13
    Laurie St Pete Beach, FL, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't want it to end!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Guardian to be better than the print version?

    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!


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes you feel like you are there and part of the lives of the charactors.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    melissa United States 03-26-13
    melissa United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "great story"
    Would you listen to The Guardian again? Why?

    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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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