When Carruthers "Danni" McAllister receives an antique pouch as a birthday gift from her grandfather, her first reaction is disappointment. "Don't assume that something is empty just because there's nothing there," her grandfather warns. Danni learns that for nearly two hundred years, the mysterious pouch—with its astonishing hidden secrets—has been handed down from generation to generation, and each new owner has had to discover how to access the power it holds, or suffer the penalty of using the pouch unwisely.
While Danni struggles to understand the power of the pouch, her father's discovery of a rhodium mine makes her family the target of a deadly extortionist plot, and the strange pouch is Danni's only hope of saving her family.
In the spirit of The Alliance, The Freedom Factor, and Leverage Point, author Gerald N. Lund blends gripping, fast-paced suspense with a timeless message for readers of all ages.
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really loved the book. I knew that I was having surgery and so I waited to read it and I'm glad I took the time to read it. Gerald Lund can create a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book. I wasn't disappointed in the least.
By Dan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I'm going to try some more of Brother Lund's books. I really like the Guardian and enjoyed the fictional family and tense experiences! Highly recommend it!
By Susan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The prologue was very well written and completely drew me into the story. I lost some interest as the story then moved to more of a modern day scenario with a teen character at the center. I found it slow moving and a little cheesy at times, but then it picked up again and held my interest. My favorite parts were when you were taken back in time and I kept wishing more of that storyline had been written. Overall, a good read and one I'd recommend, though I agree that it might appeal more to teens.
By Kaylynn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really enjoyed this book. The last couple of days I could not put it down. My only problem with the book was my Deseret Book shelve on my android phone kept losing my place. I would recommend this book. I received a free copy for an honest review.
By John, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is weird, not at all what I expected from this author. I have enjoyed all his other books. I hope he goes back to gospel centered books.
By Pamela, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I've always enjoyed Gerald Lund's books and this is no exception. There's a terrific blend of mystery, intrigue and entertainment in each chapter. It was a delight to "watch" a young girl mature and come into her own understanding of life and her own maturity based on the love and support of her family and family members she never knew. Common sense, a bit of mystery and enchantment were woven together to form a delightful read.
By Jackie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have always enjoy Gerald Lund's books, and The Guardian is no exception! It is a suspenseful story with several wonderful messages. The importance of family love and loyalty, how our ancestors impact our lives. I recommend this book to everyone of all ages. A very good weekend read!
By Bonnie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very hard to put down. Had a great message of what is important and what is not.
By Michelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Gerald Lund is a talented writer and has crafted a new suspenseful story with The Guardian. The book was well edited with interwoven story lines that can appeal to young and experienced readers. There were also underlying themes in this book - the importance of strong family love and bonds, how history & ancestors influenced the present and future, the main character Danni had to learn and grow in difficult situations, and family members made mistakes and sacrifices. This was not my favorite of his books but it was well written and edited, suspenseful, and a family-friendly story.
By Susan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book the Guardian. It was slow in the beginning but then around Chapter 7 it totally sucks you in. I had a hard time putting it down, it kept me entertained and guessing what was going to happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read.
By Teresa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I received an advance copy, not knowing anything about it, just that it was written by Gerald Lund. The prologue sucked me in. Then suddenly, it was 2008 and I was dealing with a very chatty 13 year old girl named Danni who just received an old pouch for her birthday. I kept waiting for the time warp or intrigue to occur, but it never really got going. Flash forward to Danni's 16th birthday and there is finally something interesting going on, much of which revolves around her old pouch, and saving her family from kidnappers. Unfortunately, none of it is captivating or engrossing. This is not for someone that routinely reads mysteries, thrillers, or cop stories. I would recommend this for Tweens and YA.
By Marilyn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is an inspiring story. I felt as Danni was guided by the "gift" from her grandfather that is is much like our guidance nice from our Heavenly Father. Often we don't realize it's value, or take it for granted. But when Danni recognized it's value and tried to follow it's guidance, she learned, grew and was guided and protected.
I recommend this book to all, young and old.
By Kay, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Gerald Lund has done it again. He is masterful no matter what he is writing. I have read many of his other books and get involved with the characters almost immediately because he can bring them to life through his words.
In this case a young girl (Danni) is given an heirloom by her grandfather on her thirteenth birthday. She knows it is special to him and to her ancestors, but does not know why. Her grandfather doesn’t fully explain, but says to keep it with her and to protect it. On her sixteenth birthday she soon will find out why this gift is called “the guardian”. Her family and her boyfriend’s family are in danger and it is up to her with the aid of her boyfriend (Rick) and brother (Cody) to save her parents, grandfather and protect Rick’s family. Through the course of events she discovers the power of the guardian. The story takes place mostly in southern central Utah. An area Lund knows well from other books he has written.
I found that there were many parallels and lessons to be learned by this story. It emphasized the importance of families, friends and the help of others. To know of your heritage and how ancestors are a part of you, and knowing them can help you to discover yourself. The guardian was like a metaphor for spiritual gifts.
This is a great coming of age book that I would recommend for teens, but would be enjoyed by all ages. I intend to give a copy to my granddaughter for Christmas.
By Dawn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is a great book, easy to read yet very engrossing! I couldn't put it down. I recommend this book to any one young and old. The main character, Danni, is a typical teenager yet seems to come into her own when her family is facing grave danger. It is fascinating to see how she can work through different difficulties and learn more about herself and her heritage.
By Guen, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Gerald Lund does a great job keeping you turning the pages, to see what will happen next. I love the grand father in this. reminds me of my father.
By Judith, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Gerald N Lund,as usaul, has written an intriguing and exciting book that you won't want be able to put down until you have finished it. The story is full of mystery and love with the main character of Carruthers Monique McAllister better known as "Danni" to most everyone except her mother who calls her by her correct name of Carruthers. Danni is caught up in an extorsion plot that involves her family and a boyfriend and his family and the whole story is based over a few short days. Danni is given old family heirloom of an intriguing old pouch that has mystical powers that helps in many ways with their adventures of the extorsion plot and the people involved in the story. This adventure will fill you with many different feelings and senses as you join with Danni in the excitement of her adventure with her family and the extortioners. As you read you will become part of the story and feel the excitement and fun as though you were paticipating in their adventure. I can recommend this to anyone of any age to read and enjoy and find out this extorsion bid ends.
By Mj, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I received an advanced copy of this book and was immediately intrigued with the opening. The main character quickly ages from 13 to 16 but the rest of the book occurs in a matter of four or five days. Dani McCallister was given an old family heirloom in the shape of a weathered pouch. On her 16th birthday, it quickly becomes her most valued possession when her family is taken hostage in an extortionist plot and it may be the only thing that could save them. Little does Dani know, but the pouch posses magical powers including money creation, messages written on windows of cars in front of her, and can make her seem invisible. Will Dani and her brother Cody be able to save their parents and Grandpere? This is a great book for teens and adults to read and share.
By kitty, Submitted on 2015-02-25
GREAT book!! Great story line, wonderful characters, family traditions and values and content that sucks you into the story and keeps you from putting the book down. I've read a number of Gerald Lund's book and have enjoyed them all. I look forward to his next one!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!!
By Kathy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book did not hold my attention until the last few chapters. It is very clean entertainment which i appreciate. I think Mr Lund should stick to writing historical novels. Not his style or best work. Very cheesy at times.