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"A fast-paced and detailed suspense novel that is reminiscent of Dan Brown's books but with a pleasing sense of humor. The mythology that Clenney has devised is intricate and absorbing, spanning centuries. The way her characters interact--and sometimes react to each other--is at once amusing and believable. Its quick pace is well balanced by her light and witty touch." - RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"A fast-paced and detailed suspense novel that is reminiscent of Dan Brown's books, but with a pleasing sense of humor. The mythology that Clenney has devised is intricate and absorbing, spanning centuries. The way her characters interact—and sometimes react to each other—is at once amusing and believable. Its quick pace is well balanced by her light and witty touch." —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars (Mild)

"Anyone who picks up Guardians of Stone for adventure, mystery and cinematic action will not be disappointed...Fans of thrillers and [the movie] National Treasure will enjoy the action side of things." —All Things Urban Fantasy

"The pacing is really well done, and Clenney leaves the reader wanting more and ready for Kendall's next adventure." —Books, Bones & Buffy (4 stars)
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Product Details

  • Series: The Relic Seekers Book 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance; Unabridged edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612186548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612186542
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Anita Clenney grew up an avid reader, devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books before moving on to mysteries and romance. After working as a secretary, a Realtor, teacher's assistant, booking agent for Aztec Fire Dancers, and a brief stint in a pickle factory (picture Lucy and Ethel--lasted half a day)...she realized she'd missed the fork in the road that led to her destiny. Now she spends her days writing mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense about powerful relics, secret warriors, ancient evil and destined love. Anita lives in suburban Virginia, outside Washington DC, with her husband and two kids. You can learn more about her writing at www.anitaclenney.com. Also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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I can not wait to read the next book in the series.
Molly Bartels
I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone looking for a great paranormal mystery/romance, urban fantasy read.
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It was a great story line, fast paced and move very quickly.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on December 5, 2012
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This book starts a new series by Anita Clenney and, unlike most series starters, this one doesn't start with tons of story-building and characters introductions. We find ourselves with Kendall Morgan meeting with her mysterious new boss billionaire Nathan about finding a relic that he is searching for. Kendall has a psychic talent that lets her locate missing objects and also lets her learn about people when she touches them - which isn't very good for her love life. Nathan has also recruited a reluctant employee of his - Jake Stone - to go along. Nathan has some sort of hold over Jake.

Neither Jake nor Kendall are used to working with others and both resent the other's presence which doesn't stop them from being attracted to each other. I got a little tired of Jake's constant sexual innuendos though I liked Kendall's comebacks.

The story is filled with adventure as Jake and Kendall travel to Italy looking for a lost monastery which guards some mystical relics. The story is filled with twists and turns as a new villain seems to enter every couple of pages.

While the dialog was well-done and the repartee amusing, I missed character development. Each character had lots of secrets and back-story that we don't ever find out about. The tantalizing hints were very frustrating for me. I wanted to know how Jake became a mercenary soldier. I wanted to know more about the accident the killed Kendall's father and best friend Adam. And I definitely wanted to know what was happening with Nathan that gave him glowing eyes and super-human strength.

I will have to read the next books in the series to find out the answers to these questions and to find out if there is ever a romance between Jake and Kendall or Nathan and Kendall. (I know there won't be a romance between Jake and Nathan!)

Fans of snappy dialog and high adventure featuring ghosts, mysterious relics, and shady villains will enjoy this one.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By BookMonster VINE VOICE on November 3, 2012
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I didn't particularly care for it, like my star-rating says, it was okay. I liked the set up, a love triangle with a paranormal treasure hunter in the middle; mystery, adventure, etc. But the book itself didn't deliver what the blurb promised. All the elements were there but it just didn't really come together for me. The plot is fast-paced and I couldn't put the book down for wanting to know what would happen next but some things just fell short. I'm not sure how many times Jake accused Kendall of being a slut, a gold digger, or both, but it was several times and in a variety of ways. It got old really fast. He doesn't really come off as "brooding" but more of an arrogant masochistic jackass. I can understand that he didn't want her there and not many people trust those claiming to be psychics, but his reaction seemed over the top especially considering that Nathan can take care of himself. As for Nathan, it's made clear from the beginning that he likes Kendall but didn't really feel any connection between the two, and he himself, well I guess at the beginning they were trying to paint him as "mysterious" but he came off as annoyingly vague. A bit more information than just "a box" would've been awesome. Several harsh, abrupt transitions with little to no segue. Honestly, this almost got a much lower rating, but the overall plot makes for an interesting read and I thought it was well detailed, had some very interesting elements. So I guess I was disappointed with the romance aspect of this book but overall not a bad read so I give it an "Okay".
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2012
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The minute I saw this book's description, I was intrigued by its being billed as "Indiana Jones meets Stephanie Plum". First of all, who doesn't like Indiana Jones. Secondly, I happen to love the Stephanie Plum novels, which are pure hilarious entertainment. This book, however, is neither Indiana Jones nor Stephanie Plum. Spoilers to follow.

First off, I was completely appalled by Jake being offered up as a love interest. At the beginning of the book, he refers to Kendall as a "skirt". He is such an over-the-top sexist pig that I could barely stomach him. I understood that he was being set up as the bad boy who would be reformed, but no, just no. As if his dismissing Kendall in such a demeaning way isn't bad enough, the only real action from the first sixty pages or so consists of him either thinking about having sex with Kendall or his offering sex to her in outrageous, laughable, offensive ways. From the very beginning, he treats her like an object, and the explanation for this behavior was a joke. Not only this, he has a habit of slipping into her bed and fondling her while she's sleeping. This is just plain wrong, and there is no excuse for his behavior.

As if this isn't bad enough, things just get worse when Nathan shows up. Ostensibly, Nathan is the good guy with a dark secret. In reality, he treats Kendall as an object every bit as much as Jake does. I was appalled by the scene in which the two of them fight over her like dogs fighting over a steak. Each of them acts like he owns her, and neither of them give her any credit for having a brain or a will of her own. I thought they were both deplorable.

I don't even know where to begin with Kendall. Her actions make no sense, and she doesn't seem to have a coherent thought in her head.
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