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The Last Guardian [Kindle Edition]

Shane Johnson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1975, the life of Cornell graduate student T.G. Shass is forever changed when he finds himself in possession of a mysterious and ancient artifact. Unable to remember how he acquired it and powerless to rid himself of it, T.G. is soon shaken not only by the object’s presence, but by a chilling encounter with evil and a jarring journey to another world.

He was the most unlikely of all prophets.
His was the most critical of all missions.

Upon his return, T.G. discovers that Earth is no longer the home he knew. His sweetheart, Jenni, is missing, and all evidence indicates that she’s been caught up into the macabre, unnatural realm he’s just departed.

His determination to find Jenni overrides the bitter aftertaste of his otherworldly experience, and T.G. seeks a way to go back. But his second journey holds far more than he imagines. Can T.G. fulfill his key role in God’s plan to defeat the forces of darkness? Or will his imperfect faith lead to destruction as the last days draw to a climactic end?

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In the tradition of Christian thrills-and-chills writers Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness) and Stephen Lawhead (Byzantium), first-time novelist Johnson offers a gory fantasy that is loosely based on the New Testament Book of Revelation. But where Peretti succeeds in creating heart-pounding scenarios of demonic warfare, Johnson's story falls flat, and where Lawhead's characters believably embody their hard-won spiritual truths, Johnson makes awkward attempts to pair those truths with his characters' too-sudden insights. Cornell graduate student T.G. Shass unexpectedly becomes the last guardian of an ancient artifact that holds the Creator's divine truth. When Shass proves too weak to resist demonic forces that threaten to seize the gift, a striking man who wears a brilliant blue robe and calls himself Ish (identified by the author in the afterword as Jesus Christ) transports him to a planet named Noron for his own protection. On the surface, Noron seems to be a paradise, but the society's moral depravity is evidenced by its citizens' enjoyment of a dish called Sholari (cooked from unborn children who are conceived in vitro and harvested at 18 months), and by gruesome funeral rites in which infants are murdered to bring the dead back to life. Despite a publisher's note suggesting that the novel's barbarous elements serve to illustrate humankind's depravity and need for spiritual regeneration, much of the violence is gratuitous, and many Christian readers will understandably be offended. The heavy-handed tome takes too long to recount Shass's determined attempt to redeem the fallen people of Noron and win them to Ish. Predictably, Shass triumphs, reunites with his true love and enjoys eternal paradise with other like-minded followers. Why aren't we more excited for him? (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Out of those shadowy passages in Genesis that hint of magnificent ancient worlds, Johnson creates the planet Noron in The Last Guardian, a vivid alternative universe filled with dinosaurs and ruled by a race of pagan, sometimes cannibalistic giants. T. J. Shoss, a nondescript graduate student and very much an earthling, finds himself propelled into Noron in 1975. God, called Ish, has chosen T. J. to carry forth the ancient, long-suppressed gospel contained in the "artifact." Slowly, it grows clear that in this new universe T. J. is to play the role of Christ, to be discredited, cruelly killed, and resurrected. Through T. J., Ish will defeat Beltesha, and the fates of Earth and Noron will become one. Johnson spent 20 years and more working on The Last Guardian, and it shows in his depth of characterizations and astounding detail. John Mort
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1951 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1578563674
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1st edition (April 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G6068U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
My mom sent this book to me when I was at camp this summer. I thought I would have no time to read it. Wrong. In fact, I was so hooked, I skipped a lot of the camp activities so I could keep reading.
This isn't another copied story. It's an intense, original, masterfully written novel that quickly became one of my very favorite books. And coming from an avid C.S. lewis, Frank Peretti, and John White fan, that's saying alot. And, this book incorporates many of the great characteristics of these authors.
If you're as much of a Christian fantasy/thriller fan as I am, DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK. It has a lot to teach.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read! March 13, 2002
The Last Guardian was my first venture into the Christian fiction genre, so I didn't know what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised by what I read. Shane Johnson is an amazing writer. His imagery is vivid; I could very easily visualize the characters, settings, and situations in the book. Some of the scenes were literally chilling! If movies weren't so often made by committee, I would love to see a filmed version of this novel. I couldn't help but try to read The Last Guardian in one sitting. Johnson does a remarkable job weaving scripture, spirituality, and discovery into a compelling story whose every paragraph compels you to dive into the next. At the same time, the story makes you think. The main character, T. G. Shass, undergoes a spiritual rebirth, and along the way he asks questions that we face ourselves: Who am I? Why am I? What is my purpose? As Shass finds his answers through faith, we come to feel that, if we haven't already found our own answers, we can. I highly recommend The Last Guardian, and I thank Shane Johnson for sharing his talent and inspiration with his readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of best books I've read! April 5, 2002
I loved this book! I couldn't wait to finish it! Johnson creates a character (T.G.) that against he will, as is the case with most, will become a prophet for God! The story follows T. G. on his journey to discovering what God can do through him, and having the faith to let Him and the faith to ask Him as well. It is a lot like a Peretti book, with its spiritual battles going on and also like a LaHaye/Jenkins book, as it is about the end times! Johnson just pulls it all together! T.G. has to guard this artifact he's not even sure how he acquired it! But he feels the need to keep it safe! No matter what he does he can't loose it and it won't loose him! It just keeps appearing! He's transported to another world (Noron) and almost killed repeatedly, and tested beyond measure, but in the end he becomes "The Voice in the Dark" of Noron and fulfills what he was appointed to do! Noron is a planet just like Earth, except a few major differences! They never had the flood of Noah! The people are 7-10ft tall and there are dinosaurs still living! But at the same time, they haven't got cars; they have hover-crafts or flying cars! Their technology and medical capabilities are more advanced than Earth's! The book is very griping and on the edge of your set stuff, but it is also humbling! Your awed by God's grace and power bestowed not only on T.G., but on all! I really enjoyed reading the afterwards section of the book as well, it gave me a true feeling of the authors heart!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By dshaneb
I just finished reading this novel, and I must say I was quite impressed. I can vouch for the author, as anyone that has actually read the book can, concerning the main character. He does not represent Jesus, as he is more a John the Baptist or end-times "two witnesses" character. Check out the back cover and some of the excerpts. In The Last Guardian, I must say that Shane Johnson's descriptive talent and vivid imagination was underpinned with a lot of Biblical truth. It made this novel a joy to read. The Biblical concepts weaved into the fictional elements of the story are right on the money, and the fictional elements are well thought out and presented. After reading this book, especially the author's commentary at the end, I am sure that Shane Johnson is a true, Biblical Christian, and I whole-heartedly recommend this book to all Christians. The gory scenes some have mentioned are done in a manner that magnifies the depravity of certain people, and are not overdone, but are there for a reason. This is a powerful, uplifting read that I passionately recommend. 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous!!! June 10, 2005
This book is amazaing. I have always enjoyed reading fantasy type books. I randomly picked up this book at the library, and I am so happy I did. This book so many different aspects that I enjoy from some of my favorite authors. Johnson is like a combination of Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, and Randy Alcorn all rolled into one book. There were a number of spots that I got confused towards the end. Also, there is a number of gruesome parts, however it could be worse. One last thing that a potential reader should think about is that it deals largely with spiritual warfare. I think that kids will probally want to stear clear of this one. For everyone else, READ this book. It will make you think about how you are living your life. Worthwhile read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Left Behind" meets "This Present Darkness" March 5, 2001
If you're interested in a powerful end times thriller with a Peretti like style, this is most definitely the book for you. Johnson brings his characters to life with an amazing and intriguing storyline. Though filled with intricate sci-fi plot twists, Johnson stays dead on with Scripture-an amazing accomplishment. Not only a must read, but a tell-everyone-you-know book. Buy this book, and spread the word! I hope to hear from this author again!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars not even bad
The authors ignorance of science is staggering
Published 6 months ago by Kent S. Kokko
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Summer Read - All Year Round
I am more likely to read Christian non-fiction, than fiction. However, I recently found out about this author and this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Schmitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Christian fiction
This is a great read. Great descriptions of other worldly ideas with Biblical integration. The author is certainly imaginative, and captures the readers' imagination.
Published 11 months ago by Erroyl McGinty, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Guardian
Shane Johnson went over the top with this novel. The concept of a parallel world with no flood was interesting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomprehensible
How an author can go from writing such excellent books in his Star Wars and Star Trek books to this drivel is beyond my comprehension. Read more
Published on March 9, 2013 by Master Hahn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christian Fiction Masterpiece!
This novel is a masterpiece on many levels. Well written, many twists and turns, well developed characters, application of biblical truths without preaching and this forming a well... Read more
Published on September 14, 2012 by Peter Younghusband
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You for Sharing
I can not really find the words I want to use.......But I do know this is the Best story I have read in quite a while...I received so much from this.. Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by TheBearlady
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Guardian
I found a copy of this at a local thrift store. I fell in love with this book and just had to get another copy to give a friend. Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by Schnookster
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Expected!
This is fantastic, especially for a first novel! Very creative - the whole idea of what our world would be like if there had been no flood. Read more
Published on October 8, 2007 by Stacie Lewis-pattison
5.0 out of 5 stars Never read something quite like this . . .
It's long, exciting, mysterious, humorous, and inspiring. But the thing I enjoyed most about it was how the story reflected the Bible and the coming of Jesus. Read more
Published on July 30, 2006
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