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Guardians Inc.: The Cypher (Guardians Incorporated Book 1) by [Rosado-Machain, Julian]
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Length: 200 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Rosado-Machain brings a light, humorous touch to themes of teenage love, loss and betrayal wrapped up in a tasty package of magical coming-of-age.

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USA Book News 2012 Finalist - Young Adult Fiction 



"It's like Julian Rosado-Machain took everything that I love about middle grade children's fiction and slammed it into one awesome, well-paced fantasy"
-Emi London Oktopusink.blogspot.com


"Fresh ideas and combinations, interesting characters and family insights." - Heidi Roth reviewthebook.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1674 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Julian Rosado-Machain (July 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NU34A2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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A dash of science fiction, a dash of fantasy...Guardians Inc.: The Cypher was a story that was oh so familiar and oh so original at the same time. It's like Julian Rosado-Machain took everything that I love about middle grade children's fiction and slammed it into one awesome, well-paced fantasy. It had a mysterious society, good guys, bad guys, in between guys, gargoyles, elves, principals that are skilled at every form of martial arts (and then some), and a mysterious book of prophecies that could determine the fate of the world, among other things.

The story focuses on fifteen year old Thomas and his grandfather, Morgan. After responding to an ad in the paper, he and his grandfather are hired to work for Guardians Incorporated, a business that Thomas quickly discovers is much more than it seems. Guardians Inc. not only has their hand in economics, marketing, medical research, historical restoration and international relations, but they're also responsible for maintaining the balance between technology and magic. When it's discovered that Thomas and Morgan are Cyphers, people with the power to translate any written language, Thomas' grandfather is kidnapped by an opposing society. An interesting and practical power to have, all things considered, and we get to see Thomas put his skills to good use as he explores the underground magical culture and discovers that with his newfound gift, the fate of the world rests in his hands.

While Thomas was most definitely the main character, the relationship with his grandfather was one that felt genuine and loving. Morgan was very much a conscious presence throughout the book, even when he wasn't even there. Julian Rosado-Machain definitely has a talent for writing characters, and even alone, Thomas was very likable.
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I won this book from librarything's member giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

Guardians Inc: The Cypher tells the story of Thomas Byrne, a 15 year old boy, who soon learns that he is a Cypher, which is the talent to be able to read and translate any hidden code or different language, be it Spanish or hieroglyphics. He and his grandfather are swept into a new world of advanced technology and magic.

The beginning of this story starts extremely well. We are introduced to the main character, his likeable grandfather, and the even more fascinating Killjoy, the fierce Vice-Principal whom everyone is afraid of (hence the nickname). I couldn't put the book down at this point and was drawn in once Thomas becomes an Assistant Librarian in a intriguing and unique library full of books that no one else in the world has access to. Rosado-Machain has a wonderful imagination, and I was swept away for the first half of the book.

The second half is good, but to me, not as good as the first half. As we get deeper into the mythology of this world, I felt a little lost at times and the narrative gets a little left behind in order to explain the back story. The ending was confusing to me, and I wasn't sure if the Interlude was supposed to be part of the book or not-- I think the previous chapter ended the book quite nicely without any extra trimmings to leave things open for another book.

That said, this was a quick, fierce read, with great characters and a fascinating setting.
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I really want to say something positive about this book. It really has potential but feels rather like a pot pourri of a number of fantasy books, with not that much originality. I felt very much unsure of what was going on, a bit like Thomas. There is a brief action moment near the beginning and another - rather violent one - near the end and a bit of a hiatus in the middle.
The grammar was also odd. Some of the phrasing seemed very unenglish. A good editor would have helped a lot and kept the book more cohesive.
Although it ends on a cliffhanger, I doubt I will get the next one.
I don't want to sound negative. A lot of work has gone into this book and I am sure there will be readers who really enjoy it.
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I got this book for free after seeing it on one of my free book lists. I did not know the author, character or the series but based on reviews thought I would give it a try. The book has potential, but it fails because it has "Harry Potter" like resemblance without actually rising to that level of greatness. There were also a lot of editing errors that need to be corrected. My favorite characters were Henri (the Grotesque), Ms. Killjoy (Vice Principal) and Bolthswaite (the Butler).
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Thomas had moved in with his grandfather after his parents vanished. Grandpa is bored and looking for a job and Thomas is having trouble accommodating to his new school. Thomas is suspended by vice-principal Killjoy after a fight, and at this time finds out that he is a Cypher, a person who can read any written language. Both he and his grandfather get jobs at a strange library, and the fun begins.

At this point, I thought the book would follow the pattern of the Librarian series of films, with an adventuresome librarian looking for artifacts; instead it became a struggle between good and evil - but it was difficult to discern which side was actually the good one.

As an aside, over the past 10 years or so, I have seen a growing number of books that cast librarians as the collectors and protectors of historical artifacts, ways of living, and information in general. I think as the internet grows, there is a fear that non-virtual worlds will vanish, and librarians are needed to protect this info. In this case, they are needed to protect the world. I do like this sub-genre and this book was not an exception.
I enjoyed the plot, although the book probably needed an extra 15 pages to finish flushing out details. At the beginning, some scenes played out slowly, but by the end some seemed rushed.

Character development was also a little uneven. I understood Thomas, his actions, and motivations, but some other characters were not as clearly worked out.

I hope some of the questions are cleared up in the latter books in the series, and that the endings of the forthcoming books are written with enough detail. Overall, a good read for a young adult demographic who likes science fiction, action, and fantasy.
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