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Guardians Inc.: The Cypher (Guardians Incorporated Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was plain amazing. I loved it and I can't wait to read more. The story is awsome. I just loved it.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Ok this book sucked very much like to horrible to even continue so please try and do it better thanksPublished 14 days ago by lollipop
One of the best beginning chapters to any series I have read in a long time. Can't wait to read book 2!Published 25 days ago by jordan Williams
I ready this book to ensure it was a good choice for my 12 year ok avid reader son; loved it. There are some grammatical and typos but excellent read!Published 1 month ago by Polly S. Webb
Good start. Another series that I can't wait to continue.. I like that it involves adults and not something involving only children or teens.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great read! Characters are fun & plot unusual! Looking forward to the series! Found it as a free one and decided to try out a new author. This one rocks! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marlaine Francis
When i was reading this book I never put it down until I finished the book it was so much fun. I would recommend this book to kids who love sifi, greek gods or magic.Published 2 months ago by the best book ever
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