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Our Young Guardians: Seven & Two (Volume 1) Paperback – September 30, 2016
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About the Author
Rodolfo "Rodi" Szoke was born in Mexico City in 1967. His ancestry blends Hungarian and Mexican heritages across generations. He earned his bachelor's degree in information technology in 1991 and has worked in that field ever since. Early in his life, Rodi developed a keen interest in fantasy and sci-fi adventures, making him grow into an avid moviegoer and casual gamer. In 2004, he conceived the idea for the Our Young Guardians series as one avenue to teach some key "life lessons" to his daughter once she reached middle school. Our Young Guardians: Seven & Two is his first novel. Rodi currently lives in Texas with his family.
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Tweeting is not just for birds anymore! I was wandering around on Twitter one day a few months ago when I came upon Rodi Szoke’s Twitter page. The book cover for SEVEN & TWO attracted my attention, so I followed the link to Amazon and purchased the ebook. From the very first paragraph, my attention was riveted. That was stunning for me given it usually takes at least a chapter of a book to capture my interest. By the end of chapter four in SEVEN & TWO, I was anxious to hold the paperback book in my hands!
“If the dark mist flows strongly in your veins, the portals won’t let you pass and the soldiers will use their weapons immediately, without even saying a word. . . . I couldn’t help thinking about those poor souls who may have made serious mistakes in the past but worked hard to straighten out their lives afterwards. Would they dare to pass through the portals? Who or what decides how much dark mist makes someone good or bad?” – Excerpt from Our Young Guardians: Seven & Two
The best storytellers are teachers, and the best teachers are those who help us learn to ask the questions of the heart’s yearning. Rodi Szoke is one of the best storytellers we have in our world today. Peppered with adventure, suspense, love, friendship, life lessons, wisdom, and mysteries yet to be solved in this continuing series, OUR YOUNG GUARDIANS: SEVEN & TWO begins an exciting journey upon which hearts both young and old may embark with delight . . .
When I was a kid, my mother would read to us every night and often during the day. Everything from the great classics to Winnie the Pooh to The Wizard of Oz—we lived inside the great stories she brought to life with her golden voice in all its expression. Szoke has that magic storytelling touch and the imagination to bring worlds to life through the words he weaves so spectacularly in his own creations. “Beware these pages,” however, for once you enter into Szoke’s fantasy worlds, you may find they become quite real and beckon you to stay.
With each stroke of the pen, the author paints his characters and scenery with precision. I could smell the forest at dusk and feel the cold river water on my feet. The mountain peaks and meadows, the market and the cemetery, the contests and the games, the trials and the victories—all await the reader to join with Szoke’s band of young guardians and their families and friends.
Perhaps it is Jonek’s willingness to dive into the unknown, or his devotion and desire to protect his mother . . . or Tynia’s almost fairy-like personality sharpened to a warrioress’s point . . . or Kharlo’s dedication to the cause . . . or maybe it’s Tobho’s blind faith in miracles, or Peprokh’s crazy menagerie . . . the characters seem endless and fascinating in their own right, each an integral part of this story and seamlessly interwoven with one another. I found a part of me in every one of them.
Suspense and adventure run like a rushing river through chapter after chapter with building intensity the likes of which only the best wordsmiths can accomplish. Are you ready to go for a wild ride?
“Someone told me long ago that we are just leaves tumbling in the winds of life. You’ll never know where you’ll land or whether something will land on you.” – Excerpt from Our Young Guardians: Seven & Two
Heed the wise words that rise from Szoke’s characters . . . after all, isn’t that exactly how we have come to leaf through the sparkling pages in this gem of a book we now have in our very own hands today?
A wonderfully crafted story for every age, every bit as exciting as the most popular YA series out there! It’s easy to envision the OUR YOUNG GUARDIANS series on the New York Times YA Best-Seller List and topping the movie charts in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, I’ll be on the lookout for the next book in this series!
© Jennifer Sweete, June 2017
The setting brings the reader to realize that this is not an easy planet of Earth, but rather a tale that could be out in space, in another dimension, or even in an alternate universe to Ted Dekker’s science fiction works. For those that love traditional sci-fi, more like Battlestar Galactica or the like, perhaps this book is a greater fit. For me, however, I found the writing style too condense to be able to lean back, relax, and enjoy the tale.
Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post. This product is reviewed based on content and quality in consideration of the intended audience. Review or recommendation of this product does not solicit endorsement from Reviews by J or the reviewer.
I felt I was right there with the main characters, experiencing everything through their eyes, and even noticed a few times I was holding my breath, being so caught up in the moment.
I don't want to give anything away in my review. It must be enough to say that I recommend this book to readers of all ages. This is a story that empowers children & teens make feel hopeful. We should all be encouraged to think and plan for ourselves regardless of our age and circumstance. You won't be disappointed.
I enjoyed this book, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Update: both my boys, ages 16 and 19 got one each as a present, they both loved it and keep asking about the sequel which I believe is due out end of 2017, it's already on both they Xmas lists.