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The Guardian is an adventure story of self-belief. 12-year-old Ella Barrotti worries she's going mad - she keeps seeing spiritual beings (who, by the way, seem less mature than she is). She is being dragged into a war between the spirit world and the void of Antifaith, and success or failure is balanced precariously on a knife edge. The Darkness has come for her. Its message is one of the love and strength of humanity and the human spirit.
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Oct 10, 2009"Better than I'd hoped" Matt, I really enjoyed The Dias and so thought I'd give this a look. I have to say I absolutely loved it. For me it was a notable step up from The Dias; your style is slicker and very well done. And I'm so pleased you've retained the humour element! There were times when I actually laughed out loud (usually concerning the nymphs). Concerning the plot, you have a lot of action thoughout and most of the pages flew by. The twist came totally out of the blue, however because of the complexities there was a couple of times when I was a little confused but that didn't really detract from the overall enjoyment. I'm not a believer in God as such, though thought you handled the subject well and intelligently. So to all those reading this, I have to say I have never laughed so much, and then felt so choked up (the incident around that 3-page chapter, oh my gosh...). If you're interested in a thought-provoking, challenging, and yet truly gripping... More > fantasy/thriller read then have a look at this novel.< Less
Oct 9, 2009Today, Mr. Walker offers up a different sort of story for me. I rarely dabble in a work with religious overtones or the supernatural or paranormal, but I took a plunge. Before I get into the actual content, plot, themes etc, I’ll critique the layout and format. Cover: Stock, royalty-free Lulu cover. It semi-fits the book, although the font and layout are rather boring. I would give it a 2.5 out of 5. Format and Layout: Absolutely immaculate and professional. Occasionally a Lulu book will be formatted in an unorthodox manner. Mr Walker successfully organized the book as a book published by a major publication house would be. He also successfully incorporates a small pictogram eye into various places f the book without mangling the outlay of the text. 5/5 Well done! Spelling, grammar, the nitty gritty: Mr. Walker provides us with the exact grammar of an Englishman. However, I did catch two spelling mistakes and an area where a quotation marks were clearly missing. A 246 page novel... More > is no easy item to edit, however, writing “savour” instead of “saviour” does call the reader’s attention to the error. The smaller error consisted of using the word “baron” (nobleman) instead of “barren” (deserted, wasted, infertile). 3.5/5 Story: The story provides a compelling is not entirely original plot of a pre-adolescent girl caught up when the spirit world collides with the human world. The story itself is easily followed, and the author remained consistent with characters and plot details. THis evidences a well-planned story. Ella finds herself trying to finish primary school while a hierarchy of divine beings lay upon the girl the weight of parallel universes. In ancient myth, Atlas was charged with supporting the world, but fate has assigned Ella the task of saving the souls of humanity and the existence of the world of the angels. To complicate matters, she struggles with the loss of her mother and the spiraling descent into madness of her brilliant father. If that was not enough, Ella must also learn to function in the spirit world and understand her helpers. She must accept and work with the seemingly arbitrary limitations and rules that govern the spiritual universe. Before I conclude, I should also mention the decidedly pro-spirituality bent of this book. The evil in the book is fed by non-believing humans in the world, who stopped believing in the soul and the philosophical beauty implied. After reading and reflecting, I could imagine atheists finding the book tiresome at best and offensive at worst. Of course, I attribute that possibility to the book’s there where non-belief fuels evil. Having said that, this book does not promote any particular religion, but rather a sense of spirituality. If a reader calls himself/herself a spiritualist or agnostic, I believe that he/she will very much enjoy this story. Overall story rating: 65% for an adult reader, 75% for target audience (teen/young adult). Value for money: 60% for paperback; 85% for download. NOTE: The author is restricted in setting a price by lulu. The book costs $9.42 per copy to manufacture, so the author is taking a comparatively minuscule 40 cent profit per copy. Take the download, suppor tthe authot. The short list: ~The Good: –Compelling story –value for money (download) –well-planned story –well-formatted. ~The Bad –Expensive paperback (lulu’s fault, not author’s) –simplistic main plot. No well-developed subplot(s). –The names of the “divine characters” are forgettable. –The pro-spiritual message can come off as laid on too heavily. Perhaps more subtly suggested would have been better…< Less
Oct 8, 2009"A Perfet Blend" Reviewed by Kopek Publishing http://www.kopek-publishing.com/blog_review Review: This is an excellently crafted book by Matt, and despite not being overly fond of Young Adult fiction, I really enjoyed it. This story has to be one that covers the most wide ranging of subjects I’ve read in one book. There’s a bit of fantasy, religion, thriller, adventure, and humour in the story. One thing it will make you do, as an adult reader, is think. The thriller element has plenty of twists & turns to keep you turning the pages, and there is plenty of emotional content that will tear at your heart, but then make you laugh. Most people would love to know they had a guardian angel, what if they found out they really did have one. But then found out he wasn’t very good. How would you feel? How would you deal with it if you discovered that your very life depended on the dubious skills of this angel? This is one of the conundrums that Ella has to deal with. The way... More > the chapters are interweaved, keeps you turning the pages with a need to know what happens next. Matt utilises this clever technique perfectly to keep the reader enthralled. Matt manages to keep you guessing as to where the story is heading. He leads you down a path, and then, just when you think you know what’s going on, he turns a corner, and you start wondering again. As the story enfolds, you begin to glean how big an influence that Ella is to have on the people around her, and also the world’s future. What I Most Liked: A thought provoking story, that managed to keep my attention right through to the end. I enjoyed the way Matt dealt with some of the subjects from a humorous angle. I think my favourite anti-hero was Frank, the schizophrenic switches in personality were excellently portraid by Matt. What I least Liked Some of the mood swings by the main character, Ella, I found a little confusing. She seemed to be scared one minute, then making fun the next. But then, I’m not a twelve year old girl, and I have no idea whether this is typical. Conclusion: A fast paced, emotive book. One that should appeal to a wide range of audiences, teenagers, and adults alike. There’s something for everyone in this story, and subjects that you thought you didn’t like, Matt seems to make you think about them in a different way.< Less
Oct 6, 2009""This war... will be fought with faith alone."" Walker has written an intriguingly creative tale of good and evil, or faith and Antifaith. The Guardian is filled with twists and turns in plot that keeps the reader guessing. At sixty pages, I thought I’d had it figured out. I didn’t. The concept is inventive and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and Walker’s humor. I look forward to future works!
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- Matt Walker (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- October 6, 2009
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.91 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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