Guardians of Stone
by Anita ClenneyPublished by: Montlake Romance Publish Date: December 4, 2012 Genre: Paranormal Adventure Series: The Relic Seekers #1 Source: Book provided in exchange for honest review My Rating: Blurb from Goodreads:
Kendall Morgan is a human bloodhound. Spending her childhood hunting relics with her ambitious archeologist father, she knew the two of them shared a sixth sense for the history and location of objects—sometimes even people. What she didn’t know was that their paranormal gift could ultimately be their undoing.
After the tragic plane crash that killed her father as well as her childhood best friend, Kendall dedicated her life to finding and protecting relics. When mysterious, sexy billionaire Nathan Larraby hires her for his latest expedition—the search for four powerful relics —she’s thrown into a world of high-octane danger. He sends brooding mercenary Jake Stone to watch Kendall’s back, but he may have created danger of a different kind.
As the team chases down clues, a man called the Reaper makes a play for the artifacts and will stop at nothing to put them to his own sinister use. What’s worse is that Nathan hasn’t told the whole story, and the dark secrets he’s keeping could cost them the mission…and their lives.
One part Indiana Jones, one part paranormal suspense, Guardians of Stone swept me up in a thrilling adventure story.
It took me a little while to understand the characters and the players in Guardians of Stone, but I was constantly engaged in the story. Kendall and Jake are sent to find a dangerous, mysterious relic and bring it back to their benefactor and employer, Nathan Larraby. Kendall has a tragic past, the ability to sense relics, and sometimes see past events. Jake has his own traumatic past and his ties to Nathan are unclear. Nathan is the most mysterious of the three, but has some intriguing secrets and abilities of his own. These three characters come from different backgrounds, but as the story unfolds, they are united by their mission and their mysterious pasts.
Guardians of Stone is full of action. Jake and Kendall run across obstacles, killers, booby traps, nosy ladies, and even hidden treasure on their quest to find the relic. I have always loved conspiracy theories and secret sects, and this book has it all. Plus, Jake and Kendall have some definite attraction going on between them. They start out not trusting one another at all, and not being used to having a partner, to coming to depend on one another. Guardians of Stone is not overly romantic, the attraction between the characters is an extra, not the basis of the story.
As the story progresses, the plot-lines only thicken and get more intricate. While some questions are answered by the end of Guardians of Stone, it is clear that there is plenty more to come. A seemingly simple mission to recover a relic changed the lives of the characters in this book and I can not wait to see how the story will continue to unfold.
Readers, if you enjoyed stories like Indiana Jones, National Treasure, or even the Da Vinci code, then I think you will enjoy reading Guardians of Stone. There are some paranormal elements to this story, but the paranormal is not over-done. Author Anita Clenney insinuates that more paranormal elements may come into play in the future.
I really enjoyed reading this fun, adventurous book and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
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