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Fourth Guardian [Paperback]

Ronald Anthony CROSS

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Book Description

March 1 1996
The history of Western civilization has been secretly controlled by four immortal ancient Romans, the Guardians of the Four Stones of Power, but now one Guardian tries to gain control of all four stones, threatening the mystical power balance. Reprint. K.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (March 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812515943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812515947
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g

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From Library Journal

Behind the milestone events of human history lurk the Eternal Guardians of the Four Stones of Power. When one of the Guardians decides to capture all four stones for himself, the defense of the world is thrust into the hands of a young woman and her mysterious elderly mentor. Conspiratorial intrigue and madcap adventure come together, not altogether seamlessly, in this ambitious series opener by the author of Prisoners of Paradise (Watts, 1988. o.p.) . A marginal purchase for most libraries.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Contemporary fantasy and the beginning of a series about the Four Stones of Power, magical jewels whose actions and owners determine the fate of the world: from the author of the weird and splendid Prisoners of Paradise (1988). In Roman times, four conspirators came into possession of the god-wrought Stone of Power and agreed to split it among themselves. Since then, each has pursued his or her independent course of action, sometimes meddling enough to change the course of history. But now, for reasons unknown, the former gladiator Corbo, latterly a Don Juan-style jungle sorcerer, has come under magical attack by one or more of the other stone-wielders. Corbo's stone, which has a will of its own, also assembles some helpers: Corbo's assistant, Elena; musician Brice; the talented children William and Violet. After various diversions, the showdown takes place on Hawaii, where a powerful Nazi, Germanicus, tricks the pimp Popillius into an alliance against Corbo and Drusilla--a battle in which Brice is possessed by an alien Yellow Cloud from another reality, all four guardians are slain, and the Stones pass into the hands of the good guys. Tumultuous, meandering, ramshackle, heavily embroidered: often entertaining but at best only half-satisfying. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best novel I've read in 20 years! July 28 1998
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This is the best novel I've read since William Goldman's "marathon Man" It is IMPOSSIBLE to put down and filled with interesting characters and brilliantly choreographed action scenes. There are also bits of very insightful commentary, but these are never preachy and blend seamlessly with the wonderful prose. This is the kind of book that reminds one just what can be achieved by the written word!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Dec 21 1999
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
Along while back, I had checked this book out at a library. And I plan on buying it, because I want to read it again! The book is awesome! It is a pretty compelling story, and I couldn't put the book down! If you like science fiction, you'll like this. Even though I don't think the book is that sci-fi! But it is a must to read!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gratuitous and pointless May 31 1998
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The only reason this book doesn't receive a 1 is because of its strong characters. There is no real plot to speak of. The storyline on which this book rests seems to exist only to get from one scene of intricately-detailed violence and/or sex to the next; characters frequently kill and are killed off for no reason whatsoever (culminating with one of the protagonists at the end of the book--in fact, I think "no reason whatsoever" is this book's theme).
Leave this dud in the trash where it belongs.

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