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The Guardians (American Family Portraits #9) [Paperback]

By Jack Cavanaugh (Author)
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Ethan Morgan never asked to be the firstborn, but Andrew, Ethan's twin and younger brother, begged for the honor from the time he could talk. Maybe if he'd just given it to him - signed away his birthright like Esau - he wouldn't be a cop on the wrong side of a crime scene. Now he's a widower with a heart filled with rage, regret and bitterness. Is that what it takes to step up to family responsibility? Do the sins of the fathers revisit their sons, or do the ghosts of the past make believers of them?

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Studio: David C. Cook
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2008
Publisher   David C. Cook
ISBN  1589191005  
ISBN13  9781589191006  

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More About Jack Cavanaugh

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jack Cavanaugh is a popular historical fiction author. He has fifteen published novels which have received numerous Christian and secular awards. His novels "While Mortals Sleep" and "His Watchful Eye" won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian Fiction. "The Puritans", from the American Portrait series, won an ECPA Silver Medallion Award.

Jack Cavanaugh currently resides in the state of California. Jack Cavanaugh was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Jack Cavanaugh has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Great Awakenings
  2. Kingdom Wars

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The Guardians (American Family Portraits #9)  Nov 3, 2008
This is a great series, I would start with the first book in the series,The Puritans, and read the all of the series. It is great work of Christian,Historical fiction. Being a history buff, I really enjoyed these books as they followed one family from 1600 England to the new world through the revolution that almost splits the family, through every war 2 world wars and through Nam. up till now where the Guardians takes us.
excellent  Sep 24, 2008
I received it in a timely fashion and was in better condition than I thought it would be.
The conclusion to the "American Family Portrait" series  Jul 14, 2008
In THE GUARDIANS, award-winning historical novelist Jack Cavanaugh concludes his American Family Portrait series with a contemporary tale brimming with plenty of action. Although the book is touted as readable as a stand-alone, you'll want to peruse the series first to get the full flavor of this story.

The series revolves around the fabled Morgan family Bible, which has been handed down from generation to generation since book one, THE PURITANS. This time the Bible is in the possession of Ethan, the oldest twin and a police officer who is fighting demons from his past. His younger twin brother Andrew, a graphic novelist, seems to have it all together. Then Andrew walks into a trap meant for his brother --- and it costs him his life. The killer, knowing of the half-million-dollar value of the 400-year-old Morgan family Bible, makes off with it after the murder.

Ethan sets out to find his brother's killer and the family heirloom; in the process, he gets tangled up with more than he bargained for. F. Malory Simon, a wealthy motivational speaker, author and owner of the Nevada Outlaws NFL football expansion team, is out to eliminate as many symbols of Christianity as possible. He lives by the motto "Cut the root and the flower dies," and he wants to see Christianity perish. Among his targets are valuable, historical Bibles that he enjoys shredding. Will the Morgan Bible be next? He also wants to eliminate notable churches and cathedrals, and if Ethan and Meredith aren't careful, they'll end up being eliminated with the buildings by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Meredith (who is completely obsessed with the Morgan heritage) and Ethan embark on a journey overseas and then back to the United States, revisiting places that have shaped the Morgan family's story. As they travel together, it's not long before Meredith shares a secret with Ethan about her relationship with Andrew that will change them both.

Although Cavanaugh has crafted an interesting series, there are a few rough spots in this concluding novel. Some of the dialogue seems unbelievably insensitive, such as an officer who asks Ethan if he has slept with his sister-in-law even as Ethan's brother lies dead on the floor. Ethan also lacks the expected grief during the police's survey of the crime scene immediately after his brother's death. Another man jokes with him at the funeral reception about Ethan's resemblance to his dead brother, saying "Hallelujah! Andrew's raised from the grave!" Olivia, Andrew's mother-in-law, corners Ethan at the same funeral reception and berates him about his lack of romantic prospects. These unbelievable moments detract from the rest of the story.

But fans of adventure and action won't mind --- they'll be focused on the recovery of the Bible and the attempt to thwart the plot of the evil Simon. Eventually, the Bible ends up as the focus of a live Internet event in Boston, ready to be shredded, and it appears that the Morgan family Bible has seen its last generation. Will Meredith and Ethan be able to save the Bible from certain destruction? Fans of the American Family Portrait series will enjoy discovering the answers.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
Historical/Current Event Blend with Cavanaugh's Signature Wit  Jul 9, 2008

Jack Cavanaugh has created an intriguing blend of the volatility of modern times with history and has managed to toss in an underlying comic book theme.

The Morgan Bible is in Ethan's hands, however, it's not in his heart.

Mistaken identity, revenge, hatred, misplaced love, murder, passion, power, adventure, history and the battle of good vs evil all mesh and compete to bring a tale that is both amazing and written with Cavanaugh's' signature wit and knowledge.

I haven't read any of the previous Morgan family books in the series and still found this to be an entertaining novel. The plot moves along at a fast clip, faster than I usually like, and the character development wasn't a deep as it could have been, but overall, I still enjoyed this read.
Book 9 in the   Apr 3, 2008
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor[...]
One the night of a play honoring their family's history, Anthony Morgan was murdered. Corby was sent to kill Ethan, Anthony's twin brother, and to steal the family Bible, an heirloom worth a half a million dollars. The kill would be pleasure for Corby who blamed Ethan for the death of his brother. This was his chance to exact his revenge. Anthony's wife, Meredith, found her husband's dead body. The killer was still in the house. She fought back when he tried to kill her. That night she lost not only her husband, but also her unborn child.
This is the ninth book in the series "An American Family Portrait." Unfortunately, I did not read the first eight. At times, I felt I was missing something. The most surprising character in the book is Meredith. She had a felt a great loyalty to the Morgan heritage. Her loyalty was stronger than Ethan's. Ethan never wanted the responsibility of being the oldest Morgan. The Morgan family faced choices that forced them to examine their faith. Fans of suspense and romance will enjoy The Guardians.


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