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The Guardian [Mass Market Paperback]

Nicholas Sparks
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

31 Oct 2003

Since her husband's tragic death fours years before, 29-year-old Julie Barenson had been reluctant to date, but now feels ready to test the waters. Soon, she is being wined and dined by Richard Franklin, a handsome and sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen. She also suddenly finds herself entertaining romantic thoughts about Mike Harris, her best friend in the world. Mike is nowhere near as debonair as Richard and has permanent grease stains on his hands from his work as an auto mechanic, but he's funny, loyal, and a great favourite with Julie's beloved dog Singer. When Julie innocently chooses between the two men, she has no idea that she will set off a chain of events at once terrifying, dangerous and, ultimately, deadly.

A riveting tale of love, jealousy and obsession, THE GUARDIAN has all the romance that Nicholas Sparks' fans have come to expect as well as a new element of suspense that will keep them turning the pages late into the night.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (NY); Reprint edition (31 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446613436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446613439
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,065,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With over eighty million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include eleven No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than forty languages. Eight of his novels have been adapted into major films: Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.

Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him and sign up for the Nicholas Sparks eNewsletter at, and follow him on Twitter: @NicholasSparks.

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Masterful storytelling from this bestselling author (CHOICE)

Sparks fans clamor for his brand of love story and, with the added punch of suspense, this one will be another bestseller (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* Written with electrifying intensity and riveting suspense. THE GUARDIAN is an explosive and emotional tale of betrayal and obsession. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Petrifyingly Passionate 19 May 2006
Nicholas Sparks is my all time favourite romance author, so when I saw he'd writtena thriller/romance I was more than a little intrigued.

This book has got to be one of his best, his characterisation was amazing, really allowing you to connect with the characters and become immersed in the story.

It tells the tale of Julie, a young widow who is ready to sart dating again. Her deceased husband's best friend Mike loves her but is too scared to make a move. So Julie tests the water win a sucessful, handsome man called Richard. However Julie soon realises her mistake and finds happiness in the arms of Mike.

Doesn't that all sound lovely? Well at this point we're only on chapter 4.

Richard starts to show up again and again, Julie can't help but feel that he isn't over her, infact he's pretty much obsessed...

In this terrifyig, intriguing and murderous novel, you are completely gripped by the clever and complex story that Sparks has woven. With each twist and turn you gasp, laugh, and by the end cry. YOu become so immersed it almost feels like its Richard stalking you...

This is the best combination of romance and thriller I've ever read and I recommend it to men and women alike. Its a fantastic read and one of Spark's best!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read! 6 Nov 2003
By A Customer
I was dubious about buying this book at first as i had never heard of Nicholas Spark or encountered any of his work, but I was hooked from the first page. The book is a clever mix of romance,suspense and thriller and succeeded in keeping me gripped until the early hours. I really felt for the main characters and absolutley fell in love with the dog, whom I guess is pretty much central to the plot. I can honestly say it is one of the only books I have read that has made me feel as if I was really there, living the experience. Top stuff!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 14 Jun 2006
From the very first chapter I found it hard to put it down. I wanted to know more and more as the characters unfolded. Julie was such a strong character but I felt her pain of moving on which you don't often get from other books. What can I say about Mike? He made my heart flutter everytime he interacted with Julie. My heart went out to him at the beginning when Richard became involved with Julie. I was kept on the edge of my seat all the way through. I was constantly ooohing and arrring as I read more and more. I found the ending fantastic the whole book was leading up to that moment on the beach and I couldn't put it down until I'd finished the last four chapters. I only have one more thing to say and is that I wanted to read more about Mike and Julie. I loved their relationship kind of ended where the story almost could have begun. Excellent! I'd recommend it to anyone...trully remarkable!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read. 27 Mar 2006
I have read a few books by Nicholas Sparks, but The Guardian is definately the best. The characters feel so real and the combination of the love story and the thriller kept me gripped. This book is full of suspense from the beginning and you won't be able to put it down. If you are looking for romance with a dark twist, this is the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from sparks 30 July 2005
By A Customer
I've been hooked on nicolas sparks book since reading a walk to remember for the first time and then continued to read his other books and watch the films.
This book to me was another great buy and i advise people if you liked his other books you will love this one as well! I love the way he put another darker twist than his usual style, it kept me gripped.
Sparks books always gets my emotions and i've rarely read one of his books and kept a dry eye. This was no exception to gettin hold of my emotions!
read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read ever 11 July 2005
By A Customer
I am a relatively new Sparks fan, and only started reading his books after seeing The Notebook on DVD. HOwever, he has now bceome my favourite romance fiction author of all time. He has a wonderful knack of giving a seemingly ordinary romantic story a page turning twist. This story tells the tale of an ordinary small town girl who was basically in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man. The chilling twist of jealousy and betrayal has you gripped from the start, and I defy anyone not to read it on one sitting - I did and I can't wait to get my teeth into the next Sparks book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delicacy and romance at its best 31 July 2004
By A Customer
From the day I started reading Message in a Bottle, Nicholas Sparks has become one of my favourite fiction authors. As an amaateur writer myself, I like to read books to inspire myself and learn the style that is best suited to these kinds of stories and I must say, after reading almost all of Sparks' books, they are all superb! The Guardian is one that I have especially enjoyed and I have not missed the delicacy with which Sparks describes every single scene. He has a knack for writing about love stories, about how one is feeling when heartbroken, when in love, when lovesick, and also when crazy! I liked Richard's character, even though he was the 'baddy', the way SparHks describes him shows the amount of detail that went into his research.
But my real favourite was Singer. That dog was amazing...and he just felt so real! He's the real hero of the story.
It's really a fantastic book with everything you'd ever want in a novel. Romance, laughter, lots of suspense and page turning! AND a really good ending!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Loved every minute of this read could not for the life of me put it down the characters were amazing and the way the novel was put together was just genius. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Jenna
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GUARDIAN
5/5 amazing could not put book down. Love story with a twist and thriller. Also loved the dog in the book felt I New
Him. STAR 5
Published 1 month ago by anne laird
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting.
This is the first book I've read from Nicholas Sparks, and although I'm an avid reader of other genres, I'm really glad I took the plunge with this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Sharples
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
I really enjoyed this book, another of Sparks books, with a brilliant, can't put down ending. Just like Safe Haven.
Highly recommend!
Published 3 months ago by Steph L B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fantastic book, I couldn't put down. Read in 3 days around work a definite 'recommendation to those wanting a romantic story with a twist
Published 4 months ago by J Young
4.0 out of 5 stars It kept you in suspense
It was a good read that kept you in suspense but not my favourite Nicholas Spark book. I would recommend this book.
Published 4 months ago by ALI
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !!
I felt it was a slow start BUT wow it turned out to be extremely thrilling as well as a romantic story. Absolutely recommend it !
Published 5 months ago by Ellen Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
The guardian has a unique line between love story and thriller, a real page turner, you won't be able to get your nose out of this book! Amazing story, sparks has done it again!
Published 6 months ago by Chloe Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...
I have read this book so many times, it should be made into a film but made just as the book reads...brilliant x
Published 6 months ago by Sonia Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Built up then let down
Throughout the book there is a good build! Each chapter leaves you excited for the next!! However once the climax comes in it begins to feel rushed and not as exciting as previous... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Julz2689
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