- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 531 KB
- Print Length: 176 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press; Crossroad Press First Digital edition (13 Sept. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F78VA90
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,260,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Varian Hamer is a young sailor and soldier of fortune who finds himself seeking greater purpose in his life than simply traveling from one port to another. One day, while waiting for his ship, The Courtesan, to set sail from the quays of the city of Mentor, Hamer observes an old man in a monk's robe purposefully moving about the dock. Hamer is intrigued when the old man, named Kartaphilos, approaches him with a request: search the world's wastelands for the location of the citadel housing the Guardian, a super-computer that retains all the knowledge and technology of the ancients. For the man who finds the Guardian, and unlocks its secrets, will be positioned to transform the world and all its inhabitants.
At first skeptical, Hamer finds himself convinced when Kartaphilos shows him technology far advanced from any in existence in the known world. Accompanied by the stunning Tessa, the aged but experienced world traveler Stoor, and the mute but talented Raim, Hamer embarks on the quest to find the Guardian.
When the team finally does locate the impressive Citadel and the Guardian within its halls, they discover that far from being an inert, passive instrument awaiting its rebirth at the hands of the descendants of its builders, Guardian is very much concerned with its own plans for the future of the human race.........
`Guardian' is one of Thomas F. Monteleone's earlier novels and is weaker when compared to his later works. The sf and adventure elements of the novel drive the narrative for the first half of the book, but after the encounter with the Guardian, which takes over at mid-point, the remaining chapters are really just a backdrop against which the author places overly labored expositions about Man's Fate in the Universe, what is required for an otherwise all-knowing, omnipotent AI to understand What it Means to Be Human, and other existential topics.
I can't say that `Guardian' is a must-have, but readers looking for a quick, but not overly innovative, read that revolves around some of the more common tropes of sf may find the book worthwhile. If you do, you may want to try its sequel, `Ozymandias' (1983).
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