Guardians Inc.: The Cypher [NOOK Book]

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GUARDIANS INC.: THE CYPHER is two stories in one. A glimpse into a multinational company that is in reality the oldest of secret societies, one that spans close to seven thousand years of existence, weaving in and out of history, guiding and protecting humanity from creatures and forces that most of us believe are only mythology and fairy tales.

The other is the story of Thomas Byrne, a young man thrust into secrets he shouldn’t be aware of ...
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Overview

GUARDIANS INC.: THE CYPHER is two stories in one. A glimpse into a multinational company that is in reality the oldest of secret societies, one that spans close to seven thousand years of existence, weaving in and out of history, guiding and protecting humanity from creatures and forces that most of us believe are only mythology and fairy tales.

The other is the story of Thomas Byrne, a young man thrust into secrets he shouldn’t be aware of and dangers he shouldn’t face but, that he ultimately will, for he is a Cypher. The only one who can steer humanity’s future.

The ultimate conspiracy theory is that Magic is real. Kept in check by technology but, every five hundred years the balance can shift and, if it does, technology will fail and those creatures we’ve driven into myth will come back with a vengeance.

To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450748582
  • Publisher: Julian Rosado-Machain
  • Publication date: 2/26/2011
  • Series: Guardians Inc. : the Cypher Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 269
  • Sales rank: 18,674
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

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    Surprise: New Author with a GREAT book! Highly Recommended

    Attention readers! If you love Artemis Fowl or Fever Crumb, you definitely want to read this book. I¿ve been a fan of books for younger readers nearly all my life. My father, a librarian, got me started on Newberry Award books at an early age. This led to my branching out to other authors who write for the same age group. Today, some of the best new literature being published is in this category.

    I¿m pleased to say that Guardians Inc.: The Cypher is one of those books. A key to success in this category, or really any good book, is getting and keeping a reader¿s attention. Some authors struggle with this in their early work. Fortunately, The Cypher hooked me from the beginning. And kept my attention right through to the very end.

    I planned on working this book in between my other projects. That wasn¿t possible because I stayed up to finish the book the first night I picked it up. If you or someone you know is an avid reader, this is one of the litmus tests for a good book: the harder it is to put down the better the book. As you can tell, I fell for this book hard.

    Like many of the best stories in this category, an altered reality is presented that walks the line between science fiction and fantasy. Science, reality, and magic blend successfully with a strong, interesting result. The book does contain fighting and physical action, so parents may want to gauge access accordingly. However, I didn¿t find any of these scenes to go beyond anything found in a Harry Potter novel.

    I truly hope you¿ll find this book. It¿s a great example of why I¿m on the lookout for books written for this age group. Fresh ideas and combinations, interesting characters and family insights wrapped up into a book that gave me a lot of pleasure. May it be the same for you in this book I¿ve given a rare, 5-star rating.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

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    Good easy read, had a resembelnce to the movie THE LIBRARIAN. Re

    Good easy read, had a resembelnce to the movie THE LIBRARIAN. Read this as advance read. Looking forward to the next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Thomas had moved in with his grandfather after his parents vanis

    Thomas had moved in with his grandfather after his parents vanished. Grandpa is bored and looking for a job and Thomas is having trouble accommodating to his new school. Thomas is suspended by vice-principal Killjoy after a fight, and at this time finds out that he is a Cypher, a person who can read any written language. Both he and his grandfather get jobs at a strange library, and the fun begins.
    At this point, I thought the book would follow the pattern of the Librarian series of films, with an adventuresome librarian looking for artifacts; instead it became a struggle between good and evil – but it was difficult to discern which side was actually the good one.
    As an aside, over the past 10 years or so, I have seen a growing number of books that cast librarians as the collectors and protectors of historical artifacts, ways of living, and information in general. I think as the internet grows, there is a fear that non-virtual worlds will vanish, and librarians are needed to protect this info. In this case, they are needed to protect the world. I do like this sub-genre and this book was not an exception.

    I enjoyed the plot, although the book probably needed an extra 15 pages to finish flushing out details. At the beginning, some scenes played out slowly, but by the end some seemed rushed.

    Character development was also a little uneven. I understood Thomas, his actions, and motivations, but some other characters were not as clearly worked out.

    I hope some of the questions are cleared up in the latter books in the series, and that the endings of the forthcoming books are written with enough detail. Overall, a good read for a young adult demographic who likes science fiction, action, and fantasy.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

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    Guardians Inc: The Cypher By Julian Rosado-Machain Published by


    Guardians Inc: The Cypher
    By Julian Rosado-Machain
    Published by TrueBA Interactive ISBN9781450748582
    This book was supplied to me by the publisher on condition that I present a true and honest review for it.

    Guardians Inc.: The Cypher - A Book Review

    When I came to the end of Guardians Inc.: The Cypher, I felt exactly the same way I felt when I came to the end of the first part of The Gulag Archipelago. I felt a bit stunned, almost poleaxed. Where's the rest of it? I had been turning pages as fast as I could read, trying to get to the end of the story, and suddenly (to mix my metaphors badly) I twisted my ankle because the staircase stopped when I was still going down it. In both cases, I was immediately informed. The rest of Gulag hadn't been translated yet. This story continues in Guardians Inc.: Thundersword.

    Gee, thanks. When can I get my hands on it?

    That is not to say that The Cypher is of the same literary quality as Gulag. It isn't. It's a YA fantasy, of the kind that has today's world interacting with magic. It isn't quite heroic fantasy; it isn't quite urban fantasy. It is something different from either, but it partakes of both. The similarity to Gulag lies in the fact that it grabs the reader on page 1 and doesn't let go.

    It is initially set in Carlsbad, California, which was a small town when I lived nearby fifty years ago. I gather from the book that it is now quite a city. Thomas Byrne, 15, lives there with his grandfather Morgan Byrne, since his parents, and the cruise ship they were on, totally vanished some six months earlier. His parents' insurance won't pay off because there is no proof his parents are dead, so his grandfather, at 72, is trying to find a job so that Thomas can go to college.

    Thomas is an intelligent though not overly studious youth. He is a red belt in tae kwon do, only one step below black belt, and when three juniors ganged up on him, the juniors wound up in the principal's office somewhat the worse for wear, while Thomas wound up in the office of the assistant principal, who actually runs the school and who telephones his grandfather. As the book opens Thomas is sitting in the outer office waiting miserably to find out what his punishment is going to be, when he hears his grandfather and the assistant principal, Miss Khanna, better known among the students as Killjoy, laughing behind the closed door.

    For appearance's sake, and to keep Thomas from getting in more trouble with more students, he is suspended for a week, but is privately told that the suspension won't go on his school record. The three bullies, who will not be allowed to play in the championship football game that weekend, are in considerably more trouble.

    Before the end of the first day of his suspension, both Thomas and Morgan are employed by an international corporation which is not what it seems. No matter where you want to go, you can go out one of doors of the building and get there. Wherever you are, if you want to enter the building, you go two and a half blocks to your left and there it is. Morgan is hired to oversee a financial department of the corporation; Thomas is hired as an assistant librarian. Every book that has been written, even if it exists nowhere else in the world, in the last 1700 years is in the library, which he doesn't have access to from his work station. But that's all right, because the books are automatically delivered to his desk when someone asks for them. When the library is quiet, he is allowed to do his homework using the books and computer assigned to him, but other than that, he may make no personal use of any of the books, even those by his favorite authors and believed to be lost, and he may make no personal use of the computer.

    Within the next month, Thomas's grandfather is abducted, his house is burned, and Thomas goes to ground in the corporation headquarters, with a robot (actually more like an android) butler looking after him. He is to be homeschooled, and he acquires an extensive bodyguard including an elf princess who looks seventeen but is about 3000 years old and who guards him with magic.
    He soon learns that there are far more magical creatures than he ever suspected, and all of them want him. Why? Because he, and his grandfather, are human Cyphers. They can read any language ever written and translate it into English, though this does not extend to understanding the spoken language.

    Every five hundred years, a supernatural being comes to earth and writes the history of the next 500 years. That allows the defenders of order to protect the world from the orders of chaos. But twice the book was not found--only a Cypher can find it--and each time, bad things ensued. Now it is late. The last version's last prediction was for 1905. The result has been a series of wars, natural disasters, famines, and other problems the defenders of order could have predicted. By abducting Morgan, the forces of chaos have acquired their own Cypher to look for, and translate, the book, and they have managed to convince Morgan that they are the right side. But having their own Cypher does not mean they will necessarily reach the book first, because Thomas is a Cypher belonging to the forces of order. They want to kill him.

    To go farther would be to risk creating a spoiler. So I will say only this: If you want to read a strong page-turner, it doesn't matter whether you are in the intended YA audience. I am 69. And I hope I live long enough to finish reading the trilogy this appears to be the beginning of.

    Anne Wingate
    Author of Scene of the Crime and other works of fiction and nonfiction

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    Guardians Inc.: The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain 4 STARS I

    Guardians Inc.: The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain
    4 STARS

    I listened to the book on my kindle and enjoyed it, but I felt a little lost sometimes.
    I would probably not had that same problem if I had read it.
    This is a clean read, a adventure,fantasy book with the main character is 15 year old
    Thomas Byrne.
    Thomas Byrne parents went on a two month cruise and he stayed with his grandfather while they were gone. For some reason the whole ship disappeared in a area that is like the Bermuda triangle.
    Thomas grandfather feels guilty because the cruise was his gift. Morgan is 72 year old accountant. He wants to get a job so he can do more for Thomas but no one wants to hire an 72 year old.
    Thomas sees an ad for a librain assistant and shows his grandfather. The ad reads different for Thomas than for his grandfather.
    The job opens into a different world for both of them. Weird things happen to them.
    Thomas got a job as the assistant but Morgan got a job with them in accounting. They can't talk about thier jobs even between them.
    Thomas finds himself working in a place of a library with almost every book that has been written. Even some books that the world at large don't know about. books appear and disappear when he puts them into the computer.
    Thomas finds out that he can read and translate all different writings.
    Something as taken Thomas grandfather and as attacked him. Thomas finds himself in the
    middle of a war between Magic and technology. If Thomas can't find a certain book than
    magic wins and the world could go back to the dark ages like the last time the book was not found in time.
    Thier is magic,elves,robots that seem life like, garoyles who come to life and many other things that Thomas thought were just myths in books come true. The world is counting on him to save it.
    I would like to read the next novel and see what happens next to Thomas. Can he win the race or will all lives be affected.
    I won this book from Librarything and asked in exchange if I would give an honest review of it. I would put this book in section with percy jackson,harry Potter and ranger apprentice fans to enjoy.
    February 26, 2011 PUB Publisher: Julian Rosado-Machain; 238 pages

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    This is one of the greatest books i have ever read in my life. It has been a long time since i read a book this good, congrats to Julian and the ilustrator Francisco. Great job guys.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    Guardians, Inc: The Cypher Thomas loves his grandfather a lot a

    Guardians, Inc: The Cypher

    Thomas loves his grandfather a lot and, now that his parents have died, it's just the two of them. While helping his grandfather look for a job, Thomas comes across an ad that, at first, looks to him like some funny language, but the next time he looks at it, the funny symbols are gone. That ad leads them to the Guardians, Inc mansion for an interview to be the assistant librarian. By the end of the day, both he and his grandpa have jobs there ... and that's only the beginning of the adventure.

    I liked this story. Not loved, but liked. It was unique and fun. I think it would be good for the younger ages, possibly elementary school, and a great chapter book to read with your children who are just starting out. The adventure is fun, but there were parts of it that disappointed me and I felt as if the author was talking down to the child.

    I do look forward to reading books 2 and 3 to find out where the story goes and see if the writing gets better as the series continues.

    Note: I was asked to read this story by the people running the blog tour, but I found and purchased the book myself. Note, it is still for free on Amazon and B&N.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

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    I really enjoyed reading this up to a point. I was like Thomas,

    I really enjoyed reading this up to a point. I was like Thomas, the main character, and excited about the newfound "world" he was discovering. Then about the last third of the book, things sped up and at that point to me it got boring. All the action happened but for some reason, I just didn't enjoy it. I don't know if I will continue with the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    well done

    Only minor editing problems .ready for the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    A book that kept my interest, I read it in one day. It is # 1 o

    A book that kept my interest, I read it in one day. It is # 1 of a series so there are unanswered questions at the end of the book. I liked The Guardians history but I would have liked more backstory. More story details would have been enjoyable as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

    Like Artemis Fowl? Check this out!

    Set in Carlsbad, Ca., Thomas is living with his grandfather, Morgan, when his parents and the entire cruise ship disappear. Thomas wants to blend in and be unnoticable. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen and he finds himself having to defend himself against a member of the football team. Thankfully he knows Tae Kwon Do and takes him down but he is caught by Killjoy and “suspended” for the time being.

    I love the interaction between Thomas and his grandfather who, in his seventies, is trying to find a job despite the fact they have enough money to live on. Morgan wants to make sure Thomas has a nest egg in his future since they cannot declare his parents dead for seven years (and honestly neither of them want to do that at this time). Thomas finds an ad in the newspaper with weird writing and shows it his grandfather but by then the writing has changed. When his grandfather is turned down for a job, Thomas takes matters into his own hand and calls the ad where a young woman tells him that if he is interested in the job he needs to come down right now. So Thomas and his grandfather head to the mansion.

    If you like Artemis Fowl or even Percy Jackson, then you will definitely like this book. The plotline is different and refreshing from the Greek Mythology and vampire genres in the young adult categories. It will keep you riveted and wanting more once you have finished the book. Theses are the type of books I love. The ones that make you avoid life just for a little while and wrap you up in their fantasy world until the very end. Come join Thomas and be a part of Guardians Inc. You won’t be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Good

    Good book. I can' t wait to read the next one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

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    Julian pens "The Cypher" a sci-fi fantasy in an origin

    Julian pens "The Cypher" a sci-fi fantasy in an original plot with believable characters that will keep you turning the page. I was captivate from the start with this book as I got to know the characters and wondering what was going to happen next. Highly recommended for all sci-fi and fantasy fans.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Wonderful!

    Excellent book, loved the story and characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Good story but wasnt long enough.

    Loved the story. I just wish it was much longer. Glad that the second book is avalible. This story has the makings of a great SERIES (hint hint).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    AMAZINg

    Is AWESOME love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Jamal's Review

    ONE GOD DAMN G DOUBLE O BE GOOD BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Was a very captivating yet subtle in certain chapters..

    Very good book and kept my attention quite thoroughly but more detailed backstory would have hit an easy five.

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    Really enjoyed this book but it ended too soon. The story is no

    Really enjoyed this book but it ended too soon. The story is not over, so much yet to cover but the second book is not available through B&A. Had to give it 4 star because of this.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Really good

    I want the next installment of this book! Hopefully it's a little longer too. It left me hanging! Hurry up author!!! I am really looking forward to the next one!

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