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Last Guardian

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by Shane Johnson

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In 1975, the life of Cornell graduate student T.G. Shass is forever changed when he finds himself in possession of a mysterious and ancient artifact. Unable to remember how he acquired it and powerless to rid himself of it, T.G. is soon shaken not only by the object’s presence, but by a chilling encounter with evil and a jarring journey to another world.


In 1975, the life of Cornell graduate student T.G. Shass is forever changed when he finds himself in possession of a mysterious and ancient artifact. Unable to remember how he acquired it and powerless to rid himself of it, T.G. is soon shaken not only by the object’s presence, but by a chilling encounter with evil and a jarring journey to another world.

He was the most unlikely of all prophets.
His was the most critical of all missions.

Upon his return, T.G. discovers that Earth is no longer the home he knew. His sweetheart, Jenni, is missing, and all evidence indicates that she’s been caught up into the macabre, unnatural realm he’s just departed.

His determination to find Jenni overrides the bitter aftertaste of his otherworldly experience, and T.G. seeks a way to go back. But his second journey holds far more than he imagines. Can T.G. fulfill his key role in God’s plan to defeat the forces of darkness? Or will his imperfect faith lead to destruction as the last days draw to a climactic end?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the tradition of Christian thrills-and-chills writers Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness) and Stephen Lawhead (Byzantium), first-time novelist Johnson offers a gory fantasy that is loosely based on the New Testament Book of Revelation. But where Peretti succeeds in creating heart-pounding scenarios of demonic warfare, Johnson's story falls flat, and where Lawhead's characters believably embody their hard-won spiritual truths, Johnson makes awkward attempts to pair those truths with his characters' too-sudden insights. Cornell graduate student T.G. Shass unexpectedly becomes the last guardian of an ancient artifact that holds the Creator's divine truth. When Shass proves too weak to resist demonic forces that threaten to seize the gift, a striking man who wears a brilliant blue robe and calls himself Ish (identified by the author in the afterword as Jesus Christ) transports him to a planet named Noron for his own protection. On the surface, Noron seems to be a paradise, but the society's moral depravity is evidenced by its citizens' enjoyment of a dish called Sholari (cooked from unborn children who are conceived in vitro and harvested at 18 months), and by gruesome funeral rites in which infants are murdered to bring the dead back to life. Despite a publisher's note suggesting that the novel's barbarous elements serve to illustrate humankind's depravity and need for spiritual regeneration, much of the violence is gratuitous, and many Christian readers will understandably be offended. The heavy-handed tome takes too long to recount Shass's determined attempt to redeem the fallen people of Noron and win them to Ish. Predictably, Shass triumphs, reunites with his true love and enjoys eternal paradise with other like-minded followers. Why aren't we more excited for him? (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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The Crown Publishing Group
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Kinship and Courage Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Shane Johnson, a writer and graphic artist, has authored several books and magazine articles concerning the special effects and set designs of motion pictures and television series. He served as a design consultant for the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and also directed the documentary Apollo13:Flight for Survival.
He and his wife, Kathy, and their son, Daniel, make their home in Texas.

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The Last Guardian 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic story that will take you on a journey you will find hard to forget!!
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Megdardon More than 1 year ago
I use this book to give out to friends who don't like to read anything but fantasy or sci-fi, but have faith questions about GOD, Jesus, and religion. Mr. Johnson has created a story that will keep you locked in and ready to turn the next page. I was sold on the story line and was over half way through the book before I was startled to realize, I was actually learning about GOD's love, grace, and power from a totally new point of view. The story line of the book will also give you a personal view into the life and death of Jesus, a following of several books of the Bible, and a very unique version of Revelations. I highly recommend this book as a great read, a great re-read, and a great give away book to those in need of uplifting in their faith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The critics indicate that this is a "gory fantasy that is loosely based on the New Testament Book of Revelation." This book is actually an incredible picture of GENESIS, and what our planet may have looked like prior to the flood of Noah. For anyone who has studied or is remotely interested in the pre-flood times will find this book simply amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Last Guardian was my first venture into the Christian fiction genre, so I didn't know what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised by what I read. Shane Johnson is an amazing writer. His imagery is vivid; I could very easily visualize the characters, settings, and situations in the book. Some of the scenes were literally chilling! If movies weren't so often made by committee, I would love to see a filmed version of this novel. I couldn't help but try to read The Last Guardian in one sitting. Johnson does a remarkable job weaving scripture, spirituality, and discovery into a compelling story whose every paragraph compels you to dive into the next. At the same time, the story makes you think. The main character, T. G. Shass, undergoes a spiritual rebirth, and along the way he asks questions that we face ourselves: Who am I? Why am I? What is my purpose? As Shass finds his answers through faith, we come to feel that, if we haven't already found our own answers, we can. I highly recommend The Last Guardian, and I thank Shane Johnson for sharing his talent and inspiration with his readers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Cornell University student knows he has changed and not for the good since his parents suddenly died two years ago. However, their death leaves T.G. Shass with more than just a void; he questions his whole belief system including the existence of God.

While mountain climbing in Colorado, T.G. and his friend Dave Cernan rappel down a mountainside to beat a coming storm. Something strange occurs during the decent as T.G. vanishes through solid rock in front of Dave¿s stunned eyes. The next thing T.G. knows is he is somehow inside his Ithaca apartment with part of his rope and a strange object. He now possesses an ancient artifact whose last guardian held it in 3496 BC. However, his beliefs remain in disarray, so a strange individual takes T.G. to the planet Noron, which seems perfect on first look. As T.G. begins to regain his faith, he realizes that Noron is a corrupt place where Swift would find the customs more than just modestly shocking. Can T.G. successfully spread the word in such a debased place?

THE LAST GUARDIAN is an epic fantasy that will thrill fans of Frank Peretti. The story line is fast-paced and T.G. and the support cast (on Earth and Noron) make the plot seem genuine. Although some violence seems unnecessary and more of a modern day condemnation of social practices, most fans of a twentieth century Revelations tale will fully find Shane Johnson¿s novel quite entertaining. This reviewer believes that Mr. Johnson¿s deceased buddy Dan Cheney will provide the M&Ms when they rendezvous once again.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
For some time, this book nearly left me speechless. There are no words to be said that can justify it. Johnson takes an incredible plot twist starting with the Flood and ending with Revelation. An incredible sci-fi thriller that surprisingly stays dead-on with Scripture. Definitely a must-read-and-then-spread-the-news book. If you like Frank Peretti or the Left Behind series, grab this book for the best elements of both!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read the summary on the back of this book, it didn't really grab me. But I went ahead and started reading anyway. Wow! Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. That said, this book is sure to be controversial. Some scenes are somewhat graphic (strong PG), but certainly not gratuitous. One thing I have always regretted about Christian fiction was that it is usually either poorly written, overly preachy, or both. The 'Left Behind' series is a welcome departure from this trend, as are the Frank Peretti novels. If you enjoy Peretti, especially 'Piercing the Darkness' and 'This Present Darkness,' or if you enjoy science fiction or fantasy, even if you aren't a Christian, you will like this book. Get it. You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most exciting and dramatic books I¿ve ever read. Johnson has skillfully crafted a fascinating story that is almost impossible to put down. The character of T.G. Shass is wonderfully approachable and believable, an average guy caught up in events that are anything but average. Embarking on an adventure of cosmic proportions, this reluctant prophet begins a personal journey of faith full of struggles and triumphs. This combination of intimate characterization and expansive narrative is compelling. The author has used elements of science-fiction, action-adventure and good, old-fashioned storytelling to weave a tale that is immensely enjoyable, emotionally rewarding and theologically well-grounded. Johnson¿s style is descriptive, well-paced and, in a way, poetic. There are awesome vistas, dramatic structures, intricate rooms and claustrophobic chambers described in this book that one can almost experience with all five senses, and yet these descriptions are exquisitely balanced by action and character development. Such a balance is tough, but Johnson pulls it off with style. And T.G. Shass is not the only believable character in this work. Everyone populating this novel has depth and texture. They are people you will either come to love or to despise. The dialogue is natural, conversational, even snappy and humorous at times. `The Last Guardian¿ is very difficult to categorize, but that¿s all right. Some things stand on their own, and this book is one of those things. Ultimately, no one can tell you what this novel is about. You just have to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who like the 'Left Behind' series - would more than likely also enjoy this wonderful book by author Shane Johnson. I know many people may compare The Last Guardian to books by Frank Peretti, but I found it much more enjoyable, and the theology expressed by the author very sound and biblical. Some people may find certain scenes and situations rather intense and unusual for a christian novel, but many scenarios such as those represented in this book are spoken of in the Old Testament. I found this book to be thought provoking, entertaining, and one I truly could not put down. In fact, after reading this book, I gave it to a friend who was eager to begin reading it after hearing my descriptions of the story. The main message I came away with after reading this book was: God is sovereign - over all times, all places, and all peoples. His Will cannot - and will not - be thwarted - by man or demon. And also that there is no end to the depth of His love and mercy to His people. This novel was unlike any christian book I have read before. Comparisons are difficult, but if I had to place it alongside novels I considered similar in the complexity and scope of the stories, those would be: This Present Darkness (Peretti), Dune (Frank Herbert), or The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Tolkien). I wish more christian novels were of the same quality and caliber as this one, and I appreciate all that the author had to say about the novel, his life, and his walk with Christ - not only gleamed from the pages of the story, but in the eloquent preface and afterword of his book.