The Guardians

The Guardians

Book - 2019
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Apr 03, 2020

The Guardians is a fictional novel by famous author John Grisham. The book follows a team of lawyers who try to exonerate innocent people who were sent to prison. They call themselves the Guardians and they operate as a non-profit meaning their budget is meager to say the least. The characters are all quite interesting. The main character is Cullen Post, a lawyer who works for Guardian and he is highly likable. The plot is masterful as Grisham is constantly adding twists and turns and you never are quite sure where you might end up. If you enjoy thrillers this is the book for you. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and I give it a rating of five out of five stars.
@Nessie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 11, 2020

I always look forward to a John Grisham book, but unfortunately none of the new ones come anywhere near his early novels. Just couldn’t get interested in this, very disappointing.

Mar 09, 2020

My first read of John Grisham. Found it long and a little to much detail in parts.
It was a good story line but also had to many charters for my liking. L Gibson March 9 2020

Mar 08, 2020

This book moved very slowly and was mostly boring and predictable. I did finish it, but had to take it in small chunks.

Mar 02, 2020

Generally find Grisham's novels much more interesting than this one. Rather boring and certainly not worth the "wait" time to read it!

Mar 01, 2020

Loved it, very emotional at the end. I want to donate to innocence groups now.

Feb 03, 2020

I loved this book. The guardians are a group of people who try to (And often succeed) open old cases and prove convicted people innocent. Quincy Miller is one such convict who has been charged with murder and is on death row. The book details his patron's fight to prove him innocent and in fact framed with the murder. It is fast paced and hits you where it hurts.

Jan 29, 2020

Although this novel is a little better than the last few ones it does not reach the thrilling level of Grisham's first books 25 years ago.
Easy and enjoyable o read, but we know the end from he start!

Jan 26, 2020

Hard to give Mr Grisham anything less than 4 stars! It's a solid, captivating story told by a master. Is it as good as Pelican Brief and many others, no. But a very pleasant way to spend a snowy winter afternoon :-). It is also a good reminder that we still have a long way to go in improving our criminal justice system-keep reminding us John.

Jan 24, 2020

Finally, John Grisham has hopped off of his soap-box (Gray Mountain, The Rooster Bar) and returned to the style that made him famous. Although somewhat confusing at times, this novel held my interest for the most part. Some aspects were left unresolved, but the good guys won in the end, of course. No, it's not one of his best efforts, but worth the time, nonetheless.
'Moonbird', there's nothing wrong with 'finding religion'. If more people did, maybe we wouldn't have the mess that this world is in right now.

Jan 10, 2020

Not one of Grisham's better novels. Can't see why anyone would care if Quincy got released from prison. It's not as if he could point to the actual guilty party.

Jan 10, 2020

I enjoyed this book, as I usually enjoy Grisham's novels, but some parts of the plot didn't make sense to me. Why would the Cartel care if this dude is released from prison? No one is coming after them because they have no way of knowing who killed the attorney for sure and those people are either dead or in Mexico long gone. Now, the retired sheriff trying to keep him in prison does make sense.

Dec 23, 2019

He must be getting old - as it appears he has found religion. Happily he does not let it go so far as to ruin the story line. Suggest he go back to his standard template.

Dec 21, 2019

I get distracted by other books quite easily but this one kept my interest right to the end. Makes me wonder why trying to exonerate the innocent has to be so difficult and take so long? It's heartbreaking to think that there are so many people just rotting away in prison just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Dec 04, 2019

This was not your typical John Grisham. It started slow for me and got a bit confusing. But once he hit his stride it was a very engaging read. It definitely makes you think about our judicial system in a new light. A very recommendable read.

Nov 28, 2019

My fall reading is not complete without my yearly dose of John Grisham. I have been a fan for more than 20 years and have loved some of his books more than others. This one had so much promise -- innocent people languishing in prison is a worthy cause for action and I applaud the organizations who work so diligently to prove their innocence. For some reason, though, I found myself losing focus while reading. Perhaps it was the number of characters we had to keep track of. Maybe it was the way Cullen Post's travels meandered worse than the back roads of Ford County. Nevertheless, Grisham does manage to pull it all together for an epic, movie-worthy ending. Not as good as "The Reckoning" in my opinion, but still glad I picked it up and learned more about the incredible amount of legwork involved in this work.

Nov 27, 2019

Failed my expectations. Seemed to borrow from the true events of "Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson (highly recommend). I got through 30% and moved on to something more compelling. Guess I need more than what Grisham offers.

Nov 26, 2019

I was a little disappointed with this novel. I have high expectations for Mr. Grisham and found the events a little too predictable. I will still continue to read his books as I have for 20 years. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Nov 26, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed The Guardians. There were times I had a difficult time keeping up with all the characters, however, it all came together. It is based on a real organization, The Centurion Ministries, that do investigate those who may have been wrongly convicted. Most have spent a long time in prison for crimes of which they are innocent. Highly recommend reading this.

Nov 26, 2019

Updated with "Quotes" today.

Not counting the films based on his novels, this is Grisham's twelve book I have read. So, not surprised to find many familiar characters and deeds in "The Guardians" that can be read as a collection of short stories like the highly entertaining 2009 "Ford County," about lawyers trying to free wrongly incarcerated men in our dysfunctional criminal system. The main case is loosely based on a Texas inmate named Joe Bryan who was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife, a horrible crime in 1985. No new grounds other than a few paragraphs here and there on the deep-seated problem of our correctional system.

Nov 25, 2019

Love Grisham's legal thrillers. He has a way with words and a story to match. Fun reading entertainment.

Nov 21, 2019

Here's Grisham at his best - taking on a topic with righteous indignation (wrongful convictions), but without losing his sense of human, and of the deep foibles of humanity, and the twists the legal system can take along the way towards justice.

Nov 19, 2019

Of his recent books, near the top. The novel would pair well with Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy. While this may not be Grisham's best work, it was engaging and a quick read. Definitely recommend it.

Nov 13, 2019

Not so good...many racial comments emphasizing negative stereotypes.. disappointing from such a well known author

Nov 12, 2019

One of his better recent stories and more like his earlier works. Definitely worth a read.

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