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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,839 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dee Henderson Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The O’Malley Series Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9781440781919
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The Guardian is book #2 in the O'Malley series by Christian writer Dee Henderson. The series reflects the lives and actions of seven people, each one having been abandoned or orphaned during his or her teen years. They have chosen to band together, to gain inspiration from each other and to form their own family, taking the last name O'Malley as their family name.

Marcus O'Malley, one of the seven, has become a U.S. Marshall. A federal judge has been murdered just prior to being appointed to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. His speech writer, Shari Hanford, who is also a Christian, actually sees the murderer after witnessing the event and can bring damaging testimony. As a result, her life is in serious danger.

They want her dead.

Marcus O'Malley's job is to protect herand he plans to do his job and to do it well. What he has not counted on is his own attraction to the intended target. She has captured his heart, bringing him an entirely new set of circumstances. They share their faiths and hearts with each other, and survival takes on a whole new meaning.

The action and suspense within this audiobook will keep the listener entertained throughout the entire narrative. Stories from other members of the O'Malley family filter in and out, adding depth and interest to the surface story.

Dee Henderson is a contemporary novelist who writes inspirational books dealing with her faith and the struggles people have in their lives. Her suspense books have received numerous awards, including the National Reader's Choice Award and Bookseller's Best Award. "The Guardian" is a Christy Award winner.

Henderson has written over 14 best-selling novels. She has spent her life living in Illinois, where she continues to write.

The president has selected the next Supreme Court justice. His choice is controversial, highly political, and about to become very public. For the US Marshals who protect the judges, the situation presents the height of security concerns.

One man decides he can’t allow the president’s choice to sit on the bench. His ruthless attack is high risk, but successful. The justice is dead. But the killer made one mistake.

Shari Hanford was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s seen the killer and he’s seen her. And only one of them can live.

US Marshal Marcus O’Malley thought he knew the risks of the assignment going in. He was wrong. He never expected Shari to invade his heart, nor her faith to change his life. He’s been the guardian of the O’Malley family for two decades. Now he’s the guardian of a woman being hunted by the best assassin in the world, a woman he’ll have to risk everything to protect.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Christian readers will relish this intriguing tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 2/16/2014

    " I love the O'Malley Series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 2/14/2014

    " #2 in O'Malley Series. Enjoyed it! You get the FBI action with the relationships and religious beliefs, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/9/2014

    " I enjoyed this series. They are suspenseful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hana Erkou | 1/30/2014

    " Greaaaat! The whole O'malley series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 1/28/2014

    " I liked this one as much as the first in the series. They read like a good action movie, with a little comedy and romance thrown in for good measure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Washburn | 1/28/2014

    " A federal judge is murdered under the watch of US marshal, Marcus O'Malley. As he and his team investigate the shooting he meets Sheri. A close friend of the judge and who's father was also killed in the shooting, tas he protects her they begin to fall in love. They grow together as she teaches him about God's love and believing in prayer. This is a great book, especially people who love a good action book, and also a little romance as well. It has a great story about God's love and prayer in it too. I recommend it to people who enjoy these things. Also to those who have read the previous book in the series. I gave this a 5 because it has everything I enjoy in a book, it didn't bore me and it also allowed me to look a at my own spiritual life and reflect on it. There were some great lines in the book, for example, "someone has to stat with Marcus so he will stay out of trouble." This line shows how devoted he is to his job. Another one is, "If the clutter bothers me before it does me, I pick it up." It builds on his character and shows he is patient and he will sacrifice for his team and others. The last one is, "She tried to scream and when it came, it ripped from the back of her throat" This line built the intensity of the scene. This author reminded me of Frank Peretti, another christian author whose writing style is very simular. I took this book's message and applied it to my life ans asked myself if my prayer life was the way that it should be. I also wondered how far off this book www as from reality. Could this story be close to another of an actual incident? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/24/2014

    " I enjoyed book 2 of the series. It was a little slower for me to get into then book 1. I really enjoy this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalya | 1/10/2014

    " I Love that Henderson includes all of the (ever expanding) family throughout the stories. I'm a little annoyed that the series is becoming a little formula. Hopefully that will change though. There is a lot of potential for some different stuff here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elevetha Houre | 1/6/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 1/5/2014

    " This series was good, but very unrealistic at times which bothers me some, a good read though! I truly fell in love with the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 12/19/2013

    " I loved this book. Another one I could not put down. I think I will soon be heading to the bookstore to buy the rest in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 11/28/2013

    " Who wouldn't want a Marcus in their life? Love this book and love the whole series. I've read it multiple times and it only gets better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 11/27/2013

    " Was not as happy with the Christianity in this one as I was with the other one, but it was still a pretty good book. A fun mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Anderson | 9/26/2013

    " Must read the whole series. I fell in love with her books and wish she would write more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 9/17/2013

    " This is an awsome book!! This book is about Marcus and his struggle to accept Christ as his savior again. And of course this book has romance, why else would i read it (if you know i love to read romance). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serene Heiner | 9/1/2013

    " So good! Just like the other ones! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria M. Elmvang | 8/1/2013

    " I can't put these books down. It's a 'Christian action' book (for want of better label), and admittedly there's not much depth in it, but it's a good page-turner, and sometimes that's enough for me :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 5/25/2013

    " have re-read and listened to this series so many times. Adore the O'Malleys! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ada Moon | 1/27/2013

    " With this book you feel like you are setting on the edge of your sit. Very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/31/2012

    " I loved this series..it's suspenseful and romantic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 7/18/2012

    " You will want to read this series in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/17/2012

    " I really liked the characters in this book. The O'Malley family is very interesting, and I'm excited to have four more books in this series to be able to learn more about the rest of the siblings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/9/2012

    " Sooo good! Can't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Turner | 1/1/2012

    " Still makes me want to bite my nails even the 6th time through. I love this series, and this family. Marcus' struggle with faith is something so many of us understand and can identify with. Wonderful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Berta | 8/12/2011

    " Loved all of the O'Malley series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 7/20/2011

    " I really love this series!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/25/2011

    " It's a good read and story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 6/14/2011

    " I like how Dee Henderson interweaves the characters from past books in the series throughout the book. I also like how she has the ability to keep twists and turns until the end of the book...just when you think you have it figured out...oops maybe not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 5/16/2011

    " I really enjoy Dee Henderson. A Christian writer, her books are filled with prayer, and NOT with swear words or sex. The stories are griping, and the writing is excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 5/15/2011

    " The middle drags with repetition but the rest is fun. I like Dee Henderson's formula. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/10/2011

    " I liked this one as much as the first in the series. They read like a good action movie, with a little comedy and romance thrown in for good measure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 5/1/2011

    " I read this too long ago to give a good review. But, this is one of my all-time favorite books and favorite series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 4/16/2011

    " Political suspense, with Christian values thrown in, sometimes a little too preachy, interesting concept on the idea of a bunch of orphans choosing to be a family and how closely they have bonded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 3/21/2011

    " This is one of those books, actually series, that I love to read. Mystery, romance, family all tied together with spiritual truths. Does everything come out all good at the end - no, not always. Life is like that, but the characters rely on God who helps them through - gee, just like real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arty | 2/22/2011

    " The second O'Malley book isn't quite as strong as The Negotiator, and I think Henderson's editor went AWOL, because the punctuation and structure was horrible. Aside from grammatical quibbles, though, The Guardian was still head and shoulders above most adult Christian fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 2/21/2011

    " "The Guardian" did not capture my attention quite as quickly as did "The Negotiator" but still I enjoyed the book and will go on to read the third book in the series just as soon as I can. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 1/21/2011

    " Was not as happy with the Christianity in this one as I was with the other one, but it was still a pretty good book. A fun mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 12/30/2010

    " I am loving Dee Henderson’s writing. The characters are so real and Christ is present. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 12/24/2010

    " I read this whole series, I didn't think they were fantastic, and they got repetitive and predictable, but I enjoyed them anyway. I found that I really liked the characters and that's what kept me wanting to read the next one and the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaylla | 12/11/2010

    " I loved this entire series, they answered some questions from the Bible but kept your heartt racing from the romance to the adventures to the heart wrenching moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/2/2010

    " Not as good as the first one but still a good read. "

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About the Author
Author Dee Henderson

Dee Henderson is the author of over a dozen bestselling novels, including the acclaimed O’Malley and Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. She is a lifelong resident of Illinois.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.