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Evil is raging on the 20th Floor of an apartment building on the West Side. In an open window, a hideous blind nun perpetually gazing A body, burned beyond recognition. Then two more murders And the discoverer, a beautiful young woman, raped.
Her innocent child exposed to horror. Her husband, furious, relentlessly set on revenge. A cool, Evil is raging on the 20th Floor of an apartment building on the West Side.
A cool, calculating, laughing priest intent on saving more lives from the destruction. And so it begins Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Guardian , please sign up. I saw the Sentinel movie in and thought it creepy. Could have sworn the sequel Guardian was a movie too. Def want to read it. Sean The Guardian is a movie based on a book called The Nanny. I know that books have different titles they go by, especially if they are sold in other countries. Is the Guardian part of a series because there is The Sentinel, The Guardian and Apocalypse and I am not sure if the last two are sequels or not or if the last two are the same book going by different titles?
Christina Camping The last two are the same book. See 2 questions about The Guardian…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Guardian. Feb 15, Horace Derwent added it. Feb 14, Grady Hendrix rated it did not like it.
At the end of Konvitz's The Sentinel the creepy old brownstone with a creepy nun nougat center is replaced by a shiny, high rise condominium. It's a funny joke, but really just a one-liner. This entire book takes place in that condo and revolves around whether one female character is hiding her secret penis.
One would have thought that the author would have gotten better at his craft in four years. Did he forget about them? Unfortunately, not. View 2 comments. Nov 14, Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok Shelves: released , read-in One of my favorite horror films is The Sentinel and the book though flawed was also an enjoyable read for me. The Guardian, the sequel falls short of the first book in a number of ways.
A well written horror novel jumps into the plot either by setting the creepy tone or with some actual horrific event. The Guardian instead has a lengthy prologue spanning about fifteen years with characters whose relationship to the remainder of the novel doesn't become obvious until the book is almost over.
This One of my favorite horror films is The Sentinel and the book though flawed was also an enjoyable read for me.
This sort of exposition works best cinematically and perhaps coming off the production of The Sentinel Konvitz had that in mind. Unfortunately his opening scenes are confusing. In my notes I have a complaint about the many "false starts" to the novel. Horror series and their box office franchise cousins often rely on reworking a set of motifs and plot devices to link all the books or films together into a larger oeuvre.
Fans of a series especially will expect certain key elements in any novel or film claiming to be part of the series. The Guardian goes beyond the peppering of familiar elements and tries instead to retell the entire story but with the genders reversed. Apparently the sentinel switches from nun to priest everything there's a hand-off.
Next there's the Vatican. Dan Brown isn't the first by any means to drag the Vatican into the plot. I suppose if there's a gate that's keeping Hell shut they'd be interested but frankly the lengthy scenes of the brave priests felt tacked on. Their scenes are clearly there to raise the feeling of terror but they just didn't work for me. The ultimate sour note for me though is the truth behind Faye and Ben Burdett's identities.
The Sentinel of course has the two randy lesbians who try to corrupt the innocent and frigid! Alison so that she can't become the next guardian of the gate. So homophobia isn't anything new to the series but here it is taken too far. A husband and wife and their adopted son become the target of Chazen and his legions from Hell just because the wife is transgendered. So the moral of the story is: if there is a scary priest or nun who is blind, deaf and paralyzed living on the top floor of the apartment building you plan to rent and you are either a the opposite sex of said priest or nun or b gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, then run for the hills and find a better apartment somewhere else!
Also avoid apartment buildings owned the the local diocese as these might be poorly disguised hell mouths.
Apr 08, Mary rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone who likes horror. Shelves: , read-but-unowned , , bought-at-a-library-book-sale , horror , paperback. The very gates of Hell are about to open on the twentieth floor of an apartment building on the West Side. Evil is flourishing and soon no innocent will be safe. Through a window without curtains, an ancient blind nun sits perpetually gazing A body is found, burned beyond recognition.
Then there are two more murders And the discoverer of one of the bodies, a beautiful young woman, is brutally raped. Her innocent young child is exposed to ho The very gates of Hell are about to open on the twentieth floor of an apartment building on the West Side. Her innocent young child is exposed to horror. Her furious husband sets out on a relentless path of revenge. In the final hour of evil, paralyzing terror is unleashed. One step beyond the very boundaries of belief is a cool, calculating, laughing priest intent on saving more lives from destruction.
The battle has already begun. I must say that I wasn't all that sure what grade to give this book after I finished reading it. The story was certainly very scary, but I found that the horror was almost overwhelming. In my opinion, the frightening elements began to overshadow the actual story so much that this book confused me.
Dec 08, John Marrone rated it really liked it. With a new Sentinel guarding the human race, Charles Chazen returns for revenge. The Guardian is much like a page epilogue to The Sentinel - an extended ending.