Guardian of Time, Book 2 of The Prophecies Dystopian Trilogy

Rated 4.83/5 based on 12 reviews
It’s the near future, and society is government controlled. Technology tracks everyone, personal privacy does not exist, and even food supplies are being monitored. The hope for freedom lies in the operations of an underground organization, GOG, which fights against worldwide oppression. Their most powerful weapon is Ann Torgeson, a paranormally-gifted operative, who unseals The Prophecies. More

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Words: 65,010
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465791276
About Linda Hawley

Linda Hawley is a published author of several novels in the dystopian science fiction genre. She is also a highly skilled home cook and the author of the cookbook, Cooking to Cure Heartburn.

Before she became a full-time author, Linda Hawley supported herself as a freelance writer. Her experiences working on diverse projects requiring significant research stretched and refined her composition skills. It also inspired her to become a novelist.

The author writes her novels in the "faction" style (a literary work that is a mix of fact and fiction). Most of the technologies, conditions, and places in her novels actually exist. It's the characters and their actions that are pure fiction.

Before becoming a writer, the author spent many years in the U.S. intelligence community. This experience helps her today in creating suspense, perspective, and colorful characters that jump off the page.

Linda Hawley has made her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she and her husband parent their two youngest children.

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It’s the near future, and society is government-controlled. Technology tracks everyone, and personal privacy does not exist. The hope for freedom lies in the operations of an underground organization, GOG. Their most powerful weapon is Ann Torgeson, a paranormally-gifted operative. It’s her powers that release the seal of The Prophecies, changing the world forever.

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Review by: Melanie Saxton on Nov. 25, 2011 :
I was absolutely swept up in this book, Guardian of Time, after reading Linda Hawley's first book, Dreams Unleashed. I read them back-to-back. Yes, they are that good! The wonderful way Hawley wraps a clear and present danger around a paranormal gift is masterful. Intrigue, clandestine CIA experiments, time travel . . . all made completely plausible thanks to the author's plot development. I loved these books so much that I included them on my blog: http://melaniesaxtononline.com/2011/11/19/paranormal-and-politics-the-prophecies-book-series-delivers/. Read them! You'll love them, too!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: GEORGE AARO on Nov. 24, 2011 :
Linda, Great Book! Can't wait for the nexty one. The more I read the more I get into it. Keep up the goo work.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: A Book Vacation on Nov. 24, 2011 :
This modern day 1984 is just as riveting as Orwell’s novel, but if I had to choose, really choose, I’d take Hawley’s series over Orwell any day. Why? Not only has Hawley created a unique futuristic novel, but she’s also done much research into current events of our time, weaving them into her story and making it even scarier than 1984 ever was. The future Hawley represents isn’t that far away; 2015 will be here before we know it and the multiple references to current leaders, epidemics, and catastrophes makes this all the more real for the reader. Multiple times, as I read, I pulled up short and thought to myself, “that’s right, the U.S. is trying to pass this law,” or “That just happened,” causing me to wonder what the real outcome will be if certain laws are passed, etc. Books that cause me to question my own here and now are one of my favorites, and Hawley really doesn’t disappoint in this sequel to Dreams Unleashed.

I actually liked this novel even more than the first, partially because its main focus is the future, whereas much of Dreams Unleashed concentrates on the past and the future, jumping back and forth a bit. I highly enjoyed this main focus of Guardian of Time as the events are much more continuous and, as I’ve said before, scary. I also feel like it was a bit easier to read since it mainly stayed in one timeframe, though, don’t get me wrong, I loved Dreams Unleashed as well!

I really enjoyed the paranormal aspects of this novel. Hawley has added this one twist to our future—and, in my opinion, it’s paranormalcy at its best. I love the fact that Ann can invade dreams and change events, both past and future, by adding or taking away key elements within the dream. I may be the minority here, but I’ve always wished I could make my dreams a reality, and Ann’s dreams actually are, which is just too cool. Honestly, this novel really will take your breath away. I can’t wait for the third installment in this series, especially as this novel ended on such a cliffhanger!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: vanessa eric on Nov. 12, 2011 :
What more can I say, the story just keeps getting better and better. If Dreams Unleashed was merely a starting platform, then Linda Hawley had just unleashed her ‘wow’ factor with Guardian of Time. I’m bracing my adrenalin for the finale!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rosie Cochran on Nov. 10, 2011 :
GUARDIAN OF TIME is the perfect sequel to DREAMS UNLEASHED. In DREAMS UNLEASHED the author set the foundation for the series to come. She vividly drew the background, slowly pulling me in, taking me captive to her story. There was action, there was intrigue, but I felt like I was just beginning to pull it all together when the cliff-hanger of an ending left me open mouthed. It left me hoping the sequel was soon to be released.

GUARDIAN OF TIME takes off where DREAMS UNLEASHED left me with jaws dropped. It's a fast-paced, action-packed adventure from the get go. Linda Hawley does an exquisite job of bringing together the mysteries presented in DREAMS UNLEASHED, expounding on them in GUARDIAN OF TIME, while continuing to introduce new elements of intrigue and mystery. The scenes are described in a manner that takes the most visually challenged right there in their mind's eye. The story line begins to take a more defined direction. Ann faces betrayal---and unexpected revelations from her past. There is no turning back. Her life is now intricately intertwined with the GOG, an anti-government subversive group. Her mission? Well, I think you ought to read to the book to find out! You won't regret it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah (Workaday Reads) on Nov. 03, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed aspects of this book, and didn't really enjoy other parts. The best parts were the settings, and the relationships and dialogue between characters. I didn't really like developments that Ann's talents took.

The settings were vivid, exotic and magical. Every setting was described so it felt like I was there experiencing it in person. The locations jumped off the page and made the book easy to fall into.

The relationships and dialogue that Ann had with the other characters were every realistic and entertaining. Ann and Bennett's friendship bloomed late, and every interaction was entertaining and fun. Ann and Chow had a very easy friendship. I was a bit thrown by Ann's constant play punching, but the actual dialogue was both serious, fun and enjoyable.

My main concern with the story was the development of and extent of Ann's talents. It just didn't ring true believable with me. I think my main issue had to do with the completely realistic and current setting, contrasting with Ann's talents. I just couldn't buy into them.

Overall, the story was still enjoyable. Quite a few of my questions from the first book were answered in this one. But again with the uber cliffhanger ending?! Why must you do this to me?
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lisa- Bookworm Lisa on Nov. 02, 2011 :
The first book in the series is really a set up novel. The second book takes you more into the action and the illumination of many of the things that were hinted at in the first.

Ann is underground. Her life began to unravel in Washington State, and her situation was compromised. Word about her and her abilities was put into the hands of the wrong people. Her family and friends were put in precarious positions. One thread they all have in common is that they vowed to protect Ann at all costs.

Ann's paranormal abilities are growing. She is now able to use them in ways that she did not believe possible. As her abilities increased, the net around her begins to tighten. Those tightening it are her friends willing to protect her and her enemies trying to cut her off.

This book has some intense moments. Ann is learning who is friend and who is foe. I highly recommend the second book in the series, but to read it, you must read the first to grasp the intricate plot that Linda has created.

Once again, she leaves us on a cliffhanger. Dang! She has however guaranteed that I will be reading the next installment
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Bookblogger on Nov. 02, 2011 :
Guardian of Time by Linda Hawley is the second book in The Prophecies series. The story continues to follow Ann as she tries to discover the potential of her paranormal powers and seeks to improve the world. In the first book of the series you are introduced to the characters in a wonderfully in-depth way that makes them seem like old friends when you open up book 2. There are also several minor characters that become much larger parts of Ann's life as this story progresses. If I try to go into the plot I am almost guaranteed to include spoilers for this book and the first so I will refrain from doing so. I will say that getting to know Chow as a larger part of the story was very interesting and he is undeniably my favorite character of this book.

Linda continues to tell the story at a perfect pace. Keeping the information flowing as a part of the story so there are no hiccups in the middle of the chapters. Chapter heading continue to give a location and year to make the flashbacks easy to follow as well as being extremely informative. The biggest appeal of all is that the book takes place in the very near future with current day references making the story easy to visualize and seem frighteningly realistic. The end once again will leave you hanging, and personally I cannot wait for the thrilling conclusion to the series. Well done once again Linda.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Bookblogger on Nov. 02, 2011 :
Guardian of Time by Linda Hawley is the second book in The Prophecies series. The story continues to follow Ann as she tries to discover the potential of her paranormal powers and seeks to improve the world. In the first book of the series you are introduced to the characters in a wonderfully in-depth way that makes them seem like old friends when you open up book 2. There are also several minor characters that become much larger parts of Ann's life as this story progresses. If I try to go into the plot I am almost guaranteed to include spoilers for this book and the first so I will refrain from doing so. I will say that getting to know Chow as a larger part of the story was very interesting and he is undeniably my favorite character of this book.

Linda continues to tell the story at a perfect pace. Keeping the information flowing as a part of the story so there are no hiccups in the middle of the chapters. Chapter heading continue to give a location and year to make the flashbacks easy to follow as well as being extremely informative. The biggest appeal of all is that the book takes place in the very near future with current day references making the story easy to visualize and seem frighteningly realistic. The end once again will leave you hanging, and personally I cannot wait for the thrilling conclusion to the series. Well done once again Linda.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Paul Hawley on Nov. 01, 2011 :
I thought that Guardian of Time was a very engaging story. In this second book there is good closure to some of the mysteries of book one, but enough open questions to lead well into the third book. The author's writing in the first chapter was stealor. The way she described the events in the airplane seemed authentic. I liked what's happening with the lead character, Ann. She is evolving and as she understands her potential, she is utilizing it selflessly. I liked the significant scene with Sinead, and how she seemed to evolve. I liked the sailboat trip in the San Juan's to Canada. (I wish I was doing that right at this moment.) I liked the imagery of India and of her travels as she has to leave. The book was full of surprises, especially about Paul. The ending was fantastic. It is truly a story that gets you thinking. Linda Hawley is gifted in describing beautiful imagry as Ann travels through perilous obstacles and a corrupt encroaching world.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Collette Scott on Oct. 28, 2011 :
Where Dreams Unleashed set the tone for an action packed adventure, Guardian of Time does not disappoint. From the very first page I was caught up in the story. Not only does it pick up right where Dreams Unleashed left off, but it picks up the action from page one. I was hooked from the very beginning, unable to set it down. Literally, I carried my Kindle into the kitchen and read while I prepared my lunch and ate it. It was THAT GOOD. I read this book in one sitting.



The pacing is very fast, the dialogue crisp. Ms. Hawley also elaborates a little more on Ann’s special abilities as she is sucked deeper into the web of rebellion against our controlling government. Convinced shewill fight the good fight, Ann is soon swept away from America and into foreign countries in a whirlwind of travel and danger. Most important, Ann is ready. Asher purpose comes to life, so do those of the immediate people around her. Shocked by betrayal on one hand and acts of intense loyalty on the other, Ann finds who she can trust in this story. But will they all give their lives to protect her and her amazing gifts? Will she be able to save the world? I guess that’s what we’ll learn in Book Three…
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jackie Jones on Oct. 27, 2011 :
A word to describe this book? Revealing. The first book was all mystery, and even though this sequel also has some mystery, it reveals a lot about quite a few characters. A few characters we met in the first book who seemed to play a small part are suddenly very important in Guardian of Time. Even Sinead (her home's computer) plays an important role.

What was cool about this novel was that it tied up quite a few loose ends left from Dreams Unleashed, so it left me feeling fulfilled, and yet it still had a nice cliff-hanger at the end, to keep my interest. I really loved the different characters in this book as well; everyone's personality is very unique. I was impressed by how the author made one of the bad guys so disturbing. I was seriously creeped out in that guy's main scene.

One of my favorite parts of Dreams Unleashed was all the CIA training scenes, and I was delighted to discover more of those in Guardian of Time. I just find those parts extremely interesting. You know how you read faster when you're really sucked into a book, because you want to read what's going to happen next as fast as possible? Well, that's how I am with those remote viewing scenes. But come to think of it, I was that way through most of this book. The whole thing was non-stop, whether it was a chase scene or a simple dialogue scene, since so much was verbally revealed in this book.

This novel added a whole new dimension to The Prophecies series. In fact, the reader finds out where the phrase "The Prophecies" actually comes from, and it's very interesting and very different. Linda Hawley has a great imagination, and she's awesome at putting it down on paper. I'm excited to read the third book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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