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John Grisham’s The Guardians is a book that follows “innocence” lawyer, Cullen Post, who tries to free innocent men from prison. This book started off promising and overall kept its stature. While it did have a few slow and boring parts, these were easily overshadowed by the rest of the novel. The beginning is very good at sliding the reader into the setting and allows us to quickly grasp what is going on. The middle portion moved faster with the story and plot and only had a few bland spots. The ending could have been improved but overall, it still fit with the books theme. A major effect in this book is the plot twists that occur in almost every chapter. While some may have been predictable, others were far from it. Cullen Post is a character who shows the audience that no matter how corrupt the system may be, there are still people who will fight against it and stand up for those who suffered injustice. 4.5/5 stars.
@Basilisk_0 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
An incredibly fascinating story. Entirely, completely thorough but not too slow at all.
This is one of Grisham's didactic projects, telling us all about the workings of an Innocence Project. It details the pitfalls and triumphs of getting innocent prisoners out of jail. Grisham uses the first person point of view well to good effect, so we care about the protagonist, but the phlegmatic tone of the narrator does filter out a lot of passion. Credit goes to Grisham for making this an enjoyable read while learning about a subset of the legal profession and by extension, a real problem with the legal system.
One of his best book!! John Grisham is truly one great author. What a touching story!!
A classic Grisham novel - well written, captivating and hard-to-put-down. Use of the first-person was at first a deterrent for me, but I warmed before the 5th chapter and was hooked - regardless - by the 2nd.
Another great book from one of my favorite authors. Very good story line, great character development and difficult to put down. Most enjoyable.
This is a very slow moving Grisham novel, flat characters, plodding storyline. His last few books have been very low quality and great disappointments. Go back to someof his first books which had depth, character development, action, twists and turns, suspense, high interest books that moved quickly. This feels nothing like the Grisham novels of the past.
An excellent picture of the Justice system as seen in the U.S. So many tragic outcomes for those who are not part of the controlling elite. Incidentally, we have just seen this from the President who was able to free his pal Stone. No more need be said.
I have always enjoyed reading John Grishams books which include his non lawyer stories. I found this book a quick & easy read with an interesting story line, character development--so much so I read it over two evenings. The Guardians is my favorite of the last 3 of the author's books-- I think you may think the same.
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
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.
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
This book moved very slowly and was mostly boring and predictable. I did finish it, but had to take it in small chunks.
Generally find Grisham's novels much more interesting than this one. Rather boring and certainly not worth the "wait" time to read it!
Loved it, very emotional at the end. I want to donate to innocence groups now.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.