Guardians Inc: The Cypher
A chance reading of a newspaper ad will send 16 year old Thomas Byrne into the world within our world.
Following the ad he will find Guardians Incorporated. A seven thousand year old organization charged with protecting the balance between Magic and technology.
Through their guidance technology has kept Magic at bay since the Renaissance, but the balance is shifting and soon all those creatures we've driven into myth and legend will come back with a vengeance.
To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future and to unlock the future they need a cypher.
This book by Julian Rosado-Machain is a wonderful and delightful tale for young and old alike. The story starts out with Thomas and his grandfather looking for work for his grandfather, when an ad in the paper changes from what was written into something entirely different it leads the two into a world of magic and mystery.
Thomas soon learns that what happens at Guardians Incorporated is far more than meets the eye. Thomas also learns that he is the Cypher. He has a unique ability to read any written language. Thomas's grandfather goes missing when he is taken from their home. Guardians Inc rescues Thomas before he could be killed. What happens next I won't tell you but leave it to Julian Rosado-Machain to make a world full of mystery and magic.
The characters in this book, Thomas, Morgan, Henri, Tony and even "Killjoy" make this book so much fun to read. For a 15 year old Thomas is very polite and eager to please, he overcame his fear quickly and was very eager to help Guardians Inc. I loved the little "group" that they became. I also enjoyed the different magical creatures written into this story.
I have to say that if you like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson stories you will absolutely love this story. You won't be disappointed! And do check out the website because it is just as fun as reading the book was.
I have to rate this book with:
|5 star Dragon Love!|
Here’s the first appearance of The Man in the Trench Coat AKA the Dealmaker, he’s a recurring character in the Guardians Inc. Saga, and he got his own interactive children’s book for ipad last year.
He’s creepy, corrupted and incredibly powerful and he can make all your dreams come true… for a price, of course.
“Wow,” Thomas whistled. It was way more than what he would’ve made flipping burgers. Maybe even more than what the managers of those restaurants made. All that secrecy about his job and his black tag seemed to carry a reward after all.
Three more checks like this one and he could buy a car, and not just a car. A convertible GT Mustang just like his mother always wanted. Of course Grandpa would have to approve first.
He wondered just how much Grandpa’s check was going to be when a deep voice startled him.
“I'm looking for a book.”
He’d not seen anybody come in after Tasha. Especially this tall, bald guy who looked like he walked off the set from one of those black-and-white scary movies his Grandpa loved to watch.The man approached and placed a large, hairy hand on the desk. His fingers were very long and his nails were darkened with what looked like mold. His black clothes seemed to be weaved from very thick strands of coarse hair. His eyes were bloodshot and so dark that they seemed almost as black as his pupils. Purplish bruises rimmed his eyes and the sides of his mouth. A long, yellowed crooked tooth poked out, biting into his upper lip, and a rasping sound emanated from his throat with every breath he took.
“Don’t get nervous.” Mrs. Pianova’s words echoed in his mind as Thomas tapped on the keyboard.
“Hello, name of the book? And your colored tag please,” Thomas asked in a weak voice. The man clacked his jaw from side-to-side.
“This is the name.” The man extended an old piece of cloth to him with the words, Ludwig Prinn, Mysteries of the Worm, scribbled over and over again with what looked like dark oil. “I don’t need a tag.” The man continued and Thomas felt a tingling on his ear, he took the cloth. He probably didn’t need a tag just to search for the title.
As soon as Thomas finished entering the information an alarm went off and locks sprang from the doorframe, isolating the station from the hallway and making him jump to his feet.
Mrs. Pianova had not said anything about emergencies. The tall man slowly walked backwards toward a corner of the room.
“Don't worry!” Thomas said. “Maybe it's just a drill.”
The doors to the main library opened and Mrs. Pianova came rushing through carrying an oversized flashlight strapped like a rifle. “Who ordered that book?” she demanded.
“That guy!” Thomas pointed to the corner, but the man had vanished.
The flashlight lit up with an intense blue light, and Mrs. Pianova illuminated the corner were the man had retreated.
“Describe him!” she screamed as she changed a dial on the flashlight – the light cycled from blue to yellow.
“Tall, bald, long fingers and dressed in black,” Thomas said as he stood behind her.
As the light turned to a soft peach, they could see black tendrils retracting into the corner.
“Did he touch you?” she turned the flashlight toward him.
“No, but he left this.” Thomas extended the cloth to her.
“Leave it there.” She pointed at the desk as the alarms turned off and the locks disengaged from the door. Bolswaithe came rushing in carrying a flashlight like Mrs. Pianova, and right behind him Doctor Franco and a squad of guards appeared. They all carried large flashlights in addition to their side arms. The guards turned on their flashlights and spread along the station, illuminating every corner of the room and bookcases.
“Are you all right, Thomas?” the Doctor asked.
Thomas nodded. He’d never seen any armed guard inside the mansion, only workers and Bolswaithe. But the guards in the room seemed equipped for combat, including body armor and helmets. They could easily pass for a SWAT Team or a military squad. Their calculated movements also betrayed combat training; they moved in pairs covering each other as they swept through the station.
What had he gotten himself into?
“We had a request for an un-readable,” Mrs. Pianova said. “Thomas entered the information.” She then leaned in and whispered in the Doctor's ear.
Thomas took a closer look at the flashlight Mrs. Pianova was carrying. It actually looked like a rifle. It had a battery counter on the side and a dial to change the color of the light. The thick muzzle ended in scores of little LED bulbs and it was activated with a trigger, like a real gun.
“He left you something?” Doctor Franco approached the desk.
“He gave me that cloth.”
“Please, Mrs. Pianova.” The Doctor extended a hand toward the cloth. The librarian stood over it and tried on several of the glasses before she muttered, “De Vermis Mysteriis. Ludgiw Prinn.”
“Mysteries of the Worm,” Thomas corrected. “That's what it says.”
“You can read this?” Mrs. Pianova asked. Her eyebrows rose. “All of it?”
Thomas approached the cloth and looked it over. “It’s just the same thing over and over again.”
The Doctor exchanged a look with Mrs. Pianova and the librarian picked up the cloth with a pencil.
“What else did the man say?” Mrs. Pianova asked.
“He just wanted a book, and when I asked him the name, he gave me the cloth.”
“Thomas,” the Doctor placed his hands on Thomas's shoulders. “I need you to go home, get your grandfather and all your clothes, photos and everything else you feel specially attached to, and come back here.”
“What's going on?” Thomas was getting scared. It was one thing to have a strange visitor and the armed response in his station, but now the Doctor was asking for Gramps. That could only mean that he felt that they were in danger.
He should have trusted his first instinct and turned down the job, or even better, never answered the ad. A knot formed in his stomach thinking that he had placed Gramps in danger.
“I don't have time to explain right now, but I will once you get back.” The Doctor turned to the butler. “Go with Thomas, Bolswaithe. I’ll send Henri and Jean Luc as back up.”
“Yes, sir,” Bolswaithe responded.
“Don't worry Thomas,” the Doctor continued with a smile. “Everything will be all right.”
Thomas wasn't in the least reassured, but he followed the butler to the parking lot.
Here he is in the children’s book cover we “Agreed” to do for him as PR… I can’t tell you what we are getting out from this “Deal” though.
Julian Rosado-Machain has enjoyed pizza in three continents, BA in Graphic Design, worked building armored vehicles, handcrafted alebrijes, owned a restaurant and swears that he has seen at least one ghost.
A Mexico City native he now lives in San Diego, California and enjoys the sun with his wife, three children and cat.
Guardians Inc. The Cypher is the first book in a series that describes the creatures and powers that live in the world within our world.
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