Guardians II

A Farewell to Carlos Santiago

Fiction - Action
246 Pages
Reviewed on 03/01/2014
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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

In Guardians II by Brad Anderson, after the rescue of over fifty kids, former DEA agent Robert Mackie has re-united a long-lost kid with his family. Greg was taken by the vampires six years ago and his parents had given up hope. Robert now focuses on taking his nephew and niece, also victims of a vampire kidnapping, back home. He, however, has very many enemies, both human and immortal, due to his previous undercover work with the DEA and his recent encounter with the vampires, which left many of their leaders dead. The vampire world is in chaos due to the deaths that left big leadership gaps and there is an imperative desire for revenge on Robert, the man who killed their leaders. He is assured of safe passage by Lisa, a vampire, and unaware of her betrayal, he sets out on a journey to take his nephew and niece back home. However, he has seen enough to know that he cannot trust the vampires 100% and he is therefore hoping for the best, but is prepared for the worst.

Guardians II: A Farewell to Carlos Santiago by Brad Anderson is an action-packed paranormal thriller with a completely captivating story. Brad Anderson created an excellent mix of characters that complemented each other perfectly to create an engrossing story. The skillful way he created rare vampire characters beats any vampire book I have read before. These vampires are unique in a way that they were created to be everything you would expect from them, but with an almost sweet and soft touch. The main character is a strong and brave man and yet finds it very easy to connect with the kids who are adorable and yet wise and brave beyond their years. The book strikes the right balance with a well thought out plot, well developed characters, and twists and turns that you never see coming.

Author Anna del C. Dye

Robert Mackie rescues his two nephews from a gang of vampires who kept them in a cave. In this attempt, he kills many of the vampires with the help of Carlos Santiago who is now dead. The vampires want to kill Robert in revenge and go out of their way to find and attack him. What they don’t count on is that the nephews are a product of the same stock as their uncle. It would be easier if the vampires were the only people Robert is fighting in order to get his nephews to safety and to a father who is in coma. But two opposing gangs have united to get Robert away from their businesses and are lying in wait for his trip to the airport.

This book is for young adults, and is a great read from the very first paragraph to the last page. I found myself wanting to keep going and keep reading to see what happens next. The author did a great job with the pace and voice of the characters. It has many good qualities to make it a favorite. This is book two of the series, and I read it without reading the first one. It is a nice piece of work and I enjoyed the tale. The plots are great and entertaining. The story is a completely new way to write a vampire novel with a fresh approach. It would be enjoyed by young adults and adults alike.

Katelyn Hensel

The latest in the Guardian's series by Brad Anderson, Guardians II: A Farewell to Carlos Santiago is a wild ride that never seems to stop. Robert Mackie has succeeded in rescuing his niece and nephew from the vampire lair in the mountains of Texas, having killed all the evil vampires and brought them just about home. Rob makes a small detour on the way home, after being assured safe passage by the queen bee of the West Texas Vampire family that ran the "problem" in the mountains that they just escaped from. And it turns out that one of those vamps was the patriarch of a very messed-up vampire family from Detroit and they are not happy with their dear old dad's demise. All Mackie wants to do is get his family away and leave the vampires in the dust...but they aren't so happy to remain behind and in the shadows.

Guardians II: A Farewell to Carlos Santiago is one of the most interesting "vampire" books that I've read recently, and believe me, I've read them all. Brad Anderson writes with a compelling and believable voice that makes you feel as if the characters will walk out of the pages and into your living room. What I loved about this book was that, even though I haven't read book one and it's clear that there is a prequel, I can still understand what is happening and get really invested in the story and the characters. The plot was original and compelling and a great ride throughout. I need to read more from Anderson!