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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Guardians of the Crystal Skulls is the first book in a new series. Linda Arena offers readers a science fiction series that will keep readers coming back for more. The Earth is facing catastrophic changes from a shift in the Earth's axis. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes are causing the tectonic plates to move, islands are sinking, and the death toll is rising; nowhere is safe. The leading character is Rachel, a widow in her mid-fifties. Rachel was raised by her grandfather after the death of her parents. He owned a thousand-acre squash farm at the base of Mount Shasta. As a young girl, Rachel would sit next to the lake and watch the mountain. She witnessed space ships coming and going. As an adult she once again sits and watches the mountain. Many times she has seen the tall figure in the hooded robe. He knows it's time to approach her. His name is King Midas; his mission is to save planet Earth and its residents, but he can't do it without Rachel's assistance.
Linda Arena has created a group of "aliens" that have lived on Earth for many centuries. She has drawn together the myths of Atlantis and Greek Mythology to produce an action-packed science fiction thriller. The characters are fascinating. Rachel is the lead, but Arena has not skimped with the secondary characters. She has created characters that the reader will love and feel as though they know them personally. She skillfully demonstrates the power of forgiveness and shows how people can change. Deftly she pulls in current events, such as the tsunami in Indonesia. I enjoyed this story and will watch for the next installment.