Joe Haldeman

Synopsis of Guardian

Rosa Coleman has not had an easy life. Uprooted from her Southern home during the Civil War, she settled in Philadelphia; eventually she married a man of leisure, whose compassion quickly turned to cruelty. But once that cruelty was inflicted upon their only son Daniel, she picked up and fled with the boy across the uncivilized Western frontier-and into Alaska to start anew among the region's gold fields.

But even the harsh journey across America has not prepared Rosa for the infinite possibilities that await her. Something not of this world has approached her. It has revealed the universe's secrets to her. And it will take her on an extraordinary odyssey as she discovers that she, Rosa Coleman, has a role to play in bringing peace to Earth...

Reviews of Guardian


All told GUARDIAN is a fine read, blending seemingly effortless story telling with thought provoking imagery. -- Yet Another Book Review Site

This is a Book the late, much-missed SF pastoralist Clifford Simak would have been proud to call his own, and to say that is to offer kudos aplenty. -- Paul Di Filippo,

Despite the inevitable head-scratching early on ("Where's the sci-fi...?"), readers will be pleased by the engaging tale, wealth of historical detail, and wondrous climax. -- John C. Snider, SciFi Dimensions

Award winning Author Joe Haldeman has written a very simple story about a woman's fight to survive and triumph. -- Harriet Klausner, BooksNBytes

This is a thought-provoking and challenging read with interesting characters and historical accuracy. -- Kelly Rae Cooper, Romantic Times Book Club

...prepare to be swept away and feel the chill Alaskan wind underneath the clear bright stars and you will find a different kind of satisfaction in Guardian. -- Vegar Holmen, The Alien Online

The problem with Guardian is that when the fantastical elements started to really come to light in the novel (actually towards the end), I found myself viewing those elements as an intrusion into a fascinating story of a woman who is setting her own course in life in a time when many women didn't. -- Paul Giguere, SFRevu

I would read this Book for it's historical aspects...the journey she takes in the past is poignant and real, like looking through old picture Books. -- Cindy Lynn Speer, Mostly Fiction