The Guardians by Ernie Stech
A True Tale of Travels in the Arizona Territory

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When crossing through a stretch of land in Arizona Territory now known as Monument Valley, Pietr Raul OLeary, an illiterate wanderer, encounters a strange, silent man blocking his route. Instead of backtracking and taking a longer route around the solitary guardian, OLeary decides to press ona decision that will forever change his life. A dust storm materializes suddenly; when it passes, OLeary discovers he is surrounded by a tribe of mysterious people, apparently native to the valley. They tie him up and take him to their village. He is subjected to a series of trials in which he meets a shaman, the chief of the tribe, changing women, ephemeral beings, and a persistent raven. Eventually, he learns that the people, aided by natural monoliths, are guardians of a special way of life. OLeary leaves the valley with a message he must share with the rest of the world, but nobody will believe him. A kind, anonymous woman records his words, but the manuscript soon disappears. Years later, the handwritten testament is discovered buried in a desk, bringing to light a valuable lesson for anyone willing to believe the story.

About Ernie Stech

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Ernie Stechis a resident of Flagstaff, Arizona, and has traveled extensively through northern Arizona and southeastern Utah, including through Monument Valley. The guardians, in one form, still stand in random formation on the edges of this magical land.
Published August 12, 2010 by Trafford. 110 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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