A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…
Let me first say, fantasy is not my usual genre. My usual genres are suspense and mysteries. However, I did enjoy Along the Watchtower. It’s quite different from other fantasy novels I’ve read.
While serving in Iraq, an IED explodes and leaves Lt. Freddie Williams injured. The story starts off fast-paced with a great deal of tension as we see, from Freddie’s point of view, the explosion and the immediate aftermath. As Freddie slips into unconsciousness, we fall into an alternate reality where he is a prince and must save the kingdom.
As the story progresses, the two worlds intertwine and Freddie begins to find answers to the real world in his fantasy.
The story unfolded and I really liked Freddie and Becky. As a former nurse who dealt with quite a few veterans over the years, Freddie is realistically portrayed, and Becky’s empathy her patients was spot-on.
I enjoyed the story, but much of it revolved around the game World of Warcraft which I’ve never played or even seen. The references to the game were quite frequent and did throw me out of the story a little, but it could be my age. After all, Freddie is a young man, and I think it’s a popular game for the younger crowd.
There were quite a few references to “the goddess” which I didn’t really understand. It may be something from the game, but as someone who usually reviews Christian fiction, this was a little jolting. Of course, the author did not categorize his novel as Christian fiction, so this is not something I would count against the story.
I noticed several areas that had typos or other mistakes, but all in all, I enjoyed the story. There is some foul language in the book, so readers who are offended by that, may want to avoid it. However, it doesn’t contain the sexual innuendo and blatant sexual escapades that fill so many books nowadays.
If you enjoy a more serious novel with a bent towards fantasy, you will enjoy Along the Watchtower.
The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare. Now he’s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities. The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.In his dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde. His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission—a journey along a dark road haunted by demons of guilt and memory—and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heartmay be his only way back from Hell.
Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. His novels include: There Comes a Prophet, Along the Watchtower, and the newly released The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.