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Along the Watchtower by David Litwack | Book Review and Trailer

Along the Watchtower by David Litwack

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Publication date: June 3, 2013
Genre: Science Fiction > Fantasy
Paperback ISBN: 11771150971 (ISBN13: 978-1771150972)
Kindle ASIN: B00D5CI6U6
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BOOK DESCRIPTION

 

A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…

 
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.
 
Along the WatchtowerIn 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 heart may be his only way back from Hell.
 

 

TWITTER-SIZE SUMMARY

gripping, clever, touching

MY TAKE

Along the Watchtower is an unexpected treat. The book is both serious and entertaining. It’s seriously entertaining.

I received an ebook copy of Along the Watchtower for review as part of a Novel Publicity tour. I opted to participate in the book tour because AtW sounded like a story that was outside of my personal experiences. I have never been in the military. Most of my contact with that world has been felt vicariously through relatives who served in the United States Armed Forces, news media, and films. And the world of online gaming – in particular the World of Warcraft – is fairly new to me. In fact, when I saw this tweet by the author, I read WOW as wow (and was a little confused), not the acronym for World of Warcraft. [I am a online gaming nube.]

In his The Virtual World of Gaming and the Plight of War Veterans guest post Litwack says, “Gaming and war would seem to be as far apart from each other as you can get.” That’s exactly what I thought until I read this book. Litwack cleverly weaves a tale that intertwines the struggles that Freddie Williams faces in his real world (as a lieutenant wounded in Iraq) and his dream world (as a Prince of Stormwind, an embattled kingdom like in WOW). In setting the scene for Stormwind, he provides enough information to engage to WOW fans and inform non-gamers.

What I found most interesting about the book was Litwack’s attention to detail in describing wounded soldiers’ physical and mental experiences after returning home from war. The book really pulls at your heart strings as you follow Freddie’s and Frederick’s quests to gain footing in their new worlds. At times, it feels overwhelming and unfair. Luckily, both Freddie and Frederick have support teams that help ease the despair and act as a guiding lights. There is even a touch of romance in both worlds.

By the end of the book, I was ready for an epic ending to Frederick’s quest. It didn’t come. I was a little bit bummed about it, this being a fantasy book and all. But I as a walked around my house doing chores after finishing the book (it is one of those books that stays on your mind for a while), something that Becky (Freddie’s physical therapist) said popped into my head:

“Life isn’t always pretty, Freddie. We all have losses. Sometimes it takes a leap of faith to go on. And you’ve never had a reason to make that leap.”

Then it hit me. In spite of everything that he had been through, Freddie/ Frederick does try to take that leap. And that my friends is epic.

Recommended for:

  • Fantasy fans
  • Military fiction fans
  • Online gamers

Random:

I counted Along the Watchtower as one of my Summer reads for the Seasonal Reading Challenge. I didn’t think that I would find a book for this specific task.

I kinda want to play World of Warcraft now. However, I can only afford one addiction. Right now, it is books. Do you play? What kind of character do you play?

Check out my Along the Watchtower pinterest board. I included some World of Warcraft character images.

 

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Along the Watchtower tells of a tragic warrior lost in two worlds; a woman who may be his only way back from Hell. Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.

There Comes a Prophet A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a time of violence and social collapse. Nathaniel has grown up in their world of limits, longing for something more. For what are we without dreams? Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.

David Litwack, the once and future writer, explores the blurry line between reality and the fantastic. Visit David on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

I received an ebook copy of Along the Watchtower for review as part of a Novel Publicity tour.

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