The Watchman

  • by V.B. Tenery
  • Narrated by Theo Holland
  • 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Detective Noah Adams meets the abused son of a powerful judge, he knows he must intervene - and fast. The violence is escalating, and even Noah's special gifts may not prevent the unthinkable from happening. Relentlessly pursuing two cases, Noah receives a chilling message: Cody's deranged father has taken his son and it's up to Noah to follow the judge's twisted trail to find the boy before it's too late.
Corrupt city officials, a missing socialite, an attempted murder, and a rescue in the middle of a blizzard entangle Noah in the most complicated case of his career. A case that will mean his ultimate redemption or will take him back into the dark history that haunts him.


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Just as story begins to peak . . . it unravels

I will readily admit that I was hooked on this story from the beginning; the plot, character development, and the twist and turns had me listening to this without interruption. For about 20 chapters (until we find out who the villain really is) the story-line grows with the various characters being pulled together . . . then the whole thing unravels. The last several chapters bring the reader out of Wyoming and Cali over to the Middle East with SCUDS flying and Navy Crosses being awarded, then off to German concentration camps (complete with Corrie Ten Boom's story), to murdered dogs, and finally back to a fist fight the original villain and an assassin with a silencer. Good grief, did someone else write the final 8 chapters? Seriously, I lost complete interest in the story. Granted the closing chapter ties it back to redemption through Christ and how noah leads a God fearing life as a protector of children, but still.

That being said, it was pleasant listening to suspenseful thriller that was told with an underlying Christian theme. I do not recall any vulgarity (or even swearing) in the entire book. I did find it a bit troubling that the main character's "gift" that God supposedly blessed him with was one of magical/supernatural. None of God's giftings have anything to do with becoming invisible; a bit heretical in my opinion. However, I was able to pretty much ignore that aspect of the story as it was a rather minor part; which begs the question, why bother with it at all?

I cannot say that was a bad book, but I found the direction the end of the story took to be quite disappointing, especially after beginning with such promise. As for the narration; I found it, too, to be really good at some points and pretty week at others (i.e. some of the character voices seemed very strained, to say the least). The theme and moral of the story are commendable and overall it is a decent listen . . . it just didn't work for me.

Finally, I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review and I hope it proves helpful to those considering purchasing this book.
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- Bill Beaulac

Religious Paranormal Mystery

Noah is a PI with paranormal abilities. He can become invisible, read minds and he heals supernatural quickly from injuries. His abusive step father killed his mom and his brother when he was a kid, thus Noah is a protector of abused women and children. This is his mission to aid and protect the abused. Noah is currently working on two cases. One involves an abused mother and child. The abusive husband is a very powerful judge, the other case is a cold case missing persons. The woman who is missing had a first husband who was abusive and responsible for their child's death. He would of been a primary suspect except he died in prison.

Mingled through out the novel there are religious homilies by Noah about God's will, Jesus' love, scripture, morals and so forth. Too much preaching for my taste.

Also aside from the paranormal aspects, much of the plot and story line is unrealistic. To give specific examples would divulge spoilers.

The narration sounded recited rather than natural at times.

There are many better paranormal and religious themed mystery, thrillers to choose from, so although this not a terrible book, it is not one I would recommend.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: Pelican Book Group