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


Would you try another book from V.B. Tenery and/or Theo Holland?

I will definitely be on the look out for more books narrated by Theo Holland because he did a fantastic job.

Would you ever listen to anything by V.B. Tenery again?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

I think that this book is definitely between 2-3 stars, so let's split the difference and say 2.5. I wasn't sure why this book was labelled as "supernatural" on someone's shelf as I thought it was just a PI/detective mystery. From the blurb, you'd never know that Noah has "super powers", it just says "special gifts". This is also a highly religious book that gets gratingly preachy at times; for example, Noah is having a conversation with someone about something, and all the sudden he goes "This is wrong just like abortion is wrong". I found this highly unnecessary and putting your personal opinions into a book kind of detracts. If the issue at hand was abortion, then fine, we can discuss it, but the moral issue just popped out of the blue. I also feel like the author had some questions they needed to answer like: "how is Noah going to accomplish saving Cody and his mother?" and then "Oh! I know! Let's make him invisible!" which came across to me as almost lazy. It's almost as if the invisibility was used so that it would be easier to find the solution to problems. Maybe that's just me (I really don't like supernatural genres, and I feel it's a bit strange to combine the supernatural with the Christian/Evangelical element as they seem quite paradoxical). Otherwise, this novel had enough suspense and twists to keep me involved and engaged and I felt like the storyline was very solid.

I voluntarily reviewed an audio copy of this book through The AudioBookworm Promotions, this in no way affects my opinions. I cannot comment on any spelling/grammar issues in the book as I only listened to the story as narrated by Theo Holland. I think Theo Holland did a fantastic job narrating and I really enjoyed listening to his southern drawl. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by him. This is a high-quality, professional recording with no production/quality issues that I could find. I was satisfied with the audiobook itself.

Overall, if you are into the Christian Suspense genre, you might like this book more than me, but it just wasn't all my cup of tea. There were definitely good parts and parts that had me shaking my head, but there was never a point that I felt like I wanted to turn it off and not pick it back up; on the flip side, I also wasn't glued to the story, listening every chance I got. It took me a week to get through when normally a book this length (7h 17m) would take me about 3 days max.

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- jtobair

Book Details

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