Saturday, June 28, 2014

Along the Watchtower Book Review

A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…

Author: David Litwack
Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Genre: ContemporaryFantasy (13+)

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 heart may be his only way back from Hell.

My Review:
It was a really great YA Fantasy book for those who love to play video games and understand how all of that works. I think to escape pain and things we don't want to deal with, we all have different things that we do. I don't think there is anything wrong with that, as long as you don't lose sight of what is real and what is not.

Freddie uses the video game that he and his combat buddies used to play to block out memories that he wants to forget. The alter ego of his dreams, is the Prince who must overcome evil before he can become king. In both worlds they have a single person who will help them recover what it is that they lost.

Thankfully, I think towards the end, well maybe, Freddie learns the difference between dreams and what is real. I would hate to think as a grown man he couldn't tell the difference. That wouldn't bode well for anyone who is in his life.
Happy Reading!

The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine.

It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark.

Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

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 ProphetAlong the Watchtower, and the newly released The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.