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The Watchman Audiobook

The Watchman

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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.

©2014 V.B. Tenery (P)2017 V. B. Tenery

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    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 05-27-17
    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 05-27-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jtobair 08-15-17
    jtobair 08-15-17
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    "Interesting..."
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna H. 08-08-17
    Donna H. 08-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it......mostly!!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is probably the hardest review I've written so far. I'm really torn by this story, on one hand I absolutely loved it, but at the same time I had a difficult time with one aspect of the story. Maybe I'm being to hard but I have a difficult time believing that God would give someone the ability to become invisible when needed. I know He COULD do it if He wished, but I'm just not sure He WOULD do it. This was a distraction for me, and as I said before, maybe I'm being too hard, but it did bother me. Other than that detail, the story was wonderful, it kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The main character was absolutely a delight! "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    What are you reading? 06-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Really INteresting"
    What did you love best about The Watchman?

    I loved the powers that Noah had. And I loved the way that he used them.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me on my toes and sometimes at the edge of my seat. There were several twists that I did not see coming.


    What does Theo Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Theo was able to bring so many of the images to life. I think Theo made the perfect Noah and made the character tangible.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not moved as much as had me on the edge of my seat, there is a break in scene and I enjoyed that!


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book and it is worth listening too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 06-14-17
    Tammy 06-14-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "worth a credit"

    I was gifted this audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator.
    V. B. Tenery wrote this fast paced and entertaining story. V.B. has a good had with the words.
    Theo Holland did a good job of narrating the story, but felt his voice was a touch old for the character. Still I enjoyed listening to him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Between the Coverz 06-04-17
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    "An engaging intense action thriller!"
    What did you love best about The Watchman?

    The Watchman is a fast-paced suspenseful thriller that involves private investigator, Noah, who has special abilities. Noah tries to rescue victims, Cody and his mom, from the abusive and powerful judge who happens to be Cody’s dad. Along the way, they learn how much influence the judge had and the extent he would go to in order to keep his secrets hidden. While trying to keep Cody and his mom hidden and safe from the judge, Noah works on another case of a friend. Between the two cases, Noah finds himself in more predicaments than most people.

    The Watchman was a captivating and well-written story. There were many twists and turns that created a believable yet unpredictable plot. There is a big plot twist towards the end of the book that several times I thought it would be crazy if it was, but then told myself there was no way. The author did a great job with the twist as it wasn’t very obvious. There was a lot of action and suspense and a touch of romance to keep my interest perked. This author really knows how to build up the suspense and keep your attention to the very end. The characters were well developed and engaging. V.B. Tenery did a good job of intertwining the different characters and their background story throughout. There was some Christianity subtly thrown into the story that I thought gave some added believability to Noah’s special gifts. There was no swearing or sex in this book, which I personally found refreshing. It is nice to read a book that doesn’t have that in there.


    What about Theo Holland’s performance did you like?

    Theo Holland did a good job with the narration. He had a clear and crisp voice that was easy to follow. There was not much difference between his female and male voices but I liked that he didn’t try to do a false high voice for the female. Overall it was a good narration and brought the story to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book that I have read by V.B. Tenery and will certainly not be my last. I was not disappointed at all. I recommend The Watchman to anyone that enjoys reading a suspense/thriller that will keep you entertained all the way to the end while keeping you sitting on the edge of your seat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon CustomerBeliever 05-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved, loved, loved this book"

    I got this book via audiobook boom. I have never listened to this author but I will again. The story was fast-paced, entertaining, and the narrator was awesome. Noah has a special gift that God gave him and it saved him from an abusive stepfather but he was unable to save his mother and brother because he did not get home in time. that is the back story. Noah saves the son of an abusive judge as well as the boy's mother. The twists and turns that this story take are unbelievable. I love all of the secondary characters as well. They each play a vital role in making the story come to life. if you are looking for a good book to spend about eight hours with then this is the one. If I could give it more stars I would. It made an otherwise boring evening and night very entertaining. Worth the time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dawnatarr 05-18-17
    Dawnatarr 05-18-17
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    "Heartwarming and inspirational"

    A wonderful Christian fiction story. The characters are real and the plot is captivating. I can't wait to read or hear the next one. I received this audiobook for free and voluntarily reviewed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Poling 05-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, Great message"

    I thought the overall message was great. It's refreshing to know there are still good writers who share my faith. The story was interesting and creative.

    I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those looking for a break from the typical raunchy murder mysteries.
    I thought the narrator did an ok job, but he sounded older than what the main character was supposed to be and may have sounded like he was reading the story instead of telling it.
    I do look forward to listening to more of V.B's books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Patterson 05-14-17
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    "Twists and turns throughout!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Watchman?

    When Noah shakes hands and sees the dark evil of that person.


    Have you listened to any of Theo Holland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I love his voice and knowledge of the characters he is portraying.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was very engrossing.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review”.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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