The Last Watchman Still Rides

Narrated by: Brian Callanan
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

His name is Roarke. His history is a swath of blood and violence. Released from prison after another man died under his fists, he's found some semblance of peace as a private investigator. Sometimes he's hired to solve a problem. Sometimes he's hired to do something mean. He prefers the one, but he isn't above the other. When he's hired to locate a gorgeous banking executive's missing niece, Roarke suspects the case might be just another ugly custody fight between the girl's parents. A single gunshot aimed his way proves him wrong and convinces him to give the missing girl his undivided attention. Soon, Roarke finds himself drawn away from his Detroit lair and into the northern wilderness where an armed militia calling themselves the Sovereign North are holding the girl. Lead by a silver-tongued preacher and a remorseless killer called The Last Watchman, the Sovereign North are waiting for him. They think they can bargain with him. They think he can be reasoned with. They're wrong.

©2013, 2016 Jonathan Watkins (P)2016 Jonathan Watkins

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Solid action thriller

If you could sum up The Last Watchman Still Rides in three words, what would they be?

See headline.

The story is solid and has good action. It follows the popular ex soldier turned detective for hire who is a one man A team. Nothing new here but still a good story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The cab driver. He called his cab service Johnny Cab. You know. From Total Recall.

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

His gravely and rugged voice was a perfect match for the main character. No way my internal voice could be that.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction. I did find that if I skipped a day, listened over the holidays, that it took a bit to get back into. I was all excited at first and then would lose interest. This wasn't the fault of the author or narrator; but, for some reason, despite thoroughly enjoying the book, I often had to force myself to turn it on and not listen to something else. Hopefully that is just me.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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This book rocks!

This is one of those books where you start listening and the author starts painting pictures with his words. The phrases just seem to flow so effortlessly. From the descriptions of Detroit to the dead and dying small town, you feel like you are there, and seeing every blemish and pimple of the underbelly of that society. I am so jealous of Watkins' skill with words. And I loved his short personal essay on the "quaint" notion of privacy. The only time I felt let down was when he mentioned viscera coming out of a victims head...descriptive, a colorful image, but I think the word viscera is reserved for abdominal contents, not from a nasty head wound. Brian Calannan's narration is a perfect match for the story. He sounds like a tough guy hell bent on revenge. He makes it feel like you are in Roarke's head, and privy to his every thought and feeling, no matter how dark and disturbing. Just perfect. This is definitely a great tough-nosed detective story. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Brilliantly Written with Outstanding Narration

The Last Watchman Still Rides, is a cleverly written, brilliantly descriptive thiller. The action is intense, loaded with mystery, and suspense. The plot is perfectly structured, clear, precise, with smooth scene transitions. The storyline is gripping, packed with unforeseen twists and turns, keeping you entirely on the very edge, questioning what will be next. Jonathan Watkins is an outstanding author, his capacity to captivate the readers/listeners with his writing and characters, is remarkable. The characters are fascinating and well-developed. The hero, Roake, is multifaceted, a hard man, intelligent, tough with a dark past, and lives by a set of principles. A need to help the vulnerable drives him and the measures he'll take to rescue an eight-year-old girl is admirable. What truly makes this book great is the perfect combination of excellent writing and extraordinary narration. I can't imagine any other narrator embracing the characters as well as Brian Callanan has done. He completely channels Roake's personality, temperament, and the very heart of the narrative, delivering a phenomenal performance. It's always great to enjoy a book narrated by an exceptional voice artist. Callanan opens our eyes to the story in a whole new way; while deepening our appreciation of his talent and the boundless creativity of the author.

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Not your typical hero

Roarke is more than just rough around the edges, he's rough all over, but there's something about that combined with how much he cares that makes him extremely likeable. This book started with a bang and it didn't slow down, so many of the characters were not who they first seemed to be, it felt like twist after twist. Intense edge of your seat drama, where bad is good and good is bad. The narration was excellent, it made a great book even better. The character voices were great especially with the range of them needed, and the delivery was engaging and emotive. I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review. If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below.

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A building gripping story. Some great twists!

I loved this book right from the get go. The story starts out setting up what turns out to be a wonderful story. I love the contrast between narrative and flashbacks for reference.
There are twists that I simply did not see coming and was actually blindsided by.

The narration is perfectly matched against the pace and tone of the book. My particular favourite character for narration was the father, deep raw voice oozing contained violence.

This is a great book that is well worth your time to listen to. It has mystery, action and thriller elements. I think this book appeals to a wide audience.
This will suit those who like a good mystery thriller and anyone looking for action it is great.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

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A great new hard boiled detective series

If you could sum up The Last Watchman Still Rides in three words, what would they be?

Very gritty, excellent character development. Superb narration. I recently made a 10 hour drive and this audiobook was the perfect accompaniment.

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This is one tough guy!

Beaten, shot, stabbed, and betrayed this guy never quits. This main character is a little dark but still a good guy. Rules don't apply -- if he makes it his mission nothing short of death will stop him. The story was pretty good although it dragged in a few places. I think this is worth a credit and I'll look for sequels.

I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review from Audiobook Boom.

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Perfect marriage of story and narrator!!

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This book had me at the opening paragraph and I could not stop listening until the absolute very end.

The story was intricate and well thought out. It had a bevy of incredible characters and all of them came to life in the hands of this narrator.

There is a definite style and cadence to this listen reminiscent of a Micky Spillane mystery. That's the first delicious aspect of this listen. Then the narrator comes in, gives Roarke that booming base with those soft edges, and he makes you believe!!

There were some surprises towards the end (no spoilers) and when I could breathe again, I count this among my favorite listens all year.

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Great for the commute!

What did you love best about The Last Watchman Still Rides?

It kept me on the edge of my seat.

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

It kept you wondering what obstacle Roake would have to overcome next.

What about Brian Callanan’s performance did you like?

Once I got used to the different characters, I found Brian did a great job with both the men's and women's voices.

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

It would be great on a long road trip.

Any additional comments?

I have a 2 hour commute to work each day and was looking for something to alieve the boredom. I am an avid reader and thought I would try audio books.. This is my first one and although I had a bit of trouble getting used to the reader’s voices, it didn’t take long to get used to it. Roake is obsessed with rescuing a young girl and runs into many difficulties along the way. I started looking forward to my commute each day, anxious to hear the outcome. The dreaded daily gym workout also became more enjoyable with this listen. Quite enjoyed this audio book!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Motor City Revenge and Beyond

Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Watchman Still Rides to be better than the print version?

I have the Kindle edition. Both versions have much to recommend each of them.

What other book might you compare The Last Watchman Still Rides to and why?

Another Action Adventure Noir -ish similar to the Lee Child Jack Reacher books. Hard boiled also describes Roarke.

What about Brian Callanan’s performance did you like?

Very good! He has talent for voicing characters. DOESN'T reach into the "bizarre to be different" for voices. He maintains the pace that I felt complimented the action. Easy to understand. With the added attributes of NOT snorting, gasping, wheezing, gulping, or lip smacking! Which even the big names of voice talent fall victim to!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt a sense of satisfaction at the revenge exacted

Any additional comments?

This was well written and well performed! Enjoyable.

What are you waiting for?

Thank you for the opportunity to review it!

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part.

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