Watershed is a thriller about a pregnant woman and the two men - one a snake dealer with a sideline in secret messages and the other a billionaire living under an alias - who pursue her through a near-future America of anti-technology neighborhoods and illegal hospitals, where stockbrokers moonlight as assassins, nurses procure obscure pleasures, and the powers-that-be blow up the new World Trade Center to goose tourism.
Watershed was named a Book of the Month by The Association of Independent Authors and recognized in Kirkus Reviews’ Stars & Recommendations section as “[A]n appealing mix of adventure and contemplation”.
Praise for Watershed:
“A highly readable, quirkily creative alternate reality that comes frighteningly close to real life...the present taken to its logical extreme...much more than social commentary. It’s a genuinely captivating edge-of-your-seat thriller, which kept me reading from beginning to end, looking forward to each new chapter.” (The Lost Coast Review)
“The world of Watershed is a vibrant one, packed to the gills with absurd and yet oddly-believable detail - everything from a September 11th memorial service that involves a full-scale recreation of the original terrorist attack, to a man who gets off on being locked in a coffin with a bag full of cats.... Dodds manages to make all this and more seem not just possible, but vivid and tangible too.... It’s the real deal...a strong contender to be one of the most interesting books you’ll read this year.” (IndieReader Reviews)
“This cynical and surreal vision of a near-future America is intriguing and there is some genuine dark humor in the story.... The use of language is interesting and the ideas are expressed thoughtfully, with attention to each word...unusual in both ideas and expression, blending elements of a suspense thriller with hints of paranormal fiction and a fair portion of social commentary to create a unique feel.” (Publishers Weekly, BookLife Prize Review)
“Readers will never be quite sure what lurks around the next corner.... An appealing mix of adventure and contemplation." (Kirkus Reviews)
“Watershed is a unique book, and one that will grip you from the first page...exceptionally well-written, unique, and an overall brilliant ride...unlike any you’ve seen before, and which is rife with fascinating ideas played out to gleeful excess.” (The Indie Book Journal)
“The masterfully dystopian Watershed unpacks the future of a modern America that, while spectacular, nobody was expecting.... It’s a future that, as Leonard Cohen sang, is murder. The revelations of prose in Watershed makes that murder enjoyable...one of the few things worth believing in.” (Two Thirds North)