I’m delighted to be a stop on author David Litwack’s blog tour for his novel, Along the Watchtower.
I was prepared to like this book when I first spotted the Bob Dylan lyric on the flyleaf. I’ve always found the images in Dylan’s “Along the Watchtower” to be evocative and was curious to see where David Litwack took that inspiration.
I was captivated, and not just because “Along the Watchtower” deals with themes similar to the ones King Bewilliam struggles with in the high fantasy series that I’ve been writing. Litwack’s Lieutenant Freddie Williams made a believable hero, pitiable but not pitiful. I rooted for him as he battled his demons. He made real the horrors of war as well as the ones faced by the ones who survive it.
The lieutenant’s daily challenges to recover from his wounds interwoven with the fantasy world of his dreams and the video games he enjoys kept the story moving. I found it quite un-put-downable. The writing was economical and effective. The settings, both of Lt. William’s “real” world and those of his fantasies, were vividly described; his emotional, mental and physical struggles were engaging and moving.
I thought this to be an entertaining and enjoyable read that was also touching, even politicizing, leaving me to wonder why we keep sending people off to war. Maybe this vivid and heartfelt story will serve as the last reminder we’ll ever need of war’s terrible cost.
You can find David’s book in print and ebook formats at:
There is a giveaway for this tour. Enter to win a $100 Amazon/B&N Giftcard or a Book Depository shopping spree of the same value, plus two print copies of Along the Watchtower will be given away. The giveaway is open internationally and ends 7/7. To enter the giveaway just follow the link.
And come back tomorrow to meet the author himself. Then follow the rest of the tour for more interviews, reviews and guest posts.