Book Review: Along The Watchtower by David Litwack

June 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

17798039Title: Along The Watchtower

Author: David Litwack

Genre: Fiction, Drama, Fantasy

Purchase: Amazon

A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…

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.

This book was strong and powerful, and a wonderful mix of reality and fantasy. Lieutenant Freddie Williams is left a broken man after an IED explosion in Iraq, both mentally and physically. He has to come to terms with his new reality, and the fact that there may be more than one reality once he wakes up from his coma. The first is real life, where he’s in a terrible world of pain, and has to overcome mental challenges and PTSD. In the second reality he inhabits a dark fantasy world where magic and demons roam free. There he is Frederick, a mighty prince, who is the sole person who can save a kingdom from the evil Horde. With both worlds clinging to him, and challenges to face in both realms, he has a lot of fighting to do before he can ever truly be whole again.

The power of this book wasn’t just in the story it told, but also in the way it was told. David Litwack has a remarkable talent for storytelling and character development. Freddie really crawled under my skin. He’s an enigmatic character, even in his darkest of days, he portrays the kind of power only inspirational people have. He’s a fighter, but it seems like this time around he’s been dealt a particularly awful card. The writing was great, the pacing dead on. It started out slow, but the pacing grew faster steadily.

An extraordinary read, well worth your time.

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