Tuesday, February 5, 2013

'The Watchers'

As much as I hate to do this, I have to write a negative review.  It pains me, it really does.

But 'The Watchers' by Jon Steele disappointed me.  This little Book Hog tries to read a few books a week, and the time I had to devote to this story was overwhelming.  Point:  The story didn't go anywhere until right near the end.  Big sigh.

Oh, the whole premise was familiar and exciting; it seems to be based on 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' by the incomparable Victor Hugo.  But that's where the similarity ends.  Although 'The Watchers' carries the theme of supernatural 'good vs. evil', it took forever for the whole story to go anywhere.

Editing would have been the best choice for this story.  Cut, cut, cut.  With no remorse.

Here's the gist:
Marc Rochet is a man-child, devoted to being the bell-ringer at the Lausanne cathedral in Switzerland.  Katherine Taylor is an introspective hooker.  Jay Harper is an amnesiac detective.  When they finally meet, the battle is on against the forces of evil determined to open the gates of Heaven.

That's about it.  The back stories are very, very, very long.

If you have time to waste, read 'The Watchers'.

And let's hope Mr. Steele listens to his editors.

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