Introducing: “The Watchers” by Jon Steele

Hardcover: 560 pages

Publisher: Blue Rider Press

Release Date: May 29, 2012

Series: Unknown as of yet, but rumored to be a trilogy

I just received an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) of this book and I have to say it intrigued me. This is a big leap for me since it’s not normally what I read, but it does have fallen angels so it does count for something! Anyways, just look at this beautiful cover! The story sounds so interesting and unique that I’m compelled to read it.

Then I thought I might just introduce this book to you too and then make a final report once I’ve finished reading it. Here is the description of the story:

“Meet Marc Rochat, a man-child who has devoted his life to being the bell ringer at the gothic Lausanne Cathedral, one of the great architectural structures in the world. Strange things have been going on in and around the church, including tremblings in the underground crypt and a variety of gruesomely murdered bodies showing up in nearby streets. 

Into this landscape comes Katherine Taylor, a beautiful young American woman, who is making a phenomenal living as one of the highest-priced call girls in Switzerland; she’s a bit too introspective for her own good, and, unfortunately, much too observant of her clients’ peccadilloes for theirs. 

Putting the puzzle together is Jay Harper, a British private eye, who has been hired to investigate the killings and other strange doings; alas, he has no memory of who hired him or precisely why he was chosen for the job.

And that’s when the Fallen Angels start appearing.”

Sounds pretty damn good doesn’t it? I’m really happy I have a chance to read this before it gets released on May 29.

As some of you might know, I’m writing my first novel and it’s also about angels, so naturally I’m intrigued to see what the others have come with in terms of theory or stories. I find the whole subject immensely fascinating and there are so many things one can write about them without the stories being overtly religious. Well, anyways, I guess I’m off to start reading this book and if you’re interested, I’ve posted some info on the author below.

About the author

Jon Steele was born in the American Northwest in 1950 and was raised in Great Falls Montana. He worked an assortment of legal and illegal jobs all accross America before joining Independent Television News of London. Jon earned a reputation as one of the world’s top cameramen in dangerous environments. His autobiography, ‘War Junkie’ was published in 2002 by Transworld and is today recognized as a cult classic of war reportage. In Baghdad, on the day before the Iraq War began, he put his camera on the ground and quit. Jon moved to the south of France and lived without a television, radio or newspapers for a year. He spent his days writing and taking walks in quiet places. In 2007 he traveled to Iraq, alone and without support of any news organization. He lived for three months with an American combat unit, filming their lives and recording their emotions for the award winning documentary, The Baker Boys: Inside The Surge. Currently Jon lives in Switzerland with his Jordanian-born wife and the two abandoned cats they found in an Amman road.

http://www.jonsteele-author.com/

REVIEW: ‘Hush, Hush’ by Becca Fitzpatrick

Paperback: 391 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Release Date: May 27, 2010

Series: Hush, Hush #1

A FALLEN ANGEL…A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Falling for the fallen…

For Nora Grey, romance was never part of the plan. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgement.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora isn’t sure if she can trust him. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and know more about her than her closest friends. And when she tries to seek answers, she discovers she is right in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and the fallen…and it’s time to take sides.

My thoughts

When I first bought this book, I was mainly attracted to the cover. The story sounded interesting enough and I love myself some angel novels so I gave it a shot! First impression: creepy!

It was a sort of dark supernatural story, and Nora, the main character, was constantly afraid, and for good reason might I add. I was never sure if Patch was the good guy or the baddie. It made him hard to like, if I’m honest. The setting also gave me a sense of deja vu, and all you Twilight fans will know what I mean when I say biology class. Yep, it was pretty similar for me.

I’ve heard that this was the kind of book that you either love or hate, and except for the extremely funny quips from Vee, Nora’s best friend, I found myself getting pretty bored with the story. The plot was lacking the “je ne sais quoi” and except for a few potential interesting facts, there was not much to go on.

I stopped reading the series after the second installment, which I have to say annoyed the hell out of me. Becca Fitzpatrick ruined my favorite character out of the whole series! Well anyways, as I said, you might completely disagree with my point of view, or maybe even think worse of it, but yeah, I’m sure I won’t be reading any other books coming from this author.

Rating: ★★ – 3 stars!