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1. Free audiobook version included
2. Different fonts used when different characters are speaking
3. Short chapters make it easy to read when on-the-go
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Protect proves to be a tried and true formula for a great fantasy. I was so glad to of picked it up and to of spent the last few days reading it.
Pros: Good classic story with a few surprising twists and turns.
Short chapters for a quick story line pace.
Interesting use of fonts to signify different races.
Cons: Lack of character depth.
Posted December 23, 2009
Terra's twin moons reflect dimly in the night sky, silently watching the Devastator and his Dekaloth ravage the land. Every four hundred years, the Devastator comes forth to battle the people of the planet of Terra, but the people are not left defenseless. For with every Devastator comes a Protector. Relm is that Protector.
Relm is heir to a sword given to his family by a descendant of the
Satorens, an ancient and now dead Terran race. When he wields the sword, it glows brightly and gives him the power to literally vaporize his enemies. As the forces of Darkness grow greater, Relm is forced to accept his destiny as the Protector and find a way to unite the countries of Terra and save them from the hands of the Devastator.
Protect is a can't-put-down, must-get-more fantasy, as Watson weaves his tale of the battle for Terra. In order to have a chance at defeating the Devastator, Relm must unite the three countries and main races of Terra: Ondoria, the land of Humans; Volero, home to the fox-like Velopens; and Legartha, the country of the big green Legarthans. As Relm sets about his task, he finds among each one of Terra's races.
Satoren prophecy predicts the Protector will fall. Relm must pray that his fate is not so determined.
In his debut novel, Watson has emerged with an in-depth fantasy, managing to flesh out an entire world in one novel, and leaving the reader begging to know more. Part allegory, the astute reader will discover that beyond the skin of the novel lies a deeper and more profound truth. Good storytelling combined with unexpected twists makes Protect a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable read. Watson is absolutely astounding, creating a compelling story with a meaningful message.
One of the more unique things of this book is the varying font system used to portray the different races of Terra. This results in a visual delight, letting the reader mentally see the characters that are talking. It's an ingenious device that really works well in the novel.
Overall, don't miss out on Protect. This is one you want to read. As an added bonus, it comes with a free audio edition on mp3 available for download on the publisher's website.
Be sure to check out The Christian Critic blog to see an interview with the author!
Posted October 25, 2009
As an avid fan of fantasy and sci-fi, I can attest with assuredness that Watson has made for himself a little monument in the genre. His story is set in a post-apocalyptic time frame on a distant planet (the World of Terra) inhabited by ancestral earthlings. Humans have returned to a primeval state of necessity and now utilize technology with resourcefulness as opposed to our culture's current mad torrent of gizmo frenzying.
The setting is reminiscent of Frank Herbert's Dune, but Watson's storyline differs in that it is explosive and fast pace. Not to write off the plot as a bang fest, it is riddled with thoughtful dialogue, twists and turns, and veined with a love story. He also interjects a slew of imaginative races and creatures varying from bizarre and fascinating to horrific and nightmarish. I won't give away the details of his own concocted mélange of creative technologies and weaponry but will say that it is fresh and full.
Watson also ascribes varying fonts to his races' speech, an innovative technique that makes for intense head voices and a pleasant detour from the Times New Roman.
I couldn't recommend it highly enough to a pleasure reader thirsty for a new spin in the publishing world's drought of redundancy.
Posted September 15, 2009
"Relatively" speaking, Paul has done a fine job in his premiere novel. The way he develops characters is interesting, especially in how humans are perceived by the other species he has created--alas, still not in the best light! There is plenty of action (some battle scenes certainly feel like you are in a video game) and chapters usually have a suspenseful ending that forces you to turn the page. The eerie feel of the other world he describes makes you hopeful that we humans will take better care of the planet we've been given.
So go ahead: dive into this inventive story to discover your favorite character--and pray Paul doesn't kill off him (or her) before the ending!
Posted October 27, 2009
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