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The Watchtower

The Watchtower

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by Darke Conteur

His first day of work wasn't what Martin Cunningham expected. A sultry boss, a classy receptionist, the drama-queen foreigner, and a painfully shy techie who prefers hiding to human interaction, was the oddest group of characters he'd ever met. When an assassination attempt is made against his new boss, Martin comes face to face with the stuff of


His first day of work wasn't what Martin Cunningham expected. A sultry boss, a classy receptionist, the drama-queen foreigner, and a painfully shy techie who prefers hiding to human interaction, was the oddest group of characters he'd ever met. When an assassination attempt is made against his new boss, Martin comes face to face with the stuff of nightmares.

Now he and his new co-workers must race to prevent another attack, but where do they start? There's very little to go on, and the only solid piece of evidence escaped through the u-bend in the toilet. By the end of the day, Martin becomes one of the privileged few who really understands what lies in the shadows, and what it means to work in THE WATCHTOWER.

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Darke Conteur
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Meet the Author

My passion for writing began in my mid-teens. At the age of sixteen, I wrote my first novel, CINDY'S SONG, a YA coming-of-age, where the main character deals with not only the social and peer pressures of that particular decade (early 80's), but the complex and often mind-boggling hierarchy of the teenage social structure. Unfortunately, due to negligence, the completed manuscript was lost during a gypsy period in my life. I hope to one day re-write the novel with a more scifi feel to it.

It was this first completed project that sparked my creative energies, and at twenty-five, I was working on my second novel CHILD OF THE STORM. This was my first venture into the world of science fiction and proved to be a genre I liked writing. When I finished, I began plotting out a sequel STORM RISING, but due to ever changing computer technology, both the manuscript and the outline were lost to corrupt disks and non-compatible word programs.

It would be another five years before I would begin writing more consistently. It was during this time that I became influenced by another genre--urban/dark fantasy. Sparked by shows like Buffy and The X-Files, I followed my imagination down another path, and between my love for science fiction and my new interest, I devised twenty or so novel ideas ranging from epics that could only be told in a series of novels, to short stories.

Starting in 2007, I decided to become serious about writing, and began honing my skills with the goal of becoming a successful, published author. So far, I have written two novels, a military scifi called DRAGONSTONE and an urban/dark fantasy called THE SAINTS OF BELVEDERE ROAD, with the latter in revision. I have several short stories published online, and several more in various stages of completion.

With the ever-changing face of publishing, one must keep up. I plan on self-publishing a series of paranormal novella's that will lead up to several larger books.

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The Watchtower 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs some editing but nothing that takes away from the story. I' d love to read more. Very interesting read.
AFStewart More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised reading The Watchtower by Darke Conteur. I expected a reasonably interesting fantasy novel, a short and quick, agreeable read. What I got was a highly crafted, delightfully intricate book, entangled in a dark and a fascinating fantasy world populated with captivating characters. The book starts with the character of Martin Cunningham, who is looking for a job and getting a bit desperate. This job urgency is what brings him to Terin Global, a not-at-all typical place of employment. Once hired, he slowly gets dragged into a dangerous and strange world. One of the best aspects of the book is Martin’s point-of-view, which goes from, “okay these guys are quirky” to “I can’t believe this is happening” without ever seeming forced or out of step. As a reader, you identify with Martin and are drawn into the story as he is wrenched from his comfortable beliefs and faced with another reality. The plot is fast-paced, but never sacrifices continuity or believability in favour of keeping the action moving. The reader receives just enough explanation and back-story to construct the fantasy, without breaking the authenticity of the real world setting. The Watchtower is a first-rate urban fantasy and I highly recommend it.
LuckyDog13 More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe this is a freebie it's so good. Couldn't put it down. Started the sequel right after I finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short novella is a great start to a new Urban Fantasy series. It has everything I want--interesting characters, magic, demons, psychics, mystery, suspense and great plot. This grabbed me from the beginning. Martin is a little whiny and makes some foolish decisions but does redeem himself. I can't wait to learn more about the characters in the sequels. This is a fast-paced story and I read it in one sitting(I am a fast reader). I knew by the first twenty pages or so that I was going to be purchasing the sequels. I felt fortunate that when I found this book that there were already three more novels in this series. I hope that this is an ongoing series and I look forward to reading them all. I highly recommend this bok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About 190 story pages...free e-book This one is an iffy read. It was a little boring and somewhat confusing. Even the ending still left me with questions about the plot and the characters. Some minor spelling and grammar issues. If it wasn't a free one I would say it was not worth reading but, since it was free, I don't feel that it was a complete waste of time. This is one that people will have to read for themselves, because some might really like it and others may not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this author. I can't wait to see if they write more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
couldnt finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than i expected, good read, i am starting the 2nd book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced -- as they try to keep all the "good guys" alive as they are beg chased by demonsi
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Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Strong and Sarcastic Review brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell I am a BIG lover of the fantasy and paranormal world. I always love when authors manage to mix both worlds together in unique and fun ways. The Watchtower is a novel that fits both worlds. There were aspects of the book I enjoyed and aspects I believe could use some work. The story opens right smack in the middle of intrigue and mysterious fantasy. As a reader, I was instantly drawn into the story through my eager curiosity. The characters come into the story cloaked in magic and strong personalities. I liked Aslin right from the beginning and he remained my favorite character throughout my time reading the novella. He is an authoritative, no-nonsense type of guy,but also kind and wise. I also couldn’t help,but love the fact that he was Scottish *wink* Martin was an alright lead. He often times lacked common sense and was too gullible. I was also rather frustrated with the fact that he fell head over heels for his new boss and for some ridiculous reason, trusted not only his new boss, but new teammates when he knew nothing about them. He spent his time gawking at his new boss or making stupid decisions. His character did manage to redeem himself later in the action scenes. Barb was a fierce and strong willed woman. I liked her gift and appreciated the fact that the author created a female character with both power and brains. Daniel is cute and sweet, but he also acts too childish at times and a bit useless. Jezryall is never really developed. She is the blandest character out of the set and very underwhelming considering the power she holds. The plot is fairly interesting but the execution lacked the “wow” power to really show off what the author was hoping to accomplish. There were moments of suspense, scenes full of action and alluring revelations, but the actions of the characters, particularly Martin and Jezryall, as well as the dialogue dampened some of those scenes. The actions scenes though were written pretty well and were probably the best scenes from the novella. I did like the mixture of Greek mythology and Christian storytelling. I also liked the idea behind the zombies. Although, the mixtures of Greek and zombies were a bit odd and out of leftfield; as a reader I found the connection hard to connect together even for a fantasy story. There just seemed to be something missing within the plotline. I do not usually comment on the level of grammar errors within a novel because I realize that editing can’t always be perfect and for an Indie author, it can be difficult to find a good editor for an affordable price. But since at the beginning of the novella, the author gives notice that it had been copyedited, I had noticed many places where words were misspelled and the amount of commas used. It became a bit distracting at times. The Watchtower is one of those stories with such a high level of potential and refreshing concept that, even with its many flaws, I would still recommend reading. Perhaps if the author looked into a good content edit or extending the novella to more pages, both the story and characters would be fleshed out better. The author’s voice is strong with sarcasm underneath. I am curious to see what other stories the author comes up with and how she grows as a writer. The Watchtower is a short and quick read fantasy fans will have fun reading. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Approx 195 pages. Good short story. First in a new series. I liked it. Kept me wondering what would happen next. Hope you enjoy it also. Author could at a later date combine the books and make it a longer read?