Fate of the Watchman

Fate of the Watchman

by Chad Pettit

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Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time.

In this challenging and gripping novel, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161533703
Publisher: Ambassador International
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,162,124
File size: 327 KB

About the Author

Chad Pettit grew up in Oregon with books and the mountains to help his imagination grow. After high school, he spent ten years in the Army, travelling and deploying all over the world, including two combat tours in Iraq. After the military, Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and then he started teaching English at an early college high school in central Texas. Chad currently serves in a local church as a deacon and the Sunday school superintendent.

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Fate of the Watchman 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Laundry_Whispers 12 months ago
I was drawn to the idea of this book. They synopsis sang to me in a way a book hasn’t in more than a minute. Perhaps that it wasn’t romance but then again, it still had it’s own appeal. I mean I love a good sci-fi slash paranormal suspense slash supernatural book. I enjoy hanging on the edge of my seat from time to time. While fantasy isn’t quite my game, as long as it’s blended with all the rest well I’m good. As I started reading ‘Fate of the Watchman’ I felt like I was in a time warp of Scrooge straight out of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. The difference between Lester and Scrooge? A lot of content that may be disturbing to some readers. I feel like if I were to share with you all the things that might be triggering I’d use up all the words. The other side of that is though that is the authenticity in which these things are written. Violence in many forms; including murder, descriptions of blood, hanging, as well as mentions of sexual exploitation are common threads. I think that in context, while it is disturbing even for me, it’s necessary. Our world is filled with violence we may never personally see. Just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Just because we aren’t experiencing it doesn’t mean millions of people around the world as just as safe. Violence is part of our reality and honestly has been since the invention of sin. Here’s the deal, there were a few things that turned me off on this book. Each chapter started out very profound and philosophical and like I was back in college debating the merits of different life philosophies and faith philosophies and even psychological perspectives. If felt that way too, you remember sitting around feeling so adult-y and smart and really just being a know it all of some proportion or another. It felt like college again with the highbrow talk that couldn’t sustain as it segued into normal every day life. And it was every. Single. Chapter. Without. End. Lester started to feel like a dumbed down version of life because of it. Maybe he was supposed to be. Perhaps, hindsight being all that the fluffy talk was supposed to draw you down to the little guy, i.e. Lester. Mayhap it was supposed to be a philosophical reminder that education is nothing when you aren’t in touch with life. Perhaps I just need sleep. Regardless, I felt like I was being talked at and talked down to more than being drawn into the story and encouraged to go forward. The flip side of all this is that I enjoyed the not so subtle reminders that no matter where we are in life there are others who still need our prayers, our outreach, and our love. Perhaps enjoyed is the wrong word choice, I mean who ‘enjoys’ being reminded that you are falling down on the job? Who enjoys being reminded that despite our own personal suffering others are suffering as well. Suffering with bigger issues, harder topics, and life altering situations. We are never alone in this journey. There is always someone before us holding a hand back to guide us up and someone behind us reaching for our ankle for a step forward as well. I did latch on really quick when the author mention ‘The Voice of the Martyrs’ newsletters and mailings. If this is not a group you are familiar with I strongly encourage you to learn more. It takes nothing to pray for our fellow man. Something Lester learned on our behalf. It takes everything to actually step up, kneel down, and do it. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Just Read. I was no
Shopgirl152ny1 12 months ago
This was definitely an interesting story. It got a little graphic and gory as Lester sees some horrible things and his eyes are opened to what other people go through. It did really make me think more about what other people are going through, from people being victims of violence or sex trafficking to Christians being persecuted and tortured for their faith around the world. I feel like I do think about those things fairly often and feel frustrated like Lester, wondering what can I do to make a difference? One thing I need to remember is prayer can make a difference but also that I need to keep my eyes open where I am and even go to where the people are who need help. The story ended on a cliffhanger, which frustrated me. I wanted more closure and answers! I would say if you like unique stories and don't mind some graphic realism, you might want to check it out! I received this story from JustRead Tours. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.
Wizardrylibrary 12 months ago
This was a wonderful short read. I finished it in one sitting and I really loved it. It had such a great plot and reminded me of A Christmas Carol, which made it fitting for this time of year. Although it reminded me of A Christmas Carol, it wasn't the same, it was its own story with a nice updated touch. I really enjoyed the authors writing style. It was fast paced keeping me hooked from the very beginning. There was so much packed into this fast read, and now I'm really looking forward to reading the next book by this author. I will be recommending Fate of a Watchman to all my book loving friends. It is definitely worth the read. I rate it 4.70 stars. Disclaimer: I recieved this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
directorgirl11386 More than 1 year ago
Fate of the Watchman is a tale about Luster's life. He only thinks about himself. We are taken on his journey of experiencing violence, homelessness, and persecution. All of this leads him to God. This book reminds a lot like Its a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. The beginning was a tad on the slow side and I really wish they gave more character depth, but it did have a great cliffhanger. Very inspiring and even at time suspenseful. I would recommend this short story series and can't wait to read the next book by Chad Pettit.
LJShuck More than 1 year ago
When I first began reading Fate of the Watchman by Chad Pettit, I was somewhat unsure if I liked the story. It seemed like it was loosely based on Charles Dickens’ Scrooge and my thoughts were leaning toward how many ways can one story be re-told? Yet, there is something different about the Fate of the Watchman, something that kept pulling me in, so I read on. Having finished reading the novel, a recent popular inspirational song plays through my mind, Do Something by Matthew West. Like Lester Sharp, many have become disillusioned by the world we live in, and along with that disillusionment comes an inward focus on ourselves. As Lester Sharp seems like a hardened person, it is also true that Lester has a soft underbelly protected by a tough as nails exterior. Lester has his own problems, he doesn’t have much else left to give to others who were also suffering in some way. Along comes a stranger and a journey designed to reach Lester in a way no one has been able to do. With each destination, he continues to turn his back with reasoning so oft heard used in conversations today. Nearing the end of his journey with the stranger, Lester begins to understand. He begins to understand it is in reaching out to help others, that bitterness recedes. He understands that yes it is for him to reach out, not judge or walk away. He understands every life has worth, including his own. He understand every action has a reaction, equal and sometimes, not so equal. In the song I mentioned above, the writer speaks to all the ills todays society experiences. Drug abuse, wars, famines, lost jobs, homelessness; the list could go on and on. People cry out to God, “why don’t you do something?”. And God’s response...”I did, I created you.”. In Fate of the Watchman, Lester learns he is here for a bigger purpose than himself. I recommend this novel and its message of looking outward, to serve others, to bring about healing, rather than looking inward, focusing on self in a powerful way.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
What a fascinating book! It’s written from a third person omniscient perspective that is completely removed from the main character and the story flows like a tale that is being recounted. It is indeed reminiscent of Scrooge’s story as Lester is shown the horrors of sin and depravity as time stands still. Some of the actions fueled by human depravity hit closer to home than others for Lester. The writing is quite lyrical in quality and lovely. The plot is interesting and it looks like this book is the first in a series that will develop into a deeper spiritual story and not just a modern-day rendition of the Christmas Carol. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book, Fate of the Redeemed. I was given a copy of this book by the author/publisher via JustRead Publicity Tour and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story to help adjust your perspective The Fate of the Watchman is like looking into a mirror reflecting my soul. Seeing things through Lester’s eyes and knowing that I want to be oblivious to the world around me as he was is a little painful. I know that I’m not as bad as he is in some areas, but not as bad doesn’t mean that I don’t have a long way to go. The language used is simply beautiful. Having read the author’s bio, I know that he is an English teacher and imagine the continual exposure to the Classics has influenced the way he converts his thoughts into stories. Be sure to take a look at the preview of the book below to get a feel for the way each chapter begins. Wonderful! This is a challenging book. In a Christmas Carol-ish manner, Lester gets a glimpse of people and events around him. Yet instead of watching with a view of how people perceive him, as happened with Ebenezer Scrooge, he sees the calamities in the world he has shut his eyes against. Things that are hard to look at. Things we all wish we could ignore so they would simply go away. I like to think of myself as a compassionate person, yet reading this story has me re-evaluating my response to pain and evil around me. Hiding and pretending it doesn’t exist doesn’t make it disappear. I appreciate the way the author showed some ugly things and yet didn’t dwell on them so much to make them impossible for me to read. He handled this with tact and discretion. I was also so thankful for the way I was not left without hope or feeling depressed. I became introspective about my need to be more extrospective. There’s some irony for you! The Fate of the Watchman shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours to finish. I read it more slowly than some other stories of similar length as I read and re-read passages to absorb what was happening. My recommendation is to find a day you can spend a few hours reading and go through it all at once. Leave some time for contemplation when you are done, then pray and ask the Lord what this means in your life and what, if anything, He would have you to change. This is a great book! Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.