Along the Watchtower

Along the Watchtower A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfa

  • Title: Along the Watchtower
  • Author: David Litwack
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  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare Now he s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he s inhabiting two separate realities The first is his waking world of pain, family trialsA Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare Now he s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he s inhabiting two separate realities The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.In his dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission a journey along a dark road haunted by demons of guilt and memory and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way out of Hell.

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    1. The urge to write first struck at age sixteen when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine It may have been the wild night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by the northern lights rippling after dark Or maybe it was the newsletter s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.Using two fingers and lots of white out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties Then life intervened He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process and without prior plan becoming a well known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.In this new stage of his life, he s published Along the Watchtower in June, 2013 and The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky in May, 2014 His latest book, The Children of Darkness, the first of the Seekers series, a dystopian trilogy, was published in June, 2015.David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

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    1. An explosive, contemporary military fantasy that s profoundly powerful and evocativeHaving only ever delved into the genre of military fantasy with authors such as Chris Evans The Iron Elves , I was not sure how I would feel about a thoroughly modern story This classy, contemporary read captures the harsh realities of war and the scars that they leave both physical and emotional It is a deeply emotive read containing much truth drawing frankness and heartrending sincerity that cannot fail to mov [...]


    2. A SOLDIER S STORY A review of Along the Watchtower by David LitwackWar exacts a terrible physical and psychological toll on those who serve Throughout history soldiers have devised coping mechanisms to escape their demons and save their sanity In his sensitive new novel Along The Watchtower, author David Litwack explores these themes with the added twist of game theory, a refuge for many whose minds find solace in fantasy As our protagonist Freddy navigates the two worlds, he learns to heal both [...]


    3. Book Review originally published here iheartreading reviews Some time ago, I read and reviewed There Comes a Prophet, the debut novel of David Litwack I loved that book, so I was looking forward to getting started on his latest novel, Along The Watchtower.The first pages introduce us to Lieutenant Freddie Williams, who is stationed in Iraq during the war An IED explosion ends the war for him, destroying his body and mind He s sent back home, where he s being kept in a medically induced coma for [...]


    4. The aftermath of war can be devastating for a returning hero For Lieutenant Freddie Williams, an explosion destroyed part of his body and shattered his mind His world split in two, the reality of his pain filled world and the fantastical world he goes to in his dreams Once a proficient gamer, his dreams take him into a world where he is trying to be a fierce warrior, Frederick, the Prince of Stormwind, trying to save his kingdom from the Horde As the lines between his waking reality and his drea [...]


    5. Lieutenant Frederick Williams finds himself in a military hospital following an IED attack in Iraq Before he can make sense of what s going on around him, he s placed into a medically induced coma He is then a Prince preparing for a series of trials that each generation of kings must undergo to ensure the safety of their people.As he alternates between the waking and, what is assumed to be, his dream world, Frederick becomes confused as to who he truly is as he searches for the answers to himsel [...]


    6. I was prepared to like this book when I first spotted the Bob Dylan lyric on the flyleaf I ve always found the images in Dylan s Along the Watchtower to be evocative and was curious to see where David Litwack took that inspiration I was captivated, and not just because Along the Watchtower deals with themes similar to the ones King Bewilliam struggles with in the high fantasy series that I ve been writing Litwack s Lieutenant Freddie Williams made a believable hero, pitiable but not pitiful I ro [...]


    7. Have you ever felt like you go into another world when you dream at night Soldier Frederick Williams does when his military unit is attacked by an explosive device He goes into a coma and his mind goes to another place, one he is very familiar with, the World of Warcraft Now I know at first glance this may seem really bizarre, and maybe only appeal to those types of people who like war and video games As a woman in her mid 30 s, I can assure you I am neither of those But I absolutely LOVED this [...]


    8. It s a rare treat to stumble upon a book that has the combination of beautiful prose, realistic sounding dialogue, well rounded characters, and an innovative and compelling plot such as was Along the Watchtower by David Litwack This was an unexpected find, and one that broke many boundaries for me What I think I liked the most wasn t just the authors imaginative use of the fantasy game life and the clever way it tied into the real one, but how we as readers are actually shown what the hardships [...]


    9. I was just a little disappointed in this book From the blub I was expecting and really hoping for something MUCH heftier, intense and certainly angst ridden Something along the lines of view spoiler Freddie s dreams alternating with his early recovery maybe even just the first few days before it is clear that he is going to live Instead his physical recovery is handled far too quickly for my liking I know it takes months, but in many respects it is glossed over and therefore the dream sequenc [...]


    10. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this book Several years ago, before meeting D, I dated a veteran who d done two tours He had PTSD He was paranoid about things always securing the house and had dreams and night terrors, like Freddie does in Litwack s novel I wasn t sure if I could understand Freddie s character, or his struggles, when I first started reading Or how Litwack would alternate this dream world reality But I found that I could not put this novel down I had t [...]


    11. Note a copy of this review will be posted at onstarshipsanddragonwings on 12 June 2013 David Litwack s Along the Watchtower is a gut wrenching blend of fantasy and reality a war story from the viewpoint of American war hero First Lieutenant Frederick Williams, whose body was shattered in an attack on his patrol by insurgents in Iraq and a dream world into which Freddie retreats to escape his agony It is a story of trauma to body and spirit, and of long and painful recovery In its remarkable two [...]


    12. This review and many others can be found on my blog Musings of ImmortalsShort ReviewAlong the watch tower a book which takes you on a journey of self discovery, amalgamating the fantasy and real world.ad it for a rare experience.Full ReviewHe said to her, Daughter, your faith has healed you Go in peace and be freed from your suffering mark 5 34 David Liwack s Along the watch tower takes the reader on a trip to his inner world bridging the mystical fantasy to harsh reality The best part of the bo [...]


    13. Review and blog tour posted July 24th on a reader lives a thousand live VISIT for blog tour and giveaway Freddie was fighting in Iraq when the IED went off, causing severe damage to his leg, before his injury he was a keen gamer, playing World of Warcraft in an attempt to escape both the emotional strains of his youth, and the horrors of actively serving in Iraq Freddie starts physical therapy with eternal optimist, Becky and soon discovers that she s interested in healing than just his leg inj [...]


    14. Fascinating story A real page turner that will keep you up late at night reading I adored this story and I think the characters were well written and very likeable.This book goes back and forth between Lieutenant Freddie Williams and Frederick, Prince of Stormwind POV s Lieutenant Freddie Williams was a soldier who got caught in an IED explosion and was left physically and mentally wounded After he woke up from a medically induced coma he starts to realize that he inhabits two separate realities [...]


    15. Along the Watchtower is a combination of fantasy and contemporary fiction that tells the story of an Iraqi war veteran s physical and emotional healing Parallel to the story of Frank defeating his inner demons in a hospital in America is that of a dauphin s trials in a fantasy world Prince Frederick must pass a series of mystical trials before he can become King, and if he fails, the Kingdom will loose its protective magic and fall to the enemy.In the fantasy world, magic is real, but Frederick [...]


    16. Original Review Post quantumperceptions.wordpress.cLieutenant Freddie Williams tour in Iraq ends with the blast that sends him injured into a place between worlds It takes time to sort things out, recover bits and pieces to make sense of life again Freddie has great help from Ralph and especially Becky during his recovery process as he finds the missing pieces beyond what is required to recover physical mobility At first, it appears that he is locked into toggling between two worlds, one that ma [...]


    17. Lieutenant Freddie Williams is a war hero wounded in Iraq who must now undergo the long journey of recovery Frederick is the dauphin of the mystical kingdom who must undergo four trials to ensure the safety of his people and earn his right to be crowned king Freddie inhabits the waking world of therapists and learning to move forward after the tragedies that have befallen him Frederick quests at night blurring the lines of reality and fantasy for Freddie Both have important missions where failur [...]


    18. David Litwack takes us on a journey of self discovery, forgiveness and love When meet young Lt Freddie Williams, he has been the victim of a roadside IED Improvised Explosive Device and firefight His injuries are so extensive, that he is put into a medically induced coma During the few moments when he is lucid, he is in immense pain, disoriented lost between reality and dreams Lt Williams is an avid World of Warcraft gamer It didn t surprise me at all as I know A LOT of people become die hard ga [...]


    19. Full disclosure I received a free paperback from David Litwack so I could review this book in conjunction with the blog tour As always, this is an honest review Having previously read David Litwack s work I was expecting a novel that was mostly high fantasy or maybe even a combination of science fiction and fantasy What I didn t expect was a high fantasy story running in conjunction with a very real heart wrenching story.Freddie has had a crappy life Both of his parents and his older brother are [...]


    20. I found this book to be particularly interesting because I am a fan of World of Warcraft My fiance is a HUGE fan of WoW When the opportunity to review Along the Watchtower by David Litwack came up I was excited Here was something I knew The fantasy aspect of it at least I can t even imagine, however, what it s like to be a war veteran, let alone a wounded one in a hospital trying to recover from a traumatic injury.Freddie has lost everything that means anything to him First his family, then his [...]


    21. Originally published at Reading RealityAn uncertain young man who has lost his way, escapes into dreams of a magic kingdom Normally the story would be that he finds himself a knight in shining armor, performing deeds of derring do Or something like that.Instead, in his dreams, Lieutenant Frederick Williams turns himself into a different young man, equally uncertain, but instead of having lost his way, Prince Frederick of Stormwind has just lost his father the King and has to earn his own kingshi [...]


    22. Along the Watchtower by David Litwack blends fantasy and a modern day tale filled with hope, overcoming guilt and recovery As we travels back and forth between Lieutenant Freddie Williams reality and dream world I found myself captivated by both worlds Three word review Captivating, inspirational and enjoyable.We travel with Freddie as he makes his way from war torn Iraq to the VA hospital in Jamaica Plain, MA He is in and out of consciousness as he fights to recover from an IED explosion He is [...]


    23. 3.5For book reviews On Books An IED explosion leaves a shattered Lieutenant and skilled gamer with two alternate realities one filled with pain, attempts at half hearted recuperation, reality hitting him in flashbacks and present tense and the other manifested in his dreams a surge of quests, trials and tangible obstacles leading to the him being crowned King What unites these two realities o The fact that they are happening to the same person the Lieutenant, who took his job seriously, took th [...]


    24. 1st Lieutenant Frederick Freddie Williams was stationed in An Nasiriyah Al Anbar Iraq 9 months 7 days The Humvee he was in got hit by an IED 7 22 2008 now Frederick was going to be shipped to Ramstein Germany In a medically induced coma for 2 weeks he was then shipped to a VA Hospital in West Roxbury, MA Both legs were badly damaged For now he could not walk An EKG CCAT were done The Glasgow coma scale was administered for traumatic brain injury TBI Freddy was finally told Specialist Pedey Sanch [...]


    25. This book goes back and forth between Lt Freddie Williams as he s recovering from an IED explosion and Frederick, Prince of Stormwind Lt Freddie Williams is having a hard time coping with his memories so he goes into the dream world when he closes his eyes As Prince Frederick, his father, the king, has just died and his kingdom is protected by magic which is bestowed on the reigning king With his father dead, the magic will start to fade Prince Frederick has thirty days to overcome the trials to [...]


    26. Originally posted on my website at davidbruns blogIn Along the Watchtower, David Litwack takes a poetic approach to PTSD post traumatic stress disorder and healing LT Freddie Williams is a returning Iraq War vet, gravely injured both mentally and physically, and we follow his journey back to health.The twist that Litwack adds to the plot is a parallel story about Prince Frederick, Dauphin of Stormwind Frederick s father, the king, has just passed and he must undergo a series of tests to show he [...]


    27. Litwack makes movement between the realities of Fredrick s recovery from his wounds to the fantasy world of Stormwind seamless and convincing Most times, Fredrick is unaware that he is living the two realities At other times, the recovering veteran is confused about what is real and what isn t His journey in both worlds is filled with trials and challenges that are mostly heart wrenching and confusing rather than fearsome That doesn t diminish the level of bravery modern day Freddie displays as [...]


    28. This was a really interesting read It follows Lt Freddie Williams as he recovers from injuries he sustained from an IED in the war Freddie is an interesting character because he was damaged before the war, and damaged because of the war This follows his recovery from both life traumas and shows how he deals with it by the development of a fantasy land that is somehow related to his involvement with the fantasy computer game World of Warcraft Initially, Freddie is able to keep the two worlds sepa [...]


    29. An IED explosion in Iraq ends the war for Lieutenant Freddie Williams, leaving his mind and body shattered Once a skilled gamer and expert in virtual and real warfare, he emerges from a medically induced coma to discover he s inhabiting two separate realities The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse for living when his friends are dead The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps In his dreams, he is Frederick, Prince [...]


    30. See full post The Indigo Quill theindigoquill 20 Along the Watchtower is a gripping story of a man who comes face to face with death in Iraq, which causes him to travel in and out of parallel worlds through his consciousness In our world, he is Lieutenant Frederick Williams In a world that he escapes to during his recovery from an IED explosion, he is Prince Frederick of Stormwind I say these are parallel because the happenings within each world coincide with the other, and we are taken through [...]


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