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I discovered Paul Watkins about a year ago when I read his novel Archangel. I was hooked from page one by both the writing style and the story itself. I was so intrigued that I wanted to learn more about the author. When I read his biography and viewed the brief descriptions of his books I decided I had to read all of them first to last. I just finished his 5th book and am headed to the library for #6. His writings are so realistic , vivid and detailed that I almost feel I'm telling the story not just reading them.
Has anybody else read any of his novels? Any Paul Watkins fans out there ?
Just like any other author his writings will not appeal to all readers. If you read the descriptions and think these are the type of stories you like to read I would strongly recommend you do read them. I would also suggest reading in order like I did , but of course that is up to you.
I'll give my brief thoughts on the novels , in order , naturally.
Night Over Day Over Night had me living right there in the middle of the war , my first taste of how good his narrative tales are since Archangel was not narrative. Written at the young age of 23 ,Night Over Day is both a powerful war story and a tale of a young man coming of age.
Calm At Sunset Calm At dawn I think is his best novel , so far. Another coming of age story with gritty characters and that Watkins magic that makes me the storyteller. my Amazon review is the newest.
In the Blue Light of African Dreams was a very slight step back but still an imaginative well told , in the moment book.
The Promise of Light has Watkins main character searching for his real identity and me still amazed at how much I feel in the story like no other author.
Stand Before Your God is a memoir of his days spent in England as an American school boy from age 7 to 18. I liked it becase it helped me understand Watkins development into becoming the fine author that he is. It is an excellent memoir.