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Subject: Paul Watkins
Date Posted: 7/23/2010 12:42 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2010
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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.

http://www.paulwatkins.com/mainmenu.htm

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.

http://www.amazon.com/Calm-Sunset-Dawn-Novel/product-reviews/0312154186/ref=cm_cr_pr_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

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.