Book Review: Fate of The Watchman

20 Dec

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.


Chad Pettit is a Christian fiction author, poet, and English teacher. He was born and raised in Oregon and then spent ten years traveling around the world in the Army as an infantry soldier. His passion for inspiring people to find their best life drives his writing and is a constant thread through works of Biblical fiction and fantasy. He lives in Central Texas with his wife, sons, and a dog that is far too human.

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My Impressions:

Fate of The Watchman is an allegorical tale exploring a man’s response to the needs and struggles of others in a world that is me-centric. Lester’s life is consumed with the bottom line. He does care for his brother who is serving in the army, but the rest of the world is on its own as far as he is concerned. One fateful night Lester is confronted with the ugly realities of the world — those in far away places and those in his own hometown. As he experiences all aspects of the human drama — violence, homelessness, despair, persecution — he comes to find the importance of joining God in making an impact. Accompanying him on his journey of discovery is an enigmatic guide, Draven, who pulls no punches in showing Lester what his Boss wants him to see. Fate of the Watchman, is as most allegories, a short read. There is not much character development; most of the book is dedicated to Lester’s experiences. I would have liked a bit more, though. I never really felt a connection to Lester, although his changing attitudes and resolve to be more engaged in the world around him (including prayer) did resonate with me. I admit it was slow-going at first, but I finally got into the rhythm of the book and found it a thought-provoking and moving read. It felt a bit like A Christmas Carol and even The Great Divorce.

Fate of The Watchman is for readers wanting a deep message that runs beneath the storyline.

Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to JustRead for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


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