Review - The Watchful Dead by Joe Pawlowski

By Carmen, 24 April 2019
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Year Published: 2019

Genre: Fantasy; Paranormal


Within the shadowy walls of ancient Hastur, reality and illusion walk hand in hand.

A 12-year-old boy housebound all his life, a conjure woman who talks to the dead, an evil slave trader driven ruthless by greed and a war hero whose greatest battles take place in his own mind: all are about to have their lives shaken to the core by powerful forces from beyond the grave.

A tale of murder, magic and madness, The Watchful Dead is a nightmare blend of gothic traditionalism, magical realism and dark fantasy that will haunt you long after you turn its final page.

About the Author:

Joe Pawlowski is a retired journalist living in the Twin Cities area with his wife, Debbie, and rescue dog, Lucy. Besides reading and writing, he enjoys music, movies and socializing with his many friends.

Connect with the Author:

Facebook: Joe Pawlowski Facebook

Author Website: Joe Pawlowski Author Website

Buy the Book:

Amazon: Amazon Purchase Link

My Take on the Book:

This was quite an intriguing one for me – a lot of this book relies on the dark atmosphere and the mystery of the characters as a bit of a story-line; if you’re someone who prefers plot-driven books – this might not be the one for you. One thing I will say is that I found the writing itself very nicely done. Even though this book was a little bit dark for me – I ended up giving it a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Last Word:

This is definitely an author that I’ll be keeping my eye on – out of the whole story; I think it was the writing that caught my attention. I’m hoping that this author sticks around to do some more writing.