MASTER by Thomas M Watt
Master invades Phil Gordon’s dreams and burns his real life down to hell – wife and daughter abducted, Master claims responsibility. He threatens to slaughter them if Phil doesn’t drive an RV loaded with explosives into the city. Complicating everything is Phil’s ex-girlfriend, who shows up at the worst possible time. The only way Phil can save his family is to figure out who Master is, where he can find him, and whether he even exists…
“Clock is ticking, Mr. Gordon.”
I ran across this book on Thomas Watt’s blog. He had just released it, and was looking for honest reviews, so I figured, why not. He is a new author and this is his second book. Not a full length novel, mind you, but at only 149 pages, it’s a quick and easy read. There are some formatting problems, at least on my kindle. But that’s something a lot of new authors have trouble with. There is no active TOC, which I don’t like as I use them to jump around in the book, if I have too.
This is a fast-paced story, and I found myself racing to the end. Thomas Watt does a great job at capturing the reader’s attention. There is a lot of action, drama, and confrontations. We have the drama between Phil and Ashley, Phil and the Master, and then Phil and his wife and daughter. The characters were not one-dimensional, though I thought there could’ve been more internal dialogue for Phil. Most of what we find out about him is through conversations with the other characters. The best scene was when Phil woke up with the fingers in his mouth. That was kinda of the turning point in the story.
What I didn’t like, was the story read like an outline, not a polished book. I hate over descriptive writing, as it will bog down a story, but this one was lacking in it. As a reader, we still need to get a feel for the surroundings, the sights, sounds and smells. How those elements impact the characters. So I felt the characters were existing in a vacuum. From Thomas Watt’s blog, I know he’s a screenwriter, so I’m sure he hasn’t quite got the difference between screenwriting and books. I also thought there was a little too much drama with Ashley and her character didn’t seem very realistic.
I did enjoy the story, it kept be entertained, but for the above reasons, I have to give it 3 feathers.