Testimonials, Reviews & Awards
- FINALIST in the WESTERN CATEGORY in the 2014 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS!
- FINALIST in the WESTERN CATEGORY in the 2014 Best Books Awards, USA BookNews
REVIEWS: 4.7 STAR AVERAGE OUT 5 STARS ON 40 REVIEWS
Leroy Watches Jr. is a strange mix of Native American mysticism and old western Americana, with a dash of romance, family drama, and even police procedural thrown in. It’s probably best described as a melting pot of genres, yet somehow, almost defying expectation, it works. The fear going into such a story is that it becomes convoluted, or worse, it becomes absurd. While there are moments in the story that are borderline ridiculous, it fits within the narrative. Most of all, the characters come first. Every major character is given a story arc, and every one sees some development throughout the story. It’s because of this strong character- building throughout the story that the more bizarre plot devices aren’t really that bizarre, because we experience them through the point of view of realistic characters. The relatable characters act as a filter for the more extreme elements of the story and allow those elements to become more palpable. Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and found that it was able to stand on its own, even though it was a mini-series of novellas within an even larger series of novels. A recommended read.
In the beginning, I thought this was going to be a heartfelt book about the relationship between a father and son but found it to be so much more. For a novella, I was quite surprise by the multiple themes that ran within, the author cleverly weaved unusual twists and turns presenting an array of genres from spiritual, horror, action, and slight inkling of romance which may bloom in the next instalment.
I love the well-developed characters and was stunned by how the author portrayed them. My predications of the characters place within the story reversed right over me I would think Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t have predicted the outcome. I love Leroy’s and Niles compassion, though oddly sad for Austin and the events at Thomas & Mack stadium will blow you away.
This unique novella was superbly written, was unpredictable yet flowed well making it a remarkable read. It was intriguing, entertaining and totally irresistible and I revel in the idea of reading more from this gifted author.
Great for the reader who wants it all.
As someone who spent her fair share of time on the rodeo circuit, I can tell you plenty of stories about things going upside down. Maybe that’s why I got such a kick out of this Leroy story. It not only made me laugh my tail off but reminded me of days gone by. From Leroy’s empathize-able frustration at not having the funds for the quality horse he needs to be a contender to the handwringing animal rights nutters protesting a sport they have no clue about, this story really resonated for me. Then of course there’s the answer to the burning question: how did this guy end up on the FBI’s most wanted list?
Nathan does a great job of blending humor and thrills as she transports you to the American southwest amid a tale rich in Native American mysticism and life in the modern west. As the story of Leroy and his father’s relationship progresses, it is delightfully enhanced by the hilarity that is so often found on the rodeo grounds. I’m rapidly becoming a fan of this series!
In the first chapter, I’m learning about Leroy and his father’s relationship… settling in to read a warm fuzzy story of healing a parent/child relationship… Oh I got more than I bargained for. The funny part of it, it was real! For me anyway… I totally understood where both the Sr and Jr were coming from in their wants and needs of getting past the past. As for the mad hatter, wait… no I mean the FBI guy… yup you really have to be careful who you pick as a hero… 😀
I won’t spoil it for you… accept to say one thing… wear a parka! You’ll need it! ha ha ha I felt like I was in the arena when it hit… shhhh no spoilers intended. Loved this little gem and I can’t wait for the second one!