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Publisher's Summary

  S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 2021 

In 1885, President Grover Cleveland commissioned a special group of agents to investigate paranormal activities plaguing the nation. Unwilling to accept failure, he granted each the authority to operate outside the law. His directive was simple. No rules. No excuses. Just get it done.

Remy Kincaid, the son of a pugilist and sharpshooter, is recruited with the promise of discovering those responsible for his father’s abduction. With the help of his cynical steed, Fable, he heads to the town of Wharton, Texas, to investigate the disappearance of several young children. As clues lead him from a decrepit old house to an abandoned silver mine, he soon learns that an ancient evil is trying to release itself upon the world.

To save the town of Wharton, he will need to call upon his incredible strength and courage to fend off wicked men and beasts alike. What he doesn’t realize is that the evil is already loose. If he is to have any hope of surviving, he must be more than a man.

He must be the Watchman.

©2020 Arthur T. Bradley (P)2020 Arthur T. Bradley

Critic Reviews

S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 2021

"Narrator Greg Tremblay re-creates the 1880s as President Grover Cleveland enlists Remy Kincaid, the son of carnies, to help with paranormal activities that are afflicting the American West. Listeners join Kincaid and his horse, Fable, who talks by thought speech, as they travel to Wharton, Texas, searching for kids who vanish, then reappear. Colorful descriptions of the town, its people, food, and gambling add atmosphere. Most appealing are Sheriff McCallister, who personifies the Wild West, and Fable, who advises, rebukes, and saves Kincaid in equal measure. Fascinating historical details, including a touching romance between Kincaid and the vivaciously rendered Dr. Maggie Brown, add interest. Tremblay's gripping characterizations of inhuman mutations created by mysterious experiments make for a heart-pounding listen." (AudioFile

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I didn't expect to like it but I did. A lot.

I saw this book in my suggestions and really thought it was another wild miss by Audible's suggestion algorithm or whatever they use. I don't read westerns, I don't read horror though I do read sci-fi, and I've never read this author. I also rarely buy an audiobook that is less than 8 hours long. I didn't have time for a long search so I took a chance, anyway. Every minute of this book was interesting. It was shorter than I usually like but there was no down time, no lag, no wading through the slow parts to get to the interesting bits. The narrator was also wonderful, and just right for the part. I really hope this will be a series.

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Grabs your attention

This story contains a new premise that I have not read anywhere else. It is refreshing, engaging, and a joy to listen to. The narration is perfect. Characters are well developed, and almost believable as real. There is some tongue in cheek humor, too.
Can't wait for the next one......and you will love the horse.

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A great story

I was hesitant to hear this novel, because frankly I was a little upset that the Rains Survivalist series seems to have ended. I essentially listen only to prepper/apocalyptic novels for fun (aside from work related and personal growth related reading). I had no interest in any kind of western cowboy story. And in addition, the narrator I have come to expect and love from the prior series was not the one reading this. But...I got it anyway because I like how Dr. Bradley tells a tale. I was not dissapointed. Not exactly my chosen genre, but I liked it anyway. Its a western resourcefull gunfighter crossed with the X files. The narration was masterful as well, and I could recognize Dr. Bradleys style and humor throughout. I was sad whem it ended and eagerly await the next installment.

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Peter Marker Meets Texas Ranger

This is the origin story of a super hero who lived in the 1800’s. Just like the radio active spider turned Peter Parker into Spiderman a mysterious power transformed Remy Kincaid into the Watchman.

A very entertaining story. I look forward to the next book. At least I hope there will be a next book.

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Fantastic story

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the reading. I was sorry to see the book end. I wish there was more
had lots of adventure and no real dead spots. It would make a great series.

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If Zane Grey had written the X-files

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Fell in love with the characters, the plot and the narration was perfect!!!

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Wonderfully crafted, unforgettable characters

What an idea to have a horse with whom to share Remy’s most private thoughts. Fable is a telepathic horse whom he loves and she is loyal, loves and protects him. The story is fast paced and with heartfelt surprises. It honors goodness and integrity. In the midst of horrible deeds, Remy is merciful and kind. He is a real hero of the kind our world needs!

Bravo Arthur! What a job you have done!!
I think you have shared yourself with your readers and I feel privileged to know you!

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Excellent, awaiting the next in series!

Another excellent book by Mr. Bradley, sure hope their will be another in this series or The Survivalist series, both of which are fabulous..

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An Enjoyable Listen

This was a fun story and we'll performed. Intriguing characters that kept me engaged and ready for more adventures.

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Silly, but entertaining

I'm a huge fan of the Survivalist series. Those books required a considerable suspension of disbelief, but after that they held together and were completely consistent. This is a lot different. It's certainly entertaining in a comic book sort of way. I'm probably criticizing too harshly because anachronisms always bother me and this is full of them. I'll listen to the next book in the series if there is one, but I'll be hoping for another chapter in the Survivalist series.

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