A good friend of mine in Canada sent me your book. I enjoyed it immensely as I am a watchmaker. I apprenticed at the age of 17 to a certified master who taught watchmaking at Bradley Horological in Peoria, IL., he later worked as a finisher in the Elgin watch factory where my mother also worked before WWII. I turned 64 this year. As a member of AWCI, I am familiar with the watches you refer to and do a lot of work on Rolex, Omega, etc… Keep writing. Great book. My wife also read it.
This was an incredible story with an unpredictable plot as well as an unpredictable ending, very intriguing right up until the end. Thank you Daniel for sharing such a wonderful story.
You truly offer a new dimension of intricate, plausible plot, strong character development, and fascinating insight into horological, history, and even travelogue. You are the opposite of ‘formula’ writing – congratulations! A gripping read!!
I finished the book and I liked it. Here are the reasons why I enjoyed it. The writing style was excellent almost literary and very easy to follow. Some books are a burden to read but this was not the case with this novel. The beginning and the ending were in my opinion very good. I especially enjoyed the ending! The theme of precision technology has always been of interest to me and I was intrigued with the description of the precision watch throughout the entire book. Another aspect that really peaked my interest was the local flavour. Having the action take place in Petrolia was interesting to me since I know the place and could identify with the local surroundings. Another observation that hit me was that there was not a single use of profanity throughout the entire book which now days is rare. I found this very refreshing. I have only one negative comment and it is strictly a personal opinion. It is said that you can’t judge a book by its cover. WATCH is a good example of this saying. If I were in a book store shopping for a new book to read I would never pick up this book. The cover is not visually appealing to me and does not call my name which is too bad because the book is very good. People who are just simply browsing for a book to read may not be attracted to this cover. I also personally don’t care for the single word title.
An excellent blend of action, suspense, humour, and everyday life with intriguing characters and unexpected plot twists to captivate and entertain the reader from start to finish.
A great read, Daniel does a great job delivering an action packed novel that tackles topics that are timeless. Courage, survival, and the quest for the truth.
A REAL PAGE TURNER!!
This is an excellent tale with just enough mystery, suspense and a good ole’ crime. The story grabs you right off the bat with an amazing find at a yard sale that keeps you wanting to find out the who, what, where, why and how something like this could actually happen. It’s an amazing ride from Petrolia, Ontario to New York and even over to the Holy Land where things really start to heat up. This novel is a real “page turner”.
An engaging book to read in a National Treasure kind of plot. Full of suspense and intrigue, I enjoyed travelling with the characters around the globe to find out the true story behind this mysterious time piece through a plot full of surprises at many turns. Witty, intelligent, well-researched book and we see how the author through his character in the midst of all the action, values his family highly and cherishes their close relationships.
“Watch” leads the reader on a thrilling adventure of intrigue and mystery. The novel begins with Edward James purchasing a watch at a local town yard sale on Maple St. in Petrolia . He thinks it is an old prop salvaged from the old theater after it burnt. As he begins to research the watch he reaches out to others on the internet as well as a jeweler in London ON. The jeweler advises James to seek out the advice of an old watchmaker in New York. His research of the watch has stirred others who are interested and thus begins the journey into the dangerous unknown.
This is a novel that will keep you on the edge and always rooting for those seeking the truth.
I would also like to thank Daniel Barton for printing me a copy of his book . I received a copy for free through Goodreads in exchange for my review.
I really enjoyed the book as I was able to identify many of the characters from the small town in Ontario. I also live there. I loved the connection between Petrolia and Grand Cayman as our son lives there. The mysterious situations made me want to keep reading at the end of every chapter. It was well choreographed between Ontario, Grand Cayman and Jerusalem.
I have an interest in clocks so the whole story around a watch was intriging for me. Time pieces are invaluable in our everyday lives.
Hope you continue to write more books Daniel.