Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Adonias Low by D.A. Watson - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Adonias Low

Murder. Robbery. Kidnapping.

 Welcome to Napa Valley, California, 1891.

 To lawmen and bad men alike, The Low Man is a ghost story. The most feared bounty hunter to ever walk the territories. Whispered to be a Native American shapeshifter, a renegade Pinkerton detective, or the Bible quoting son of a mad preacher. No one knows for sure. He’s a spectre outlaws scare each other with around campfires.

Adonias Lowe lives in the highlands of Napa Valley with his children, scratching a hard living as a farmer and occasional wagon guard. When a wealthy gin baron hires him to see a valuable shipment safely to San Francisco, the opportunity comes just in time to keep the family afloat.

 But when the job turns into a massacre and his daughter is abducted by a deviant killer, Adonias is forced into a violent reckoning that will awaken a darkness he’s long tried to bury.

 As the corpses mount up, a dying sheriff tries to make sense of the madness, scalp hunters saddle up and ride for blood, fame and riches, and the local Wailaki are coming down from the hills, singing war songs of the Lost White Brother.

 Welcome to Napa Valley, California. Where fruit grows thick on the vine, and blood runs deep.

 Purchase Link - http://mybook.to/adoniaslow

My Review
I'm a sucker for horror westerns. I never thought I'd like them, but after seeing the movies Bone Tomahawk and The Burrowers (starring Clancy Brown), I've discovered it's a fun little genre that needs more love. So when Adonias Low came across my radar, I knew I had to read it. Plus, I had previously read the author's Tales of What the F*ck and was a fan of that, so I was curious to see what this one was all about. 
Adonias Low is the story of a man who will do anything for his family. While he presents himself as a humble farmer who just wants to do right by his children, there's more to Adonias than meets the eye. There are rumors about him, but are any of them true? 
When Adonias is tasked with aiding in the delivery of gin to a hotel in San Francisco, he leaves his two teenage children behind to continue running the farm while he's gone. But what Adonias doesn't anticipate is an ambush on the way home. His party is attacked, and what he discovers is the trigger that sets off the rest of the events of the book. Soon, Adonias is a man with a mission. A mission to protect everything he loves, no matter the cost. 
I really enjoyed this story. It's unique. It's horrific. It's dark. But it's also well-written and engaging. I found myself drawn in almost immediately, and from the very beginning, I was hooked, curious to see how everything would play out. 
The plot chugs along nicely, although it was a little slow in a couple of spots for me. It's one of those books that might make you want to look away, but you can't. You have to keep going, the need for answers (and, in my case, the need to see some serious revenge) pushing you forward through the pages. 

**Possible spoiler below**
I thought Adonias was a well-done character. He's relatable in terms of being a parent who will do whatever it takes to protect his children. I also thought Tobias was done well, too. He's an absolute monster, and there are some things that happen with him that are just...ugh. 
**End spoiler**

Overall, a really intriguing novel that I would recommend to fans of the horror/thriller genre.
4.5 stars!

Author Bio –

D.A. Watson is the author of four horror novels and the fiction and poetry collection, Tales of the What the Fuck.

His stories, verse and articles have appeared in several anthologies and collections and have won gongs and acclaim from Greenock to Dunedin, including nominations for a Pushcart Prize in the US and the UK People's Book Prize. An occasional poetry performer, he also appeared on the main stage of the Burnsfest Festival in 2018 as the warm up act for the one and only Chesney Hawkes, a personal milestone and career highlight. 

He lives with his family on the west coast of Scotland and is still telling stories.


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