#Book Review – Adonias Low; D.A. Watson

Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Adonias Low, a western written by D.A. Watson.

First thing first, let me thank Rachel and the author for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip* 


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.

Publication date: 17/11/21
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Cover: I still hate warm tones, but I like the watercolor effect.

I’m so impressed. First of all, I like western stories, and I haven’t been able to find a good one in recent times; it felt a bit like the genre was drying up and leaving me stranded, at least until I started reading Adonias Low.

Watson doesn’t beat around the bush, and that’s the book’s greatest feature. The language and the setting are historically appropriate, a detail that never fails to cheer me up: watered-down or censored versions of history may be fine and dandy for some, just not for me. Accuracy is what I value the most in a story like this one, and accuracy is what I got. Sweet.

The MC, Adonias, reads so real he punches a hole through the pages; same goes with the other characters, from Carolina to Tobias to Mona. They might be part of the supporting cast, but they’re as real as they can get, too.

Third POV with multiple characters, done well for the most part. There are places where it switches from one character to another, something I wouldn’t expect from an experienced writer such as Watson. Also, there are a few epithets here and there, a couple of grammar mistakes—it’s vs. its.

If Adonias Low was a little less captivating, a bit more plain in the storytelling department, I would have knocked a full star down and called it a day. Still, it doesn’t seem fair because the quality is there. It just needs a tiny amount of additional polish to shine.

4,5 stars on GR.


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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