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The Watchers Omnibus [Paperback]

William Meikle
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Book Description

April 1, 2009
The Watchers Omnibus brings together three sword-swinging adventure novels in one volume by acclaimed Scottish author William Meikle. This collected volume includes: Book I: The Coming of the King, Book II: The Battle for the Throne, and Book III: Culloden! Three novels in one.

Editorial Reviews


...anyone who's fond of a good story and a good piece of writing will enjoy Meikle's clever conceits, interesting and earthy characters, and well turned prose. --Dread Central

The language is rich, giving you no trouble imagining things hiding in every shadow and around every corner, and the pace keeps you going -long after you should have turned out the lights and gone to bed yourself --The Dracula Society

Meikle has taken on a much abused genre and re-invented it to present us with a refreshingly different and sinister tale

Breathtaking, Scary and Original. A must read. An impressive blend of horror, history and imagination --Dave Dreher, Horror News Network

I'm always impressed when anyone can add a new twist to the venerable vampire canon. Hugely enjoyable fun to read --Patricia Altner, author of Vampire Readings

From the Author

The book is my retelling of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Britain. Bonnie Prince Charlie, and all his highland army, are Vampires and are heading south to claim the British throne. The "Watchers" of the title are the guards of the old Roman wall built by Hadrian, now reinforced to keep the vamps out. It is constantly patrolled by officers of the Watch, two of whom become the main protagonists of the series. I got the idea on a walk along what is left of the wall, and by the time I'd had finished my walk and had a few beers the first part of the trilogy was fully formed in my head. Think "ZULU" or "Last of the Mohicans" with vamps and you'll get a feel of what I was trying to do.

I needed to strip all the romance out of the Highlanders and build them up from the bottom. Making them a shambling army of vamps and mindless drones seemed an obvious place to start. The Watchers series is a swashbuckler, but there is little lace and finery. What I do have is blood and thunder, death and glory in big scale battles and small scale heartbreak. I love it. 

I like to think that all of my work has a cinematic feel. Wouldn't you just love to see the movie of Watchers, with a vampire army crashing against Hadrian's Wall?

Product Details

  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: KHP Publishers (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979988160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979988165
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,376,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Watchers Omnibus, a new breed of historical fiction? September 5, 2010
I just finished reading William Meikle's "The Watchers Omnibus. I was amazed at this book on several levels. It is quality historical fiction that ties the fictionalized plot into the time period quite thoroughly. It is also a first rate horror novel, replete with heart stopping horror scenes. Furthermore, it is an outstanding action adventure book. The battle scenes are meticulously detailed. In addition, it is a superbly detailed fantasy novel. The fantasy elements are detailed to such an extent that they have their own history that dovetailed with the true history of the world.

All in all, this is a wonderful book. I'll never be able to view the word "Other" in quite the same way again. (:>

The character development was superb. Both heroes and villains have detailed histories.

The one negative comment I would make concerning this book relates to the backstory of the author's "Others." One of the characters in the book does state that the "Others" are notorious liars, and that character classified their story as blasphemy. And for that reason I don't think the author is out to change anyone's perception of the biblical account of Christianity. I thought long and hard about the matter before posting this review. I just can't see dropping a star because of the author's chosen path of creating a backstory for his villains. Indeed, some might say this it is one of the strongest points of the overall book. I don't share that opinion. But that's just one man's opinion. And in the final analysis, I asked myself if I would have been as drawn into the story as I was had the author not utilized that troubling storyline. In all honesty, I don't think I would have.

I highly recommend this read. It's a shame it's not available on Kindle.

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I like history; I like horror; and I like stories that weave the two together. Sorry, I like stories that successfully weave the two together. Which brings me to The Watchers Omnibus by Scottish author William Meikle. This is a trilogy of novels in one tome; The Coming of the King, The Battle for the Throne and Culloden!

Meikle succeeds in creating a very believable setting for his story here by taking historical fact and twisting it to his own end, creating a Britain of the mid 1700s, ravaged by war against "the Others", resulting in Hadrian's Wall being rebuilt and fortified, turning Scotland into a very dark place indeed.

Meikle takes Scotland and turns it into a deeply foreboding place. Overrun with vampires, wolves roaming the woods and all manner of things that go bump in the night populate the dark... The author's vision also takes classic Scottish landmarks, skewing them to suit his tale and turns them into vampiric strongholds.

The author's writing style is entirely unpretentious and as a reader, I felt myself drawn into the world Meikle has created; so much so that at times felt myself hungering for bread, cheese and ale when consumed by the main characters.

The characters within the books are well-developed and compelling but Meikle has been criticised for catering to the "pulpy" end of the market. To my mind, this should not be considered an insult. Meikle has created an alternate vampire history story here that is nothing short of unadulterated horror entertainment.

Having not read any of Meikle's other titles, I suspected that the author has quite an eye for a set piece and would submit that this particular tale would translate well to the big screen.
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I'm Willie, a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in fifteen countries, the author of the ongoing Midnight Eye series among others. My work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and publications.

My current best seller is THE INVASION, a sci-fi alien invasion tale with mass carnage, plucky survivors, and last minute rescues. It has been as high as #2 in the Kindle > science fiction charts. (and #4 in Kindle > horror ). Please check it out.

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