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Watchers: The Coming of the King [Kindle Edition]

William Meikle
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Book I: The Coming of the King

The old wall is a border: England and Scotland, South and North, light and darkness.

It is 1745, and the long-awaited night as come. The Bloodking calls his army to battle, and armed with the powers of the undead and the damned, he will bring them South to claim his birthright: The throne of Britain.

Only the old Watchers on the wall stand in his way. They, their swords, and their faith. But too much time has passed and the Watch has grown slack and ill-prepared for the coming war. Only Martin and Sean have seen the horrors that lie ahead for humankind. Only they have the power to stop it.

Now, two young officers of the Watch have a duty to perform:

Stop the Bloodking.

Or die trying.

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...It is a superb story. Thoroughly enjoyable from the first word to the last. William Meikle has a wonderfully unique style... -- Lesley Mazey for The Eternal Night website

...horrifying Highland vampires from the bloodline of the diabolical Stuarts. This first novel in a promising series offers excitement that never slackens. -- Margaret L. Carter , author of the Eppie Award-winning vampire novel DARK CHANGELING

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

I was captivated from the very first scene...Very well written -- Patricia Altner author of Vampire Readings: An Annotated Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 1998)

William Meikle does it again! The past comes alive, especially the undead! -- Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Power of the Blood series

From the Author

This book came from a walk on Hadrians Wall. I thought....what if it was night, and it waasn't Picts or Scots I was expecting to attack, but Vampires? And the story just grew, and took on a life of its own.

It runs in my head like a Hammer horror version of Zulu. If you liked Cushing and Lee, with added battle scenes and wanton destruction, you'll like this.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Death Books (31 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5UNC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I'm Willie, Scottish but now in Canada, and I write pulpy adventure stories in the main, with big beasties, men with guns, occult detectives, lost worlds, things from beyond, slime, ghosts, more beasties and more slime. And beer. I have 20 novels and over 300 stories published in the likes of Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Chaosium with many more still to come. And did I mention beer?

I'm mostly over there at a writer's page. Mostly. »

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 ).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hadrian's Wall Holds Back the Vampires 11 Nov. 2003
It's the mid 1700s, and while most of England is carrying on its day-to-day activities as usual, up at Hadrian's Wall, everyone lives in fear for their souls - for on the other side, the vampires rule.
Our introduction to this alternate history is first as a witness to the execution of Charles I in London, in 1649. We learn he had been liked - until he "came out" as a vampire, whereupon he was quickly condemned, thus keeping England vampire-free.
We are then transported a hundred or so years forward, to 1745, and to a border fort/town, where we meet our two mischievous protagonists. Still young, they don't take their guard duties too seriously, unable to believe the dire warnings of the elders. But it all beings to come true.
The first inkling of the true horror beyond the wall is given when a refugee comes seeking sanctuary for himself and his daughter. He brings tales of the marauders, and knowledge that they are gathering strength again. It was in one of their raids on the few remaining human settlements that he lost the rest of his family, and his daughter was injured and left in a coma. He had nowhere left to turn, so sought the borders.
And so the adventure begins: one of the young men, Sean, is besotted by the unconscious girl, and takes on the duty to convey her to a doctor in Sheffield; the other, Martin, volunteers to go over the wall with the man, Campbell, with the aim of gathering more precise information on the plans of the vampires.
During their various travels, we are given the opportunity to learn the relevant history. For example, that the Battle of Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II, was in fact won thanks to the Bruce recruiting the vampires, and granting them land in return for their help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Others are coming... 20 Mar. 2003
By Gary Nicklin VINE VOICE
If the concept of a hoard of Royalist vampires attacking from Scotland and trying to reclaim the English crown sounds a bit corny, don't worry - it really works.
William Meikle has managed to forge a dark and compelling story by taking some exciting British history and his own brand of vampire story telling and then giving them a good mix.
The story introduces us to Martin and Sean, two soldiers of the Hadrian's Wall watch who are tasked with looking after a traveller and his daughter who arrive from the north.
Between them, their stories introduce the reader to the history of the Others and how they plan to retake the throne.
As the first part of a trilogy, it sets the scene perfectly for the remainder of the series - and I, for one, can't wait for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dark story unfolds.. 9 Nov. 2011
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Jacobite Vampires, biblical curses and mystical forest dwellers - you'd think there would eventually be a limit to Mr Meikle's verdant imagination, but once again we have a well-crafted, tense story, featuring interesting, complex characters you really hope will survive and foul beasties aplenty.

Set in turbulent times atop Hadrian's Wall - with Scotland left in the dark grip of the Others (oh, you'll hear a lot about these ancient bloodsuckers in the Trilogy), this first book sees lifelong friends Martin, son of the ruling Thane of Milecastle, and Sean battling ageless dark forces and paranoid prejudices in an effort to save Mary, the unfortunate chosen daughter of Campbell, who lands himself straight into the heart of the story from beyond the Wall and sets events in motion that will change everyone's lives forever. Rushing to avoid a dark ritual that will return the Boy King to power with an heir, our would-be heroes must overcome fear and suspend their disbelief to fight the coming Evil.

The cast also includes the sturdy Thane whose rule is being threatened, his trusty advisor and doctor Menzies, the lithe Green Man Lennan, the garrulous innkeeper Fitzsimmons and a host of brigands with an eye for a fight. And some hungry Wolves, Vampires and other assorted Undead....

Told with the usual flowing vigour, dark humour and eye for detail displayed in everything else of Mr Meikle's that I've read, there's more than enough ale quaffing and sword rattling herein to keep you suitably entertained, and also hungry for the next instalment in the Watchers Trilogy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Horde Rises 31 Dec. 2002
Meikle just gets better.
A tour through his vast back catalogue of superb short stories followed by the scarce debut novel "Book of the Dark" and the ground breaking "Island Life" leads us to his best work yet, "Watchers of the Wall". Not content with confining himself to the realms of fiction, this time Meikle takes us on a journey through the mists of time and myth, seamlessly melding his unique exploration of vampire lore with the cast iron straight jacket of fact. Armed with the skilfully drawn characters of Martin, Sean, Campbell and the Thane he begins an epic tale of the vampire involvement in the hard fought battle for the glory and valour of a long ago Scotland. "Watchers" gives the reader an immensely compelling read replete with a tantalising cliff-hanger, paving the way well for a sequel.
Could it really have happened this way? Find out for yourself. In the past. In the shadows of the Glens and the Black Horde. In the thick of the battle. In the Forty-Five.
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