Colin Dodds is the author of Another Broken Wizard, WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job, which Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” His writing has appeared in more than two hundred publications, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology. Poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver Jews, Actual Air) said of Dodds’ work: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.” Colin’s book-length poem That Happy Captive was a finalist for the Trio House Press Louise Bogan Award as well as the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2015. And his screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. See more of his work at thecolindodds.com.
“(O)ne of the most interesting books you’ll read this year,” (IndieReader Reviews - 4.7 of 5 Stars) WATERSHED is a dystopian thriller about a troubled, pregnant woman, and the two men—a snake dealer with a sideline in secret messages and a billionaire living under a false name—who vie for her. Their struggle leads them through a near-future America of anti-technology neighborhoods and illegal hospitals, where stockbrokers moonlight as assassins, nurses procure obscure pleasures, and the powers that be blow up the new World Trade Center to goose tourism. As the mystery deepens, one thing becomes clear – the future's about to be born… but who will change the diapers?
A book recommended for readers who love intricate plots
I was given an ARC and it proved to be quite a page turner. I read this book in one day.
The plot is convoluted and it is a good thing that the writing style is so good that it keeps the reader’s attention focused on the evolution of the story. Otherwise, I’m afraid, one could get lost in the ramifications of the plot. At first, I was thinking that the book might rate only four stars and a half because of that but I changed my mind. It seemed too unfair considering that the novel is indeed a good one.
The narrative flows without any hiccups. I enjoyed the style and the associations the writer made right from the beginning. Colin Dodds seemed to be well versed in playing with words and use them to create arresting images in the reader’s mind. The language is striking and clearly not for the faint-hearted. There’s verbal and physical violence and people who dislike such things should stir away from the book.
Colin Dodds develops an interesting world, marred with the most poignant negative human traits. The story evolves in the States and in a way, there’s a lot of the real America in this book.
His characters are far from being positive in any way, and yet, most of them are likable and one can relate to them. Both Norwood and Raquel are believable and pleasant, although both show weaknesses and are the antithesis of real heroes.
Most of Dodds’s characters are well rounded but the most fleshed-out are Norwood and Raquel as well as their Nemesis, Hurley and his opponent Seth. The background stories sound real and are far from being far-fetched.
I found that this book is a good read, full of imagination and surprises. I would recommend it to anyone who likes this type of books.
Editor in Chief Roxana Nastase
CONGRATULATIONS TO COLIN DODD FOR THE LAUNCH OF HIS NEW BOOK!
To bring joy to readers everywhere.