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The Watchers [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Watchers By Jeffrey A. Ballard – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Protectors Orphans WatchersWatchers skim millions of thoughts across parallel universes Their charge keep their universe hidden at all costs But when the Galactic Regency seizes control of Watch Stati Protectors Orphans WatchersWatchers skim millions of thoughts across parallel universes Their charge keep their universe hidden at all costs But when the Galactic Regency seizes control of Watch Station, The Watchers fight to surviveThe ensuing operation launches Emre into the heart of the bond between mother and child where he must choose between what is best for the Watch, or what is best for mother and child, knowing what it is to grow up without oneIn this science fiction space opera novella that spans parallel universes, Jeffrey A Ballard, a classically trained scientist, delves into the heart of the bond between parents and their children.


About the Author: Jeffrey A. Ballard

Jeffrey A Ballard writes and lives in the Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin From a small child he has always been fascinated with the ocean, leading him to earn a BS in Ocean Engineering from FAU and a MS in Acoustics from Penn StateHis overactive imagination followed him into academia, where he is currently a researcher at the University of Texas Eventually, he circled back to a boyhood ambition of writing down all his daydreams He writes daily now and has found a wonderful second life for his college textbooksThe Solid State Shuffle Sunken City Capers Book is set to be released October You can learnand sign up for the eARC list on the front page at jaballard.



10 thoughts on “The Watchers

  1. Daniel Daniel says:

    Dobijena knjiga od autora za po ten opis First one for me.Nije lo a pri ica, ima finih ideja ali iskreno re eno imam ose aj da je ovo to sam pro itao samo manji deo ve e pri e i mada ovo to sam pro itao je dosta zabavno i relativno fino opisan svet u tako malo strana ali opet jednostavno sve je nekako ne dore eno.Al kao to rekoh ima finih ideja samo to nemaju prostora da se razma u.


  2. Ivan Ivan says:

    I been provided a copy of this book in exchange for honest review3.5 stars but since Goodreads doesn t allow half stars I am going to leantowards 4.It s interesting and well written piece of sci fi.It s only flaw is that it s too short only 94 pages long so lot book s potential is unused.And that is too bad since it had lotpotential.This book might not get into anyone s favorite shelf but nonetheless it s good book that deserves attention if you are sci fi fan.And if you are just l I been provided a copy of this book in exchange for honest review3.5 stars but since Goodreads doesn t allow half stars I am going to leantowards 4.It s interesting and well written piece of sci fi.It s only flaw is that it s too short only 94 pages long so lot book s potential is unused.And that is too bad since it had lotpotential.This book might not get into anyone s favorite shelf but nonetheless it s good book that deserves attention if you are sci fi fan.And if you are just looking for quick sci fi fix you might consider book s small length a plus.I would definitively like to see another book in same setting


  3. Linda Todd Linda Todd says:

    Amazing wee story I was hooked from start to finish I thought this story was well thought out and a wee gem of a story So my thanks to the wonderful author Jeffrey A Ballard for the privilege and pleasure of reading this wonderful story this book I would be very happy to recommend this book to my friends so happy reading to all from wee me xxx


  4. Agata Agata says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I ve received this book from the author as a review copy via goodreads giveaway This is not influencing my opinion whatsoever Now to the book novella I give itlike 3.5 stars At the beginning I had a hard time getting into it which was a problem for me because this novella is short anyways It started to get interesting to me in the 3 chapter it just broke the ice for me.I really liked the main protagonist Emre, he really did what he wanted, influenced by his feelings, his intuition wh I ve received this book from the author as a review copy via goodreads giveaway This is not influencing my opinion whatsoever Now to the book novella I give itlike 3.5 stars At the beginning I had a hard time getting into it which was a problem for me because this novella is short anyways It started to get interesting to me in the 3 chapter it just broke the ice for me.I really liked the main protagonist Emre, he really did what he wanted, influenced by his feelings, his intuition what is right and what is wrong.What I enjoyed the most was the interaction between Emre and the family in the other universe Emre tries to help the mother of the newborn Branden and gets in trouble afterwards because he got too much into the minds of that family.This novella shows the extreme bond between a mother and a child in many ways As Emre is an orphan himself he wants to save baby Branden to be an orphan as well That part of the story is really emotional and action packed.Something I didn t enjoy as much was the part at the Watch Tower it was hard for me to relate to the other characters besides Emre and it was hard tp understand the mission Aditionally the couple universes were a bit confusing to me but maybe that s just me All in all I enjoyed the novella and would recommend it to high fantasy and sci fi fans


  5. Dixie Conley Dixie Conley says:

    This is a short story, but quite complex Basically, there s two universes and, for some unexplained reasons, telepaths watch over the second universe Never their own.In the first universe, the government has gone through a regime change and the new government is violently against the watchers In the second, there s a new law that discriminates against newborns based on a genetic trait The story is about a young watcher wrapped up in the second while her desperate superiors order to do the fo This is a short story, but quite complex Basically, there s two universes and, for some unexplained reasons, telepaths watch over the second universe Never their own.In the first universe, the government has gone through a regime change and the new government is violently against the watchers In the second, there s a new law that discriminates against newborns based on a genetic trait The story is about a young watcher wrapped up in the second while her desperate superiors order to do the forbidden and look into her own universe.The story lacks one thing, which is motivation Why are the watchers so against doing as the new government says Why is the government so aggressive What are the goals of each group For that matter, what is the goal of the heroine Besides, apparently, saving a baby And why does she pursue that goal to the point of her own destruction I feel like this story is too clever for me to grasp That there was some overreaching point that I missed that would cause this all to make sense As I did miss whatever it is, I can t say that I like this story even though it s well told.I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review


  6. Zoe& Zoe& says:

    A wonderful novella in an intriguing universe A tremendously exciting ending I would love to readin this setting.


  7. Lianne Lianne says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This novella was a most interesting and thought provoking story It s short but contains the kind of ideas that are meat and drink to a mind like mine The punctuation could probably use a little polish as well as some of the sentence structures I had to read a couple things a couple of times to understand them but I can recommend it.I m so fascinated by consciousness Where does it come from What is it exactly Why can t I describe it and how do I know for sure it exists Is it just a by pro This novella was a most interesting and thought provoking story It s short but contains the kind of ideas that are meat and drink to a mind like mine The punctuation could probably use a little polish as well as some of the sentence structures I had to read a couple things a couple of times to understand them but I can recommend it.I m so fascinated by consciousness Where does it come from What is it exactly Why can t I describe it and how do I know for sure it exists Is it just a by product of brain function Or is it possible that it does exist outside of us, is perhaps limited by our brains, and in fact permeates all of creation Who am I Am Ithan just a physical being Can my consciousness, my awareness, be linked somehow to another My philosophy derives from Advaita Vendanta, which says there are not two things Many people know that we are all One but perhaps differ in what way are we all One The story is one of a young woman, an orphan, a Watcher, who has been trained to skim and penetrate the thoughts of others It is only allowed, however, in an ancillary universe Somehow an alternate universe has been created to be a test subject, and skimming in the Prime Universe is forbidden The Prime Universe is not a perfect universe Political coups still happen, and they happen over along term What is a Watcher to do when she and her kind are under an attack that has been planned for centuries A substory to this is the story of DNA profiling, where a baby born with certain traits is to be taken away from it s mother so it can t cause harm This kind of dehumanising testing is an issue of our time and many other traits of this ancillary universe compared to our world makes one ponder, are we a testing ground, an ancillary universe The idea is preposterous to many, although a very old idea, one explored by the The Cathars among others, and yet, as The Matrix questions, you ve always known there is something wrong with the world, it s like a splinter in your mind The ancient Gnostics created a mythology of Sophia Wisdom who left her fathers house, got lost and her journey leads to the creation of the material world The world misunderstands it s existence, and the wisdom of Sophia is splintered Until one understands the Unity of all the fractures cannot heal and the world wanders ever in confusion and misunderstanding the true meaning of the word Sin The Watchers reminded me of this myth.Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream,Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream


  8. Liquid Frost Liquid Frost says:

    Ballard writes of two universes In one, there are Watchers who transcend into the other universe reading thoughts to make sure the secret of two parallel universes continues These Watchers are, in their own way, a sovereign nation within a national government They are honor bound to only view the other universe and not spy on their own So of course, the government wants the power.The Galactic Regency assumes control over the Watch Station and attempts to replace the altruistic Watchers with Ballard writes of two universes In one, there are Watchers who transcend into the other universe reading thoughts to make sure the secret of two parallel universes continues These Watchers are, in their own way, a sovereign nation within a national government They are honor bound to only view the other universe and not spy on their own So of course, the government wants the power.The Galactic Regency assumes control over the Watch Station and attempts to replace the altruistic Watchers with loyal subjects A race against time begins.Watcher Emre, the main character, is drawn to a family in the other universe and does what he should not move beyond observation and try to control a situation gone badly While doing this, he must becomethan he ever thought possible as a baby in one universe and a rebellion in his are simultaneously drawing all the energy he can muster.This one is out there a bit speculative fiction interesting Could schizophrenics actually be in tune with the real reality No it isn t the scope of this novella, but just an afterthought of mine With that, I hope all readers will have some internal debate The concept in this work opens larger doors to ponder.This is a short read 94 pages and moves quite quickly Don t skim or you may miss some key details.Read January 2015 Copy supplied by author


  9. Laine Cunningham Laine Cunningham says:

    The Watchers by Jeffrey A BallardAvailable from New Rochester Publishing, 2015This copy was provided in the hopes that a review would be written Although I had expected a book, this is actually a long short story The concept is that a number of individuals can split their awareness and send it out into the world to track criminals, gather information, and all the other things that governments might want done with that skill.The protagonist is one of these individuals He knows full well that The Watchers by Jeffrey A BallardAvailable from New Rochester Publishing, 2015This copy was provided in the hopes that a review would be written Although I had expected a book, this is actually a long short story The concept is that a number of individuals can split their awareness and send it out into the world to track criminals, gather information, and all the other things that governments might want done with that skill.The protagonist is one of these individuals He knows full well that splitting his awareness multiple times makes it harder for other watchers to watch what he s doing but it also risks splitting him into so many fragments he can never compile his consciousness again The day comes when he must risk everything to save the one person who can save every citizen.An exceptionally well written and engaging story The pacing is fast, and since the concept is never buried under garbled language, readers of suspense fiction will love this even if they don t usually read sci fi.5 stars.If you like high stakes stories of suspense, check out Reparation A Novel of Love, Devotion and Danger


  10. April April says:

    This is just a novella not the whole story Keep this in mind while reading The story is about the watchers, a group of people taken from their parents at the age of 2, so they can be taught to use their minds to open up others thoughts within another universe It is against the rules to become involved in one person or to delve too deeply into one person The main 2 character in this short story are Emre a watcher and Branden an infant child less than a day old Emre accidently attaches to Bra This is just a novella not the whole story Keep this in mind while reading The story is about the watchers, a group of people taken from their parents at the age of 2, so they can be taught to use their minds to open up others thoughts within another universe It is against the rules to become involved in one person or to delve too deeply into one person The main 2 character in this short story are Emre a watcher and Branden an infant child less than a day old Emre accidently attaches to Branden when he is born but helps him and his mother Sumiko escape capture by delving into their thoughts and speaking with them When the watchers station is attacked Emre is supposed to delve into his own universe and find out what happened but it is too much for him to handle The ending is left WIDE open and I am still not sure what really happened guess I will have to find out in the actual book Good short read but left a little too open to be an actual story


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