Book Review: The 36 Watchers book II: Spring by Dan Bar Hava

Dan Bar Hava

Dan Bar Hava was born and raised in Jerusalem. Creativity was anessential part of his life early on, with music being the focus during teens and young adulthood, and writing thereafter. After serving inthe military and phase one of higher education, Dan moved to the US. He has co-written the film Falling Star (aka Goyband), a romantic comedy featuring Adam Pascal and Natasha Lyonne; and Brooklyn All American, a coming-of-age sports tale.Dan’s first book, The 36 Watchers, book I: Fall. Came out in 2019. The sequel, “The 36 Watchers book II: Spring, is slated to be published in 2021.

Book 2

Jenna is going on her first Watcher assignment, helping a major historical event into becoming a reality.

Reviewer: Yasir Sulaiman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Simply Awesome!

The series just gets better with this one! The Author – Dan Bar Hava keeps readers of this book hooked from page 1! I can at least claim to have undergone that effect! The author has done a great job in combining certain important events in the world with religion and science. I believe the objective of any book (especially fiction) of any genre is to make the reader feel involved with the content inside. He/she must be enabled to relate with the characters.  And this is exactly what Dan Bar did with the second installment of the “36 watchers: Spring.”  The book starts with a mysterious character named “Henry”. I emphasize “mysterious” because this Henry character comes only at the beginning and end of the book; but he has a large role to play in it.  The story is complex but the base-line is how a group known as the “Watchers” attempts to bring to reality or actually accomplish something that was planned over the world’s history- crossing thousands and hundreds of years. Amazingly, the book has references to all major cultures and or religions of the globe.

Without giving any “spoiler” and without revealing too much of the plot, the “watchers” are a group of 36 anonymous members who “watch” different incidents in history for a bigger objective.  None of the members know each other and they contact through a “mind-contact” of some sort. That is, they can feel each others’ presence though I wish to correct myself; they are not supposed to contact each other. Jenna is the main character and she occupies most of the plot. She receives instructions from Uncle Josh.  The author-Dan Bar Hava has beautifully blended science with faith in this book and you begin to wonder, “if that is possible”, or “why can’t it be?”

Besides Jenna and Uncle Josh (please count Henry as well), core characters in this book are named Chris, Stephanie, along with Yoav. As mentioned, the author has described different incidents in the history of the world; be it from Egypt, the Mediterranean, and old an Jewish discipline. I am fascinated by how multiple complex events from history were combined together in this one book. And when I mention history, please also include events from the recent past.

 The author has given me and will surely give other readers certain aspects they will have to think of. I especially liked his connection between science and religion. I do not wish to describe more of the characters or the happenings/timelines as that could reveal large portions of the book’s plot.  The mystery and urge to know what comes next are the main USPs of this book. Unfortunately, the book has some flaws as well. For one, certain characters did not match. For example, a female character is said to be like a niece in one place and she is described as a romantic link in another, though uncle-like feelings were clearly demonstrated by the male character.  Also, there were a few typing error. The author’s narration style was good- it resembled conversations or thoughts instead of complete sentences.  However, the formatting could have been better. Along with these, the lack of clarity in some portions could be a dampener as readers could take some time to understand what the author is saying. It is only for these reasons; I am stopping short of a complete five-star. Otherwise, this book was revolutionary!

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About Dan Bar Hava:

Dan Bar was born and raised in Jerusalem. Creativity was an essential part of Dan’s life early on, with music being the focus during teens and young adulthood and writing thereafter. After serving in the military and phase I of higher education, Dan Bar moved to the US. Dan Bar has co-written the film “Falling Star” (AKA “Goyband”), a romantic comedy, featuring Adam Pascal and Natasha Lyonne and “Brooklyn, All American,” a coming-of-age sports tale. The Thirty-Six Watchers is Dan’s first novel.

Describe yourself in five words

Creative, musical, individual, humorist, foodie

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

When I sit down to play the piano

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

With positivity, friends and family,

What scares you the most? 

Death

What makes you happiest? 

Life

Why do you write? 

I have a vivid imagination, I keep coming up with stories

What writing are you most proud of? .

The 36 Watchers

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

The bonds with my friends and with my students.

What books did you love growing up? 

LOTR, With fire and sward, To kill a mockingbird, Catch 22, Tai Pan, The name of the rose

 What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

That I enriched people’s lives

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? 

Jerusalem and New York, the two most exciting cities in the world

 How did you develop your writing?

By reading, writing times infinity.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I teach music, write and record

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Military, moving, business consultant

 If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? 

History

 If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

Right here in New York City

Tell us about your family? 

My parents and older brother live in Israel, My sister lives in New Zealand,

 How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 

Lap top, desk

 Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 

In a perfect world, sell enough books so everything else I do is because I want to, not have to.

 Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  

It has been in the works for a long time, I had to wait until the beginning came to me, one night on a balcony, overlooking the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel.

 When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? 

Play my piano, good book or movie, drive around with the top down.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

I hope for people to take interest in the 36 Watchers universe and find themselves in it.

About The 36 Watchers: “It is said that at all times, there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end.”

Listen to his podcast: https://the36watchers.podbean.com/

The latest interview: https://transformulivenetwork.blogspot.com/…/the-36-watcher…

Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-36-Watchers-Book1-106428817505497/

Get the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/36-Watchers-Book-Fall-e…/…/B07RF1G1ZZ