Watchlist: A Serial Thriller

Watchlist: A Serial Thriller

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Overview

Watchlist is a unique collaboration by twenty-one of the world’s greatest thriller writers including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, David Hewson, S.J. Rozan, Lisa Scottoline, and Jeffery Deaver, who conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; In turn, the other authors each wrote a chapter and Deaver then completed what he started, bringing each novel to its startling conclusion.

The Chopin Manuscript

Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frédéric Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans.

The Copper Bracelet

Harold Middleton returns in this explosive sequel to The Chopin Manuscript as he’s drawn into an international terror plot that threatens to send India and Pakistan into full-scale nuclear war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593155599
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

International Thriller Writers, Inc. (ITW) was founded in 2004 and is the largest group of thriller writers in the world, representing over two billion books in print, with over one hundred New York Times bestselling authors on its roster. ITW is an innovator in creating unusual marketing opportunities to promote its author’s books and expand the reach of the genre. Founded by Gayle Lynds and David Morrell, the board of directors has included such luminaries as Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, James Rollins, Jon Land, Carla Neggers, MJ Rose, Douglas Preston, and David Dun. ITW’s first anthology, the bestselling Thriller, edited by James Patterson, has sold over 150,000 copies.

Contributors Include:

Jeffery Deaver
Linda Barnes
Brett Battles
Lee Child
David Corbett
Joseph Finder
Jim Fusilli
John Gilstrap
James Grady
David Hewson
David Liss
Gayle Lynds
John Ramsey Miller
P.J. Parrish
Ralph Pezzullo
MJ Rose
S.J. Rozan
Lisa Scottoline
Jenny Siler
Erica Spindler
Peter Spiegelman

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Watchlist: A Serial Thriller 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis: Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book by Jeffery Deaver This book isn't your typical thriller. Based on an idea by New York Times bestselling author, Jeffery Deaver, 22 writers from the International Thriller Writers group came together to produce this, two-part serial thriller. Each author, famous in their genre takes a chapter to develop of the story of Harold Middleton, former military intelligence officer, who has returned to his first love of music by cataloging and authenticating musical manuscripts. In the first part of this serial thriller called "The Chopin Manuscript", Middleton must stop a terrorist plot involving a Chopin composition that has never been seen by the public. The villain, known as "Faust" is someone Middleton has dealt with in the past. This story brings Middleton's old crew all back together again when the manuscript causes murder and betrayal. In the second part of the thriller, "The Copper Bracelet", Middleton's team must stop an assassination attempt, on the Secretary of State while preventing an all out war between India and Pakistan. If you like 24 you'll love this book! My Thoughts: I was really interested to see how this one was going to pan out. I had never read a serial thriller before, where more than one author was writing the book. I enjoyed the fact that Jeffery Deaver both opened and closed each section of the thriller. This gave it more continuity and showed Deaver's vision for this thriller. It was really interesting to see if you could pick out the different styles of authors like Lisa Scottoline and Lee Childs. It didn't seem like 14 different stories it was very cohesive and flowed well. There were obvious differences with each writer but knowing in the beginning it was a new author writing each chapter just made it that much more interesting. The story itself was reminiscent of the wildly popular television series, 24. Harold Middleton was a wonderful character with a lot of depth. When I was reading the book I was imagining someone like Harrison Ford playing the role of Middleton. Middleton as a character, was loyal and patriotic and believed in ridding the world of men who seek to destroy it for their own purposes. The book delved into a lot of terroristic activity and showed the mentality behind the people who get involved in these sorts of crimes. Inevitably, it all boiled down to power and money and how they could benefit from ruining the world as we know it. Supporting characters in the book like Middleton's daughter, Charley and his team of crack intelligence officers helped to create an atmosphere of strong ties and loyalty within a group who work together and in some cases die together. Middleton uses his ties from ex- military days to bring about the conclusion of the story and leaves readers wondering what is going to happen to him next. I enjoyed the fast pace and the suspense of the novel and would definitely recommend it to my readers.
Dillydog More than 1 year ago
This idea was good in theory, but did not meet the mark for me. I found the plot confusing at best, the characters taking too many turns and the styles often not to my liking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written by many authors each writing a chapter to make up a story line. It is well written. I thought it was a little hard to get into at first, but then it starts to take twists and turns with every chapter as each author writes. I think you will enjoy reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise is interesting but it was difficult to find the rhythm with so many different styles of writing.
SamSattler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The two "serial thrillers" offered in "Watchlist" are the product of the collaborative effort of 22 of the finest thriller writers in the world. Among the authors participating in the project are: Linda Barnes, Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline, Erica Spindler, David Hewson and Jeffrey Deaver (who created the basic characters and wrote the first and last chapters of the two novels). "The Chopin Manuscript" was first offered as an audio book and was named 2008 Audio Book of the year by the Audio Publisher's Association. Its follow-up, "The Copper Bracelet," throws several of the same characters into a new adventure some two years after the conclusion of the first book. And as bad as "The Chopin Manuscript" is, "The Copper Bracelet" is equally as good. The two books have much in common but one gets the sense that the authors did not really hit their stride with the concept until the second book. "The Chopin Manuscript" reads less like a cohesive novel than it does a competition among its 15 writers to ensure that their individual chapters contain more outlandish action than the chapter immediately preceding theirs. So little time is spent on character development that the rapid-fire adventure seems to be happening to cartoon characters rather than to real people - and the constant losing-and-regaining of the upper hand plus last second rescues of main characters will test the patience of readers. "The Copper Bracelet," authored by 9 of the first book's 15 writers, plus 7 new ones, spends more time developing characters and explaining their motivations. As a result, although much of the action in this second book is every bit as wild as that in the first, readers will find it easier to suspend their disbelief because of the emotional attachment they will feel toward this story's characters, hero and villain, alike. Harold Middleton, a former military intelligence officer who has more recently functioned as a war-crimes investigator, is the main character in both books. Other recurring characters include Middleton's daughter Charlotte, a talented young Polish violinist called Felicia Kaminski, and several members of what Middleton calls The Volunteers, a small group of trusted colleagues who help him in his investigations and who are willing to share the violence directed their way by those wanting to stop their snooping. The collection's finer villains, in particular, Devras Sikari, his son Archer, and their female accomplice, Jana, are reserved for the second book. "Watchlist" transports its readers from Virginia to Washington D.C., Poland, Italy, Pakistan, Kashmir, London and Paris, among other stops, with much violence and nonstop action sure to be had at each location. Despite the unevenness of the two stories, this one will appeal to thriller fans and readers intrigued about the process by which the two books were written. The second book is such a huge improvement over the first, in fact, that I find myself hoping that the authors will collaborate on a third. Authors of The Chopin Manuscript: Jeffrey Deaver, David Hewson, James Grady, S.J. Rozan, Erica Spindler, John Ramsey Miller, David Corbett, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, Peter Spiegelman, Ralph Pezzullo, Lisa Scottoline, P.J. Parrish, Lee Child Authors of The Copper Bracelet: Jeffrey Deaver, Gayle Lynds, David Hewson, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, David Corbett, Linda Barnes, Jenny Siler, David Liss, P.J. Parish, Brett Battles, Lee Child, Jon Land, James Phelan Rated at: 3.0
DLester on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis:Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book by Jeffery Deaver(For review from Media Muscle)This book isn't your typical thriller. Based on an idea by New York Times bestselling author, Jeffery Deaver, 22 writers from the International Thriller Writers group came together to produce this, two-part serial thriller. Each author, famous in their genre takes a chapter to develop of the story of Harold Middleton, former military intelligence officer, who has returned to his first love of music by cataloging and authenticating musical manuscripts.In the first part of this serial thriller called "The Chopin Manuscript", Middleton must stop a terrorist plot involving a Chopin composition that has never been seen by the public. The villain, known as "Faust" is someone Middleton has dealt with in the past. This story brings Middleton's old crew all back together again when the manuscript causes murder and betrayal. In the second part of the thriller, "The Copper Bracelet", Middleton's team must stop an assassination attempt, on the Secretary of State while preventing an all out war between India and Pakistan. If you like 24 you'll love this book!My Thoughts:I was really interested to see how this one was going to pan out. I had never read a serial thriller before, where more than one author was writing the book. I enjoyed the fact that Jeffery Deaver both opened and closed each section of the thriller. This gave it more continuity and showed Deaver's vision for this thriller.It was really interesting to see if you could pick out the different styles of authors like Lisa Scottoline and Lee Childs. It didn't seem like 14 different stories it was very cohesive and flowed well. There were obvious differences with each writer but knowing in the beginning it was a new author writing each chapter just made it that much more interesting.The story itself was reminiscent of the wildly popular television series, 24. Harold Middleton was a wonderful character with a lot of depth. When I was reading the book I was imagining someone like Harrison Ford playing the role of Middleton. Middleton as a character, was loyal and patriotic and believed in ridding the world of men who seek to destroy it for their own purposes. The book delved into a lot of terroristic activity and showed the mentality behind the people who get involved in these sorts of crimes. Inevitably, it all boiled down to power and money and how they could benefit from ruining the world as we know it.Supporting characters in the book like Middleton's daughter, Charley and his team of crack intelligence officers helped to create an atmosphere of strong ties and loyalty within a group who work together and in some cases die together. Middleton uses his ties from ex- military days to bring about the conclusion of the story and leaves readers wondering what is going to happen to him next.I enjoyed the fast pace and the suspense of the novel and would definitely recommend it to my readers.Watchlist is available from your favorite bookseller now!I give this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book, it was interesting that both story were written by different authors. Some I knew, and I could recognize their style in their chapters. Like the fact that both story follow the same personnage, but I thought that the first story was by far better than the second one.
SamanthaMarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two thrillers written by 22 different authors, each contributing a chapter at a time. Harold Middleton is a music lover and professor who has some decidedly unmusical experience tracking down war criminals with his group called the Volunteers. These books follow him and his comrades in the races to save the world yet again.Really fun stories, if a little schizophrenic at times. It was really funny watching authors insert characters who were supposed to be integral parts of the plot and then watch other authors kill them off a few chapters later. Good guys would turn into bad guys and vice versa. It was also amazing how Jeffrey Deaver managed to pull it all together in the final chapters and have a coherent ending.
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is unique in many respects. It is a book that contains two distinct novelettes, both about the same main characters, but different villains. And the book is a collaboration of many thriller writers. Each has done one or two chapters in the book and each lends his or her own touch to the story. Harold Middleton and his team are pitted up against some very real villains, and they have to go to extraordinary lengths to save the world twice. The book is full of action, and it is very graphic. There is a lot of killing in both novelettes. This is a book that thriller lovers should not miss as it gives them a chance to sample many different authors of this genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago