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Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One…

Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book (2010)

by Jeffery Deaver

Other authors: Linda Barnes (Contributor), Brett Battles (Contributor), Lee Child (Contributor), David Corbett (Contributor), Jeffery Deaver (Contributor)19 more, Joseph Finder (Contributor), Jim Fusilli (Contributor), John Gilstrap (Contributor), James Grady (Contributor), James Grady (Contributor), David Hewson (Contributor), Jon Land (Contributor), David Liss (Contributor), Gayle Lynds (Contributor), John Ramsey Miller (Contributor), P. J. Parrish (Contributor), Ralph Pezzullo (Contributor), James Phelan (Contributor), M. J. Rose (Introduction), S. J. Rozan (Contributor), Lisa Scottoline (Contributor), Jenny Siler (Contributor), Peter Spiegelman (Contributor), Erica Spindler (Contributor)

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Surprisingly good. Books that are serialized by more than three authors often don't mesh well. This one, which is really two novellas, reads like one or two authors shared a brain. ( )
  lesmel | May 19, 2013 |
Watchlist by Jeffery Deaveris and twenty-one other mystery authors brings together two serial thriller audio novellas: The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet. Combined the two mysteries make a 13 disc (roughly 15 hours) set.

The Chopin Manuscript introduces a small core of characters amongst a huge ensemble of villains, heroes and victims. The heroes are Harry Middleton, his daughter Charley, Nora Tesla and a young Polish violin player. They are fighting for their lives as a Chopin manuscript appears to have a coded recipe for a weapon of mass destruction. The Copper Bracelet brings these four back together with a new ensemble. This time there's something afoot in Kashmir that could start the next world war and throw the United States into chaos.

The first novella, being the one that tried out the concept of an exquisite corpse audio serial is much rougher than its sequel. To put it bluntly, it's a hokey thriller. It was a fun diversion while driving around town, but I'm not sure I'd have the patience for it if I were giving it my full attention! ( )
  pussreboots | Apr 24, 2013 |
Watchlist is an interesting exercise in having multiple authors each contribute a chapter, taking the book to a conclusion. As a whole, the concept works; however, a couple authors dropped the ball and were not up to the task of making a meaningful contribution. In addition, it was obvious that some authors were used to being paid by the word----in a word, some were a tad too verbose with sprinklings of wordy non-essential wanderings. Part II, The Copper Bracelet was the best of the two series. The various authors held the story together much better, and the story itself had more twists and turns that should hold the reader's page-turning interest. Deaver's efforts were particularly good, especially in the ending of The Copper Bracelet. ( )
  DomingoSantos | Jan 11, 2011 |
Interesting premise, but the writing was uneven from author to author. There were unbelievable changes in characters' personalities and actions that were hard to follow as one author or another decided to change what went before. I've read better serial books. I'm glad this one was free. ( )
  njstitcher | Jan 10, 2011 |
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.

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I give this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag ( )
  DLester | Aug 19, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Deaver, Jefferyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, LindaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Battles, BrettContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corbett, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deaver, JefferyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finder, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fusilli, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilstrap, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grady, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grady, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hewson, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Land, JonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liss, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lynds, GayleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, John RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parrish, P. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pezzullo, RalphContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Phelan, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rose, M. J.Introductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rozan, S. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scottoline, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Siler, JennyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spiegelman, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spindler, EricaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159315559X, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:37 -0400)

In "The Chopin Manuscript" former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic 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"--Sequel to "The Chopin Manuscript"--follows Harold Middleton as he's drawn into an international terror plot that threatens to send India and Pakistan into full-scale nuclear war.… (more)

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