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Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book [Kindle Edition]

James Grady , Jon Land , Linda Barnes , Gayle Lynds , David Liss , David Corbett , Lee Child , Jeffery Deaver , John Gilstrap , Joseph Finder , David Hewson , John Ramsey Miller , Jim Fusilli , Brett Battles , Parr , David Liss , P.J. Parrish , Ralph Pezzullo , SJ Rozan , James Phelan , Lisa Scottoline , Jenny Siler , MJ Rose
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From International Thriller Writers comes Watchlist: two powerful novellas featuring the same thrill cast of characters in one major suspenseful package. The Chopin Manuscript and then The Copper Bracelet were a collaboration by some of the world’s greatest thriller writers, including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, and Jeffery Deaver, who conceived the characters and set the plot in motion. The other authors each wrote a chapter and Deaver then completed what he started, bringing both novellas to their startling conclusions.

In the first novella, 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. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure from his past: the man known only as Faust.
Harold Middleton returns in The Copper Bracelet–the 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. Careening from Nice to London and Moscow to Kashmir to prevent nuclear disaster, Middleton is unaware that his prey has changed and the act of terror is far more diabolical than he knows. Will he discover the identity of the Scorpion in time to halt an event that will pit the United States, China, and Russia against each other at the brink of World War III?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1065 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; Reprint edition (Jan. 5 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003719FZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #372,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept Needs Work May 30 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was intrigued by the potential of having a different writer for each chapter. I was certain that Jeffery Deaver was the one to pull it all together. The result didn't better its parts. The book was uneven- plot and character development were all over the map. I hoped for more. Sorry, I won't be reading this one twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Reminder Of Why I Stopped Reading Thrillers Dec 11 2010
By Quirky Girl - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I stopped reading mysteries and thrillers a few years ago because they weren't as good as this. Lately though, I've been stumbling on more and more books like Watchlist. Fast paced, catch your breath moments, can't put it down.
I downloaded this when it was free and feel like I've won the lottery.
I highly recommend to anyone.
If it can make a chick-lit lover happy, I suppose this book could make just about anyone happy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and exhausting Dec 31 2010
By Meri Lee - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book of novellas on my Kindle - wow! The plots twist and turn as each author gives a different spin to the story.The main characters carry thru, but some of the supporting characters might be developed by one author, only to be killed off or ignored by another - or, that character might develop a larger role in the story. (Unlike Star Trek, you never knew who was the red shirt). Just as you would think something was truth, the next author might spin it another way - black, white or grey? You'd think something was finished, and it would pop up again - exhausting - I couldn't put it down!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this book Jan. 5 2011
By Kathryn - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was unimpressed with this effort. Although the authors clearly had fun writing it, it was not much fun reading. Characters were undeveloped, relationships were unexplained and story details were inconsistent. Worst of all, it lacked wit. Unfortunate, because the plot concept surrounding the Chopin manuscript had potential.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1 page turner 1 disappointment April 25 2012
By Cloggie Downunder - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Watchlist is an omnibus of two thriller novels in the Harold Middleton series: The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet.
The Chopin Manuscript, a novel based on an idea by Jeffrey Deaver, was written, initially as an audio book, by Deaver and 14 other thriller authors for the International Thriller Writers organisation. The main character is Harold Middleton, a former war crimes investigator who now lectures in music in Washington DC. Middleton is given a previously unknown Frederic Chopin manuscript, a document he believes to be a forgery, by a piano tuner in Warsaw, who is found murdered the next day. Soon enough, Middleton has good reason to worry about the safety his family and his former war crimes investigative colleagues. This is a novel where the plot twists so many times, it will leave the reader dizzy; very few of the characters are what they first seem; subjects as varied as artwork purloined by the Nazis, war crimes, nerve gas, embedded secret codes, terrorism, airport security, abortion drugs and of course, music, are all touched on. I found it fascinating how each different author took the story and ran with it for their chapter, yet the story moved seamlessly forward. Definitely a page-turner.
The Copper Bracelet is the second in the Harold Middleton series by Jeffrey Deaver and 15 other thriller authors. Like The Chopin Manuscript, it was first published as an audio book. It is set two years after The Chopin Manuscript and features characters from that novel: Harold Middleton, Charlotte Middleton, Eleanora Tesla, Jean-Marc Lespasse and Felicia Kaminski. The story this time centres on Devras Sikari, the Kashmiri recipient of educational support from someone only known as The Scorpion. After the events of the Chopin Manuscript, Middleton has reformed his Volunteers, and they actively seek Sikari as they are convinced of an international terror plot with dire consequences for Pakistan and India and possibly the rest of the world. This time, authors touch on the subjects of copper poisoning, heavy water, patent legislation, thermobaric explosives, chicken breeds and coding and encryption. The action jumps from Nice to London, Moscow, Paris, Tampa and Kashmir. The plot is convoluted and the politics rather intricate; the melodramatic climax is rather contrived. And it seems that several of the authors didn't read the previous book (giving Charlotte a "late" husband instead of an imprisoned one) or even the previous chapter (crediting Felicia with knowledge of events that happened while she was unconscious). Altogether, rather a disappointing sequel to The Chopin Manuscript.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good Way to Write Dec 28 2010
By Beyondmymargins - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Based on an idea by Jeffery Deaver, Watchlist is really two serial novellas, with each chapter written by a different author. The first novella, The Chopin Manuscript, is simply awful. To be sure, it is full of action and it is never dull, but the plot simply does not cohere, the characters are never fleshed out enough to care about, and the action too over-the-top to digest.

This is the problem with writing novels with different writers for each chapter. Imagine a giant cliche. Now imagine the cliche with legs and feet. The cliche is running, but it starts to trip over its own feet eventually tumbling to the ground. That's pretty much my impression of The Chopin Manuscript. Each author tried to outdo the previous and it just got out of control. Don't write novels this way.

The Copper Bracelet was a little better, but had the same problem. It seemed like Jeffery Deaver did a better job of setting up the characters and setting in the initial chapter, so the other authors had a clearer direction to go in. It still really didn't cohere very well.

Overall I would not recommend Watchlist, although it is currently free in the Kindle edition on Amazon for a limited time. I gave The Chopin Manuscript 0/5 stars and The Copper Bracelet 2/5 stars, so I give the book as a while the middle, 1/5 stars.

Trev from trevliteraryreview
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