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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?

 


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1593155905
  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #299,518 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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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  65 reviews
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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 Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good Way to Write Dec 28 2010
By Beyondmymargins - Published on Amazon.com
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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 50:50 Dec 29 2010
By amazing1672 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The first book in this 2 book collection - THE CHOPIN MANUSCRIPT - written by some of my favorite authors was a truly fantastic read. THE COPPER BRACELET on the other hand was just nuts. It was like each author was trying to outdo the others in building excitement and anticipation in the space of one chapter - it works for CHOPIN, but not for COPPER
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