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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Daniel X (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316119695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316119696
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR JAMES PATTERSON:
"Patterson never, and I mean never, disappoints." (USA Today Larry King)

"The Man Who Can't Miss." (Time Lev Grossman)

"James Patterson is king of the bestseller hill." (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I Funny, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 260 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Ned Rust has also collaborated with James Patterson on Daniel X: Game Over and Witch & Wizard: The Gift. He lives in Croton, New York with his family.

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Customer Reviews

The only thing I can say about this book is it was kind of short.
jk
It is classified as young adult book put i am in my 40's andi really enjoyed reading this book.
mike hopkins
I could easily predict what was going to happen and it really didn't motivate me that much.
A Customer

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I came to "Daniel X: Watch The Skies" a relative novice to the genre, or perhaps I should say genres as the story seems to be firmly in the realm of fantasy even as it employs the stuff of science fiction and super heroes. Having never read a James Patterson story before coming to Daniel X, I was more than a bit curious to open the cover of his latest effort in collaboration with Rust, especially since this book, although entertaining enough for a middle aged individual such as myself, is geared to a younger audience, which leads me to the first thing I would like to say about the book.

In the world of Daniel X, anything is possible, anything. So, for example, the fine imaginations of the writers give Daniel an index finger which functions as a gun barrel capable of shooting anything from a spit-wad to, well, anything. The finger is the least of it. Friends, family, an elephant, vehicles, bacon, all sorts of good stuff, so Daniel wills it, so it is done. Cool. And therein lies one of the nice things about this book, since anything is possible, the story can and does function on more than one level. Something for everybody then, and the story is, in some ways, the least of it, at least for older readers.

I was more taken with the writing than I was the story, which, predictable though it was, nevertheless was entertaining. The writing however, was, at times, very clever and very funny. The lists Daniel's imaginary mother creates to excuse his absence from school are but one example of how this story and the writing work on different levels for different readers. So, while having great fun with language, not only do the lists make us laugh, but they give us reason to pause and consider.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A.K. on July 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It sucked me in the pages with just the first chapter. Very fun, though it's sort of predictable at parts.
The action is more spread throughout, Daniel is becoming more one-of-a-kind, since he was a lot like Percy Jackson in the first one.
As I said, predictable, but intriguing. It's not a book I would buy, but a book I would borrow from the library again and again.

I would give the first book a 6.7/10, but this an 8.5/10.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Qwerty Uiop on August 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a sequel to a pretty good book by James Patterson called The Dangerous Days Of Daniel X. Does it live up to it's predecessor? Not so much, unfortunately. The book is short and too watered down. None of the chapters are more than 5 pages long, and the type is pretty big. Also, unlike most James Patterson novels, it's not very funny. The jokes often fall flat due to bad timing and/or bad phrasing. As for the story, it feels sadly underdeveloped. Patterson could have done so much more with this novel, yet he seems to have decided to leave the bare bones of a story and skip all the details. I know he is trying to keep his stories kid friendly, but I think he can find a way to do this without cutting virtually all content and suspense. That's what really got me. Daniel and his friends are doing nothing of interest, and that seems weird for a book about alien hunters. Of course, there are battles and explosions, but all the detail is non-existent. I found myself having to make up my own scenes just to make the story interesting. Daniel also seemed to have a split personality. One moment he would be a suave hero, and the next he would say something stupid that made him look like a total nerd. Some books pull this off by providing a balance between the sides, but this is not one of them. His changes in attitude are random and flow horribly. He also appears to have no emotions, aside from anger, frustration, embarrassment, and sickness: aka vomiting. He does the last one a bit to much for my taste. He also has developed a bit of a narcissistic ego, as he talks about how awesome he is non-stop.
Hopefully, at this point in my review, you are asking yourself,"If he hates it so much, why did he give it two stars?" I gave it two stars for two reasons.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle L. Beck VINE VOICE on January 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Daniel X, alien hunter extraordinaire, is trying to save the planet and kill the aliens responsible for his parent's death. Daniel's super power is that he has the ability to use his imagination to create fellow alien hunters, a family, and some cool weapons, all while managing to get himself out of some seriously dangerous situations. Unfortunately, it appears that the same aliens that killed his parents are also trying to take over the world through the use of technology. The evil alien (who is constantly described as resembling a giant catfish) has released his henchmen on the town, and is determined to kill all humans for the sake of "entertainment". No one seems immune to the evil ones plans. He's forced people to dance to 80s music, and impregnated several of women in the town thru contaminated caviar (and they are eating fish food by the "buggy full"), and is leaving tons of dead humans in his wake. And half way through the story, you find yourself wondering just how will Daniel save the world, if he is having trouble saving himself?

I was a little disappointed with this book. To be honest I expected a lot more, or at least a story that was cohesive. I know....I know, I am constantly complaining about my declining appreciation for Patterson, and yet continue to read and review them. I guess what was a promising tale, ended up being somewhat disjointed and mediocre. And while Patterson may have been implying that society has become too dependant on technology (since that was the evil one's method to infiltrate society), and need to get back to reading books, this was not an example of a good read. And although it was a promising premise, the real question remains would I read another Daniel X book? Probably not unless someone can assure me that it would be worth the time and effort.
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