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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; First Edition edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039915874X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158742
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for THE WATCHERS by Jon Steele:
“A seductive cosmic thriller stoked by historic fact, an ancient Jewish religious text, and a literary classic... Steele’s lavishly atmospheric, witty, bloody, and swashbuckling tale of age-old struggles for dominion between angels and demons is the propitious first book in an ambitious series.”
Booklist (Starred)
“An imaginative metaphysical thriller… Steele keeps his tale tantalizingly ambiguous, casting it with fey characters and skillfully concealing until the climax whether apparent weird events haven’t been manipulated to make them seem so. This solidly plotted tale, the first in a trilogy, will appeal to readers who like a hint of uncanny in their fiction.”
Publishers Weekly
“A first novel (and first in a series) from Steele, for years a master cameraman for Independent Television News and author of War Junkie, an underground classic; really smart work for serious thriller readers.”
Library Journal
“Reads like Paradise Lost by way of John Connolly, although Steele, formerly a war reporter, brings hard-edged modernity to this timeless tale as he roots his depiction of evil in the contemporary world. Clever, stylish and epic in scale, it’s a tremendously satisfying debut.”
Irish Times

About the Author

Jon Steele worked as an award-winning cameraman for twenty-two years, traveling and working through more than seventy countries across six continents for Independent Television News of London.  While based in Moscow and Jerusalem, Steele wrote War Junkie, a gut-wrenching memoir covering a year in the life of a news cameraman.  The book was published in 2002 and is today recognized as a cult classic of war reportage.  In 2003, in Baghdad on the eve of the Iraq War, Steele became disillusioned with television news, put his camera on the ground and quit.
THE WATCHERS is Steele’s first novel. He now lives in Switzerland.        

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Customer Reviews

Great characters, great setting, and a great story.
Not a bad read, but not a particularly good enough one either, and certainly not good enough to get me to buy the next book in the series.
The conclusion to this first book in The Angelus Trilogy was satisfying to me and I look forward to the next book in the series.
Marion Marchetto

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Myckyee on May 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have a short list of books that I love and always keep a copy of. It includes The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Drood and The Black Hills, both written by Dan Simmons, and The Lord of the Rings. These books are characterized by great story-telling abilities by the author. They are not the kind of books (that shall remain nameless, the worst written by an author also with the first name of Dan) that have a cliff hanger at the end of a two page chapter. They are the sort that weave a story so cleverly and rich with story that it takes the reader into another world that is not soon forgotten, long after the characters names can't be recalled. The Watchers by Jon Steele is now on my list.

I loved this book from the first beautifully written and haunting chapter to the last heart-pounding one. Its exotic locale (Lausanne, Switzerland), its clever plot twists and turns and the revelation about two-thirds of the way in of what exactly is going on. Though it's a relatively large book at more than 570 pages, I devoured it in just a few days.

I was besotted with Jay Harper, one of the main characters. I think it was his sense of humor (that gets me every time) and his sure-fire way of seeing through to the heart of any matter. His relentless pursuit of the bad guys didn't hurt either. Another main character, Marc Rochat, tugged at my heart and I cheered for him the whole book through. This book isn't for the faint-at-heart, however. There are a few scenes that are difficult to read so if you don't like to read anything violent, I suggest you skim those few short paragraphs and keep reading - it's worth it!

It was a happy surprise to discover that The Watchers is just the first book in a new trilogy. It's definitely a must-read for the literary thriller crowd and just about anyone who enjoys great writing and a fabulous story.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua on June 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Jon Steele was born in America and worked a cameraman for ITN for more than twenty years. He has travelled and worked through seventy-eight countries across six continents. He has been stationed in Jerusalem, covered the unrest in Georgia, Rwanda and Sarajevo and filmed a documentary in Iraq. His first book, War Junkie, was an autobiography of his life as a cameraman, and was first published in 2002. He now lives in Switzerland with ihs wife and two cats. "The Watchers" is his first novel and is largely set in Lausanne.

"The Watchers" has three lead characters who - on the surface of it, at least - have nothing whatsoever in common. However, the events of the book bring them together, with all Heaven and Hell threatening to break loose. Marc Rochat was born in Quebec, and spent the first ten years of his life there with his mother. He moved to Switzerland after she died of cancer, becoming an 'unofficial' member of his father's rich and very well-connected family. (His father was, unfortuunately, already married when he met Marc's mother). He's now 21 and works as the Guet (or night watchman) at Lausanne Cathedral - though, thanks to his father and grandmother, he's never exactly going to be stuck for cash. Unfortunately, Marc did have a difficult entry into the world - as a result, he has a crooked leg and a great deal goes over his head. An innocent sort, he sees the world a little differently : he worries about bad shadows, spends a little too much time amongst the dead and has conversations with the cathedral's bells. (He even appears to hear their replies).

Katherine Taylor, meanwhile, lives very close to the cathedral, and sees the light from Marc's lantern every night.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Line: At first sight, fifty yards off, he couldn't tell who it was walking through the rain, only that the slow-moving form emerging from the shattered village of Neuville-Vitasse was a British soldier.

Just before Christmas in the town of Lausanne, Switzerland, three people will meet in the ancient cathedral beneath which a secret was buried before time began.

Marc Rochat is the young man who calls the hour from the belfry of Lausanne Cathedral each night. He will tell you that he's "strong from the legs up"-- if he's not talking with the cathedral bells, responding to the mews of Monsieur Booty, his cat, or running away from the bad shadows that are gathering.

The young American, Katherine Taylor, is living the tax-free, designer label dream in Switzerland. An extremely beautiful (and extremely high-priced) prostitute, she's just about to find out that her life is indeed too good to be true.

The third person is private investigator Jay Harper, who wakes up in a hotel room with no memory, a love of watching the History Channel, and a job in Lausanne that he has no choice but to accept.

Three very different people who eventually learn that they have one objective: save what little is left of paradise before all hell breaks loose.

If you're in the mood for something in the wham, bam, thank you ma'am genre, do not pick up this book. You won't like it. However, if you're in the mood for an atmospheric work of art in which each of the hundreds of layers is painstakingly applied until you find yourself lost in the canvas and the close intimate friend of its inhabitants Marc, Katherine and Jay... well, you've picked up the right book.
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