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Watch the Skies (Daniel X) Hardcover – July 27, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
Book 2 of 6 in the Daniel X Series

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"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)

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Series: Daniel X (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (July 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316036188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316036184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Daniel X is a teen-age alien hunter with some special powers of his own. He rides a motorbike and can do wheelies on his front tire. He has four imaginary friends, but unlike most kids, he can materialize them and they often help him out when he needs help, or just keep him company when he needs company.

The town of Holliswood is being taken over by aliens - from outer-space. These particular aliens are able to manipulate the radio waves, and t.v. stations to control humans. They also like to eat humans, after they make them dance around, filming them for entertainment. The head alien is a director. Even though there are some horrific things that happen to humans, the way it's written it's not very graphic or gross. Most teens have watched plenty of movies and shows that contain much worse than is shown in this book.

Daniel X needs to find a way to stop the aliens from taking over the town, and eventually the whole world for the purpose of filming, eating and using the world and it's inhabitants as entertainment for the rest of the universe. But the alien in charge of this epic project, (alien no. 5) seems to always be one step ahead of Daniel X, and in fact is planning to use Daniel in the finale of the series that he's filming. Daniel X meets a young girl and her strange parents. He is has quite a challenge solving this crisis, things go wrong but he perseveres.

I found the narrative of this book interesting, and the dialogue between characters was pretty good. There's some snarky dialogue between aliens and Daniel X, and intelligent dialogue between Daniel X and his friends/family. Though gross things are happening, there isn't over the top descriptions, but there is enough to keep a teen or tween interested in the story.
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A Kid's Review on March 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Daniel X watch the skies
James Patterson
Little Brown

Night is when your side of the earth is pointed at outer space. This the time when all the bad things happen to Daniel X. 15 year old alien hunter. What will Daniel X do to stop Number 5 a catfish like alien with inhumane plan. Can Daniel X stop him ?

Do you like series? 15 year old Daniel on a challenge to save the woman of Holliswood from number 5 a catfish like alien. Number 5 takes control of Holliswoods technology. Which is when Daniel meets him in the middle of a broadcast of the simpons. In which leads him to the radio station which almost kills daniel mentally Number 5 brings back horrible of Daniel's past over the radio which then daniel destroys the radio station. Which after that Number 5 daniel to a supermart where daniel finds all of Holliswoods woman buying fish. When number 21 stuns daniel. Then what you all want to happen daniel fights number 5 read this story to find out what happens.

Daniel X
daniel x is very athletic and strong physically and mentally. He also is very protective to the ones he love. Very nice Because he makes sure everyone is safe. Daniel is very smart because he does not just run into battle he makes plans and thinks things through. Only Daniel's enemy's don't like him everyone else likes him and likes to be around him. Daniel X is important because he is always saving the day.

Judy Blue Eyes
daniel thinks that Judy is very pretty. Judy is very brave she was not afraid of aliens. Judy is very knowing She always knows what to do in any situation. She is very strong for a girl about to enter collage. She is very willing to things that a lot of girls would not do.
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