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Watcher in the Woods: Dreamhouse Kings, Book #2 [Kindle Edition]

Robert Liparulo
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's not just the house that's keeping secrets.

Pretending everything's all right is harder than it sounds. But the Kings know that even if they told the truth about the bizarre things happening in their house, no one would believe them. They're hyper-focused on rescuing their lost family member before anyone finds out what's going on.

But when a stranger shows up to take their house, their options start dwindling fast. Why would he be so interested in a run-down old place? And what secret is he hiding--just as he hides the scars that crisscross his body?

The mystery gets stranger with each passing day. Will the Kings be able to find a way to harness the house's secrets and discover who is watching their every move before another gets snatched into an unknown world?

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Robert Liparulo's 'Dreamhouse Kings' series:

''If you like creepy and mysterious, this is the house for you! Every room opens a door to magic, true horror, and amazing surprises. I loved wandering around in these books. With a house of so many great, haunting stories, why would you ever want to go outside?'' --R.L. Stine author of Goosebumps

''A powerhouse storyteller delivers his most fantastic ride yet!'' --Ted Dekker, bestselling author of Chosen and Infidel

''Dreamhouse Kings is a non-stop action ride into history's wildest adventures. It's my new favorite series!'' --Slade Pearce, teen actor (October Road, Air Buddies, Yours, Mine & Ours)


"A powerhouse storyteller delivers his most fantastic ride yet!"

Product Details

  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 6, 2008)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IED72A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let the Marketing Fool You! May 7, 2008
By Jake
Xander and David King can't believe this is happening. Their family has recently moved into a creepy old house with secrets around every corner. Sounds are never what they seem in the house. The hall linen closet is a portal to a locker at their school. And who could forget the strange clearing in the woods out back where you can actually float on air? All of that seems normal compared to the secret rooms that act as portals to other worlds. Now a member of the family has been kidnapped by someone from these other worlds and the King's must work together to bring them back.

If things weren't bad enough, a stranger shows up who tries to run the family out of the house. He seems intent on destroying the family's reputation and soon has the local authorities on his side. Now the King's must deal with a new school and unfair perceptions as they secretly band together to find a way to bring back their missing loved one. The more they search the more they begin to understand just how dangerous this house is.

Robert Liparulo opens this second installment right where the first left off. Immediately we are sucked back into the tension and mystery that made House of Dark Shadows so enjoyable. Round two is just as exciting as we are taken on another whirlwind thrill ride that never lets up. David King gets most of the spotlight here and it's a blast getting to know this character more. We are treated to more alternate world adventures that are chocked full of action and suspense. Even more secrets are revealed and more questions created, adding to the clever plotlines that Liparulo masterfully weaves. Never is it obvious where the story is going and that's what makes it so addicting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By C. Hall
I missed the humor that was so evident in the first book in this series House Of Dark Shadows,but my interest never wavered in this second book despite it's noticeable absence.

There are plenty of edge-of-your-seat moments,and some very interesting twists to the story,plus the father's history with the house,was appreciated.

My only complaint is with that cliff-hanger of an ending,LOL!

As Mr. Liparulo's books marketed more for adults don't really interest me,with the excessive gore warned about for Comes A Horseman,for example,I am hoping that he will write many more YA series like this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Shelf. May 27, 2008
"Watcher in the Woods" by Robert Liparulo is the second book of the Dreamhouse Kings Young Adult series.

I won't summarize the book here, but I will tell you that "Watcher" is packed full of action, excitement and creepiness as the first book in the series, "House of Dark Shadows".

Watcher is a book that will pull emotions out of you. Most notably you will be angry with the bull dog politics that put the King's in a corner. Anyone who's ever lived in a small town will understand their plight, and the ending will leave you pumped for the third book, "Gatekeepers" due to release in January of 2009.

As with all of Liparulo's writing, this book is written well, and you will not find yourself bored with the prose. Even though it is labeled as a Young Adult book, anyone can pick it up and enjoy it. I highly recommend you do.

If you haven't experianced Liparulo's other works: Comes a Horseman, Germ and Deadfall; picking them up while waiting on Gatekeepers will leave you wanting more by this talented author. Parents can rest assured that teens reading the full novels will not be assaulted with foulness, as Liparulo takes a clean, albeit vivid, approach to writing Thrillers.

I highly recommend this book and am sure you will enjoy it. Robert Liparulo once again makes it very easy to say: "Five Stars."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fast read! June 26, 2008
This story picks up as if it's just the next chapter of "House of Dark Shadows." That's good, if you had "Watcher in the Woods" handy, because you're going to want to go from one to the next asap. That's also the drawback, when you finish "Watcher" you're even more so going to want the next installment - and it comes out in January 2009. Write faster, Bob! Just kidding, I'm sure he's doing everything he can to keep us going.

I have come to really enjoy this family - they bond and grow together throughout this book, and they way they pull together seems to be the antithesis of the disfunctional family we all read about.

The adventures in this book become more recognizable by period and character, and I really look forward to the next 2-3 books as I'm sure you will if you buy these books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh No, Not the End? I Have to Wait !?! June 6, 2008
Watcher in the Woods is the continuing story of the King family.

David King, 12-years-old is facing huge traumas while attempting to keep the outside world from destroying his chance of happiness.

Grasping hold of the King family legacy of bravery, David dives into the unknown to save his family at great cost to himself.

From the first word to the final "not the end" I cheered and cringed for the Kings.

I hope the next book releases very soon. This is book two in the series I'm going to recommend regardless of age or gender. I'd also love to see it turned into a movie.

Easily frightened readers might struggle with the intensity, otherwise, this is a powerful story well told.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible series. Don't buy
Terrible series. Don't buy!! Can't believe I stuck it out for all 6 books. Waste of time!!

Nothing but endless bad guy/good guy battles and the family CONSTANTLY getting... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dawne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by Kathy J Ozee
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Really liked this book. The story kept you interested and wanting to continue reading to find out what would happen next. Recommended read.
Published 4 months ago by Panda
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner of a series!!
This is definitely not a younger tween series, due to graphic violence (and I read all kinds of paranormal sci-fi). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Suzanne G Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking!
The second book is even better than the first. Moves Along very quickly. The end is there before you know it. And you're left with a big cliffhanger. Read more
Published 5 months ago by tanaleefive
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Arrived on time and in excellent condition. This series are excellent. Very entertaining. My children and I enjoy Mr. Liparulo's books very much. Great buy!
Published 6 months ago by A. Lily Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Would have finished it in less than 2 days but it took 3 due to work. (Which I still read it there) just finished it. Getting ready to start the next book can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story line so far
This is a good book. It seems to be a good preteen or teen book. It's a good book.. .
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Drew me in from the beginning. Exciting and intriguing. Couldn't wait to get to the next book in the series.
Published 8 months ago by sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars the series is great for ya and adults
I very much enjoyed this series. It was a page turner - so much so that you just had to purchase each subsequent book. It was a great read.
Published 9 months ago by lbh
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More About the Author

I've been writing since before I could drive. Short stories, investigative exposes, celebrity profiles, editorials, business columns, radio dramas, screenplays--you name it. For the last few years, I've focused on novels. I'm the author of the thrillers "Comes a Horseman," "Germ," "Deadfall," "Deadlock," "The 13th Tribe," and the young adult series Dreamhouse Kings--"House of Dark Shadows," "Watcher in the Woods," "Gatekeepers," "Timescape," "Whirlwind," and "Frenzy."

Several of my books have been sold or optioned by Hollywood producers. All of them are in various stages of production. I'm also working on an original screenplay with Andrew Davis (director of "The Fugitive" and "The Guardian). I wrote the screenplay for Ted Dekker's "Blessed Child." My short story "Kill Zone" appears in the James Patterson-edited anthology "Thriller," and my essay on Thomas Perry's "The Butcher's Boy" can be found in the anthology "Thriller: 100 Must Reads."

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Hope you enjoy my stories!

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