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Watchers on the Walls (X-Men) Mass Market Paperback – April 25, 2006

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Christopher L. Bennett is the author of two previous works of Titan fiction, the novel Star Trek: Titan: Orion’s Hounds and the short story "Empathy" in the Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows anthology. He has also authored such critically acclaimed novels as Star Trek: Ex Machina, Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Buried Age, and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Greater Than the Sum, as well as the alternate Voyager tale Places of Exile in Myriad Universes: Infinity’s Prism. Shorter works include Star Trek: SCE #29: Aftermath and Star Trek: Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again, as well as short stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations (original series), The Sky’s The Limit (TNG), Prophecy and Change (DS9), and Distant Shores (VGR). Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X-Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder, and is also developing original science fiction novel concepts

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Product Details

  • Series: X-Men
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; 1st Printing edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416510672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416510673
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on May 29, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I used to read superhero comics all the time, but I've moved away from them (mostly for lack of storage space and how much they cost more than anything else). I knew that some superheroes were making the transition to novel form, but I hadn't bothered to go find any and see what they were like. However, I stumbled across X-Men: Watchers on the Walls, by Christopher L. Bennett, at the library and thought "he's a Trek author I've talked to on the Star Trek boards, and I like the X-Men, so why not give this one a try?" After doing so, I'm glad I did. It's an interesting book, with only a couple of missteps which I'm not sure are Bennett's fault anyway.

It's a normal day at the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning, with a brand new batch of students finding out what they're in for. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, these children are mutants, children born with an extraordinary power that makes them more than human. In a world where humanity treats mutants with fear and some loathing, Professor Xavier takes them in, trains them to use (or at least control) their powers, and how to live amongst humans. But the school is also home to the X-Men, mutant heroes who are also instructors at the school. On a training mission with Jean Grey, Professor Xavier happens upon a spaceship in distress, being chased and fired upon by another ship. The fugitive ship crashes and the X-Men are called to protect them. However, they may be more menace than prey. The form of life on that ship is deadly to most carbon-based life forms, and if they aren't dealt with, the whole of humanity could be destroyed. The X-Men must balance the safety of the Earth against the persecution of a people whose only crime is being born different; a sentiment that many humans share about mutants.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Alex on April 29, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'll admitted I am not a fan of any book format of comic books (no cool pictures), but this is the exception. I thought it looked lame and the title is not eye catching but like they say you cant judge a book by it's cover. Well once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. The story is pretty complicated though.

In the beginning the X-men defend a group of alien refuges crashing in Pennslyvania from other aliens. Eventully the U.S. government gets involved and its discovered that the aliens carry a horrible plague that can wipe out every living thing on earth (but of course it harmless to the refuges themselves). Eventally everything spins out of control as the Discar (the aliens trying to exterminate the infected refuges), after interogating the refuges discover a Chlorite (the overall name of the different infected species)plot to infect the planet using infiltrators. Well from then on all hell breaks loose from Discar ships quantineing the planet To the regestering of all exotic mutants (Chlorite moles are suspected to be hiding among them) eventually to the use of Sentinals invading other countries. And this is just in the first few chapters and it just gets better and better. Youll keep guessing and guessing is it a Discar plot to take over Earth or are there really Chlorites infiltrating our planet? Will the Xmen fight against the sentinals or along side them? Get ready for a wild ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Klein VINE VOICE on February 25, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Watchers on the Wall by Christopher L. Bennett, is a story that pits mutant against mutant. It plays a lot like the movie which I felt was a good however I also felt it was in a way extending it in some manner. I thought that the storyline was intriguing and couldn't help but wonder if the author was trying to relay a message of things going on in the real world.

The novel moved at a swift paced and unlike the author's Trek books, this wasn't bogged down with science stuff. This is a stand alone so you don't have to be a comic geek to follow the story. Throughout the book, Bennett makes references to other Marvel heroes but never by name although I was waiting for some cameo from someone at some point. Regardless, the story works as is and it has a satisfying ending.

It is a little predictable though early on but doesn't spoil anything. I thought the Latin chapters were interesting and wondered why it was done. Actually, I thought it was amusing. But, when all is said and done, Watchers on the Wall makes a good edition to your library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Bowman on October 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been reading comics since I was 9 and I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. X-Men rollcall for this book - Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Beast, Kitty Pryde and Lockheed. The only one of the X-Men that I missed was Colossus as he was always my favorite.

This book starts out with a new group of young mutants making their first visit to the Xavier Institute and quickly turns into an exciting race against time to save a group of alien refugess called the Chlorites from a pursuing alien race called the Diascar along with the help of the Imperial Guard from the Shi'ar Empire which is run by the love of Charles Xaviers life the Majestrix, Lilandra Neramani.

This book has action almost from start to end and even includes the Sentinels which are reprogrammed to work alongside the X-Men to search for Chlorites but as with all things Sentinels you know it can't last long, or does it?

I definetly recommend this book to any X-Men fan because I know that like me they will truly enjoy this great ride.
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