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Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book [Kindle Edition]

James Grady , Jon Land , Linda Barnes , Gayle Lynds , David Liss , David Corbett , Lee Child , Jeffery Deaver , John Gilstrap , Joseph Finder , David Hewson , John Ramsey Miller , Jim Fusilli , Brett Battles , Parr , P.J. Parrish , Ralph Pezzullo , SJ Rozan , James Phelan , Lisa Scottoline , Jenny Siler , MJ Rose
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From International Thriller Writers comes Watchlist: two powerful novellas featuring the same thrill cast of characters in one major suspenseful package. The Chopin Manuscript and then The Copper Bracelet were a collaboration by some of the world’s greatest thriller writers, including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, and Jeffery Deaver, who conceived the characters and set the plot in motion. The other authors each wrote a chapter and Deaver then completed what he started, bringing both novellas to their startling conclusions.

In the first novella, The Chopin Manuscript, former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure from his past: the man known only as Faust.
Harold Middleton returns in The Copper Bracelet–the explosive sequel to The Chopin Manuscript–as he’s drawn into an international terror plot that threatens to send India and Pakistan into full-scale nuclear war. Careening from Nice to London and Moscow to Kashmir to prevent nuclear disaster, Middleton is unaware that his prey has changed and the act of terror is far more diabolical than he knows. Will he discover the identity of the Scorpion in time to halt an event that will pit the United States, China, and Russia against each other at the brink of World War III?


Product Details

  • File Size: 1065 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; Reprint edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003719FZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reminder Of Why I Stopped Reading Thrillers December 11, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I stopped reading mysteries and thrillers a few years ago because they weren't as good as this. Lately though, I've been stumbling on more and more books like Watchlist. Fast paced, catch your breath moments, can't put it down.
I downloaded this when it was free and feel like I've won the lottery.
I highly recommend to anyone.
If it can make a chick-lit lover happy, I suppose this book could make just about anyone happy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and exhausting December 31, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book of novellas on my Kindle - wow! The plots twist and turn as each author gives a different spin to the story.The main characters carry thru, but some of the supporting characters might be developed by one author, only to be killed off or ignored by another - or, that character might develop a larger role in the story. (Unlike Star Trek, you never knew who was the red shirt). Just as you would think something was truth, the next author might spin it another way - black, white or grey? You'd think something was finished, and it would pop up again - exhausting - I couldn't put it down!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this book January 5, 2011
By Kathryn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was unimpressed with this effort. Although the authors clearly had fun writing it, it was not much fun reading. Characters were undeveloped, relationships were unexplained and story details were inconsistent. Worst of all, it lacked wit. Unfortunate, because the plot concept surrounding the Chopin manuscript had potential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1 page turner 1 disappointment April 25, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Watchlist is an omnibus of two thriller novels in the Harold Middleton series: The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet.
The Chopin Manuscript, a novel based on an idea by Jeffrey Deaver, was written, initially as an audio book, by Deaver and 14 other thriller authors for the International Thriller Writers organisation. The main character is Harold Middleton, a former war crimes investigator who now lectures in music in Washington DC. Middleton is given a previously unknown Frederic Chopin manuscript, a document he believes to be a forgery, by a piano tuner in Warsaw, who is found murdered the next day. Soon enough, Middleton has good reason to worry about the safety his family and his former war crimes investigative colleagues. This is a novel where the plot twists so many times, it will leave the reader dizzy; very few of the characters are what they first seem; subjects as varied as artwork purloined by the Nazis, war crimes, nerve gas, embedded secret codes, terrorism, airport security, abortion drugs and of course, music, are all touched on. I found it fascinating how each different author took the story and ran with it for their chapter, yet the story moved seamlessly forward. Definitely a page-turner.
The Copper Bracelet is the second in the Harold Middleton series by Jeffrey Deaver and 15 other thriller authors. Like The Chopin Manuscript, it was first published as an audio book. It is set two years after The Chopin Manuscript and features characters from that novel: Harold Middleton, Charlotte Middleton, Eleanora Tesla, Jean-Marc Lespasse and Felicia Kaminski. The story this time centres on Devras Sikari, the Kashmiri recipient of educational support from someone only known as The Scorpion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good Way to Write December 28, 2010
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Based on an idea by Jeffery Deaver, Watchlist is really two serial novellas, with each chapter written by a different author. The first novella, The Chopin Manuscript, is simply awful. To be sure, it is full of action and it is never dull, but the plot simply does not cohere, the characters are never fleshed out enough to care about, and the action too over-the-top to digest.

This is the problem with writing novels with different writers for each chapter. Imagine a giant cliche. Now imagine the cliche with legs and feet. The cliche is running, but it starts to trip over its own feet eventually tumbling to the ground. That's pretty much my impression of The Chopin Manuscript. Each author tried to outdo the previous and it just got out of control. Don't write novels this way.

The Copper Bracelet was a little better, but had the same problem. It seemed like Jeffery Deaver did a better job of setting up the characters and setting in the initial chapter, so the other authors had a clearer direction to go in. It still really didn't cohere very well.

Overall I would not recommend Watchlist, although it is currently free in the Kindle edition on Amazon for a limited time. I gave The Chopin Manuscript 0/5 stars and The Copper Bracelet 2/5 stars, so I give the book as a while the middle, 1/5 stars.

Trev from trevliteraryreview
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hodgpodge failed experiment. January 16, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This thing works as a sampler of authors one might like to try (or avoid!) and as an experiment. But it is a failed experiment. The authors did not play well together. Next time, first guys in: lay out a premise. Middle bunch: build on things, advance the plot, enrich the story. Final authors: tie things up. Instead, more and more fantastic detail way too deep into the book. If this were a house it would go up several stories and outward as more wings were added till the whole thing crashed down.

Next time, a strong editor and several rewrites. This kind of book is not going to work if you proceed in this lazy fashion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Amalgamated Intrigue
This book, if written by one author, would be a good one; however, the reality of its being written by several authors makes it a superior one. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Sally Beaudean
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was an interesting book for the fact that many writers - not just one writer - actually wrote it. It was a little disjointed, but not too bad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. M. Voss
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
I started this book over two years ago. Last year my iPad died & I never replaced it. I have been searching for some type of eReader with no success. I decided to use my iPhone. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph J. Cylkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I love the concept of a story written by assorted fine writers. The characters were nicely fleshed out and the stories were great.
Published 6 months ago by charzweb
4.0 out of 5 stars Both good take notes on the characters.
Overall the two stories are good. The second was better for me just because i finally got all the characters straightened out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Trouble2
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait for the Next One!
Each author had to pick up on the characters created by other authors and the twists in the plots were smoothly interwoven.
Published 7 months ago by G Fink
4.0 out of 5 stars kept my attention with twists!
Entertaining, although choppy at times (from changing authors, I am sure.) Definitely worth a read, if you enjoy action and intrigue.
Published 8 months ago by Carla C Fritz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Something exciting always happening.
Published 8 months ago by Dee Boghosian
3.0 out of 5 stars disjointed
I was really looking forward to this joint effort, but found it disjointed (pun intended). Too many assumptions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by montanagirl
5.0 out of 5 stars why should I?
Why should I have to write a review? The book speaks for itself with its plot and the writers that were used
Published 9 months ago by Warren Rowe
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