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End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) Hardcover – Unabridged, June 7, 2016
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An Amazon Best Book of June 2016: It has been seven years since the Mercedes Killer, Brady Hartsfield, was knocked on the head and put into a catatonic state. But now he's awake, even if people haven't quite been clued into that fact, and he's got a score to settle. His ultimate quarry is the detective Bill Hodges, and as Brady gains his faculties—as well as some new paranormal skills (telekinesis anyone?)—people start committing suicide at a mysterious and alarming rate. King hits his sweet spot in this final episode of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, introducing his talent for horror into a storyline that already has featured some great detective writing. The result is a book that mixes revenge, crime, and otherworldly powers, bringing the trilogy to a thrilling, satisfying close. --Chris Schluep, The Amazon Book Review
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“Stephen King’s superb new stay-up-all-night thriller, Finders Keepers, is a sly,often poignant tale of literary obsession that recalls the themes of his classic 1987 novel Misery…a love letter to the joys of reading and to American literature… wonderful, scary, moving.” (Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post)
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"The new book is so good, being at least mildly obsessed with it is understandable. The finest thing about it, however, is that the author has another story to tell before the finale of this excellent series.” (USA Today)
Praise for Mr. Mercedes
"Classic Stephen King. Creepy, yet realistic characters that get under your skin and stay there, a compelling story that twists and turns at breakneck speed, and delightful prose that, once again, proves that one of America’s greatest natural storytellers is also one of its finest writers." (Associated Press)
“Think of Mr. Mercedes as an AC/DC song: uncluttered, chugging with momentum, and a lot harder to pull off than it looks. . . . King has written a hot rod of a novel,perfect for a few summer days at the pool. Mercedes-Benz commands drivers to demand ‘the best or nothing.’ In pop-fiction terms, that motto still applies to Stephen King, too. With apologies to AC/DC, the highway to hell never felt so fun.” (Christian Science Monitor)
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Praise for End of Watch
“King has dealt before with this novel’s different themes—endowment with dangerous supernatural powers, the zombifying effect of modern consumer electronics—but he finds fresh approaches to them and inventive ways to introduce them in the lives of his recurring cast of sympathetic characters, whose pains and triumphs the reader feels. King’s legion of fans will find this splice of mystery and horror a fitting finale to his Bill Hodges trilogy.” (Publishers Weekly, STARRED review)
“[A] tense, thrilling conclusion to King’s Bill Hodges trilogy…One would assume that a writer like King, who has been at the top of his game for decades, would eventually run out of ideas. Instead, he serves up one of the most original crime thrillers to come along in years…A spectacular, pulse-pounding, read-in-one-sitting wrap-up that will more than satisfy King’s Constant Readers.” (Library Journal, STARRED review)
“Few of King's myriad terrors feel as visceral and close to home as the sense of human mortality that looms over his new book, End of Watch… an undeniable page-turner… Throughout his tale, King nimbly pulls together numerous plot threads and characters…and for good measure throws in a final nail-biting chase through a blizzard. One finishes this novel feeling great empathy for its resolute protagonist, and even greater trepidation about that next round of Candy Crush.” (Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post)
“A deliciously savory conclusion to King’s phenomenal hard-boiled Mr. Mercedes trilogy…gripping… as strong a King series as The Dark Tower in terms of characterization and pure storytelling. When it comes to the gumshoe genre, though, fingers crossed King’s not yet closed for business.” (Brian Truitt, USA Today)
“King works his customary storytelling magic, unspooling the plot threads almost as quickly as readers can turn the pages… If you're wrapping up the trilogy, enjoy. If you're just getting started, you're in for a thrilling ride.” (Rob Merrill, The Associated Press)
“Keeps readers on edge... King stitches together threads from these events to weave a taut conclusion to the tale of Brady Hartsfield. But — and with King you never know — he does leave open the chance that some of the characters will be back. Because in Stephen King’s world, is anyone ever really gone for good?” (Amanda St. Amand, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
“Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy has proved to be a welcome change of pace for the best-selling Maine author… The wintery, blood-soaked climax of the novel provides a fitting resolution not only to the action at hand but to the trilogy as a whole. King will always be best known for his tales of supernatural horror, but it’s great fun to watch him experiment with form, genre and subject matter. He has more than his fair share of laurels, but he never seems to rest on them. Here’s hoping King can maintain the creative momentum of the Bill Hodges Trilogy as he heads into the next uncharted literary territory.” (Michael Berry, The Portland Press Herald)
“A satisfying conclusion to this crackerjack detective series… As the book’s title suggests, there is finality and loss in the final pages. Readers may find themselves wiping away a few tears as this well-written, involving series comes to an end.” (Doug Knoop, The Seattle Times)
“Outstanding… ‘End of Watch’ gives us King at the height of his powers. Masterfully plotted, the novel is propelled toward its page-blurring conclusion by two deadly forces: Hodges’ advancing disease and Brady’s relentless murderous impulse.” (John Wilwol, Newsday)
“The book leaves a surprisingly deep, melancholy mark, crystallizing the themes that have become prevalent in King’s recent work...’End of Watch’ hurtles toward a conclusion you anticipate and dread in equal measure — that wonderful, terrible anxiety King’s constant readers have been relishing for more than four decades now. ‘He’s not done with you yet,’ reads an ominous message Hodges receives on his computer in End of Watch. We’re lucky. King isn’t done with us either.” (Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald)
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Top Customer Reviews
In "End of Watch", King amped up the suspense--palpable throughout the novel--and threw in the stuff that made him famous...eerie supernatural occurrences, made utterly believable by his masterful writing.
But, for me, the real treasures in End of Watch are King's characters. Bill, Jerome and Holly are some of the most realistic and endearing characters King has written, and during the course of the trilogy, you can feel them develop & grow. Holly, especially, is most memorable and wonderfully unique. As for Brady-- the villain we loved to hate in Mr. Mercedes? No letdown there, either!
While "Finders Keepers" wasn't my favorite King novel, I thought "End of Watch" was the perfect conclusion to the Bill Hodges Trilogy.
By the way, while the three novels are best read as a trilogy, King has included enough background in each (without being horribly repetitive) that they could, I suppose, be read as stand alone novels...but you'd be missing out.
I was disappointed in his use of telekinesis in the book which he has used in the past. I believe it was close to "jumping the shark" with Brady's third attempt at mass killings.
In the end, I read it to comple the trilogy. However, when I tell friends that King is a great writer with Rich dialogue, charachrkter development and he goes way beyond horror, I would not recommend this trilogy or this book. He has done and can do much better.
Mr. Mercedes peaked my interest in the series, as I loved the plot and Hodges' nemesis Brady. Going into Finders Keepers, I loved everything about the book. The story kept me interested, the way it was written in different time periods and the shifted back to the way Mr. Mercedes was written.
However, I feel like the only thing End of Watch had working for it was throwing back to Stephen Kings typical horror (can't go into detail here without giving stuff away). Other than this, I feel like the book was kind of a hot mess and a little over the top with mind control and technology. I wish this book would have just gone back to basics.
I have skipped many pages dealing with Brady - can't stomach the stupidity of the story line and the arrogance of Mr. King thinking his readers are that gullible.
God, I miss those early King novels like Firestarter. But I also really enjoyed 11/22/63. Write less and write better please.