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Dead Watch

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  6,198 Ratings  ·  322 Reviews
Early morning, Virginia, and a woman is on the run. Her husband, a former U.S. Senator, has been missing for days. Kidnapped? Murdered? She doesn't know, but she thinks she knows who's involved, and why. And that she's next.

Hours later in Washington, D.C., a cell phone rings. The White House chief of staff needs Jacob Winter now. His chief investigator and an Army Intellig
Paperback, 406 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2006)
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This is a book about some really shady stuff being done by major political figures amidst a media circus. *sigh* So much for reading to escape reality….

Jacob Winter is former soldier who became an academic after suffering a leg injury in Afghanistan. His study and expertise of navigating the corridors of power in DC have led to him becoming a consultant for the White House. Essentially they call him in when there’s a political hot potato getting tossed around, and his job is to apply pressure to
Jun 26, 2013 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Listened to this as an audiobook. Read by a favorite: Richard Ferrone who seems to make a specialty of John Sandford's books.

A refreshing change from the increasingly redundant Lucas Davenport series. In this case we follow Jacob, "Jake," Winter, a "forensic bureaucracy specialist." He works for the president's chief of staff as a fixer who uses his knowledge of the bureaucracy to solve problems. He has one "Rule": who benefits? Answer that question and most every problem becomes easily solvable
Sep 20, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Skip this one. The story is improbable, and the protagonist is unappealing. His stupidity gets people killed. He gets beat up. He can't outsmart the bad guys, so he tries to outshoot them. He elects to use a relatively slow-operating bolt-action rifle to take on a couple of bad guys armed with automatic weapons. How smart is that? He could have easily purchased a relatively inexpensive, but still very accurate, semi-automatic rifle with a telescopic sight that would have given him a faster shoot ...more
Mal Warwick
Nov 30, 2015 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it
John Roswell Camp, aka John Sandford, is the author of nearly four dozen books, the bestselling 25-book Prey series most prominent among them. Lucas Davenport of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension stars in the series, often assisted by the crack investigator Virgil Flowers (who sports his own eight-book series).
A new bestselling series?

Dead Watch bears all the signs of a new series coming on. Sandford has moved the setting from the Twin Cities to Washington, DC, where Jacob Winter wor
Markirah Shaw
May 24, 2014 Markirah Shaw rated it it was ok
If I hadn't looked at the author bio on the inside back cover, I never would have guessed this novel was written by a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist because the story was told in a shallow, ill-paced fashion.

Then again, it really did have all the hallmarks of a piece of journalism: objective descriptions of settings and characters - but to the point that the reader can't invest in the story arcs and therefore can't really care about the characters; a blunt and minimal narrative - which isn't
Jul 28, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
A very intriguing from the mind and pen of John Sandford. A former Senator disappears mysteriously and it is of such political importance a researcher who does special projects for the government is asked to find the Senator. Our researchers name is Jacob Winter, he begins to stir up problems for all culpable and soon things begin to happen. The Senator turns up dead, and the details of his death will get your mind to work. The investigation leads to the Governor of Virginia and his watchmen, in ...more
It was a decent story, although I don’t see a series out of it, like all his other characters become part of. Basically, a former Republican senator is aware of some dirt on the Democrat administration in the White House. In the state of Virginia, the Democrat governor of VA wants a place in the national administration and is willing to bend the rules to get it. In the middle is a former Army Intel guy who is hired by the White House to find out what the hell is going on. The wife of the senator ...more
Sep 02, 2013 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Out of all the John Sandford novels I've read, DEAD WATCH is my favorite. It reminded me of a cross between two great movies I saw earlier this year: JACK REACHER and BROKEN CITY. John Sandford is at his peak here, both in terms of writing and plotting. DEAD WATCH is filled with twists, memorable characters, and down-'n-dirty action. It's a political thriller, and thankfully a relatively non-partisan one. Too bad this book didn't get more traction with the general public, because I, for one, wou ...more
Jun 18, 2007 Dana rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Bus Passengers
I feel compelled to give this one a moderately good review, if only because I recently found myself defending popular literature to a literary (and musical) fascist many times more severe and uncompromising than myself.

Defining art is difficult. "I know it when I see it" is vastly unsatisfying, but may be the best I can come up with. Or that anyone can come up with. In any event, I have long been a connoisseur of what I like to call grocery store novels, and Dead Watch measured up well enough t
Eric Wright
Oct 30, 2014 Eric Wright rated it liked it
An unusual take on the Washington scene. Jacob Winter, former army intelligence vet. now specializing in forensic bureaucracy--how to find out what is happening in the Pentagon, White House, etc. Navigating the maze of disinformation.

He is called in by the White House to investigate the disappearance of former US senator. He quickly gets entangled with a vigilante-promoting government and the wife of the missing senator. Lots of twists and turns including romance.
Jul 01, 2016 Pam rated it liked it
I was a good book, but I didn't like this as well as his other books wasn't keeping my interest
Victoria ~
Dec 14, 2016 Victoria ~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I’m a big fan of the author, John Sandford, so when the crush of a heavy workload at work and school had me stuck between a rock and a hard place, I looked to his work for a mental getaway. Because I read (nay, consume) the ‘Prey’, Flowers and Kidd books voraciously, a re-read would not likely have distracted me enough, but John Sandford has just introduced me to Jacob Winter. Mr. Winter is a political insider and author tasked with finding a missing person using his forensic ability to navigate ...more
Dec 09, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it
This is a good book. It isn't a Lucas Davenport or a Virgil Flowers but has an interesting person as the
"hero" in Jake Winters, an ex-army intelligence officer. He is asked by the president to investigate the disappearance of Lincoln Bowe, an ex-senator. The investigation leads him into a dark world of political dirty tricks as well as modern "stormtroopers" who are keeping an eye on people and issues. This book has a little of everything: murder, theft, kidnapping, and scapegoats It really was
Dec 29, 2016 Eric rated it liked it
This was just an okay book. An action/thriller type of book that had a decent story and characters. At times it seemed to drag. The ending was just sort of ehhhhh to me.
Dec 28, 2016 wally rated it liked it
Shelves: sandford
finished this one this afternoon. good story.
Any Length
Oct 10, 2016 Any Length rated it liked it
Good book with political intrigue and plotting. A few too many people in it for my liking. As an audio reader, I have a limit as to how many people I can juggle when I don't get to see their names.
Feb 23, 2014 Phoenix rated it did not like it
Shelves: sandford-novels
Not my favourite Sanford, by any means, but this is a question of personal taste. The storyline, in itself, is a gripping, fast paced and well recounted tale. So what didn't I like? I did not like the main character, on Jake Winter. He was a snivelling combination of outrageous and conflicting personality and character traits. A sexually obsessed, Afghan war 'hero' with a limp from the over used roadside bomb blast victim model who walks with difficulty using a cane yet nonetheless offers to kic ...more
Alex Cetra
Oct 02, 2016 Alex Cetra rated it liked it
Entertaining , easy-reading political thriller. A sort of "spoken novel"; particularly useful when you cannot afford the time to deal with more profound books.
Veronica Harris
Wanted Madison to be one of the bad guys; could have had fewer characters, otherwise a good thriller.
Jun 15, 2008 Kathy rated it liked it
Well, I had a tough time deciding the number of stars I wanted to award this book. I have read almost all of the Sandford books* and I was glad to see that he had tackled a new protagonist. And, I LIKED Jake Winter. Actually, I think that Sandford does a good job of making his characters believeable - he just doesn't fill all of them out enough to make them MEMORABLE. But maybe this is just a personal problem. More than 3 names, I start to graze & glaze! Seriously, I believe that I simply pr ...more
Bruce Snell
Jan 22, 2012 Bruce Snell rated it liked it
This stand-alone book from John Sandford deserves 3.5 stars, but that is not one of the choices available so it gets 3. This is a political thriller with Jacob Winter in the lead role. Jake is a political "fixer" - a man who can get things done. He is called in by the President's office to head up an unofficial investigation into the kidnapping of a political opponent - Lincoln Bowe - who disappeared a few days earlier. Jake's orders are to get something done - get the FBI working, talk to peopl ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Jerry rated it liked it
Standalone, mostly political, thriller from crime-meister Sandford…

We are big Sandford fans and thought we had read his every novel – until we discovered this standalone thriller he authored in 2007. Unlike his Davenport and Flowers crime thrillers, “Dead Watch” is more of a political thriller in the manner of David Baldacci. In the plot, a Senator is missing; and Jake Winter, an ex-military troubleshooter on-call, is brought in to find him. That discovery, as well as other intriguing facts abou
Aug 30, 2014 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Sanford's writing is good and the story is compelling but like Stephen King, he's letting his political preferences show (albeit not quite as blatantly). The good guys are Democrats and the bad guys are (for the most part) Republicans. I long for the old days when people wrote books about Washington intrigue without ever naming the party. The protagonist talked about "our party" and the "opposing party" and no matter which side of the fence you were on, you could believe that the good ...more
Mike Kennedy
Jul 27, 2014 Mike Kennedy rated it really liked it
Shelves: john-sanford
Decided to go back and read one of the few Sanford novels I haven't read yet. Dead Watch was a pretty good read. It was defiantly outside of Sanford's normal locale. All of his other novels are based in Minnesota, but this one is based in Washington DC and the East Coast. Jacob Winter is the main character in the book. He is a former intelligence officer in the army who was permanently injured by a bomb. He now does some consulting for the white house. I though this was a pretty good read overal ...more
Amanda Patterson
Nov 16, 2010 Amanda Patterson rated it liked it
Lincoln Bowe, a controversial Republican ex-senator, disappears. The White House assigns Jacob Winter, a senior operative to the case as Bowe went missing after publically attacking his rival, Arlo Goodman. Goodman also heads a militia group known as the Watchmen.
Bowe’s burnt, headless corpse is found and Winter is under pressure to discover the killers. Along with Madison Bowes, the beautiful but untrustworthy widow, Winter discovers that Bowe’s death may be an elaborate staging of events desig
Jan 19, 2010 Shawn rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this novel, but I don't know why. The story is about an army intelligence veteran who solves a crime committed by members of the government, against members of the government. So the story has nothing to do with me; it's about people in Washington, DC, lawyers, politicians, rich, successful people, and tough, military guys with guns and really nice clothes, and hunting lodges in the woods. What does any of this have to do with real life? Nothing at all, that I can see. John San ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Irma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sandford
This is my first book by John SAndford and I did like it. The story was quite exciting as I had no idea where the story was leading to and I like that in a book.
Whether those political jousts are truthfull I can't say but that doesn't really matter to me.
I liked the story and am interested in more books by Sandford.

Dit is mijn eerste boek van John Sandford en ik vond het zeker de moeite waard. Ik vond het heel spannend, het was voor mij niet duidelijk waar het verhaal naartoe zou gaan en dat vin
Louie Flann
Not the usual cast of characters. In this one, the hero is a Washington consultant who is sent in to solve sticky problems.

This sticky problem was a missing person. It was thought he was abducted by a state governor who founded a large group of volunteers who were considered by most to be almost-out-of-control thugs—WWII style.

One thing missing from this good mystery was Sandford’s humor. His regular players always bust me up with antics and commentaries on their Minnesota lives.
The plot evol
Sep 25, 2009 Dick rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I am a huge fan of John Sandford. Started with the Lucas Davenport series set in Minnesota. This is proving good, too.

I like this book. I have focussed on the Lucas Davenport series so venturing into this new character, Jake Winter, was almost feeling like betrayal. But Sandford did a good job setting up this lead character and the story (hopefully, not the sort of thing that happens often in Washington). I thought he too easily got involved with the female character but the story held my intere
Jun 16, 2013 Ruby rated it it was ok
This book had a similar plotting style to many other Sandford books, but the characters were shallow and uninteresting. The magic that keeps me reading all the Prey books, and the books about Virgil Flowers, is that I really really like Davenport and Flowers (and their loyal sidekicks, bosses, lovers, ex-lovers, etc). They live and grow and change from book to book. They start and stop relationships, they are assigned to different projects, with different priorities. These factors keep these boo ...more
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John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in th ...more
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