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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,394 ratings  ·  232 reviews
"An exciting novel of suspense, based on a fight to the finish between an honest and courageous young man and a cynical business tycoon who believes that anything can be had for a price."--Horn Book. An ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults, Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Writers Award, A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year, New York Public Library--Books for the Te...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 15th 1973 by Turtleback Books (first published 1972)
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Robert Beveridge
Robb White, Deathwatch (Doubleday, 1972)

When I was a kid-- say, from about three years old until high school-- I did a lot more rereading than I do now. In fact, there were some books I read and re-read so much that I ended up having to buy copies to replace those I'd worn down. I think everyone does this with a kids' picture book or two, but there were three novels I did it with in fifth and sixth grade. One of them was Wilson Rawls' Where the Red Fern Grows. I think I went through three copies...more
I'm interested to see how my seventh and eighth grade students will react to this book in 2013-2014. It was written in the 70s, and the last time I read it was in the 90s, when it was assigned reading for eighth grade English students in my fieldwork school. For fans of survival stories (most of my current students would think of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet), I think this one will still work, even though there is not a cell phone to be seen in it. When Ben takes cold, scheming California businessman,...more
Colleen Venable
I read this in 6th grade and I remembered two main things about it a) i had read it in one sitting and found it super compelling and action packed b) the main boy was totally naked about it, which aa) gave 6th grade Colleen the giggles and bb) I blame this book and my overactive imagination for me becoming boy crazy. Rereading this as an adult (a no longer boy crazy one) I find it hysterical that my first literary crush was so bland and stuck in such a 'meh' book. Sure it had it's moments but I...more
This is the book that I read in the seventh grade that made me want to be a criminal prosecuting lawyer! I can't believe that I forgot it (thankyou Tara for reading it)!! We read it as a class and didn't read the last chapter. We put on a mock trial with the two main characters as prosecution and defense cilents. I was one of the prosecution lawyers. In the history of the seventh grade english teachers doing this activity with their classes the prosecution never won the case. Until felt...more
Ben is hired to take Madec through the dessert to find the bighorn he's hunting. A horrible accident occurs which rapidly escalates the situation and puts Ben in serious danger. Ben must now use his versatile abilities to keep from becoming vulture chow.
Marisa May
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May 20, 2013 Sage is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A boy named Ben is trying to go to college,
but he does not have enough money for the next
semester. a man named Matec hired Ben to be his
hunting guide for big horn sheep in the desert
mountains. once they get up to the mountains
Matecs suits up old man, He says that he mistaked
him for a sheep. when Ben tries to get help Matec
gets mad and threatens to kill him. Ben has to try
and survive hiding from attic in the mountains
with no food or water.
I do not think this book was made into a
I first read Deathwatch in the seventh grade, and it got me interested in reading. The novel is filled with the basic concepts of good versus evil; it is here that the reader meets Madec, the villain that will surprise a child-reader with his sinister character, while for the adult will drudge up images of the ugliness we have met with at some point in our lives. Madec's treatment of the protagonist Ben is surprisingly cruel even for 2009 (the book was written in '72), and the plot is fairly com...more
Joyce Baker
Joyce Baker

Ben, a 22 year old college student, was a hunting guide to a man named Madec. Madec claimed he wanted to catch a bighorn sheep. Instead Madec “accidentally” shot an old man and tried to hide him from Ben. Ben stumbled across the body and wanted to report it to the sheriff. Madec did not agree. He had Ben strip down, and he hoped 48 hours without food, clothes, and water will kill Ben. Despite all, Ben is determined to stay alive.

Ben relied on his wit and skills to stay alive...more
Gerardina Boyd
The book, Deathwatch by Robb White, is about a man named Ben who takes a man named Madec on a Bighorn hunt. Due to a seires of misfortunes, Ben is now naked in the desert with no food or water and he is being hunted by a madman.I rated the book as I did because it was very suspenseful and it had very believable characters. The plot had all kinds of twists and turns that kept you interested. A reader could become absorbed into Ben's struggle for survival. The book has both strenghts and weakness...more
Somehow, regardless of my years of reading and teaching YA literature, I managed to miss Robb White's survival story, Deathwatch. The only reason it wound up on my Nook is because my incoming 10th grade students have to read it over their summer vacation.

Survival and action are not my genres (along with sic-fi and fantasy), but I was intrigued by the man vs wild and man vs man story line. Furthermore, the cat and mouse game between Ben, a college bound teenager, and Madec, acrooked businessman...more
I read this book about fifteen years ago in school, and I remember enjoying it. I just read it again with my wife, and we loved it. Deathwatch is an action-packed book about right and wrong, integrity and guile, and survival.

The geological descriptions help paint a vivid picture of the California desert, the rugged setting for this gripping story.

This story is a reminder that sometimes bad things happen to good people. That doesn't make it okay to become a bad person, even if the result of such...more
Arjun P
In the book Deathwatch by: Robb White, the main theme is doing the right thing can be dangerous and maybe even deadly. The book is read in third person and it watch Ben and Madec. Madec is an intelligent man that is good with a gun and Ben is a college student looking for a job. Madec hires Ben to be his driver and Bighorn Sheep tracker. When an accident happens when hunting Bighorn in the middle of the desert, Madec forces Ben to leave all of his belongings with him and run, thinking Ben couldn...more

So I sat down with the book at 4pm and got up after finishing it at 7pm.

As for the author's writing, masterful. Or at least I thought so. While reading you get so absorbed in the story that you feel like you're living it, and it is excruciating, thrilling, terrifying, painful. This book moved me to feelings of anger, hatred, hope, futility, despair, victory, EVEN MORE anger, absolute rage, and extreme relief.

First off, the story takes off running! You have a protagonist that anyone can ide...more
May 17, 2014 Connor rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dudes
Recommended to Connor by: Mrs Ermenville (for Battle of the Books)
Shelves: ease-in
Ben is working as a guide for a man who recently got a license to kill one bighorn in the desert. But when the man, named Madec, accidentally kills one of the nameless old men who wander said desert, Ben finds himself fighting for his life as Madec tries to kill him in the cruelest and most brutal way possible so he can't tell.
At first, I was like, nah man, this book is shiiiiit. But after a while, I found myself getting drawn into it, albeit reluctantly. I've always liked survival books, but no...more
I read this book as a young boy and have often thought back to it. I just came across the title tonight on and figured I'd better post it to my GR account.

I remember that this book was pretty riveting; that it kept me glued to the pages and caused me to keep questioning how it would end up until the final pages. I also remember being disturbed by how wrong and horrible the antagonist seemed. It was a lot to take in as a young boy. Nevertheless, I found it pretty exciting!
Ha, ha, I loved Marilyn's review. I'm amazed at how much the kids in my classes love this book, too. I probably should have given it 2 or 2 1/2 stars. The action is intense at the first but the rest is pretty lame to me. Even the last line of the book, which is focused on character, is empty. Really? But if it will get young boys to read (and even includes a challenging vocabulary), I am all for it. I think they even chose it because I said I didn't like it as much. Whatever.
Great little book, but only little in physical size. A teenage boy is set in the desert, naked, without shoes, water, food or any other resources while a man hunts him down. The set-up to this scenario is brilliant, and highly probable. The writing is sparse, clean, riveting. The descriptions of how the boy survives as he outwits and outmaneuvers the man hunting him is excellently done. And the kid is no superhero; he makes mistakes.

I read this all in one day as it's a short novel, but a worthw...more
This is such a fun book to teach! Almost all of my 7th graders ended the year saying it was one of their favorite books. The story is so shocking to them, but fascinating. They had a hard time putting it down! I felt the same way when I first read it. You can't help but appreciate the creative and suspenseful plot!
it's okay however rob White can ramble on for a few pages about nothing of interest.
and now im finished the end pissed me off i would rather gouge my eyes out with forks than write a 800 word essay on this horrible novel!
i want to burn the disgusting memory of it out of my mind.
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I came across this book in grade school, I must have been in third grade, and the librarian let me take it. I liked it then, though I admit it gave me nightmares. Read it again as an adult, still like it. Won't say more because it's too easy to spoil it.
Oct 11, 2009 Jenna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Jenna by: had to read it for english
I am being extremely nice with a two star review... I hated this book. The only part that kept me interested was like, the last 20 pages when he gets back to civilization!
Tatum *Sparkles*
I'm reading this in class. It's SO boring. It was pretty good at the beginning but now it's just heading downhill....
Bette Stanek
This is an awesome book to engage boys in reading; there are few of those out there at the middle school level. I teach middle school and use this book as one of my first novel studies of the year. It immediately engages male readers and keeps them engaged throughout the story. It is also a good novel to present moral/ethical questions and start great discussions. Middle school girls are not quite as engaged as the boys, but they stay interested and willingly read it. All in all, it's a keeper i...more
I wasn't expecting much from Deathwatch. First of all it is teen fiction which, forgive me, is so often just so much schlock. Second, well, it is teen fiction. I was pleased to find it to be a well-crafted work of survival and suspense. The craftsmanship along with the riveting plot make it an excellent choice for teachers of middle schoolers, even older students in the right context. My biggest problem with the book is that I have serious spatial issues when reading. There were sections in whic...more
Michael Mccutcheon
"Deathwatch" was a cat and mouse book from start to finish. Ben, who is a college student, is hired by an extreme hunter named Madec to be his guide while he hunts Bighorn in the desert. Ben, as a local knows the area well and is a great help to Madec. Unfortunately, Madec ends up shooting an old hermit on accident and wants Ben to help him hide the man and lie to the authorities. Ben refuses which causes Madec to strip Ben of his clothing and wander through the desert. Madec, with guns, food, w...more
Tiffany Cooke
Jul 11, 2011 Tiffany Cooke rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Reluctant readers - especially boys
Shelves: 2010
Deathwatch is an amazing book by Rob White! I recommend it for 8th grade reluctant readers, especially boys. The book grabs you from chapter one when it ends with a dead body. Each chapter becomes more and more intense after that.
Ben is a college student on summer break. He needs money for school, so he agrees to take Madec hunting for Bighorn sheep. Madec is a bit crazy and shoots at anything that moves - and moving includes breathing - as the sleeping Gila Monster discovers. He accidentally...more
Deathwatch is a book that I read in middle school - particularly the 7th grade (I must have read 300-400+ books during my middle school years - I kid you not), and this particular book caught my attention because it was the first cat and mouse adventure/survival story that I ever read. Ben, the protagonist, is a young adult looking for money to go to college. This leads him to pursue a trip into the desert under the direction of Madec, a greedy businessman. Madec shoots and kills a man in the de...more
01DavidZ Zavala
Once againg Mr. Thompson had to choose a book for me but then again he chose a really good book, of of the best books I have read so far. The book is about 2 guys, one is named Madec. Madec is a lawyer from los angeles he is also a hunter. And the other is named Ben. Ben is a college student. And it basically talks about them to going hunting. But it turned out to be a bad hunting trip for both of them.

So Madec hires ben to go with him to the Mojave desert to hunt for big horn sheep, after they...more
Cody Wysocki
I just started reading this book Monday and so far I like it. At the beginning of the book Ben (the guide) is taking Madec (the hunter) out to hunt big horn sheep. When they find a big horn and Ben asked Madec if he sees horns and when he says he does and shoots it Ben is unsure about it. When they get to the kill site Madec just says he shot a ewe ( mom lamb) and said lets keep hunting and when Ben gets up to the kill site and finds out that Madec shot a old man. Madec just says leave...more
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Robb White was partnered with gimmick horror film king William Castle during Castle's most popular and productive period. Born in the Philippines, White was a preacher's son who held a wide variety of jobs before landing in the Navy during World War II. He initially collaborated with Castle on the short-lived TV series "Men of Annapolis" (1957), then joined forces with the enterprising producer-di...more
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