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Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book (Watchlist #1-2)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Vanguard Press (first published 2009)
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Tammy
Dec 25, 2010 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Jeffery Deaver is one of my favorite authors. I am half in love with Lincoln Rhyme and I really like his Catherine Dance series. Having said that, I know I was taking a chance an a novel written by several authors. No matter how great. Deaver put together a group of top-selling novelists to collaborate on Watchlist. Deaver wrote the first two chapters and last one while each writer took one chapter in between to expand the story.
What entailed, for me, was an average thriller. I have a feeling it
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Matt
Jun 27, 2011 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i am 75% thru this one (reading on my Kindle)... very tough to follow the plot line since you must get used to a different authors voice and style every chapter. I have been very tempted to just stop reading (more than once) and I still might!

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Uncle... I've had enough already!

okay that's it. Another new chapter and another lousy author transition. "It's all I can stands... I can't stands no more..." to quote Popeye. It's too much to take. It's like reading a schizophren
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Cheryl
Feb 28, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the request of The Book Trib, a HC copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review
From the Book's Jacket:
Watchlist: Two powerful novellas featuring the same thrilling cast of characters in one major suspenseful package
Synopsis: Harold Middleton, former crimes of war investigator takes the reader on a non-stop journey around the world in both story lines. The first novella he is on the hunt and then hunted for a never before seen Chopin manuscript. But is there a secret in this never be
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Laura
I'll be the first to admit I'm not a great fan of the thriller genre, and this book didn't convince me I was missing much. Quite possibly it wasn't the genre's fault, but the fact that this is a gimmick book. What's the gimmick? Gather a bunch of thriller writers (the only names I recognized were Jeffrey Deaver and Lisa Scottoline, but I'm sure the others are well-known to thriller fans) and have them add chapters to the stories.

While the plot hung together as much as one would expect from a "y
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Gene
Jan 25, 2015 Gene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
another book from great thriller writer, into two serial thrillers

good reading
Jim Pozenel
Feb 17, 2010 Jim Pozenel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After listening to a radio interview with Jeffery Deaver, I thought that the concept for this book was really interesting and might be worth reading. I was able to get the book from our library system and got a brand new copy. I felt lucky to get it so quickly.

Was I ever wrong! I've read "thrillers" before, some good, some not. Both stories in this book were such a chore reading. I found the stories so ridiculous that I was eventually bored beyond belief. Normally I don't have a problem suspendi
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Cheryle
Mar 18, 2011 Cheryle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
On the surface, a good idea. In reality, not so much.

Gather a group of big-name mystery writers and have them collaborate on a book - each providing a chapter and furthering the story. Unfortunately, it was all too clear that the voices changed with each chapter, causing a loss of "flow." The second part was better than the first, but I hope they don't try it again. If they do, I'll have to be really bored to pick it up!
Marcie
Feb 09, 2011 Marcie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Kindle freebee. I liked the idea of different authors writing each chapter. But sometimes I think that it made the book feel pretty choppy. You could tell the chapters were all written by different people. It was a spy type thriller. It was okay, but I just couldn't get that into the story. Each chapter seem to be way too overloaded with information and action. Just an okay book.
Chris Cosci
Jun 04, 2014 Chris Cosci rated it liked it
An interesting idea, somewhat successfully pulled off. The editors did a good job of taking various authors with different styles and combining their writing into two (mostly) coherent stories.

Jeffrey Deaver starts off each story, then hands over subsequent chapters to some of the best modern thriller writers. I'm sure it was a fascinating exercise for these skilled writers, and I'd be interested to learn more about how it all worked. Honestly, they could have added a more thorough introduction
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Annette Jordan
A book in serial format with each chapter written by a different author.
I was curious as to how well it would work, but it turned out pretty ok, the different writers seemed to modulate their styles to create a cohesive whole
The first book "The Chopin Manuscript" was full of international intrigue and mystery with a twisting and turning plot that kept me interested, though there was quite a population of characters to keep track of.
The second story " The Copper Bracelet" was a political thrille
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Carrie
I had high hopes for this book - it looked so neat and the main writer is from Durham. Several thriller novelists took turns writing chapters. I got about 3/4 through and decided I have better things to do & read. I got really tired of the F word and other things. The plot jumped around a lot and I just didn't care enough. Oh well!
Sez
May 15, 2012 Sez rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really great concept, but I grew bored.

I liked how you could be engrossed in one chapter and put it down the next (due to the different authors), but that also made it so much easier to give up on.

I turned to a proper Jeffery Deaver, instead.
Michelle
Thriller authors take turns moving along a two-part story of intrigue and conspiracy. A great concept, though an uneven experience. Harry Middleton is one of a handful of continuing characters without whom I would totally have lost the plot. Different authors add, kill off and revive secondary characters with impunity to move the plot in unexpected directions, however it gets truly confusing in short order. The focus on plot and story line means character development and atmosphere is out of bal ...more
Jennifer Swanson
Dec 31, 2014 Jennifer Swanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: Carole McCall
interesting to see how each author added their own twist and turn to the plot - enjoyed it
Jackie
Feb 08, 2010 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middleton is an interesting character,but doesn't hold a candle to Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme.
Peggy
May 30, 2016 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really two books in one-the first being The Chopin Manuscript and the second being The Copper Bracelet. It starts out with a man being killed and his rare music manuscript is missing, which is just not any manuscript but has a hidden code embedded in the music. What sets this suspense thriller apart is that each chapter was given to a different author. So Deaver was not the only writer. I was skeptical at first, but the book flowed very well with all the different writers who took on th ...more
Sue Klasing
The Watchlist ... this is an audio book of two stories The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet. The unique thing about this is that it was written by MANY authors each taking a chapter of the unfolding mystery with Jeffrey Deaver writing the first and last chapters of each story. I was more intrigued by this concept than I was the actual stories, they are espionage, so if you like that you'll love them I always get lost in who the good guys and the bad guys are.
Linda Barnes, Brett Battles
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Susie
Nov 20, 2015 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So-so story; what was compelling was the collaborative idea behind the book - imagining the creation of a story. I would have loved to read a novel about 10 thriller writers' journey authoring this kind of work. How did they write just a chapter? Did they have an ending imagined and how did it feel to have the plot line wrested from their hands and squeezed through the pen of another?
My mind was occupied the whole book through the behind-the-scenes questions, which was enjoyable in it's own way
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Susanhayeshotmail.com
So, I grew up in the rainy part of the Pacific Northwest which means there were a lot of rainy afternoons and Saturdays to pass. When almost, but not quite, desperately bored my best friend and I used to entertain ourselves by one of us starting a story, yammering on (sometimes on tape) for awhile, building the plot to as fevered a pitch as our 13 year old brains could conceive of and then passing the storyline and the mic to the other, who would then take off from there and continue building th ...more
Rebekah Scott
May 01, 2012 Rebekah Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, 2010
Imagine a group of your favorite writers sitting in a circle telling a story. One writer after another builds upon a single tale, spinning a narrative that twists and turns and ends on the edge of a cliff before turning to the next author and challenging them to continue the story. “Watchlist” is the result of just such collaboration. Conceived by best-selling author Jeffery Deaver, this group of 22 authors, all members of the International Thriller Writers, included Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline, ...more
Cheryl
Feb 25, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harold Middleton is a former war crimes investigator. He was heading back to the States when he was detained. He thought it was because he held in his possession an unscripted manuscript of composer, Frederic Chopin. The police inform Harold that he is a suspect for murder. Harold is the most unlikely person to commit murder or is he? Also what Harold thought was a fake manuscript has turned out to be the real deal. Join Harold as he races from Poland to America in The Chopin Manuscript.

In The C
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Chris
Dec 08, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by this book because of how it was written. The book is the collaborative effort of a dozen or more contemporary 'thriller and espionage' writers. The primary author invented the characters and structured the overall plot, and then wrote the first chapter. Each additional author wrote one or more chapters, and then the original author wrapped up the book by writing the final pages of the story.

The book is actually comprised of two novellas, 'The Chopin Manuscript' and 'The Copper
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Marianne
Apr 23, 2012 Marianne rated it really liked it
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 m
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Sarah Sammis
Aug 29, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Friends of Hayward Library
Shelves: pc, audio, read-in-2012
Watchlist by Jeffery Deaveris and twenty-one other mystery authors brings together two serial thriller audio novellas: The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet. Combined the two mysteries make a 13 disc (roughly 15 hours) set.

The Chopin Manuscript introduces a small core of characters amongst a huge ensemble of villains, heroes and victims. The heroes are Harry Middleton, his daughter Charley, Nora Tesla and a young Polish violin player. They are fighting for their lives as a Chopin manuscr
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Emily
May 25, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jack Reacher
Shelves: mysteries
I love Jeffery Deaver novels, especially earlier ones where the 'surprise twist' is still a surprise rather than an annoying requisite at every page turn (e.g., The Devil's Teardrop over say, The Twelfth Card). Side note: Lee Child does contribute a chapter. Harry Middleton is no Jack Reacher, but there are enough similarities for fans to try him. Though Deaver starts the series and creates Middleton, I don't see enough of Deaver in Middleton to recommend specifically for Deaver fans.

Compilation
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MJ
May 25, 2015 MJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book consists of two thrillers with the same main characters. What makes these stories unique is that each chapter is written by a different author. Based on this fact, I must say that I was impressed, especially with the second story when it appeared that the writers finally fell in stride. This first story was all over the place and some chapters felt like the writers just wanted to get it written and passed on to some one else. The plot was good but the building the plot with suspense wa ...more
Shelly Post
I really enjoyed these books! I actually listened to them on a Playaway recording. They're two books on the same general theme with most of the same characters - each chapter written by different prominent writers. I don't usually read political espionage thrillers - so was surprised at how much I enjoyed these. Seamlessly written even though by many people and the narrator was also a perfect choice. I'd definitely recommend this to others :D
Sally Beaudean
May 06, 2015 Sally Beaudean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. So many well-developed characters involved in a story with multiple layers of intrigue will keep the reader's interest from start to finish.
Jenn
Dec 27, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very loved Christmas present from my husband. I truly enjoyed the different chapters throughout this two-tale book. However, I preferred the first story to the second. Politics is not always a fond topic and I had a hard time with some of the details in The Copper Bracelet. I found the transition from author to author fairly smooth, with only one or two exceptions. It was a great task to make my mind adjust to each new voice and was very enjoyable.
I have read two other books written this way -
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Stephanie
Jan 06, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel has an interesting idea--the first and last chapters are written by Jeffery Deaver (of Bone Collector fame), one of my favorite authors. But the intervening chapters are each written by a different, also notable, mystery/thriller writer. The result is that it is exceedingly well written, but... every chapter being that author's only moment to shine means that every chapter has all the twists, turns, double crossings, surprise plot devices, and total shockers that usually are in one no ...more
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