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The Watcher

(Anna Strong Chronicles #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,998 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Newly-made vampire Anna has become a Watcher-one of the supernatural world's enforcers- even as she fights to control her vampiric rage. When a series of very dangerous events threatens to draw out her unstable powers, her Watcher mentor sends her away for her own safety. But if there's one thing Anna has always been able to find, it's trouble.

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Ace Books (first published November 27th 2007)
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Kristina Wright
Jan 06, 2008 rated it liked it
While this series is fast-paced and introduces some new elements to vampire lore (vampires can go out in sunlight! they don't need to eat, but they can get drunk!), it's not among my favorites. It's difficult to like the bounty-hunter-turned vampire, Anna Strong. She literally attacks her so-called friends when they don't tell her what she wants to know. Why does anyone put up with her?

I imagine Stein's next book will be out sometime next year and I'll certainly give it a try... maybe by then A
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Anna Strong Chronicles. It was written in a style consistent with the first two. It was a pretty good book and I think if you liked the first two, you would also like this book.

Anna is signed on to be a Watcher. As normal things get out of control. A lot happens in this book. Anna is involved in everything from helping seek down a witch bent on summoning demons into the world, to retrieving her lost boyfriend Max from what are thought to be more typical enemies.

So m
Still readable, but this will never be my favorite series nor will Anna ever be my favorite person. I plan on reading the next book, though. It kind of reminds me of Evanovitch's 'Stephanie Plum' series in some ways. An OK, quick read, but it doesn't really grab me.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Anna is still adjusting to the fact that she has been turned into a vampire but that does not mean that the world has slowed down. She has gone back to work with David, chasing down bail jumpers and has taken on the role of a watcher - a vampire who polices other vampires at the behest of Williams - the chief of police. Anna still has to travel to Mexico to feed because she refuses to heed the advice of the shifter Culebra, Fray and Williams to get a human boyfriend to full fill her sustenance n ...more
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Question: Could Anna Strong BE any more of a tramp?

Okay. Let me set the scene. She comes home to find a naked dude in her bed, fast asleep. So, what does dear, sweet Anna do? Shout "Hey you! Whatcha doing in my bed? Get the hell out!" No wait! I've got it. She takes off all of HER clothes, climbs into bed with him, and starts playing with his boy bits! Then she chews on his neck for a bit, until he finally speaks, and she realizes IT'S HER BOYFRIEND! -and that's a bad thing obviously. Because y
Chantelle Larson
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
Not what I've come to expect of these novels but still interesting and if you enjoy this series worth at least one read through.
I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this. This felt to me like a bunch of small stories all compiled together to attempt to make one bigger story. It didn't have the desired effect for me though. I'm confused as to what the cover is about, the snake didn't have much to do with the book at all aside from a small lead that didn't go an
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
now i have to decide again between 2 or 3 stars, i think i might go with 2 because anna was more irritating in this book than the others, im still holding out hope that she'll eventually grow up but my hope is getting smaller and smaller. i have to say anna was better as a human, she wasnt so into herself then she also didnt whine as much.
i also have to say that im irritated over the fact that Anna never got around to dumping Max she was a coward and just waited until he walk away - so what if t
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: para-romance
I agree with Williams. Anna thinks nothing through or the consequences of her actions, she's almost tstl...almost because she still manages to come out on top.

I missed seeing Daniel this book and I'm really hating Max right now especially since he expected Anna to willingly fall into line whilst he went off with the DEA and did who knows what.

The storyline progressed slightly...and only slightly there's still no movement in her emotional maturity and she seems to be still quite stubborn in accep
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
This one had me struggling!! I was so mad that I decided to put off the next book in the series....for now. I really liked Anna's character until this book. She just seems like one big brat who thinks she knows everything. And frankly, it turned me off! The premise of the story was poor constructed and it just did not keep my attention. So, I have to give it the lower rating and move on to something better!!
Adrian Phoenix
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed each book in Jeanne's series. I'm looking forward to reading the next!
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable escape.
Ken Liljengren
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank You Ms Stein

Helen Dean
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I love all the twists and turns Jeanne Stein puts in her books. She keeps things exciting and interesting. I can't wait to read the next one.
Michel Sizaire
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Looking forward to reading novel #4
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Stein at Mystery and Imagination bookstore in 2009 thanks to Christine and Malcolm. However, graduate school and work has slowed my personal reading down. I greatly enjoyed picking the series back up briefly and look forward to when I have free time again to catch up.
Heather Book Savvy Babe
3.5 of 5 Stars

I have been reading/listening to this Anna Strong series on audiobook and I am getting more caught up in the series. Anna Strong is a bounty hunter turned vampire. In The Watcher, Anna's mentor (who happens to also be the chief of police) has Anna hunting down rogue vampires and protecting the human population. He is training Anna to balance her new vampire nature with her human nature. Meanwhile, Anna's friends get themselves into various types of trouble. Her on/off again boyfrie
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Anna Strong Vampire Series finds the main protagonist Anna, still adjusting to her life as a vampire, and embarking on new adventures. i have to say I was a little disappointed with this one...not because it wasn't good but it just felt a bit...unfinished and under-developed.

The book starts off ...(semi-where-it-left-off) Anna is now working with her vampire Mentor, Police Chief Williams, in this supernatural secret society as a "Watcher" where she basically goes aro
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, paranormal
I'm finding that I like this series. I know that a lot of people wish Anna would "get with it" a bit faster, but I wonder just how fast I would get with it if this kind of life change happened to me. Some readers feel that she isn't learning anything and is making the same mistakes over and over again. I'm not so sure about that. I just think the time line for the series is a lot shorter than most readers realize.

The characters live in Southern California. There isn't the kind of weather that m
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
The Watcher
/Anna Strong, #3/ by Jeanne C.Stein

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Heroes: Vampires, Shapeshifters, witch
For whom:
How we met: the next in series

What I expected:
1. Еasy reading.
2. Want to know who is Casper!
3. What kind of animal is Culebra.

What I got:
1. yeah. it is that.
2. well.....emmmm. I expected someone a cool, strong, male) - ever a
defender, a prince on a white horse)).... and i got....hah... you know that y
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rezi zu Dunkle Küsse Bin jetzt bei Band 4 dieser Reihe und ja es lässt nun langsam nach. 
Anna wird mir immer suspekter O:o
Diesmal geht es darum da jemand Jagd auf Anna macht und man nicht weiß wer es ist. Dann kommt noch ein neuer Agent auf die Liste der Anna immer verfolgt und sie über Max ausfragen will was ihr sehr komisch vorkommt. Immer mehr komische Zufälle passieren und dann Rettet sie einer jungen Frau das Leben  und sie dachte das das alles richtig ist aber pustekuchen.
Williams ist stin
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
It has been awhile since I read this Anna Strong Vampire Bounty Hunter series so I can't go into detail. I read the first 5 books while on summer vacation traveling in the car. They were quick easy reads and interesting enough to keep me wanting to keep going. However, I was repeatedly irritated with the main character Anna Strong. I felt she was repeatedly making stupid mistakes due to her pride. She was always out to prove how she could do it on her own, never accepting help, and of course alw ...more
Titis Wardhana
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal

Di buku ini ada 2 cerita, pertama: Max, pacar Anna, diincar oleh Martinez dan akhirnya berhasil ditangkap dan disekap. Selama mencari Max, Anna mengalami banyak hal, mulai dari menyelamatkan istri dari suaminya yang suka KDRT sampai masuk koran, menggagalkan pemanggilan raja Iblis oleh sekumpulan pengikut penyihir pada malam Halloween, sampai telepon2 misterius yang bikin stres. Ketika akhirnya berhasil menemukan Max di rumah Martinez, Anna yang pergi sendirian tidak menduga kalau ot
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The Anna Strong series is a lot like the Mercy Thompson series, fun, light reading with characters that I just hadn’t found myself fully invested in until late in the series. It wasn’t until book six, Chosen, that I finally found myself carrying about Anna and the people around her (a lot like with the Mercy series where I didn’t feel like I cared much until book five, Silver Borne). It seems like the first 5 books were filled with world building and situations that finally got Anna to where the ...more
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: Newly-made vampire Anna has become a Watcher-one of the supernatural world's enforcers-even as she fights to control her vampiric rage. When a series of very dangerous events threatens to draw out her unstable powers, her Watcher mentor sends her away for her own safety. But if there's one thing Anna has always been able to find, it's trouble.

**Review** This time around Anna needs to deal with not only her DEA boyfriend Max, who she still hasn't told that she's a vampire, but her bount
sabisteb aka callisto
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Band 3 spielt 3 Monate nach Band 1 in der Woche im den 1. November. Anna jobbt nebenbei als "Watcher" für Chief Williams, eine Art Vampircop, die Vampirrenegaten zur Strecke bringt.
Als Culebra verschwindet und zudem noch ihr Freund Max entführt wird schickt Chief Williams nach Beo dela muerta, damit sie aus dem Weg ist und nichts anstellt. Als hätte sie damit nicht schon genug erger wird sie von einem Stalkter verfolgt und bekommt es mit einer Dämonenbeschwörenden Hexe zu tun.
Wir erfahren endlic
Nadine Maigatter
Bin jetzt bei Band 4 dieser Reihe und ja es lässt nun langsam nach.
Anna wird mir immer suspekter O:o
Diesmal geht es darum da jemand Jagd auf Anna macht und man nicht weiß wer es ist. Dann kommt noch ein neuer Agent auf die Liste der Anna immer verfolgt und sie über Max ausfragen will was ihr sehr komisch vorkommt. Immer mehr komische Zufälle passieren und dann Rettet sie einer jungen Frau das Leben und sie dachte das das alles richtig ist aber pustekuchen.
Williams ist stinksauer das sie nun in
Dorothea Müller
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna Strong sieht aus wie eine ganz normale Frau, doch sie ist so viel mehr: Seit Anna zum Vampir wurde, kämpft sie nicht nur gegen Blutsauger und andere Wesen, die eine Bedrohung für die Menschheit darstellen, sondern auch gegen sich selbst: Tief in ihr brodelt ein dunkles Verlangen, dem sie nicht nachgeben darf. Doch zum Glück gibt es im Moment genug, was sie davon ablenkt: ein rachsüchtiger mexikanischer Drogenbaron, ein psychopathischer Killer und eine Hexe, deren schwarze Magie für Anna zur ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Wendy Hines
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
The third in the Anna Strong Chronicles, this paranormal action thriller is filled with well .. action! Anna Strong is a bounty hunter and newly turned vampire. Learning her new strengths and weaknesses, she is trying to "control" her vampire side when things get a little crazy. Someone is trying to kill her, and Stein does a good job of weaving several scenarios into one strong plot. Character development and humor are a little thin but still good. How many times must the heroine sleep with dif ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series. Anna Strong, is a strong, stubborn, independent woman who just happens to be a vampire. In the 3rd book of the series, Anna, tries to rescue her boyfriend Max from a cartel drug dealer who holds Max responsible for the killing of his family. Again, this book is a fun, easy read and I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the paranormal. Another reviewer was making fun of the fact that Anna could get drunk and indicated that a vampire could not. Apparently the reviewer ...more
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