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Dead Watch

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  8,761 ratings  ·  425 reviews
Through twenty-one novels featuring Lucas Davenport, Kidd, or the razor-edge world of the Night Crew, John Sandford has been writing brilliantly suspenseful, consistently surprising thrillers filled with rich characters and exceptional drama. But Dead Watch sets a whole new level. Early morning, Virginia, and a woman is on the run. Her husband, a former U.S. Senator, has b ...more
Published May 9th 2006 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2006)
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Michael Late to the party re answering but yes, this is one of 3 stand alone novels that Sandford has written, the others being The Night Watch and Saturn…moreLate to the party re answering but yes, this is one of 3 stand alone novels that Sandford has written, the others being The Night Watch and Saturn Run. I rated this 3 stars as I did The Night Watch and Saturn Run was 5 stars. Saturn Run is science fiction, a huge departure for Sandford but very well done.(less)
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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
John Culuris
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

★ ★ ★ 1/2

You set yourself a near impossible task when you chose to write a political thriller--a statement, admittedly, that immediately makes the reader think, Who is this idiot? There’s a whole sub-genre of them. Well, yes; and though not what I normally read, as I understand it they work because it boils down to us against them. “Us”--Americans, in most cases--personified by the hero, who faces overwhelming odds orchestrated by a foreign power or terrorist organization, or a domestic threat a
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Sandford's standalones. This one is great. Jake is a forensic bureaucracy specialist, aka fixer. He's a smart, tough guy in a very twisty situation. Great look at politics, the media, & a very believable set of dirty tricks. Good characters & dialogue. Very well narrated & written.

I liked it so much I'm going to read the first of the Virgil Flowers series next. One of these days I have to get around to the Prey series. I've read a couple, but it's been so long that I don't re
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
How are all you people givin it 5 stars when it's not even out yet?
Jeff Dickison
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would rate this book 4.5 stars if I could. An excellent stand alone by Sandford as government troubleshooter tries to solve the mystery of a missing former Senator. A good plot with plenty of action. I think this could be made in to a series but Sandford apparently is interested in doing so. Recommended.
Ron Brown
I have read numerous “Prey” books and books with “That Fuckin’ Flowers” as the main protagonists but Dead Watch is a stand-alone. Jacob Winter is a White House investigator. Not sure if that type of position really exists but the position allows Winter to head off on a journey of investigation. A politician is dead and it appears as though he’s been murdered and suspicion falls on the dead man’s political opponent. Winter is called in by the White House to investigate. He leaves the inert FBI in ...more
Sep 20, 2014 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
Elly Wendy
3* This time, I enjoyed this book a lot. It even has a little humour.

2* Alas, possibly because I'm still involved in a great series and waiting for another of its audiobooks, I just couldn’t get into this one. Maybe I’ll do better next time.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
audio book Let me explain the poor rating: There many excellent parts or scenes to this product. It was not a coherent and connective story. Several times I had to check my mp3 player thinking it had shuffled the order of the discs. I really don't know who is responsible for editing, but Sandford's name is on the product so I'll lay the blame on him.
Cheryl Jewhurst
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Jake Winter, Washington "researcher". Problem solver, investigator. Good story, pages keep turning easily. Typical John Sandford and if you're a fan like me, you'll like this.
Markirah Shaw
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
Geoff Battle
As the Davenport character from the Prey series began to get involved with politics Sandford probably wondered how to get this plot in to the series. A hardcore political story wouldn't match the Prey series and thus, Jake Winter, specialist in forensic bureaucracy, was born. A latter-day Sherlock Holmes, with a military background, just in case the story needs some action scenes. Dead Watch requires concentration and the first few chapters are confusing, with lots of characters in various polit ...more
Sandford has written 3 stand alone novels, Saturn Run (5 stars!), The Night Watch (3 stars) and this one, Dead Watch.

While interesting this didn't have the bite or flair of the Prey series novels. Jake Winter was like Lucas Davenport lite. The romance was not all that realistic and much of the action seemed contrived, also not quite realistic. There was Sandford's use of black humor at times and his great attention to the small details that don't add to the plot but certainly helps one see the o
Eric Wright
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.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The second half of this novel is much better than the first. This novel drags unnecessarily until Sanford provides some action after much early hocus-pocus boredom. In fact, I believe the novel would be better by doing away with the first 25% easily. Once Sanford finally gets into the action, the characters become people us readers want to care about. 5 out of 10 stars for this below average novel for Sanford.
Michael Gilstrap
Vintage Sandford

I started reading “Dead Watch” with fairly low expectations. I love the Prey series and Virgil Flowers novels. A new character? As good as Lucas and Virgil? Not likely. But Sandford delivered in spades! Tight plotting. Great dialogue. Character depth. Jake Winter is a keeper!
Susannah Carleton
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book about a former politician’s attempt to discredit the current administration, an assisted suicide made to look like murder, a crooked governor’s attempt to force the vice-president into resigning in the hope that he’ll be chosen to replace the VP, and a former military man, now a government researcher, who resolves problems by digging deep for the truth.
Patricia Henry
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jake Winter is the main character in this book, works for the chief of staff for the president of the US. He is an investigator trying to figure out what has missing former senator. Lots of twists and turns, political and otherwise in the book. Location is mostly Virginia and DC. An interesting look at the political world. A change of pace for me with the main character.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook #3 so far this year. I liked this book. It was entertaining and exactly what I hoped it would be. I liked the main character and found it to be suspenseful and exciting. I’ll probably want to read other books by this author in the future.
Debra Respondek
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I'm so hooked on Lucas Davevport series I didn't know if I would like this new character Jacob Winter but I would read another one if John Sandford would write another one.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-hc-1st
Excellent book - Full of twists and turns. Jake is a very likable character
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out slow but turned out to be pretty darn good. Not as good as the Prey series but kind of nice for a change.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book. American politics and back door deals and adventures.
May 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My first John Sanford book and not a great introduction to this author. The storyline was interesting to start. A former U.S. Senator is missing and it seems his young wife is also being stalked. The Chief of Staff to the President becomes involved and covertly hires a former Ranger as a consultant to look into the matter. There is concern that the kidnapping may affect the election. If you like reading books in which the media and all politicians (no matter what party) are self serving and devi ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone told me Sandford writes the best thrillers. Well, maybe I read the wrong book. Based in DC with political intrigues, so I didn't like most of the characters and the action was slow. To be more fair I suppose I should give one of his Prey or Flowers books a shot, but don't feel very motivated for now.
Mal Warwick
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Senator Bowe has gone missing and his wife Madison wants to know why. So does the President. Jake Winters is a researcher that the President calls on when he needs help with special situations. This is one of those situations. When the Senator is found dead in the woods, Jake and Madison are thrown together in order to determine exactly what happened, but they may be in for more than they bargained for before they get their answers.

As with other novels by this author, this is a thriller with som
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda Patterson
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
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John Sandford was born John Roswell 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 Univer
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