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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,251 Ratings  ·  461 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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Brigham Inkley
This book was ok. It wasn't really that interesting and I swear I might've fallen asleep. It looked really good from the back and the reviews it got on the inside cover. But, I was disappointed. There really aren't that many great or intense moments in it. Then you got to listen to the same thing over and over again for at least five chapters after they got back into town. So yeah. That's what I think of it.

This book is about Ben, a college-aged boy who needs money for college. He's hired by a w
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the book "Deathwatch". It was a great thriller. It is a book about a guy that goes hunting with a man and ends up trying to kill one another.

In the book a man names Medec is hunting with a high school hunting guide named Ben. Medec thinks he has a clear shot at a longhorn sheep. He really shot an old man that was in the mountains where they were hunting. Ben says that should go back to town and tell the truth about the dead old man but Medec thinks differently so he takes away all of Ben'
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
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
Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Thought of the Short story about how a man is hunter and he hunts people, "The Most Dangerous Game, Richard Connell and the various movies that have been made off of this theme.
Easily sucked into and entrapped.
Survival at its best.
Great thing is man who doesn't panic and thinks, problem solves will win.
Aug 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
A classic YA novel that was groundbreaking when it was released. A young man finds himself being hunted by a homicidal individual because he won't help cover up what is essentially a manslaughter. The story is short and simple as he uses his knowledge of the desert to outmaneuver the villain and survive. The story than wraps up with a legal conclusion reasserting the triumph of collective civilization over the rich and arrogant antagonist.

In 2017 younger readers will find it nothing unusual (pe
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deathwatch is told from the perspective of a college student named Ben. Ben lives with his uncle in a small town in the desert. When Ben is approached by a Los Angeles business man named Madec. Madec is a long time big game hunter and wants Ben to guide him through the desert to hunt bighorn sheep. He offers Ben enough money to carry him through the rest of college. Ben accepts and they begin their trek through the desert. Six days into their trip, Madec says he saw horns while stalking a group ...more
Brendan Folk
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could you imagine trying to survive in the desert with no clothes or shoes, and having a man trying to kill you? Ben, the main character of the book, is doing just that. Ben is struggling with having no water to drink and has an idea to climb a butte to a tunnel that will get him out of the sun and provide him with food.
The main characters of this book are Ben and Madec. Ben is a young college kid who needs money to continue on with his studies. Madec is a high paying hunter who has a once in
Simon Lindley
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Deathwatch is the ultimate survival story. Ben, the protagonist, is a college student who needs money for another semester, so he takes a job as a guide in the desert. He goes out on a bighorn sheep hunt with Madec. Madec thinks he sees a bighorn, so he shoots. It turns out it was not a bighorn, but instead an old man wondering the desert alone. Ben wants to report the accident, but Madec wants to bury the old man and carry on hunting. As the plot progresses, Madec threatens to shoot Ben and for ...more
Keinan Fratto
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a rich executive, Madec, from Los Angeles who hires a young college student named Ben who lives in a small town on the outskirts of the Mojave Desert, as a guide. Madec just received an admit to hunt bighorn sheep in this desert, and Ben is helping by driving him around the desert, to help find these bighorn.

Madec, who thought he was shooting at a bighorn, had accidently shot an old prospector. When Ben attempts in doing the right thing by reporting the accident, Madec disagr
Joyce Baker
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I recently finished Deathwatch by Robb White. It takes place in the Mojave Desert. I usually hate books I am assigned to read, and this one is no exception. This book was flat-out terrible. There are only two characters, Ben and Madec, and the main, and only, problem is that Ben is trying to survive in the desert with just nothing. NOTHING. Nothing to make the story interesting, nothing to have it be gripping, just nothing. Basically the whole idea was that Madec accidentally shot a guy, mistaki ...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
May 20, 2013 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
Gerardina Boyd
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Keeron Thomas
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventure, survival and thrill seekers.
Recommended to Keeron by: A friend
This was a very well written book. The setting is in a desert with two guys named Ben and Madec. The action from this book just kept pulling me into it just like it pulled my friend in. My friend explained how I really needed to read this book. So I gave it a shot. I read that they were suppose to go hunting, but then I ended up finding out there was a plot twist. Madec started hunting Ben down surprisingly. I thought author did a very good job of describing what was happening and explained the ...more
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aliya Peterson
Deathwatch is a thrilling, full of action book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It will keep you captivated as Ben struggles to survive the challenges he faces.
Ben was always a good boy who loved the desert, and knew it up and down. One day, Ben gets a job offer to guide a man named Madec to hunt Big horn sheep. But when an accidental murder is committed, Ben is forced to wander through the desert with no clothes, food or water. Will Ben survive?
I did not like this book very much, but if
Zachary Funk
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine trying to make a little money for college by guiding a hunter to some big horn. Easier said than done when a sudden twist occurs. An old prospector, .358 magnum shot to the forehead, dead instantly. In an effort get the old man to the jeep to report the accident, Ben finds himself naked and walking through the desert, hunted by a madman. Any chance at food or water is denied by Madec. My favorite part of the book is the end. If you like thrill-seeking, adventurous, mystery books, then I ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Maya Otterson
Mar 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about to men, Ben and Madec, who are going to hunt Bighorn Sheep, but an accident changes it all. Ben has to survive the desert with nothing to help him and a mad man hunting with a gun.
My least favorite of this book was when Ben was trying to climb the butte to survive because it was slow and a bit gruesome.
I personally found this book a bit slow a would not recommend it for people who like fast upbeat books.
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Prescott Peterson
This book is full of excitement and suspension and a lot of action and had a lot of sketchy parts and it can kind of get graphic on the injuries. I would recommend this book because if you like all the themes that I just recommended.
Ashley Powell
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book because it had suspense on you didn't know if Ben was going to make it or not or how he was going to try to survive. It grabbed my attention and that made me want to keep reading and find out what he did next.
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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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