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Where does The Watchman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's up there in the top 15 to 20%. I have been reading Robert Crais for about 25 years now. He used to make me laugh out loud. As time has gone on, Crais has developed a real life for Elvis Cole, and in this book he develops a sort-of real life for Pike. Pike has been a silent, super-strong Superman who always came to Cole's rescue when the chips were down. In this book, which was published in 2007, Pike gets caught up in an extremely complicated web, with a seductive, rich, gorgeous young woman at the center of it. They fall in love, but...well, I won't spoil the end of the book. Extremely enjoyable, if somewhat convoluted and contrived at the last ninety minutes or so.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pike is clearly the star here. Crais has put Elvis in the middle of so many adventures that it is high time for Pike to have his own. And he does, and it is a whopper.
What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He is extremely good at slipping from one character to another, and from one mood to another. There are a lot of characters, and Mr. Daniels has mastered them all. Pike's hoarse, throaty voice is the distinctive center of the action. Daniels does the females with respect and substance. Crais has written them as real women, as he did with the woman that Cole fell in love with years ago, Lucy Chenier. I heard not a false moment from Mr. Daniels.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Again, this is not what I do. As far as I know, at least one book has been made into a movie, and it was depressingly, vividly violent. I am fairly confident that Mr. Crais enjoyed the financial reward, but he probably had lots of problems with the final product. Hollywood. Ugh.
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Joe Pike, ex-Sniper, ex-Policeman, ex-Mercenary... a complex, screwed-up character.
The pace of this book is slowed down by the character development and relationships that develop between Pike and the rich 'hot' girl that he is protecting. I ended up liking both characters much more than a lot of action-hero characters like "Jack Reacher" books by Lee Child (I highly recommend Lee Child books for there extreme action). Pike and the 'babe' became more real and touching (you will actually feel for these characters).
The plot was definitely not predictable. Especially in regards to the gratuitous sex between leading characters in most books and movies. Furthermore, the ending of the book was a bit sad.
I purchased this book both on the reader reviews of both Amazon and Audible. "The Watchman" deserves it's favorable high ranking.
I rounded up and gave the book 5 stars.
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