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Watchlist is a unique collaboration by twenty-one of the world's greatest thriller writers including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, David Hewson, S.J. Rozan, Lisa Scottoline, and Jeffery Deaver, who conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; In turn, the other authors each wrote a chapter and Deaver then completed what he started, bringing each novel to its startling conclusion. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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International Thriller Writers, Inc. (ITW) was founded in 2004 and is the largest group of thriller writers in the world, representing over two billion books in print, with over one hundred New York Times bestselling authors on its roster. ITW is an innovator in creating unusual marketing opportunities to promote its author's books and expand the reach of the genre. Founded by Gayle Lynds and David Morrell, the board of directors has included such luminaries as Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, James Rollins, Jon Land, Carla Neggers, MJ Rose, Douglas Preston, and David Dun. ITW's first anthology, the bestselling Thriller, edited by James Patterson, has sold over 150,000 copies. Contributors Include: Jeffery Deaver, Linda Barnes, Brett Battles, Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, James Grady, David Hewson, David Liss, Gayle Lynds, John Ramsey Miller, P.J. Parrish, Ralph Pezzullo, MJ Rose, S.J. Rozan, Lisa Scottoline, Jenny Siler, Erica Spindler, Peter Spiegelman. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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37 internautes sur 39 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Non-Stop Action 17 mars 2010
Par Sam Sattler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The two "serial thrillers" offered in "Watchlist" are the product of the collaborative effort of 22 of the finest thriller writers in the world. Among the authors participating in the project are: Linda Barnes, Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline, Erica Spindler, David Hewson and Jeffrey Deaver (who created the basic characters and wrote the first and last chapters of the two novels). "The Chopin Manuscript" was first offered as an audio book and was named 2008 Audio Book of the year by the Audio Publisher's Association. Its follow-up, "The Copper Bracelet," throws several of the same characters into a new adventure some two years after the conclusion of the first book.

And as bad as "The Chopin Manuscript" is, "The Copper Bracelet" is equally as good.

The two books have much in common but one gets the sense that the authors did not really hit their stride with the concept until the second book. "The Chopin Manuscript" reads less like a cohesive novel than it does a competition among its 15 writers to ensure that their individual chapters contain more outlandish action than the chapter immediately preceding theirs. So little time is spent on character development that the rapid-fire adventure seems to be happening to cartoon characters rather than to real people - and the constant losing-and-regaining of the upper hand plus last second rescues of main characters will test the patience of readers.

"The Copper Bracelet," authored by 9 of the first book's 15 writers, plus 7 new ones, spends more time developing characters and explaining their motivations. As a result, although much of the action in this second book is every bit as wild as that in the first, readers will find it easier to suspend their disbelief because of the emotional attachment they will feel toward this story's characters, hero and villain, alike.

Harold Middleton, a former military intelligence officer who has more recently functioned as a war-crimes investigator, is the main character in both books. Other recurring characters include Middleton's daughter Charlotte, a talented young Polish violinist called Felicia Kaminski, and several members of what Middleton calls The Volunteers, a small group of trusted colleagues who help him in his investigations and who are willing to share the violence directed their way by those wanting to stop their snooping. The collection's finer villains, in particular, Devras Sikari, his son Archer, and their female accomplice, Jana, are reserved for the second book.

"Watchlist" transports its readers from Virginia to Washington D.C., Poland, Italy, Pakistan, Kashmir, London and Paris, among other stops, with much violence and nonstop action sure to be had at each location. Despite the unevenness of the two stories, this one will appeal to thriller fans and readers intrigued about the process by which the two books were written. The second book is such a huge improvement over the first, in fact, that I find myself hoping that the authors will collaborate on a third.

Authors of The Chopin Manuscript: Jeffrey Deaver, David Hewson, James Grady, S.J. Rozan, Erica Spindler, John Ramsey Miller, David Corbett, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, Peter Spiegelman, Ralph Pezzullo, Lisa Scottoline, P.J. Parrish, Lee Child

Authors of The Copper Bracelet: Jeffrey Deaver, Gayle Lynds, David Hewson, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, David Corbett, Linda Barnes, Jenny Siler, David Liss, P.J. Parish, Brett Battles, Lee Child, Jon Land, James Phelan
15 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great Start By Deaver but Poorly Done By Most Other Contributors 11 novembre 2010
Par James N Simpson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Back in your primary school days you probably partook in the exercise of everyone in the class writing a paragraph then passing the paper to the person sitting next to them who wrote the next paragraph, passed it to the next person and so on until everyone in the class had contributed to each of the 30 or so stories. Well that is exactly what the publishers of Watchlist did for the two stories contained within, with thriller writers who various levels of success in the real world. Well originally the first story The Chopin Manuscript was an audio book exercise but more or less they did the same thing. Not an original concept by any means (unless maybe for a spoken book project) but for a written novel, it has been done plenty of times before. The first time I came across this concept in a published book was for a book called Naked Came the Manatee. Since then I've come across various tackling a project like this maybe ten times, although none of the finished stories have been masterpieces or even that memorable as I can't even remember those books' names. The same forgetableness occurs with Watchlist's two stories, The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet. In fact this is probably the worst effort of this sort of project that I've read.

Jeffery Deaver starts of both stories well, but most of the other authors seemed to either not really get the spirit of the project, or just plain didn't have the ability to continue the story well. With the first couple of authors it seems everyone must have fought to be the writer who started the novel, as they are completely different characters with the editor maybe giving those stories back after they were unsuccessful at being the opening author and saying well here's the order your in, live with it, read the previous and link yours somehow. I mean we start of with a piano tuner chatting to a man who unbeknownst to him has just murdered the other occupants of the building. Then we go to a guy (who becomes the main character) waiting for a plane and being detained by the Polish police with a weak link of he had lunch with the guy. Then we jump to Italy where a struggling Polish immigrant is busking and being harassed by a homeless guy who it is pretty obvious isn't going to just be a homeless guy with the weak link, the guy was her uncle. Where's the spirit of the project in just creating a new characters and settings, instead of having to further develop the characters from the previous chapters, pick up the scene from where the previous author left off, using what's already there, maybe put in a twist and let the next author continue on from the challenges in the plot written in the chapter before? The biggest problem of all for both stories, is that they are pretty boring and with most authors' work a struggle to get through. The only thing that keeps you going is you know the contributions by the author you are reading will be over very soon and you're hoping a better author will save the story or at least make it more interesting. Never really happens though!
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A Good Collaboration of Authors 28 janvier 2010
Par Konrad Kern - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Jeffery Deaver helms a collaborative effort by 21 thriller writers--including Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline and Joseph Finder--that includes two novellas--The Chopin Manuscript, in which Harold Middleton discovers that a score by Chopin holds a deadly secret, and its sequel The Copper Bracelet, which finds Harold drawn into a plot that could lead to a nuclear war. Bt.
This was an interesting collaboration of authors, all very qualified and talented thriller writers. As a whole these were two very entertaining novels, though I preferred The Copper Bracelet a wee bit more even though it was a bit more intricate. I like the idea behind this type of collaboration but to me it seems that it takes away some of the fluidity you get from a single author. With the talent that was presented though, it still came out a quality thriller sure to satisfy any readers of any of these authors.
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Inconsistent and implausible 1 février 2010
Par Kay Kelly - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I think I'm being generous in giving this three stars.

I bought the Audiobook of "The Chopin Manuscript" as it was being released, out of loyalty to my favorite author, Jeffery Deaver. It had exciting plot twists, but the inconsistencies drove me up the wall. Here's an example, which won't involve a major spoiler: a character is murdered in his home, and the author of that chapter stresses his having been extremely security-conscious--meaning that the killer had to be someone he knew. But Deaver, in his wrap-up, has the killer turn out to be, not only a stranger, but an obviously dangerous-looking individual whom the victim never would have let in. The contradiction could have been explained away in a few sentences--heck, I could have written my way out of it! But Deaver simply doesn't bother.

At another point in "Chopin," an author's establishing that it was "morning" left me extremely confused about the timeline. Had Character A been talking to Character B on the phone after Character B was killed? Or...just how late the previous evening had characters been having dinner? And how many hours would it have taken B to drive 150 miles? The problem never would have occurred to me if an editor had deleted that unnecessary reference to "morning."

Worst of all, I found Deaver's final plot twist ridiculous.

I was stunned when "Chopin" was named Audiobook of the Year. What must the competition have been like?

Still, I loyally bought "The Copper Bracelet." But I couldn't force myself to start listening to it--and was delighted when I could, instead, read "Watchlist."

Had editors corrected any of the inconsistencies in "Chopin"? Nope.

On the whole, I enjoyed "Bracelet" more than I had "Chopin"--probably because I could read all of "Bracelet" at once, without having time to think about what had been established in each separate chapter.

But once again, I felt cheated by the ending. This time, the problem was a plot device involving the U.S. presidency. In my opinion, it doesn't work--wouldn't have been plausible in any time period since the 1930s.
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It's a Shame 27 janvier 2011
Par Love my kitchen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I was enthused to read this book. I was familiar with many of the authors. I am 76% through and I have to stop. There is little to no character development. The story jumps all over the globe from paragrah to paragraph. One thought is never completed before another jump in the story occurs. There are so many characters who are sometimes referred to by first name, sometimes by last name, sometimes by nickname - it is difficult to remember who everyone is. I was very disappointed in this collaborative effort.
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