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The Watchman Audiobook

The Watchman: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11

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Publisher's Summary

Larkin Conner Barkley lives like the City of Angels is hers for the taking. Young and staggeringly rich, she speeds through the city during its loneliest hours, blowing through red after red in her Aston Martin, as if running for her life - until out of nowhere a car appears, and with it the metal-on-metal explosion of a terrible accident. Dazed, Larkin attempts to help the other victims. And finds herself the sole witness in a secret federal investigation.

For maybe the first time in her life, Larkin wants to do the right thing. But by agreeing to cooperate with the authorities, she becomes the target for a relentless team of killers. And when the U.S. Marshals and the finest security money can buy can't protect her, Larkin's wealthy family turns to the one man money can't buy: Joe Pike.

Pike lives a world away from the palaces of Beverly Hills. He's an ex-cop, ex-Marine, ex-mercenary who owes a bad man a favor, and that favor is to keep Larkin alive. The one upside of the job is reuniting with Bud Flynn, Pike's LAPD training officer, and a man Pike reveres as a father. The downside is Larkin Barkley, who is the uncontrollable cover girl for self-destruction - and as deeply alone as Pike.

Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out. In defiance of Bud and the authorities, Pike drops off the grid with the girl and follows his own rules of survival: strike fast, hit hard, hunt down the hunters.

With the help of private investigator Elvis Cole, Pike uncovers a web of lies and betrayals, and the stunning revelation that even the cops are not who they seem. As the body count rises, Pike's biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself - unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

©2007 Robert Crais; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Joe Pike, the intriguing, enigmatic partner of L.A. PI Elvis Cole, takes center stage in this intense thriller....The breathless pace and rich styling are sure to appeal to readers of hard-boiled fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"Elvis Cole's mostly silent partner, Joe Pike, now has a book of his own. His character, manner, and ethic resemble that of Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry), and thanks to James Daniels, so does his voice." (AudioFile)

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    preston young 03-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "nice!"

    I don't like Pike's "Batman" voice. overall fast-pace and enjoyable. Good book, great author. Will be listening to more.

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    moviegoernotbuff 02-03-16
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    "Gripping!"

    Great vacation reading. Not crazy about Pike's voice, but liked the treatment of the other characters.

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-17-16
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-17-16 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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    "It wasn't bad, trying another"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think a great deal of people will like the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Somewhat predictable or not surprising. The part I like is Pike is willing to break the law for justice etc. Pike and Cole are a good team.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    He did a fine job, I have liked him in other books. I kept thinking the book would have been better if Ray Porter had performed it. His speed was a little fast for me.rt


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Looloo's mom 06-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    ""The girl's" relationship with Joe Pike."

    I love Joe Pike and Elvis Cole novels and have read all books in the series up to this point. I wish Crais would have developed " the girl"'s (as Joe refers to her, almost never using her name, which to me doesn't speak of much warmth towards her from Pike, through no fault of his own, owing to his upbringing) personality more and had more intense conversations together. That he would fall in love with her is not believable to me. and whatever happened to his old partner, Was's, wife? I'd love to see him end up with someone good. Being a loner and almost a mute doesn't bode well for him, though, in the long lasting type of relationship. Maybe there's someone out there just perfect for him and vice versa, good luck, Joe. We love you, anyways!

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    jerry atlanta, GA, United States 02-01-15
    jerry atlanta, GA, United States 02-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not that interesting"

    Lost interest in this one. Pike is so closed he never develops any relationships other than Cole. He does show feelings but it's too little for the listener to care.

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    Paul Olathe, KS 08-23-14
    Paul Olathe, KS 08-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Joe Pike Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great story featuring one of my favorite characters across any media, and the performance by the narrator was great!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not so much on the edge, but definitely held my attention, the pace was fast, it never really dulled.


    What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice that is easy to listen to, and his performance of Joe Pike is great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book first and I loved it, but the audiobook made me like it even more.

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    Thomas Allen 10-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Told from a different angle"
    What made the experience of listening to The Watchman the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the change of having Joe Pike as the central character. We actually experienced the story with him, as opposed to having him just pop into the story from time to time. This was a really refreshing change that furthered my understanding of Joe Pike's personality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Crais readers have spent plenty of time seeing the world from Elvis Cole's point of view, so I have a good bead on how he sees himself. In this book, I really enjoyed seeing Elvis Cole from the point of view of others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I actually almost did. While listening to this book, I took a wrong turn in the back roads of the Colorado mountains. So I decided to go exploring. This book made an outstanding companion for that time on the road.


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    Amazon Customer Southfield, MI, United States 06-19-12
    Amazon Customer Southfield, MI, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2015

    A Book Worm

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    "PIKE-AWESOME"

    This is the first Robert Crais novel I purchased. I bought it to read on a road trip and fell in love on the road between Michigan and Louisiana. I bought the audio version because it's become a new habit of mine, buying the audio version of novels I've already read to see if I get the same feel for the story.

    James Daniels interpretation of the characters and story is just like I imagined. I want Joe Pike on my team. When he commits himself to a cause, he's not going to stop until it's resolved, not always to his liking, but he’s going to work it until the threat is over. He has a strong sense of right and wrong and walks the hard line between the two.

    In “The Watchman”, there's nothing he won't do to protect Larkin, but when the identity of those tracking her and the reason behind their pursuit of her becomes murky Joe decided to turn the table and start tracking the trackers. That's when it gets interesting. Joe Pike and Elvis Cole are the BEST at taking one small thread of information and knitting together the fabric of what’s really going on with precision and speed. The story is fast paced but you don’t get lost in the telling.

    Because of this book I’m now a HUGE Robert Crais fan. This is book 11 in the Cole-Pike series; I bought them all after reading this one. Now I’m slowly purchasing the audio version of the all, what fun!!!

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    Sandra Cincinnati, OH, United States 06-17-12
    Sandra Cincinnati, OH, United States 06-17-12
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    "I did not enjoy this book"
    What disappointed you about The Watchman?

    The story was confusing and didn't make sense. Too much jumping around.


    Has The Watchman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe James Daniels’s voice?

    very good narration


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, I did learn a few things about torture


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tessa 06-04-12
    Tessa 06-04-12
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a great action packed book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pike
    He is an alpha male with depth.


    What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the characters to life/


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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