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Night Watch: Watch, Book 1 | [Sergei Lukyanenko]

Night Watch: Watch, Book 1

Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others", an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, but an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?
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Publisher's Summary

Set in modern day Moscow, Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others", an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, and the two sides coexist in an uneasy truce. But an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance, plunging the world into a catastrophic war between the Dark and the Light.

When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, fulfilling the first half of the prophecy, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

©2006 Sergei Lukyanenko (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park.... The novel contains some captivating scenes and all kinds of marvelous, inventive detail: The vampires’ seduction of a teenage boy is bone-chilling; every time Lukyanenko described the Other-worldly Twilight, I felt lured into it; and the fantastical powers exercised by Anton and his colleagues range from delightful to awesome." (The Washington Post Book World)

"[As] potent as a shot of vodka.... [A] compelling urban fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)

"Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power." (Quentin Tarantino)

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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 08-09-12
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "Great Science Fiction/Fantasy Story"

    I had the opportunity to read this book in Russian a few years ago, and I loved it. Then, I purchased the DVD version of the movie (which is from only the first story in the book). While the movie is somewhat different from the story in the book, I still thought it was fantastic. I enjoyed it so much that I showed clips of it to the students in my Russian Folk Culture class. Perhaps it is my obsession with all things Russian, but I am continually drawn back to this book, so I read it again in English. The translation was very well done, and I greatly enjoyed reading the book again. The story is about a group of "others" who represent the forces of good (or light) in this world. They work at night (as part of the Night Watch) to defend humans against the evil (or dark)"others." The book and its characters have a very supernatural feel, yet those supernatural "others" seem so human and easy to relate to. This book is the first in a series of four (Night Watch, Day Watch, Twilight Watch, and Last Watch), soon to be five (New Watch--or so I've read). Night Watch is divided into three short stories about the members of the Night Watch (and one agent in particular--Anton Gordetsky). Each story is self-contained; however, they all interconnect. I would highly recommend this book (and series!) to anyone who likes science fiction and fantasy--especially those who want a significantly more adult tale than those offered by many of the popular young adult series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 03-21-11
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 03-21-11 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Hard to follow - segmented."

    While there are some interesting ideas in this book, and the main character is interesting...I find myself looking back at this book and not remembering hardly any significant turns of events in the book. it only took me a week to listen.

    The book was also split up into three parts which segmented the plot to harshly. The end was a huge let down with nothing significant revealed about the plot. No climax at all.

    Not really worth a credit.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Phil United States 10-02-11
    Phil United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Have gone through 3 out of 4 now !!!"

    It is hard to write a review of something that took me so by surprise. We've been taught that something of ourselves is brought into play when a story has been shared or experienced, be it written or in audio format. If something of the story resonates with me then I normally find the story and the experience to be a good one.

    With that said, I thoroughly enjoy this story.

    This story brought back memories of Slavic and Baltic exchange students I'd known. Not the "Otherness" part but the everyday human part.

    For me, Sergei Lukyanenko, has given us a story where the events in our heroes (both Light and Dark) lives are part of 9 to 11 ball pattern in juggling.

    ... and at some time or another he has thrown a ball either so high that we forget that it was in the pattern or pocketed the ball when we weren't looking, and when the time is right; pop, there is another ball in the pattern.

    That the story is engaging, for me, is the best way to put it, not always comfortable and sometimes very hectic, but never chaotic.

    And very beautiful ....

    ... but then your idea of beauty and mine may very well be different, and then again, that very difference is an important theme, voice, lyric in this story.

    I hope this helps.





    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David San Diego, CA, United States 07-31-14
    David San Diego, CA, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Listen to the World of the Twilight"
    Where does Night Watch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This may be one of my favorite books. The three stories that compose the novel are tight and well connected with each other. The characters are many but are wonderfully fleshed out. We get a good sense of each of the principals. While the book may not pass The Bechdel Test, the female characters are as strong (if not stronger) than the male characters. The description of the Others, the World of the Twilight, and modern day Moscow show Lukyanenko's love of both the fantastic and the mundane. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Olga. No doubts or questions. The things she has lived and seen through would fill a small book in and of themselves. I need to know more about her and I am sad to hear she plays only a minor role in the sequels to Night Watch.


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

    I tried to make this a one sitting book, but I ended up dividing it into multiple sittings so I could enjoy each part more.


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    Lynn Kramer Columbia, SC USA 07-23-14
    Lynn Kramer Columbia, SC USA 07-23-14 Member Since 2006

    Rhythwyn

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    "Strong Start But. . ."

    The narrator was fairly solid with his variations of the characters though he he did have moments of droning (being almost monotone). That could just be the writing and it did not happen often. Overall, the narration was fairly entertaining.

    The book is split into three parts. I was instantly drawn into the narrative and curious about how Lukyanenko planned to handle the subject matter but be warned that this is not a fast paced narrative. He managed to keep my interest pretty solidly until the third section. In the first two, there is a nice balance between inner monologue and action. There is a problem that requires quick thinking and some active climax in order to resolve it. However, in the third, the action pretty much grinds to a standstill. I became bored because the characters began waxing too philosophical. Part of the problem is that what they talk about has already been partially discussed in the first two sections. So, going over it again just seemed redundant. And the the third part's "climax" was really no more than a hiccup. I felt like there should have been more urgency to the situation. Above I said that the narrator's flatness could have been the writing but, in this case, the lack of urgency could have been the lack of excitement in the tone of the narrator. Or, it could have been both.

    I gave the overall a 4 star because 3.5 is not possible though that is closer to what I would rate the story (I would still give the narrator 4). A friend recommended the book and he has confirmed that the philosophical musings continue. I told him all that I said above. I also mentioned that I don't know if I will read the rest of the series. If I do, it will be a while. His response was that Lukyanenko's work really is a lot to process is one sitting and spacing it out is a good thing. So, that is what I recommend to all of you. Break it down into the books within the books and go back after you have had a chance to mull over all of the ideas that have been presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kelvin phoenix 07-14-14 Member Since 2013

    I wont go in to the plots too much mainly if it 3 - 5 stars you may want to try it.

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    "Russian Vampires"
    Any additional comments?

    It's an old book but good story a little date but still good. witches, Vampires, and other human based creatures some work for the light some for the darkness. This shows plans within plans politics and law enforcement in this world hidden in our world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JPaladin Carpinteria, CA, United States 06-17-14
    JPaladin Carpinteria, CA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretty good."

    I enjoyed, but wasn't blown away by this book. There were some interesting concepts bantered about by the main character, but nothing too profound or meaningful was every truly developed. Story line was run of the mill. But the writing was pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theano77 05-29-14
    Theano77 05-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Moose and squirrel... and vampires!"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's use of a Russian accent was a terrible decision. Just speak English! Yes, I know it takes place in Russia. I figured it out from the place and everyone's names. No need for everyone to sound like Boris and Natasha.


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    Bryan 04-16-14
    Bryan 04-16-14 Member Since 2005
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    "love this series well narated and superbly writen"
    What made the experience of listening to Night Watch the most enjoyable?

    the movies only do not do this series justice. when i read this i feel like i have been dropped inside of it in away that i have not felt since Harry Potter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Bassett Rhode Island 03-12-14
    C. Bassett Rhode Island 03-12-14 Member Since 2011

    fabric fanatic

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    "Vampires are nominal"

    This is obvious the beginning of a series of the Light and the Dark.
    While not completely predictable, you need to swallow to many non-sequiturs to tie the loose needs together. The narrator was actually pretty good with the voices, Russians accents were OK but it was distracting to have the protagonist think in an American dialect. I think I'll skip the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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