The Watchers: The Angelus Trilogy

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Every hour, childlike Marc Rochat circles the Lausanne cathedral as the watchmen have done for centuries. Then one day a beautiful woman draws him out of the shadows—the angel his mother once promised him would come.

But Katherine Taylor is no angel. She’s one of the toughest and most resourceful call girls in Lausanne. Until something unnatural seething beneath a new client’s request sends her fleeing to the sanctuary of an unlikely protector....

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Overview

Every hour, childlike Marc Rochat circles the Lausanne cathedral as the watchmen have done for centuries. Then one day a beautiful woman draws him out of the shadows—the angel his mother once promised him would come.

But Katherine Taylor is no angel. She’s one of the toughest and most resourceful call girls in Lausanne. Until something unnatural seething beneath a new client’s request sends her fleeing to the sanctuary of an unlikely protector.

Into their refuge comes Jay Harper. The private detective has awakened in Lausanne with no memory of how he got there—and only one thing driving him forward: a series of unsettling murders he feels compelled to solve.

Pray for the three strangers. They have something in common they can’t begin to imagine.

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INTERNATIONAL PRAISE FOR THE WATCHERS

“Reads like Paradise Lost by way of John Connolly although Steele…brings hard-edged modernity to this timeless tale as he roots his depiction of evil in the contemporary world. Clever, stylish, and epic in scale, it’s a tremendously satisfying debut.”—The Irish Times

“An imaginatively metaphysical thriller...Steele keeps his tale tantalizingly ambiguous, casting it with fey characters and skillfully concealing until the climax whether apparent weird events haven’t been manipulated to make them seem so. This solidly plotted tale, the first in a trilogy, will appeal to readers who like a hint of uncanny in their fiction.”—Publishers Weekly

“A seductive cosmic thriller stoked by historic fact, an ancient Jewish religious text, and a literary classic...Steele’s lavishly atmospheric, witty, bloody, and swashbuckling tale of age-old struggles for dominion between angels and demons is the propitious first book in an ambitious series.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Really smart work for serious thriller readers.”—Library Journal

“So phenomenally deep and complex. Jon Steele has written a modern thriller masterpiece, pulling from medieval Gothic myths and religious mysticism in a very unexpected way...I felt like I was watching a spellbinding movie. This is a smart, heavily researched novel that is one hell of a roller-coaster ride.”—Pop Corn Reads

“Faith, love, lust, murder, innocence, dangerous demons, fallen angels…meld together in to one glorious, spellbinding, addicting story that readers won’t soon forget...The Watchers delivers a one-two punch of good versus evil in a fresh, unique, and decadent manner…brilliant enough to capture the attention of romantics, religious zealots, and historian buffs alike. Not just good, but DAMN good. I didn’t just like it, I LOVED it, and it’s a rare treat for me to experience such pleasure. A must read. Seriously.”—Luxury Reading

“There’s plenty of diabolical fun to be had here.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A carefully constructed puzzle…[an] intriguing story of fallen angels and haunting visions.”—Warpcore SF

“A wholly original thriller that seamlessly melds suspense, history, fantasy, and mysticism. Steele deftly blends elements of many literary genres into this inventive work of fiction. A tour de force—and the first in a projected trilogy—The Watchers is an indescribable work of the imagination: at once heart-stopping and mystical, entertaining and awe-inspiring.”—BookTrib

“I loved this book from the first beautifully written and haunting chapter to the last heart-pounding one. It’s definitely a must read for the literary thriller crowd and just about anyone who enjoys great writing and a fabulous story.”—Book Bound

“This book touched me, intrigued me, followed me in my dreams, and refuses to get out of my head…The writing is beautiful, the setting memorable and the story unforgettable.”—Bookgeeks

“The most extraordinary novel I’ve read this year, and one of the most memorable that I’ve read in much longer than that...This isn’t just because of the story, which combines reality and fantasy in a seamless and magical fashion, but also because of the writing. The Watchers breathes beautiful prose, reaching poetic heights in places, sometime literally.” —Movie Brit

“Dark, atmospheric…rich, and intricate. I was amazed by how Steele put it together.”—The Book Stoner

“Jon Steele’s take on the alternative theological thriller blends the legends of a suppressed ancient text with pulp noir archetypes and a sweet but simple man on the side of the angels….The final act is pure blockbuster.”—Shelf Awareness

“If you’re in the mood for something artistic, an unexpected read that you’re willing to just go with, no matter how strange it seems at times, then The Watchers might be just the novel you’re looking for.”—S. Krishna’s Books

“A fabulous story.”—Drey’s Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451416797
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 129,609
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Steele is an award-winning journalist based in Europe. Born in Spokane, Washington, he eventually moved to London to work as a cameraman for Independent Television News. After a twenty-year career there, he wrote the critically acclaimed War Junkie, a memoir about his reporting in military zones in seventy-eight countries across six continents. He has also shot, written, and directed a number of major documentaries, including The Baker Boys: Inside the Surge, an inside look at an American combat unit in Iraq. The Watchers is Steele’s first novel. He now lives in Switzerland.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very goo

    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very good book!

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    INTRIGUING

    INTRIGUING
    After a very pleasant introduction of the main characters, the intigue begins, and builds as the story develops. A brilliant story, filled with intrigue and wonder. Well written, well thought out. The story moves from one level to another--from the contempoary, to the supernatural, to the theological, and melds it together with intrigue and character development that leaves you in wonder for the tale and love for the characters. A very pleasant story, you will not regret.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Disappointment

    This book started really slow...I mean really, really slow. It took about 200 pages but I finally go to the point that it was good, I mean really, really good! I was so happy and was excited the book was living up to it's 4-star BN rating. But the end...ugh...the end! Honestly I have NO idea what happended, it didn't make any scense and it was so bad I didn't even want to go back and re-read it to try and understand. It was like the author struggled to get the story going, then really got into it, and then had no idea how he was going to wrap everything up so just jumbled some words together, thinking if he just confused the reader, we'd be fooled into thinking he just wrote the most epic tale ever.

    Good idea for the story...I read another review that said it was like a cross between Da Vinci Code and Hunchback of Notre Dame and I'd say that's mostly accurate. But it falls short and doesn't live up to either story's success.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    fantastic read

    Not thru with it yet, but this is one of the best books I have read in along time,Pulls you right in, plot has good twists and turns and you can't wait to see what happens next. You can see the story in front of your eyes, almost look a great movie.

    Highly recommend it

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Wonderful, fantastic, and brilliant! The prelude set the hook,

    Wonderful, fantastic, and brilliant!

    The prelude set the hook, the first third of the book built the characters and set the scene, the next thing I knew I was flying through the book and it was over. ..Could not put it down!

    I think Mr. Steele has found a new line of work! I can't wait for the next installment in this trilogy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

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    It's A No Go...

    I bought it because it was rated so high, and I regret following the crowd! It was so boring that I just could not get far. If I read a book, I want the author to grab me from the beginning, so I'll not want to put it down. This book bored me to tears from the beginning. Sorry, but it doesn't get my vote!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    A good story,but a slow read.

    A good story,but a slow read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Well worth reading!

    There are other books with similar characters, but this has more surprises and is less sinister. It could be the start of a series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    Excellent read but left a few questions. Not a bad thing, in thi

    Excellent read but left a few questions. Not a bad thing, in this case.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    PB/Thriller: Three people with nothing in common wind up in Swi

    PB/Thriller: Three people with nothing in common wind up in Switzerland. This is a long book, but a well written book with no real filler. It is part of a trilogy and has an ending. I liked the setting in the cathedral in winter.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    This was a difficult one to review. The opening scene was superb

    This was a difficult one to review.
    The opening scene was superb.
    The first half was disjointed and confusing at times. Switching from one character to the next with no apparent connection to any of their stories. Wandering from the present day Rochat to the past and back again.
    Based on the opening scene I thought the plot was about some audacious supernatural race saving or fetching souls of the dead, so I was slightly confused when it turned into a modern version of Quasimodo and Esmeralda.
    At the halfway mark the reader finally gets some indication of what it is all about and how the three main characters are connected. So after slothing along for half a book things then speed up. Quasimodo, sorry Rochat the bellwhisperer, is suddenly confronted with the Nephilim. So the story morphs into a nefarious plot executed by fallen angels, who happen to act like the notorious Illuminati.
    Sometimes authors try to outsmart both themselves and their readers. They try to create and introduce pseudo literary works of art instead of just telling a good story.
    In this case I was disappointed because the writing is good. The descriptive scenes of Rochat and the bells are so intensely real you can almost hear him speaking to them.
    Overall I would suggest less procrastination and more clarity.
    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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  • Posted August 1, 2013

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    This book did start off VERY slow but what a wonderful book it e

    This book did start off VERY slow but what a wonderful book it ended up being.  I felt so strongly for Marc Rochat and the story that was being built around him.  This was excellent and I can't wait to read the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    The watchers

    Excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Wierd

    I really like this book. It has lots of weird stuff. You can't set this down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Hello

    Hi?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Yep

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    My name at SL is Alex...... :)

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Tb

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Great read

    A great read. Very enjoyable!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    It started slow, but once it finally got going I was hooked. It

    It started slow, but once it finally got going I was hooked. It reminded me of the "Da Vinci Code" and there was also an element that reminded me of "Lost." I didn't have any trouble with the ending as another reviewer had. Overall, I enjoyed it a lot.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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