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Watch the Skies (Daniel X Series #2)
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Watch the Skies (Daniel X Series #2)

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by James Patterson, Ned Rust (Artist)

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All's quiet in the small town of Holliswood. Television sets, computers, and portable devices are aglow in every home, classroom, and store. Yet not all is perfect. Evil is lurking, just out of sight, behind the screen.

Residing in this sleepy town is a villain with more ambition than the world can withstand.


All's quiet in the small town of Holliswood. Television sets, computers, and portable devices are aglow in every home, classroom, and store. Yet not all is perfect. Evil is lurking, just out of sight, behind the screen.

Residing in this sleepy town is a villain with more ambition than the world can withstand. Twisted beyond reason, he is dead set on throwing Holliswood into chaos and documenting the destruction of every person in it, including Daniel X.

The only person who can stop this made-for-TV tyrant, Daniel must use his extraordinary power to save the town. But this devilish director has assembled an all-star team of his own creation and vows to stage the most spectacular finale the world has ever seen. Can Daniel X stop this deranged outlaw--or will he find himself on the cutting room floor?

Editorial Reviews

Lev Grossman
The Man Who Can't Miss.
Lev Grossman - Time
"The Man Who Can't Miss."
Larry King - USA Today
"Patterson never, and I mean never, disappoints."
In this James Patterson Daniel X installment, the ultimate superpower world saver has his work cut out for him -- and it's all being filmed. An alien usurper has set his targets on Holliswood, a quiet, unpretentious little town not accustomed to acts of mass mayhem. This terrifying intruder is not only killing the innocent Holliswooders, he's filming for the monsters back home. To defeat this brute, Daniel X creates his own warrior squad, setting the stage for a battle royal. Another good example of how "the king of page-turners" earned his name.
Publishers Weekly

Patterson jumps on the superheroes bandwagon with contributor Ledwidge and delivers the adventures of Daniel X, a superpowered alien whose mission is to defend Earth from more malignant, threatening aliens. In his first adventure, listeners hear the typical origin story (parents killed by the most vile alien on Earth), his early adventures (growing up on his own with amazing powers) and his first real step into manhood (facing off against another alien). The story throws in a few interesting twists, but isn't particularly dynamic as superhero narratives go. The production is sparsely sprinkled with sound effects, which work quite well and add to the story, but there is a lack of consistency to their execution. However, Milo Ventimiglia makes it worth the listen. His timing and inflection match perfectly with Daniel, the first-person protagonist. He sounds youthful enough to be believable as Daniel and easily transitions to other character voices within the story. A Little, Brown hardcover. (July)

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VOYA - Kathie Fitch
When Daniel was only three years old, his parents were brutally murdered by a six-and-a-half-foot-tall praying mantis named The Prayer who had come for The List, a roll of all the current alien outlaws. Daniel himself is an extraterrestrial who makes it his mission to eliminate all those on The List. As he turns fifteen, he enters high school to avoid truancy charges from the local police, who seem to think it strange that a teenager is living alone in a house he created and who travels at odd hours. There he meets Phoebe Cook who tells him her sister Allison has been abducted. He falls for her and tries to help her find her sister. Phoebe is in actuality Ergent Seth, alien number 6 on The List. The alien captures Daniel and takes him and a group of kidnapped children he uses to sell drugs for him off in a space ship to a distant planet. Ergent Seth shoots Daniel in the stomach, and while he endures "teeth-clenching throbs of agony," Daniel still manages to escape, meet a woman who knew his father and turns out to be his grandmother, make friends with a herd of elephants who can communicate with him, and rescue the children. The whole story does not track well and is way over the top for even the most devout SF fans. Daniel has a dry sense of humor that is entertaining for a while, and there is a lot of gore and gruesome murders that will appeal to some readers. Unfortunately it is the first of a planned series. James Patterson's fans should stick with his excellent Maximum Ride books. Reviewer: Kathie Fitch

Product Details

Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
Daniel X Series , #2
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

James Patterson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the blockbuster series Maximum Ride. More than 160 million of his books are in print around the world, making him one of the top-selling writers of all time. His website, www.ReadKiddoRead.com, lists the very best books for kids--titles that kids will gobble up and ask for more.

Ned Rust lives in Croton, NY, with his family. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

Brief Biography

Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Watch the Skies (Daniel X Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 248 reviews.
Acornlad More than 1 year ago
The first book of this series is amazing. Danial X can relate to anyone. The romance in the book has just the right amount for anyone to love. I hope Patterson continues this series and also the Maximum Ride series. I would recommend this book to anybody.
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is filled with a lot of action. It is an excellent read
Patricia Kelly More than 1 year ago
i recomend this book to any one who likes the percy jackson series
Cassi Greco More than 1 year ago
book rocks maximum ride is bit better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I could not put it down. Amazing book and author.
Will Franco More than 1 year ago
Not one of his best daniel x books, but decent.
QuinnBea More than 1 year ago
AWESOME! Maximum Ride is a slightly better read but Daniel X has a higher lexile score(grade level of the book)
Evansmom99 More than 1 year ago
Not surprised, this was just as good as book one. Funny, gross, exciting. Boys will not be disappointed!
jared-lee More than 1 year ago
This is a fantasy book called Watch the Skies Daniel X by James Patterson. The book was good because it was very well written and the author used good vocabulary. And it flowed very nicely and the author included a prologue which gave you a nice taste on what the story is about and an epilogue which tells you how the story slightly ends. And it had a lot of action and adventure. In the modern time town of Holliswood, Daniel fights aliens on the list that he received when he was three years after his parents were killed by a nasty alien on that list. So Daniel still sets out to find that alien that killed his parents. But along the way Daniel has help from his made up but real friends. These friends really exist but he made them up in his mind, because he has extraordinary powers that can make him do anything. But along the way Daniel has some problems with the alien hunting. First he has to find out where the aliens are hiding but it's not that hard for him. Then he has to figure out how to defeat them and then lastly he has to make sure not to get killed or let his imaginary friends die. James Patterson style is very clean. He uses good punctuation, good vocabulary and he is very precise. And also if you think you know something is going to happen, it doesn't, cause' he always changes the ending. I recommend this to everyone because anyone can read it. Whoever reads it will like it and you laugh and be amazed by the book. And I you want to know the ending, I can't tell you, you will have to read it yourself.
jared123 More than 1 year ago
This book was definatly another amazing addition to James Patterson's series. The book goes into such detail that it feels like your actually daniel with all of his powers. I swear i got lost in there for awhile. The sneek peek in the back for the next book made me want it right now. but i guess i'll have to wait.
Walkerjay More than 1 year ago
You should read the previous book in this series as this one is #2.I enjoyed the book but probably would not have if I had not read the first one in the series.A good book but not as good as the Maximum Ride books. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know i haven't read this book yet but it doesn't sound as good as the first one. I have read all of James Patterson's Maximum Ride books and some of them twice. So when my dad got us Daniel X, I thought it would be a great book a lot like Max R. The first one was pretty good. I was hoping for just a little more romance and a more complicated plot like Harry Potter, Eragon, Eldest, and Brisinger. When I read the description or this book, it looked a little cheesy to me. But i have read a lot of books that look cheesy but are really good once you read them. So I am going to give this book a shot. Just because that 75 year old man doesn't like it, doesn't mean a 12 year old girl won't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! I thoroughly enjoy all of James Patterson's books, and I rated this one 5 stars! (as I do with ALL his books) If you liked this book, you'd LOVE the Maximum Ride series! (by James Pateerson, of course) I highly reccomend this book, but you would probably want to read the first one first. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome i wont spoil it or anything but the the way james does the plot line is just amazing everything falls into place perfectly and it had alot of action sequences and it was awresome thanks james and B@N keep up the awesome job
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first book, but i am continueing to read the series.
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I am on the 17th chapter and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please reply!!!!!!!!!!
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I love this book. Has anyone read Alex Cross?
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