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Watch the Skies (Daniel X Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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.

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Residing in this sleepy town is a ...
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Overview

LIGHTS
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.

CAMERA
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.

EXTERMINATION
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?
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Editorial Reviews

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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
Lev Grossman
The Man Who Can't Miss.
Time
Lev Grossman - Time
"The Man Who Can't Miss."
Larry King - USA Today
PRAISE FOR JAMES PATTERSON:
"Patterson never, and I mean never, disappoints."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316072199
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/27/2009
  • Series: Daniel X Series , #2
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 58,312
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 529 KB

Meet the Author

James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I Funny, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 260 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Ned Rust has also collaborated with James Patterson on Daniel X: Game Over and Witch & Wizard: The Gift. He lives in Croton, New York with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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  • Posted June 10, 2009

    Science Fiction, NOT

    I'm an avid Science Fiction fan. Have been for since I was 10 years old and that was 65 years ago. Since I've also read several Of Patterson's novels, buying "Daniel X", the predecessor to this one, seemed like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, as it turns out, I do have a brain.
    I think Patterson has never read any science fiction and his concept of the genre is the result of watching B Movies. Unable to stomach more than about 20% of this childish effort, I considered giving it away to a friend (as I generally do with other books). Instead, I tossed it in the recycle bin along with old newspapers.
    The next time I was in my local Barnes & Noble store, I told the clerk they should remove it from the shelves rather than disappoint other innocent customers.

    9 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    Next new series.

    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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    good

    this book is filled with a lot of action. It is an excellent read

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    amazing!!!!!!!

    i recomend this book to any one who likes the percy jackson series

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2009

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    I haven't read this yet but.......

    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.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    ditto

    book rocks maximum ride is bit better

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Boo

    I loved this book so much I could not put it down. Amazing book and author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    READ THIS NOW!!!!!

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    Daniel X Watch the Skies

    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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Great for 13yr olds

    Dont bother !

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    ok

    Not one of his best daniel x books, but decent.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AWESOME! Maximum Ride is a slightly better read but Daniel X has a higher lexile score(grade level of the book)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Great follow up to book #1

    Not surprised, this was just as good as book one. Funny, gross, exciting. Boys will not be disappointed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    AMAZING

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Love this series

    I hopes he makes one with Daniel V.S. Prayer

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    SO GOOD

    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. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Anonymous

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Mysterious figure

    (Who's hunter?) He looks at them, leaning against a tree outside.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Pretty good

    Not as good as the first book, but i am continueing to read the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Bad series end

    G

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