Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings Series #2)

Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings Series #2)

by Robert Liparulo


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ISBN-13: 9781595547286
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Series: Dreamhouse Kings Series , #2
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 168,891
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robert Liparulo is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories, and he has written and sold the rights to several motion pictures. Currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine, his work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Travel & Leisure, Self, and more. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others.

Joshua Swanson is an actor and voiceover talent. He's worked in major motion pictures and television and as a voice talent has worked in all facets of the business. An award-winning audiobook narrator with over sixty titles to his name, Swanson has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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watcher in the woods


By Robert Liparulo Thomas Nelson
Copyright © 2008
Robert Liparulo
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59554-496-4

Chapter One At twelve years old, David king was too young to die. At least he thought so.

But try telling that to the people shooting at him.

He had no idea where he was. When he had stepped through the portal, smoke immediately blinded him. An explosion had thrown rocks and who-knew-what into his face. It shook the floor and knocked him off his feet. Now he was on his hands and knees on a hardwood floor. Glass and splinters dug into his palms. Somewhere, all kinds of guns were firing. Bullets zinged overhead, thunking into walls-bits of flying plaster stung his cheeks.

Okay, so he wasn't sure the bullets were meant for him. The guns seemed both near and far. But in the end, if he were hit, did it matter whether the shooters meant to get him or he'd had the dumb luck to stumble into the middle of a firefight? He'd be just as dead.

The smoke cleared a bit. Sunlight poured in from a school-bus-sized hole in the ceiling. Not just the ceiling-David could see attic rafters and the jagged and burning edges of the roof. Way above was a blue sky, soft white clouds.

He was in a bedroom. A dresser lay on the floor. In front of him was a bed. He gripped the mattress and pushed himself up.

A wall exploded into a shower of plaster, rocks, and dust. he flew back. Air burst from his lungs, and he crumpled again tothe floor. He gulped for breath, but nothing came. The stench of fire-burning wood and rock, something dank and putrid-swirled into his nostrils on the thick, gray smoke. The taste of cement coated his tongue. Finally, oxygen reached his lungs, and he pulled it in with loud gasps, like a swimmer saved from drowning. He coughed out the smoke and dust. He stood, finding his balance, clearing his head, wavering until he reached out to steady himself.

A hole in the floor appeared to be trying to eat the bed. It was listing like a sinking ship, the far corner up in the air, the corner nearest David canted down into the hole. Flames had found the blankets and were spreading fast.

Outside, machine-gun fire erupted.

David jumped.

He stumbled toward an outside wall. It had crumbled, forming a rough, V-shaped hole from where the ceiling used to be nearly to the floor. Stumps of bent rebar jutted out of the plaster every few feet.

More gunfire, another explosion. The floor shook.

Beyond the walls of the bedroom, the rumble of an engine and a rhythmic, metallic click-click-click-click-click tightened his stomach. He recognized the sound from a dozen war movies: a tank. It was rolling closer, getting louder.

He reached the wall and dropped to his knees. He peered out onto the dirt and cobblestone streets of a small village. Every house and building was at least partially destroyed, ravaged by bombs and bullets. The streets were littered with chunks of wall, roof tiles, even furniture that had spilled out through the ruptured buildings.

David's eyes fell on an object in the street. His panting breath froze in his throat. He slapped his palm over his mouth, either to stifle a scream or to keep himself from throwing up. It was a body, mutilated almost beyond recognition. It lay on its back, screaming up to heaven. Male or female, adult or child, David didn't know, and it didn't matter. That it was human and damaged was enough to crush his heart. His eyes shot away from the sight, only to spot another body. This one was not as broken, but was no less horrible. It was a young woman. She was lying on her stomach, head turned with an expression of surprised disbelief and pointing her lifeless eyes directly at David.

He spun around and sat on the floor. He pushed his knuckles into each eye socket, squeegeeing out the wetness. He swallowed, willing his nausea to pass.

His older brother, Xander, said that he had puked when he first saw a dead body. That had been only two days ago-in the Colosseum. David didn't know where the portal he had stepped through had taken him. Certainly not to a gladiator fight in Rome.

He squinted toward the other side of the room, toward the shadowy corner where he had stepped into ... wherever this was ... whenever it was. Nothing there now. No portal. No passage home. Just a wall.

He heard rifle shots and a scream.

Click-click-click-click-click ... the tank was still approaching.

What had he done? he thought he could be a hero, and now he was about to get shot or blown up or ... something that amounted to the same thing: dead.

Dad had been right. They weren't ready. They should have made a plan.


David rose into a crouch and turned toward the crumbled wall.

I'm here now, he thought. I gotta know what I'm dealing with, right? Okay then. I can do this.

He popped up from his hiding place to look out onto the street. Down the road to his right, the tank was coming into town over a bridge. Bullets sparked against its steel skin. Soldiers huddled behind it, keeping close as it moved forward. In turn, they would scurry out to the side, fire a rifle or machine gun, and step back quickly. Their targets were to David's left, which meant he was smack between them.


At that moment, he'd have given anything to redo the past hour. He closed his eyes. Had it really only been an hour? An hour to go from his front porch to here?

But in the house where he lived, stranger things had happened ...


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Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
meliska More than 1 year ago
Watcher in the woods By: Robert Liparulo Number of stars (5): If you like scary creepy books or even mysteries, then this is a great book for you! It is about a house full of portals of different places in the past. But when the mom gets taken then the family has to take action so that they can get her back. But when a guy comes to the door then things get weird. Will they get her back in time, or even ever? Read to find out about it. Since this is an awesome book! The dad moves his family into his old house. He lived there as a kid. Then things get weird as a guy comes out of a door in the house and takes the mom. The family starts to work out a plan to get her back. So they pick a room out a use it as their meeting place. They get it all decked out in war stuff. As they are looking for her they notice that they don¿t know which room she is in. They realize that this is going to be harder than they thought. This book is amazing. It will keep you guessing till you just want to die to find out what will happen next. This book is just great. I fell in love with it after reading the first page. I hope that this book review has made you want to pick a copy up and read it, so that you can enjoy it to. It¿s pretty cool. I have never read a book like this one. It totally deserves 5 stars which is what I gave this amazing book. This is an amazingly awesome book. I give it 5 stars. It is amazing. You need to pick up a copy of this book.
Nene981632 More than 1 year ago
I lovvveeeeee it, it gives me chills
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson The Kings lead a double life. At school, they try to pretend like nothing has changed, but at home, they're completely focused on finding their mother before anyone finds out that she's missing. A stranger is seen lurking around the house several times before he announces himself. He is Mr. Taksidian, a powerful businessman in town who is set on buying the house from the Kings. When they refuse, Mr. Taksidian looks for other ways to get the Kings to leave. The truth is, they would be more than happy to leave this house and town behind, but not without their mother. The family unites to do everything they can to withstand the forces they are fighting against. This book was filled with exciting scenes. David is whisked back to a WWII battle, then later both boys find themselves in the Civil War. David makes enemies at school as well. This book didn't feel like it would stand very well on its own. It felt like a part two and I think reading the first book is necessary to know what's going on. Still, it was entertaining and fun. It also ends on a cliffhanger, so, I'm off to read book three to know how this story ends. Recommended.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
This was book 2 in the Dreamhouse King series, and it kept me as riveted as book 1 did (House of Dark Shadows). I was able to devour this book in one day. It melded seamlessly with book 1, and as I have already started book 3 (look for my review tomorrow!) I can tell you that it was the same with it also.
Book 2 picks up with the King children and their father wondering how to go about searching for their mother - and if they find her - how to get her back. Now their mother has not just been kidnapped - she has been taken through one of the portals of the house into another world - the doorways to these worlds change, seemingly without rhyme or reason and in all worlds but one, danger is around every tree, bush, or building!

Since Edward and Gee (parents) have known each other, they have doodled a cartoon figure they called 'Bob'. Edward comes up with the plan that they would leave pictures of 'Bob' in all the worlds they visit, to let Gee know that they are looking for her. They leave the first picture in the one world that is peaceful - Edward carves it in a tree.

But lets not forget that the King family must also maintain an outward appearance of normalcy - this means going to work/school and making everyone believe their mom just went back to Pasadena to close up the sale of their old house. Add to that - David falling out of a "tree" and breaking his arm, being chased by bullies at school and a mysterious stranger trying to get them evicted from their house!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I already ready the first one and it was amazing! It leaves you on the edge of your seat! I can't wait to read this one. I recommend this whole series to eveyone who wants a good book to read that's not boring. Even though I haven't read the other ones I know it's going to be a great book!!! Robert Liparulo is a great author!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a amazing!!!
MadisonB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was a FANTASTIC book!!!!!!!! It was so mysterious and dark, i never wanted to put my book down!!!!!! Once the book was done i read the same book again!!!!!!!! Highly recommended!!!!!!
Jaie22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not quite as good as the first book in the series. The tight family bonds - especially between the older boy and his dad - got a bit annoying, but thankfully those passages were short.
justablondemoment on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 2nd in the series started out a little slow for me. The ending made up for it though and as in the 1st book, excites me for the next installment. Once again I applaud Liparulo as this is a great 'boy book' Lots of adventure for them to sink their teeth in. Keep 'em coming!!!
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the second book of the Dreamhouse Kings series we are introduced to an assyrian assassin and an old man who must leave his nursing home and get back to the old house the Kings now live in to help them. A strange man is trying to force the family out. He knows about the portals into other worlds and he knows about their missing mother. While traveling to other worlds to try to find their mother, the children and father must start school as if everything is okay. This is made difficult when David breaks his arm and the strange man has hinted to the doctor that the broken arm and other bruises are from an abusive father. This is just one of many tricks he tries to get rid of the family. He finally bribes the police into arresting their father, but is unable to get the children out of the house.
willowwaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun and brilliant story idea! I liked this book, but it did not keep me wanting more and more like the previous Dreamhouse Kings book. It was a fun continuation of the saga but nothing more. I would recommend this to others who've read the books, but this book definitely wouldn't be able to stand on its own.
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Love this book
OnyyyNika More than 1 year ago
This entire six book series was amazing I could have read them in two days, if I didn't have to work. I took them everywhere-they're fast paced time traveling adventures are entirely new and awesome!
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josiebell More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book. If you liked the 1st one then keep going with the series. The author does a great job of getting more into the characters and the worlds as the story goes on.
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