End of Watch is a compelling and chilling suspense novel which sees retired detective Bill Hodges back on the trail of his nemesis, Brady Hartsfield, the criminal the press called The Mercedes Killer.
Foiled in his attempt to commit a second mass murder, Hartsfield is confined to a hospital brain-injury unit in a seemingly unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: Brady is able to influence both his physician and the hospital librarian to commit crimes in the outside world.
Now the technological genius has created a hypnotic electronic fishing game which compels users to commit suicide, and he is determined to target the three people who put him in hospital: Hodges and his sidekicks, Holly and Jerome.
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I've not read any Stephen King before so his fans may disagree with this but i thought this was terrible. It was so bad that i gave up with three hours remaining: an act which proved to be the most enjoyable part of this experience.
The plot is boring and utterly implausible. The narrative skips around aimlessly and the characters are bland and one-dimensional.
To make matters worse, the narrator has a particularly grating voice. His portrayal of "Halle" is like listening to nails dragging down a blackboard.
If you're fascinated by suicide induced by a psychopath through the power of telekinesis and the internet (i know!) then maybe this is for you. Otherwise, spend your money and time in almost any other manner and, chances are, it will be better spent!
End of watch was enjoyable but not quite as good as the first but on par with the second the subject was a little more like King of old....
Stephen King has said that his 'Dark Tower' series is where many of his stories flow into. I'm not about to give away a plot spoiler, but one aspect of the story had a strong echo from "The Drawing of the Three". Having heard Will Patton's excellent reading of "Mr Mercedes" and "Finders Keepers", I kept going with "End of Watch" mostly thanks to his spot-on characterisations of Bill Hodges, Holly, and Jerome. I thought the story was OK, but not vintage King.
"The end of the Bill Hodges Trilogy"
Yes. An easy, entertaining read. Many of the concepts such as core consciousness, mind control and hypnosis are complicated and accepted in the text without explanation. Other concepts such as mind invasion ( one mind physically taking over another) are fantasy, but interesting
When Brady Hartsfield finds he has the power to jump into other peoples minds. When Bill Hodges finds he has terminal pancreatic cancer.
Great performance. Entertaining
No. The concepts were too far out to evoke an emotion in me. Sad to see the series end , though.
At times Stephen King suffers from being a horror writer. He is writes well enough and his concepts are elegant enough that they could stand on their own without sensationalism. However, Can' t argue with success.
"Not the best of King"
I loved Will's performance. The story though was wanting and I forced myself to just complete it because it is a Stephen King novel. I loved his work growing up but am not sure why this series was hard for me to love. I listened to all three books. I love the second one better than the first and this last one.
I found the Mountain Man series by Keith C Blackmore a much better book by far compared to this book by King.
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