The spectacular finale to the New York Times best-selling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers
In End of Watch, the diabolical "Mercedes Killer" drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves.
In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.
Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney - the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield's head that put him in the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk as well as those of Bill's heroic young friend, Jerome Robinson, and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends but on an entire city.
In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding supernatural suspense that has been his best-selling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.
©2016 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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"The best of a great Trilogy"
The saga of retired cop turned private eye Bill Hodges concludes in “End of Watch.” Once again Mr. Hodges and partner Holly are confronted with another scheme by Brady Hartsfield, the deranged homicidal maniac that was dubbed “Mr. Mercedes,” but this time it’s on a supernatural level.
Room 217 holds a special place for Stephen King; it’s that room number mentioned in the “Shining,” and also the room in the Stanley Hotel that Stephen King stayed in before he wrote the famous story. Now it is the room in the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic where Brady Hartsfield resides supposedly in a vegetated state; but we know from “Finders Keepers,” that Bill Hodges has his doubts.
Stephen king uses his mastery weaving real life horror with the supernatural and creates a fast paced riveting story that I believe is the best of the three.
Will Patton’s narration is great, as usual.
"Wow. Will Patton."
I like his acting a lot, but I may like his narration better. As for SK ... I feel inadequate trying to describe what he pulls out of me with his books. What an unlikely band of white nights in this trilogy! But SK works magic with them, and the personality Patton gives to each and every character is nothing short of genius.
"End of an amazing trilogy"
I absolutely loved this book, I went through it in one day!
Mr. King proves again that he can write in just about any genre he wants to (although I don't think that was his intention, he writes what comes to him and not much else) without any problems with characters or plot flow.
I was sad that this is the last book because of the amazing characters in this story, I have read (or listened, I have both the audio and the books) these books three times now, minus "End of Watch" due to it's being released today and loved them each time.
To bring this to a close I will say this: Buy this book if you have read the other two first. If not? Go back and get "Mr. Mercedes," then "Finders Keepers," before this book. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. This is Stephen King at his best! Believe It!
"Ehhh.... it was OK."
While this book was a little better than Finder's Keepers, they both drastically fail compared to Mr. Mercedes. Will Patton, however, is top notch.
"Disappointing... Predictable... Boring."
This trilogy should have ended after the first book in the series. After the initial surprise reveal in this book, this becomes a rather predictable (and not terribly exciting) journey. After that, it ventures into the completely unbelievable. I loved the main characters and seeing them again. But, this was a waste for those interesting characters.
Couldn't get into this. I don't know if it was the topic, narration, or characters but I felt like I had to force myself to listen to it just to finish it. Just didn't resonate with me.
I am a huge Stephen King fan, but I have discovered a very unpleasant trend. The books in this series (starting with Mr. Mercedes) are simply not up to King's standard. This one was particularly disappointing. About 3/4 of the way through the book (which had been presented from the perspective of the "good guy"), he suddenly wenrt back to the beginning and presented the same story from the "bad guy's" perspective. I actually looked a couple of times to see if I had accidently gone back to a much earlier place and was listening to the same things again. I found the story to lack imagination. It started out with a very good premise (a man in a coma comes out to discover he has exceptional powers, almost supernatural). He adds to the story line by tying in the ability to "travel" over the internet and then play around in the mind of his victims. He also ties in subliminal methods to encourage suicide and it works, at least until Detective Hodges figures out what is going on. Of course, no one will believe him, primarily because this is just to far-fetched to be real. I like the characters from the previous books, like Holly and the Robinson siblings, but overall, I found on several occasions, I just wanted to hurry up and finish this book so I can go on to another one. I would not recommend this book, because there are so many better ones to listen to. I already regret spending so much time on this one to the detriment of the great books (I hope) that are waiting. I will continue to buy Stephen King's books, but until he comes up with another that is supurb, I probably will not rush to put his ahead of others.
"I liked but"
For me the change of being a thriller , a mystery novel to adding some since fiction wasn't great since the previous books didn't had any of that so it makes it unreal and not much believable... but the tone and the way the book transverse is great and in pace with the previous ones. The locutor is amazing in all three books .
"best fictional crime , supernatural , suspense ,"
best fictional crime, and suspense with that touch of supernatural that only the king Stephen king can bring......and will Patton is the greatest voice and performer for this series......thanks so much for the greatest edge of your seat thriller in along time ......10 STARS.........
"Yet again, Stephen and Will!"
Another masterpiece by Stephen King and MASTERFUL performance by Will Patton! I can't wait to get my ears on their next collaboration!
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