The Watchers

The Watchers Lausanne, SwitzerlandIn The Cathedral Tower Lives A Strange Boy With A Limp Who Talks To The BellsIn A Luxury Penthouse Lives A High Class Prostitute Who S In Mortal DangerAnd In A Low Rent Hotel Lives A Private Investigator Who Has No Idea How He Got ThereJay Harper Finds Himself In Switzerland On The Trail Of A Missing Olympic Athlete A Hard Drinker, He Can Barely Remember How He Got Home Last Night, Let Alone Why He Accepted This Job When He Meets The Stunning But Aloof Katherine In A Hotel Bar, He Quickly Realises That He S Not The Only One In Town Who S For Hire She S A High Class Hooker Who Can T Believe Her Luck Which Is About To Change For The WorseIn The Meantime, Marc Rochat Spends His Time In The Belfry Talking To The Statues, His Cat And The Occasional Ghost His Job Is To Watch Over Lausanne At Night And To Wait For The Angel His Mother Told Him He D One Day Have To Save When He Sees Katherine, He Thinks His Moment Has Come Which Indeed It Has But Not In A Good Way

Jon Steele was born in the American Northwest in 1950 and was raised in Great Falls Montana He worked an assortment of legal and illegal jobs all accross America before joining Independent Television News of London Jon earned a reputation as one of the world s top cameramen in dangerous environments His autobiography, War Junkie was published in 2002 by Transworld and is today recognized as a

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  • Hardcover
  • 552 pages
  • The Watchers
  • Jon Steele
  • English
  • 07 January 2017
  • 9780593067512

10 thoughts on “The Watchers

  1. says:

    This is an atmospheric and chilling fantasy novel with gothic overtones The location has a strong sense of place in Lausanne, Switzerland With a character all of its own is the majestic Lausanne Cathedral, and it plays a major part in the story We are set to enter a world in which the forces of evil are runnning amok in a battle that has its roots in the beginning of time The young limping Marc Rochat is a bellringer and Le Guet, the watcher of the Cathedral Jay Harper is an amnesiac detective from London who finds himself in Lausanne, working for the IOC, trying to locate evidence of a formula from Alexander Yuriev Katherine is a beautiful American call girl who services the desires of rich and famous men She is based in Lausanne to avoid the IRS.The story takes a little time to get going, but the purpose for that is to lay the groundwork for the action that comes later and to give insight into the main characters including Lausanne Cathedral It becomes clear that there are many layers to Marc and Harper and that the roles they occupy have a much higher purpose Yuriev turns up murdered and horrifically tortured in a burnt car Katherine gets than she bargained for in her encounter with the evil Kormarovsky and the 200 club She is offered sanctuary in the Cathedral by the courageous, engaging and enthralling Marc Harper is made aware of the missing Book of Enoch and the dead black potion Further horrendous and supernatural murders take place Marc, Katherine and Harper become connected All roads lead to the Cathedral There is an almighty and thrilling conflagration for the very soul of mankind that takes place in the Cathedral Will Harper, Marc and Katherine survive Elements of the story could be viewed as a biblical allegory What I do know is that this is a cracking story that will hold the attention of the reader A lot of meticulous research has gone in to the book It is a well constructed and epic story with characters that you desperately come to care for, especially the wonder that is Marc This is the first of a trilogy and I am planning to read the others Brilliant read Cannot recommend the book enough Thanks to Penguin Blue Rider Press and Plume for an ARC.

  2. says:

    I have a short list of books that I love and always keep a copy of It includes The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Drood and The Black Hills, both written by Dan Simmons, and The Lord of the Rings These books are characterized by great story telling abilities by the author They are not the kind of books that shall remain nameless, the worst written by an author also with the first name of Dan that have a cliff hanger at the end of a two page chapter They are the sort that weave a story so cleverly and rich with story that it takes the reader into another world that is not soon forgotten, long after the characters names can t be recalled The Watchers by Jon Steele is now on my list I loved this book from the first beautifully written and haunting chapter to the last heart pounding one Its exotic locale Lausanne, Switzerland , its clever plot twists and turns and the revelation about two thirds of the way in of what exactly is going on Though it s a relatively large book at than 570 pages, I devoured it in just a few days.I was besotted with Jay Harper, one of the main characters I think it was his sense of humor that gets me every time and his sure fire way of seeing through to the heart of any matter His relentless pursuit of the bad guys didn t hurt either Another main character, Marc Rochat, tugged at my heart and I cheered for him the whole book through This book isn t for the faint at heart, however There are a few scenes that are difficult to read so if you don t like to read anything violent, I suggest you skim those few short paragraphs and keep reading it s worth it It was a happy surprise to discover that The Watchers is just the first book in a new trilogy It s definitely a must read for the literary thriller crowd and just about anyone who enjoys great writing and a fabulous story.

  3. says:

    A bell ringer, an amnesiac detective, and a high priced call girl walk into a bar Oh, wait That s not how it goes the bell ringer wouldn t walk into a bar Let s start over, shall we The Watchers tells the story of fallen angels, both good and bad, fighting a war on earth Or, in this case, in Lausanne, Switzerland The bell ringer, Marc, has a limp and has flashbacks The amnesiac detective s gut tells him things are not as they appear to be, but he s so busy getting hauled around that some days he can barely tell which way is up And the call girl is beautiful, but not much .It took me a long time to finish reading The Watchers Part of the problem was that I had other books I had to get in first due to commitments And part of the problem was the sheer size of The Watchers, though I have inhaled G.R.R Martin s books like nobody s business I guess the biggest problem was getting through the set up I was 250 pages in before things started happening.Once they did, though, boy did things start to fly.I loved Marc s character, the predictability of his actions, the good that resonated in him I loved his talking to the bells, too, it gave them such personality and these are bells, people Jay Harper is a confused mess, which while most likely is intentional, confuses the reader as well Is he good Is he nuts Is he What is he, exactly all ran through my mind while reading Jay s scenes He s like this mouse in a maze trying to find the cheese, but the cheese is in a whole other box entirely So how is it that he s a detective And don t get me started on Katherine She s gorgeous, and that s it She loves the life of ease and luxury she lives, not knowing she s good and caught in someone else s snare Not exactly the kind of female character I enjoy reading, that s for sure If there s anything redeeming about Katherine s character, it s that she appreciates Marc for his goodness but it takes a lot for her to get there, that s for sure.All in all, The Watchers is a fabulous story that could easily have been told in about 2 3 the pages.drey s rating Pick it up

  4. says:

    These are the hardest reviews for me to write other than the reviews where I absolutely loved a book and just want to gush about it without any critical thoughts when a book s ideas were interesting, but the execution left something to be desired This is the situation I find myself in with The Watchers, by Jon Steele The idea of fallen angels roaming the Earth who were the watchers the title alludes to is a cool one, and a lot could have been done with the biblical Nephilim However, The Watchers fell flat for me for several big reasons the pacing, the characters, and the story telling.I ll start with the good Many of the twists were unexpected, and there were several mysteries whose resolutions I wasn t able to guess Once the plot kicks in, you will probably want to finish the story, even if just to figure out who Harper is, who the bad shadows are and what they re after, etc Also, the scenes with Katherine after she is kidnapped are genuinely scary The novel was unafraid of getting dark, that s for sure, which I appreciated And like I said, the biblical lore is interesting enough to stand on its own.Now for the bad and the ugly The first 200 to 300 pages are excruciatingly slow, as we are introduced to our main characters of Harper, Katherine, and Marc through largely unconnected vignettes As the plot finally begins to unfold, the pace then switches back and forth between frenetic and glacial It wasdisconcerting Each time I began a new chapter, I would wonder if I could skim it or if this would suddenly be the paragraph where a twist or plot point was unveiled I think if those first few hundred pages had been pared down, the actual plot would have been given some urgency, as well as space to expand As it stands, the pacing is just too disjointed to allow the thriller this book wants to be take hold.As for the characters Katherine was completely useless, there to be a pawn damsel in distress excuse to write in sex scenes allegory for Mary Magdelene She is meant to undergo a sort of transformation as the book proceeds, from a selfish, silly young woman to someone thoughtful and mature The problem was, I didn t really believe it, or her as a character Whatever characterization she is given is about as deep as a puddle Harper waseh Technically our hero, but surprisingly low on the heroics and instead consistent on a getting beaten within an inch of his life, b lagging a step behind the major good evil forces, and c cursing at people who can help him have knowledge than he does Amnesiac detectives can be written well, but I felt as little connection with him as I did with Katherine.Read the rest of my review over at Bookwanderer

  5. says:

    In this age of instant gratification that drives the two page chapter and all the other improvements we have seen in the development of the novel over the past twenty years or so, it is refreshing to see that one author is not afraid of long, drawn out character building and the slow, yet tension filled ascent to what you know will be a stunning climax when you reach the top of the mountain and it is Richly atmospheric and suprisingly tender amid all the gathering gloom, this is a beautifully written book to savour and enjoy, especially when all of the action finally does get going The portral of Marc Rochat and his adorable cat Monsieur Booty is in particular evocative and memorable I like cats This is the first book of a trilogy and it will be interesting to see if the second book picks up on the main characters introduced so far, or delves off into other directions I for one want to know what finally becomes of Katherine, the high class call girl with a heart of gold, after all she has been put through by the story s end I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a detective story or mystery with a flash of the supernatural added in for good measure

  6. says:

    I m gonna have to DNF, I just can t get into this as much as I would have liked I ve been reading it since the beginning of January and getting nowhere.But I also really badly want to know what happens It piqued my interest enough for me to want to keep reading but the pace just meant that I couldn t It was too slow for me and a little too heavy going.I WILL give this another go in the future And I ll probably finish it too.

  7. says:

    Otsustasin, et Jon Steele i Vahimehed aitab mind v ljakutse punktiga raamat, mille kaas on sinu lemmikv rvi Mul ei ole kindlat lemmikut, aga selline tume sinakas roheline on ilus ning see pilt l heb pealegi veel sisuga suurep raselt kokku Ootasin kirjelduse p hjal pigem rohkem m stikat, aga sain lisaks veel kamaluga ulmet.Marc Rochat on Lausanne i katedraali kentsakas lonkurist kellamees Katherine Taylor on ilus ameeriklanna, kes t tab veitsis k rgklassi prostituudina Jay Michael Harper on m lukaotusega Londoni eradetektiiv, kes rkab hel hommikul Lausanne is ning hakkab ol mpiakomitee palvel taga ajama kummalise dopingumikstuuri j lgi, tegutsedes p hiliselt k hutunde j rgi Kolm v ga erinevat inimest on tihedalt seotud, nii omavahel kui ka iidse saladusega Politsei leiab j rjest j lke laipu ning s ndmused v tavad leloomuliku p rde, sest v itlus, millesse tegelased kistakse on kestnud aegade algusest saadik K ik niidiotsad juhatavad katedraali poole.Romaani sisu on v ga raske edasi anda, sest see oli keeruline ning vajas t it keskendumist, et k iki p rdeid m ista Lugesin raamatut ka koolis vahetundide ajal ning ikka keegi k sis, millega tegu ja pidin iga kord vastama, et ei saa veel t pselt ise ka aru Kogu aeg toimus midagi, aga seletamisest, millega t pselt tegu j i vajaka V ib olla aitaks siinkohal parem piibli tundmine Siiski hoidis teadmatus mind lugemas, tahtsin teada, mis ikkagi toimub ja alles kuskil kahe kolmandiku peal hakkaski koitma, kuhu lugu t rib ning siis oli juba eriti raske raamatut k est panna Tegevus l ks lausa nii p nevaks, et ei suutnud loengut kuulata, vaid raamat pidi laua all lahti olema Mu suur lemmik oli Marc oma teistsuguse maailmapildiga Ta kohtles k igi h sti, r ndas vahel m tetes minevikku ning r kis oma hoolealuste kelladega, nagu need oleks inimesed Tema otsatu headus pani kogu romaani s rama ning teistest ulmeteoste seast v lja paistma Selliseid tegelasi ning ldse inimesi v iks maailmas rohkem olla Teised karakterid mulle nii v ga ei meeldinud Veel v lus mind s ndmustiku toimumispaik Lausanne veitsis, kuhu mul muidugi tekkis vastupandamatu kihk kohe reisida Hetkel pidin muidugi piirduma vaid googles piltide imetlemisega.L pp oli romaanil terviklik, kuid goodreadsis hinnangut andes avastasin, et see on vaid esimene osa triloogiast Eks tulevik n itab, kas loen, mis armsaks saanud tegelastest edasi saab.Iga hele Vahimehed kindlasti ei meeldi, kuna alguses on raske aru saada, mis toimub Lisaks on v ikaid kirjeldusi laipadest ning r vedaid v givaldseid stseene Soovitan ulmes pradele, kes peale esimest 100 lehek lge vastamata k simusi raamatut pooleli j tta ei taha Kuigi ta on segane, siis lugu on tegelikult huvitav ning l petamist v rt Viimasel ajal pole kski raamat mind oma s eep retega nii llatanud, kui Vahimehed

  8. says:

    Every once in a while you pick up a book solely because you are intrigued by the cover, or the synopsis on the inner sleeve and you have no expectations other than to see if it is worth reading beyond the first chapter And then, IT happens You fall into a world so exquisitely imagined that it lingers in your mind long after you ve closed the pages, trying to fall asleep while pondering how all of these intricately drawn story lines are going to weave themselves together Characters are so vividly described and their internal landscapes so exposed to the reader that you cannot help but understand them, even if you don t necessarily like them And in this book, add the steady beat of a mystery that increases its rhythm with each turn of the page like some distant marching band pulsing its way right onto your front step That is what this book was for me an unexpected pleasure, a rewarding read, an introduction into a series that now has me completely within its grasp From the first few moments you are introduced to Marc Rochat you will fall in love with him beforetimes, nowtimes and forever times Jon Steele has created a masterful story that does not let you go gratefully I was able to pick up Angel City within a few days of finishing The Watchers and found that book picked up the thread of this one flawlessly For those who found fault with the use of French, I can only say that I don t know than 15 words of the language and it was not an impediment to my enjoyment of the story, at all I loved the sound of the words as they rolled through my mind, and found that it enhanced the feeling of being told a story as opposed to reading one Highly recommend this book and Angel City and can not wait until the next book in the Angelus series is released in 2014

  9. says:

    Went into this thinking, Didn t Victor Hugo write some little thing like this Shame on me for, one, never actually having read Hugo s tome and, two, almost passing up this book Crippled sorry, so not PC bell ringer, prostitute, guy that saves the day Sure, been there, seen the Disney version and Mandy Patinkin, too But not quite.I dare you not to fall in love with Marc Rochat Even Harper gets to you Kat didn t do so much for me one gosh aren t you cute and I was ready to poke her in the eye Which is probably unfortunate, since I m sure we ll be seeing her again Maybe Mr Steele will give us to like about her next time She seems to be growing up a bit.Marc s job is to call the hour from the bell tower of the Lausanne Cathedral Why from 9 p.m to 3 a.m., I don t know It s his duty He s a little slow about some things an accident at his birth, he explains , but he knows what he s about.Harper, on the other hand, doesn t seem to have a clue He doesn t even know who he is, but he s been set a task and he s trying awfully hard to solve a mystery when everything seems to be working against him, even the people who are supposed to be helping.And then there s Katherine who s so self absorbed she doesn t see the danger around her until she s in way over her head.The book had me wondering what the heck was going to happen pretty much from the beginning There are a few sections of exposition that made me think, Wow, author did some research here, but I don t think it could be avoided There s a LOT of information he has to get across and he uses Harper s general lack of knowledge to bring us up to speed until he jumps into warp and drags the reader along for the trip.Good read Long book Please, don t let your younger kids read this Definitely not PG 13.

  10. says:

    Got a copy of this book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Okay, so at first This book could have been 50% shorter The first 70% of the book nothing really is happening You get to know the characters and the story develops a little bit, but to my taste this part could have been much shorter I ve thought about not finishing the book a coulpe of times..I m glad that I kept reading The last 30% of the book is action paced and actually grips you, I ve read that part within a day.Marc Rochat is above all my favorite character Maybe one of my favorite characters of all time He is so kind and likeable and the parts where he talks to Miss Taylor are lovely to read Another good part about the book is the way it s written It s describing the whole scene in a beautiful way, the writing style makes me think of poems.The ending left me kinda sad, but also a bit curious about the next part

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