Book Reviews of The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1)

The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1)
The Watchman - Joe Pike, Bk 1
Author: Robert Crais
ISBN-13: 9781416514978
ISBN-10: 141651497X
Publication Date: 1/29/2008
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 167 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Star
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
An excellent job of balancing suspense with intriguing peeks into Pike's past, peeling some of the layers of mystery away from this enigmatic character. Great action, balanced with tenderness. I've enjoyed the author's Elvis Cole series, and look forward to many more Joe Pike novels.
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Helpful Score: 3
Another great novel from Robert Crais which gives the reader a good insight into Joe Pike. Could not put it down.The author is one of my favorite and having read all his others,I appreciated this one with the insight and compassion he allowed Joe Pike.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book delves into the character of Joe Pike. It's probably one of the best books by Crais that I've read. While we know why Cole likes having Pike around, this is the first book that gives insight into why Pike likes Cole so much -- which I appreciate finding out.
reviewed The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1) on + 154 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
When I ordered this title as an audiobook I wasn't sure that I would like it but I found myself drawn into the story. I was listening to it while I painted a room and soom found myself staying up to finish it.
I really liked it. The narrator sounds so serious but that was because one of the lead characters is so very serious about his job of protecting the daughter of a wealthy man. Again, I wasn't sure at first that I would keep listening but I did.......
reviewed The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This was a new author for me and I loved yhis book especially. Fast moving and never a dull moment with twists and turns.
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I'm new to Robert Crais's books, but after this, my second one, I confess I'm hooked. The writing is spare and clean, and the lead - in this instance, Joe Pike - is a superhero very much in the tradition of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Plenty of action, complex plotting, and a charismatic protagonist add up to a good read, in my opinion.
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This is the first book in a new series with Joe Pike as the main character and Elvis Cole acting as his sidekick. I knew immediately that Pike would have a tough time being a touchy-feely babysitter of this whiner.

It opens when John Stone calls in a favor from Pike to protect Larkin Barkley, a Paris Hilton wannabe, who runs into a Mercedes with dangerous people ... who now want her dead. The Feds quickly put Larkin into a witness-protection program. However, there are leaks and Larkin barely misses finding herself in the morgue several times.

In spite of the narrow misses, the Feds maintain that they can protect Larkin; her father isn't so sure. Pike is hired to protect the spoiled brat and he quickly severs all association with the Feds and her father. However, Pike does keep Larkin safe. Why Pike worked so hard for stupid people like Larkin and her father was beyond my understanding. I wanted Pike to leave Larkin in the middle of the street and call the bad guys with her location; Larkin defines the term spoiled.

What slayed me, however, was the interest Pike showed in Larkin and visa versa. Say it isn't so, Joe! If creating a genuinely irritating character is good writing, Robert Crais is fabulous.

In spite of the boundless snobbery and stupidity, Crais wrote an engaging thriller. Joe Pike certainly earns his money with the Barkley father and daughter.
reviewed The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1) on + 65 more book reviews
Just found Robet Crais. This book featured Joe Pike, Elvis Cole's partner friend. It was a very good read, so I am on a quest to read all his books.
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I love this style of writing -- unfolding the story step by step in a way that makes you want to continue reading chapter after chapter. Joe Pike is a mercenary hero, very similar to Jack Reacher (Lee Child's hero) - tough, spirited, and VERY capable.
reviewed The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1) on
loved the story - great to read about people that are not perfect
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I'm a big Elvis Cole fan, but found this spin-off about Joe Pike ( a usual character in the Elvis Cole series) lacking. Not Crais' best work but still an interesting read.
reviewed The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
This is my 6th Crais novel and I rate this one tops because I love Joe Pike!
reviewed The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
great start to Joe Pike's legend !
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I had read this book several years ago and have, since then, read everything written by Robert Crais.

Had run out of something "interesting" to read over the week-end so decided to read this again. I've always liked Joe Pike and Elvis Cole.

I had forgotten how great this book is. It IS the first book on Joe Pike and, as that, explains so much about him. Makes me want to reread all the others now with the renewed understanding I have of him now. If you are a Joe Pike fan, read or reread this one. You will NOT be sorry!
reviewed The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
Another good Joe Pike book.
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Typical Crais, featuring the taciturn Joe Pike. Gives you a surprising look at this very enigmatic character. Published this year.
reviewed The Watchman (Joe Pike, Bk 1) on + 14 more book reviews
LOVED IT; JOE PIKE IS QUITE THE "HERO"; I LIKE ANYTHING BY CRAIS ANYWAY
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Very good. Cannot put down.