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End of Watch: A Novel

End of Watch: A Novel

Written by Stephen King

Narrated by Will Patton


End of Watch: A Novel

Written by Stephen King

Narrated by Will Patton

ratings:
4.5/5 (601 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Released:
Jun 7, 2016
ISBN:
9781508211365
Format:
Audiobook

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Description

The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling 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 on 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 bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.
Released:
Jun 7, 2016
ISBN:
9781508211365
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Fairy Tale, Billy Summers, If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.



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  • (4/5)
    3.5 starsThis is the third in the “Mr. Mercedes” trilogy. Possible spoilers for the first book: Brady Hartzfield (Mr. Mercedes) has been in the hospital, pretty much brain-dead. Retired Det. Hodges visits him and thinks there is more going on in Brady’s head than Brady is letting on. And he’s right! Meanwhile, people (many, teenagers) are committing suicide, but it turns out many of them have been playing a game on an older, now-defunct tablet. What is going on? Holly and Jerome also return in this 3rd book in the series. Holly still grates on me some (I reread my other reviews, and in the first book Holly did “grow on me”), but at other times, I found her amusing. I listened to the audio, and it’s possible it’s the way the narrator “plays” Holly that, at least plays a part in my irritation with her. Apparently, I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first two (each rated 4 stars), but overall it was still good. And, I think, a good conclusion to the series.
  • (4/5)
    As a Stephen King fan who has been reading his books for the last 40 years, I admit that nowadays I’m less captivated by his monsters. So I enjoyed the first two books in his MR. MERCEDES trilogy and expected END OF WATCH, the final book in the trilogy, to be the same (no monsters). WRONGBrady is back. Yes, in MR. MERCEDES he was a monstrOUS bad guy. But in END OF WATCH he is literally a monster with awful supernatural powers. And the entire book involves the threesome, Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson, trying to find Brady and put an end to his destruction of vulnerable lives. But they first have to accept that he is doing it and then figure out how he does it from his hospital room, where he is in a semicomatose state as a result of the head injury he received when Holly whacked him in MR. MERCEDES.I didn’t like END OF WATCH as well as I did the first two books ( MR. MERCEDES and FINDERS KEEPERS) in the trilogy. That is not to say that I didn’t like it at all. I just wish Bill could have had his “end of watch” with a monstrous bad guy rather than a monster.
  • (4/5)
    I didn't like this as much as the other two books in the series but it was still a good read. Although the villain is the same, his powers are now supernatural and so the book moves more into the usual Stephen King territory. I did like the fact that the plot was very relevant in today's world of online access and mobile devices. King again demonstrates his power to write horror that unsettles and makes food for thought.
  • (5/5)
    This is how you end a series.I was sucked in from the start and couldn’t stop... absolutely consuming, and so very good. Stephen King is a master storyteller, and the Bill Hodges series is more evidence of that. Excellent narration throughout the whole audio series: Will Patton has a different sound for each character, and all of them are great.
  • (4/5)
    Spree killer Brady Hartsfield has been confined to a hospital bed for years after head trauma involved in his capture, but the nurses and other staff speak of spooky incidents happening around him. Now, victims of his previous crimes are involved in murder-suicide plots and detective Bill Hodges senses something is very, very wrong.This book starts by re-visiting some of the events of King's novel Mr. Mercedes, the first book in this trilogy. I liked the addition of some supernatural twists in this title, even if King was sometimes a little vague on the details of how this worked. The story does go back and forth in time quite a bit, but it is generally easy to follow. Like the first novel, the sort of 'cat-and-mouse' interplay between the two leads is rather compelling.For the audiobook reader, Will Patton is a phenomenonal narrator who breathes additional life into the characters and story.
  • (3/5)
    As I've mentioned before, I didn't read Stephen King's work until this year, and I lucked out in starting with Mr. Mercedes, which was book one in this trilogy. End of Watch is the final book, and explores more supernatural themes than the previous two.

    If you've read the first two: so Retired Detective Hodges is not feeling good, and we find out that has pancreatic cancer. Not a great diagnosis. He and his partner Holly are still running their private investigation business, and Jerome is at Harvard, but taking the semester off to build homes. Meanwhile, mass murderer (and attempted GIANT mass murderer) Brady is still in the forensic brain injury unit at the local hospital. But as hinted at in the last book, he isn't in a persistent vegetative state after all - and his injury might have given him some special powers, a la Carrie.

    I appreciate Mr. King's writing, and I'm glad I finished the series. It was an interesting book, and I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what would happen next. But even though it was handled very well, I'm still not super excited about this type of book. I don't mind magic or supernatural, but I like it when that's the world people live in - like Harry Potter. I'm not a big fan of mixing it into books that are ostensibly based in the real world. So while I loved Misery, maybe I'm not going to enjoy It that much.

    Anyway, if you've read the first two books, I think it's definitely worth finishing out the series. Not a bad book, just not my favorite.