- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Mulholland Books (15 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316212474
- ISBN-13: 978-0316212472
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
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Overwatch Hardcover – Import, 15 Apr 2014
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"Politically savvy . . . This is a spy thriller for people who don't ordinarily like spy thrillers. . . . The book is a paranoid's delight."―Mystery Scene
"Overwatch doesn't just bring together the legal and espionage genres. It merges family problems with professional ones, swirls in a major helping of murder and mayhem, and with a deft touch, reminds us why politics is--always--personal."―Brad Meltzer, author of The Fifth Assassin
"The best thriller writers are always storytellers first and Guggenheim is, quite simply, a terrific storyteller. Part legal thriller, part espionage page-turner... If you ever wanted to know what the marriage of Clancy and Grisham would look like, devour Overwatch."―Derek Haas, author of The Right Hand
"Over the years I've used many hyphenated adjectives to describe lawyers (i.e., "soul-sucking," "bottom-feeding"). Now, thanks to Marc Guggenheim's debut novel, I can add a new one to the list: "bad-ass." Overwatch is a brilliantly-paced novel with the brains of a legal thriller, the testosterone of an action movie, and white-hot paranoia of a 70s conspiracy flick. Not only is Alex Garnett one of my favorite new heroes, but Guggenheim has also created a seriously warped villain - frightening not only because of what he does, but because you get the sinking feeling he might be alive and working in D.C. right now."―Duane Swierczynski, author of Point & Shoot
"It's spy-vs.-lawyer in the tightly drawn thriller Overwatch. Marc Guggenheim knows exactly which laws are broken by the nation's most secretive agencies: all of them. Insider detail, accelerating tension and the highest stakes possible make this novel impossible to put down."―Mike Cooper, author of Full Ratchet and Clawback
"Marc Guggenheim is a monster talent, able to go from TV to film to novels with an ease I envy, and the skill of a master storyteller."―Ed Brubaker, author of Fatale, Criminal, Captain America, and Sleeper
About the Author
Marc Guggenheim practiced law at one of Boston's most prestigious firms before leaving to pursue his dream of writing for television. In the past eleven years, he's worked on such highly regarded shows as The Practice, Law &Order, Jack & Bobby, Brothers & Sisters and Flash Forward. In addition to television, he also writes comic books (Spider Man, Wolverine, The Flash), videogames (Call of Duty 3) and feature films (The Green Lantern). He is currently a writer for the hit CW show Arrow and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
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I usually read YA or scifi/fantasy, so Overwatch was a really different read for me. But I really enjoyed it! I'm not going to give a synopsis - scroll up for that - but our hero Alex Garrnett gets hired into the CIA's legal department and one case knocks down a dominoes-like chain of event and instead of running, Alex digs deeper and s*** hits the fan. Most of the story is told from his point of view, but it also switches onto the POVs of Iran's ayatollah and the head of the Overwatch. For the readers like me who don't know a lot about legal and political terms, there's plenty of explanation that doesn't get in the way of the story. And there's several moments when I just thought all was lost for Alex, like there is no way out for him, so it's definitely a book you can't put down. Also Alex also has a funny young computer hacker genius friend in the CIA, which generally the computer nerds are my type of people and Gerald does not disappoint.
There is one point of view that showed up halfway through the story about a female undercover spy and I'm not sure what the point of that was. I kept expecting her to show up again and she never did. She seemed awesome, so it was on my mind as I read the rest of the book. It's harsh, but I'm knocking a point off for that. (And maybe a few other spoilery things, but it was distracting me.) Otherwise it was genuinely a fun read!
Overwatch is a suspense novel complex enough to make the plot interesting. The story is believable. The hero is heroic and his sidekick is well done. Some of the good guys die. My kind of book.