Watcher in the Shadows Kindle â Watcher in Epub /

Watcher in the Shadows Kindle â Watcher in Epub /


  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • Watcher in the Shadows
  • Geoffrey Household
  • English
  • 19 July 2018
  • 0316374288

10 thoughts on “Watcher in the Shadows

  1. Cliff Cliff says:

    Amazing novel Who needs James Patterson, Harlen Corben or the rest of those modern thriller writers Here is the template the quintessential psychological, existential thriller, where good isn t always good and bad isn t necessarily bad Read this and Rogue Male, Household s classic hunter and the hunted book Writing from the top drawer.


  2. Cindy Cindy says:

    Charles Dennim hasn t got an enemy in the world So why would someone send him a bomb in the mail Because he is also Baron Karol von Dennim, and he once worked at Buchenwald as a Gestapo He was actually working undercover as a British agent, but whoever is trying to kill him apparently hasn t heard that part, so Charles had better come up with a plan fast if he wants to survive.Dennim uses the metaphor of tethering a goat to catch a tiger, and he is using himself as the bait But he has a few Charles Dennim hasn t got an enemy in the world So why would someone send him a bomb in the mail Because he is also Baron Karol von Dennim, and he once worked at Buchenwald as a Gestapo He was actually working undercover as a British agent, but whoever is trying to kill him apparently hasn t heard that part, so Charles had better come up with a plan fast if he wants to survive.Dennim uses the metaphor of tethering a goat to catch a tiger, and he is using himself as the bait But he has a few tricks leftover from his wartime service, and he just might become the tiger himself.I really enjoyed this one I could imagine it as a very tense movie, but the book was good too Very frustrating as I was just 40 pages from the end and things were really intense when I just kept getting interrupted again and again I finally managed to get rid of all the distractions and finish the last few pages Very good


  3. Adam Adam says:

    Another thoroughly satisfying manhunt novel from Household There are a number of similarities here to Rogue Male, but also many significant differences The protagonist is not quite so isolated or defenseless, and yet the stakes are just as high This time, the metaphor at the heart of the novel is that of blind chessthe German Intelligence chess, in which a player never sees his opponent s men at all He is told by a referee when a move is impossible and when he has taken or lost a p Another thoroughly satisfying manhunt novel from Household There are a number of similarities here to Rogue Male, but also many significant differences The protagonist is not quite so isolated or defenseless, and yet the stakes are just as high This time, the metaphor at the heart of the novel is that of blind chessthe German Intelligence chess, in which a player never sees his opponent s men at all He is told by a referee when a move is impossible and when he has taken or lost a piece From that he must construct his own picture of the squares which are occupied and the pattern occupying them. Throughout the book, the competence and minimalist quality of Household s prose remains impressive And the finale is a genuine, sustained over nearly 50 pages nail biter This author s novels are enough to single handedly revive your hopes for an over worked genre


  4. Sam Gilbert Sam Gilbert says:

    An excellent adventure story combining that peculiarly British love of countryside, a backdrop of medieval values, and a thrilling and unconventional duel This is in many ways a spy story set in the fields and escarpments of the Cotswolds, with a spare but finely etched collection of characters.


  5. T.B. T.B. says:

    One of Household s thrilling man hunts man sagas the other is Rogue Male Descriptions of the English countryside are wonderful And the final battle at dusk on horseback between the two gentlemen is quite rousing.


  6. Jamie Farquharson Jamie Farquharson says:

    Fantastic blend of rustic English reminisce and gritty post war manhunt Smashing read.


  7. Richard Givan Richard Givan says:

    Book from the 50s with a good enough plot, but the story bogged down pretty badly in the middle.


  8. J. Trott J. Trott says:

    Four stars for a project of limited scope It is refreshing to see the male hero of the European tradition, where reserve is valued above passion.


  9. Derek Collett Derek Collett says:

    This novel starts with a bang literally Charles Dennim receives a letter bomb that blows up and kills the postman instead of its intended target.Dennim, an ex WWII cloak and dagger boy turned zoologist in peacetime, realizes that he is being hunted by a Frenchman who has dedicated himself to tracking down and killing ex Gestapo officers who worked at Buchenwald, which is where Dennim had worked as an undercover British agent Realizing the ruthlessness and dogged persistence of his assailan This novel starts with a bang literally Charles Dennim receives a letter bomb that blows up and kills the postman instead of its intended target.Dennim, an ex WWII cloak and dagger boy turned zoologist in peacetime, realizes that he is being hunted by a Frenchman who has dedicated himself to tracking down and killing ex Gestapo officers who worked at Buchenwald, which is where Dennim had worked as an undercover British agent Realizing the ruthlessness and dogged persistence of his assailant, Dennim chooses to move from London to the Buckinghamshire countryside Here he will peg himself out like a sacrificial goat and force the other man to show his hand.The first half of Watcher in the Shadows is excellent Saint Sabas the tiger who is pursuing Dennim makes a very early attempt on the zoologist s life, before he has even had a proper chance to settle in at his remote cottage I thought this was a nice twist one would have expected it to take much longer for the hunter to get his first sight of the quarry There are some classic Household moments in this part of the book that can stand comparison with similar episodes to be found in the likes of Rogue Male and A Rough Shoot.Unfortunately, the middle part of the book is a real letdown after what has gone before Dennim loses his nerve after further attempts on his life by Saint Sabas and decides to leave the cottage He spends some time staying with the vicar friend of his aunt and hence the trail goes cold for a while All the suspense and excitement carefully built up in the opening two chapters is dissipated and the book becomes less a man on the run chase story andof a comedy of manners as Dennim is introduced to a range of colourful and not especially believable characters of his aunt s acquaintance Household does spin some plot threads that will later assume importance but surely he could have spun them faster and in asubtle way Briefly, Dennim takes a mistress the vicar s daughter , acquires an Arabian stallion and sets off on the horse for the Cotswolds, looking for another suitable place in which to initiate his deadly endgame.The conclusion of the story is exciting, suspenseful and cleverly worked out Sadly though, a lot of goodwill towards the author on the part of this reader had been lost after the story had sagged so badly in the middle and it took me a while to reawaken my interest in what was going on after such a long gap in the action packed part of the narrative However, the final duel between the two men in and around a barn is undeniably gripping I was totally rapt whilst reading it as indeed I was for most of the first two chapters.Of the seven Household novels I have read to date, I would rank Watcher in the Shadows third or fourth Had the middle been as good as the beginning and end then it could have been classed alongside A Rough Shoot although still a considerable distance behind Rogue Male


  10. John John says:

    It s no Rogue Male.OK, I loved Rogue Male, it was one of my favourite books when I was a kid, so I am coming at this from a particular angle That angle is one of someone delving into the back catalogue of a band having adored one brilliant album, then finding themselves self righteously disappointed that this other album really isn t that good.You know, you loved Dark Side of the Moon, but really A Saucerful of Secrets Or is The White Album really a patch of Abbey Road Led Zep III is no L It s no Rogue Male.OK, I loved Rogue Male, it was one of my favourite books when I was a kid, so I am coming at this from a particular angle That angle is one of someone delving into the back catalogue of a band having adored one brilliant album, then finding themselves self righteously disappointed that this other album really isn t that good.You know, you loved Dark Side of the Moon, but really A Saucerful of Secrets Or is The White Album really a patch of Abbey Road Led Zep III is no Led Zep IV is it now Of course not, but The Beatles and Pink Floyd and Led Zep were still ace, even if some of their stuff was a bit shit.And this is Geoffrey Household s bit shit period.It s OK, but, apart from the final scene when they battle in out in the woods, the book lacks any kind of pace or tension The premise is good, a Nazi hunter is trying to knock off those Gestapo agents that were inplicated in the death of his wife, and our hero Charles Dennim is one such agent although, unbenknownst to the killer, he was really one of us, a British agent, working undercover , and so there s an attempt on his life, and a manhunt through the Cotswolds except it s not really a manhunt, andof a bit of a dawdle around with the odd moment of soldiery stuff and things about horses and squirrels.I will try Rogue Justice next, because you wouldn t give up on Radiohead just because you accidentally bought The King of Limbs, or, having gorged luxuriously on Hunky Dory for months, you decide to expand your David Bowie collection with Never Let Me Down this really happened to me you d maybe treadcarefully, but you d give them another crack


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Watcher in the Shadows[Ebook] ➭ Watcher in the Shadows ➬ Geoffrey Household – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Similar to Rogue in plot, two master hunters this time from WWII intelligence go after each other in a duel in the dark English countryside some ten years after VE Day Similar to Rogue in plot, two master hunters this time from WWII intelligence go after each other in a duel in the dark English countryside some ten years after VE Day.


About the Author: Geoffrey Household

British author of mostly thrillers, though among books he also published children s fiction Household s flight and chase novels, which show the influence of John Buchan, were often narrated in the first person by a gentleman adventurer Among his best know works is Rogue Male , a suggestive Watcher in Epub / story of a hunter who becomes the hunted, in filmed by Fritz Lang as Man Hunt Household s fast paced story foreshadowed such international bestsellers as Richard Condon s thriller The Manchurian Candidate , Frederick Forsyth s The Day of the Jackal , and Ken Follett s Eye of the Needle In Household received his BA in English from Magdalen College, Oxford, and between and worked in commerce abroad, moving to the US in During World War II, Household served in the Intelligence Corps in Romania and the Middle East After the War he lived the life of a country gentleman and wrote In his later years, he lived in Charlton, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, and died in WardingtonHousehold also published an autobiography, Against the Wind , and several collections of short stories, which he himself considered his best work.