by Robb White

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"An exciting novel of suspense, based on a fight to the finish between an honest and courageous young man and a cynical business tycoon who believes that anything can be had for a price."—Horn Book. An ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults, Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Writers Award, A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year, New York Public Library—Books for the Teen Age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440917403
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/15/1973
Series: Laurel-Leaf Bks.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 81,709
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robb White was born in 1909 in the Philippines. He attended the US Naval Academy from 1927 to 1931 and served as an ensign in the Pacific Theater of World War II. In addition to authoring more than 20 books, White was a writer of television scripts and screenplays, two of which starred the iconic Vincent Price. His most well-known work, Deathwatch, won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery of the Year and was a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year as well as being named to the the American Library Association's Best of the Best Books for Young Adults list.

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Deathwatch 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic read. It put's you right where Ben, the main character, is so you feel like you yourself went through this journey. You will also not expect the things that will happen in this read. And even through the ending is a little weak it still gets a five.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel Deathwatch by Robb White is an extraordinary juvenile mystery. The author uses large amounts of descriptive details, multiple themes, and information in order to accurately portray the seriousness of the events that unfold. The exposition is made up of a young college student, Ben and a successful businessman, Madec. Ben is hired by this stranger to be his guide in the Mojave Desert in order to find the prized animal, the Bighorn Sheep. While the two were hunting, Madec accidentally kills an old prospector. He then gives Ben two options after he insists on reporting the murder. Either he would be killed on the spot or given the chance to survive in the desert with no clothes or supplies. Once He decides to take the chance, he immediately finds himself in the disadvantage. It takes two to three days of cut feet, dehydration, sunburn, near death experiences, gun wounds, and malnutrition for Ben to overcome Madec and his rifle. Even though Ben beats Madec in the wild, he soon finds himself battling for his future in the courtroom. Does the truth get Ben freedom or just more trouble? All in all, this is an extremely exciting piece of literature that never failed to keep me off the edge of my seat. The author does a great job of description and illustrating to help the reader feel as if they are the ones who are being hunted. I highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys a good suspense or informative piece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a decent read. Im not much into this genre, but had to read it for school, it wasnt bad but it wasnt great
JoNe0597 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I didn't wan't to put it down
lnommay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had a very difficult time putting this book down! All I kept thinking was what a great read-aloud it would be for a middle school science teacher. The characters are believable and the suspense is enough to keep kids hanging on almost every word.
ECHSLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorites. A student acts as a game hunting guide to raise money for school. His client shoots an old prospector. When the guide wants to report the crime to the authorities, the client decides it would be more sporting to hunt the guide. Great suspense. What an evil villain!
alstonh3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a good book. it's about a man that leaves a boy in the desert without clothes.
PaulV5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
DeathWatch is about a kid named Ben. And he is trying to get money for another year of college by being a huting guide for a man named Medec.Little does he know that he could lose his life.Ben trys to survive in the Desert in modern times without any food or water.
patrickh1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought Deathwatch was excited to read. Deathwatch takes place during current time, in the dry western desert. Madec and Ben are the main characters. Madec is evil, a liar, mean, and heartless. Ben on the other hand is brave, honest, and determined. Madec paid Ben to take him hunting for big horn. Madec accidentally commits a crime. Ben wants to confess to the police, but Madec does not what to go to jail. Madec makes Ben strip only to his boxers and leaves him in the desert. The only thing is that Madec makes it almost impossible for Ben to survive. Ben is my favorite character because he tries to be optimistic. He is also very determined. I would absolutely recommend this book to another person. The person I would recommend this book to is anyone in seventh grade that likes adventure books.
JimmyS8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think that Deathwatch was a very good book. It makes your want to keep reading untle its done. Its action packed and has a great story to tell. You will want to read to the end.
TexasTam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the 7th grade and was intrigued by hunt and descriptions of the desert, and pure survivor instincts.
Sigualicious on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best thrillers I've read....and it's meant for pre-teens.
AlexV5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This college student Ben takes this man Madec to go hunting for big horn sheep and the man accidentally shoots a old man...Its a very quick read
jonahw5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deathwatch is an extremely good book. It is a little bit slow in the beggining but it speeds up quite rapidly. And if you enjoy survival stories with a murder trying to hunt you down while you have no clothes, food, or water in the desert you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out great.  In fact it was real good until you approached the ending.   The ending was awful. Yes the bad guy didn't win, but the author left huge gaps in the story line.  Ben"s feeling when his own Uncle and friends did not believe him were only touched upon lightly.   Why did his childhood friend (the deputy) act cold toward him?  Did Madec pay him off, old feud?  What did exactly happen to Madec?  Too many gaps and an abrupt ending.  Don't waste your money 
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Very suprising ending...
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The author has shown Man's hyper rationalization in a simple to follow book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reread since read back in Middle School.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it for 9th Grade English Class
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book back in elementary school and it was absolutely amazing. It draws you in and keeps you hooked.