Watch the Skies (Daniel X Series #2)

Watch the Skies (Daniel X Series #2)

by James Patterson, Ned Rust

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All's quiet in the small town of Holliswood. Television sets, computers, and portable devices are aglow in every home, classroom, and store. Yet not all is perfect. Evil is lurking, just out of sight, behind the screen.

Residing in this sleepy town is a villain with more ambition than the world can withstand. Twisted beyond reason, he is dead set on throwing Holliswood into chaos and documenting the destruction of every person in it, including Daniel X.

The only person who can stop this made-for-TV tyrant, Daniel must use his extraordinary power to save the town. But this devilish director has assembled an all-star team of his own creation and vows to stage the most spectacular finale the world has ever seen. Can Daniel X stop this deranged outlaw--or will he find himself on the cutting room floor?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316072199
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/27/2009
Series: Daniel X Series , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 334,750
File size: 520 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels , the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Watch the Skies (Daniel X Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 261 reviews.
Acornlad More than 1 year ago
The first book of this series is amazing. Danial X can relate to anyone. The romance in the book has just the right amount for anyone to love. I hope Patterson continues this series and also the Maximum Ride series. I would recommend this book to anybody.
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is filled with a lot of action. It is an excellent read
Patricia Kelly More than 1 year ago
i recomend this book to any one who likes the percy jackson series
Cassi Greco More than 1 year ago
book rocks maximum ride is bit better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I could not put it down. Amazing book and author.
Will Franco More than 1 year ago
Not one of his best daniel x books, but decent.
QuinnBea More than 1 year ago
AWESOME! Maximum Ride is a slightly better read but Daniel X has a higher lexile score(grade level of the book)
Evansmom99 More than 1 year ago
Not surprised, this was just as good as book one. Funny, gross, exciting. Boys will not be disappointed!
jared-lee More than 1 year ago
This is a fantasy book called Watch the Skies Daniel X by James Patterson. The book was good because it was very well written and the author used good vocabulary. And it flowed very nicely and the author included a prologue which gave you a nice taste on what the story is about and an epilogue which tells you how the story slightly ends. And it had a lot of action and adventure. In the modern time town of Holliswood, Daniel fights aliens on the list that he received when he was three years after his parents were killed by a nasty alien on that list. So Daniel still sets out to find that alien that killed his parents. But along the way Daniel has help from his made up but real friends. These friends really exist but he made them up in his mind, because he has extraordinary powers that can make him do anything. But along the way Daniel has some problems with the alien hunting. First he has to find out where the aliens are hiding but it's not that hard for him. Then he has to figure out how to defeat them and then lastly he has to make sure not to get killed or let his imaginary friends die. James Patterson style is very clean. He uses good punctuation, good vocabulary and he is very precise. And also if you think you know something is going to happen, it doesn't, cause' he always changes the ending. I recommend this to everyone because anyone can read it. Whoever reads it will like it and you laugh and be amazed by the book. And I you want to know the ending, I can't tell you, you will have to read it yourself.
jared123 More than 1 year ago
This book was definatly another amazing addition to James Patterson's series. The book goes into such detail that it feels like your actually daniel with all of his powers. I swear i got lost in there for awhile. The sneek peek in the back for the next book made me want it right now. but i guess i'll have to wait.
Walkerjay More than 1 year ago
You should read the previous book in this series as this one is #2.I enjoyed the book but probably would not have if I had not read the first one in the series.A good book but not as good as the Maximum Ride books. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know i haven't read this book yet but it doesn't sound as good as the first one. I have read all of James Patterson's Maximum Ride books and some of them twice. So when my dad got us Daniel X, I thought it would be a great book a lot like Max R. The first one was pretty good. I was hoping for just a little more romance and a more complicated plot like Harry Potter, Eragon, Eldest, and Brisinger. When I read the description or this book, it looked a little cheesy to me. But i have read a lot of books that look cheesy but are really good once you read them. So I am going to give this book a shot. Just because that 75 year old man doesn't like it, doesn't mean a 12 year old girl won't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! I thoroughly enjoy all of James Patterson's books, and I rated this one 5 stars! (as I do with ALL his books) If you liked this book, you'd LOVE the Maximum Ride series! (by James Pateerson, of course) I highly reccomend this book, but you would probably want to read the first one first. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome i wont spoil it or anything but the the way james does the plot line is just amazing everything falls into place perfectly and it had alot of action sequences and it was awresome thanks james and B@N keep up the awesome job
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first book, but i am continueing to read the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most thrilling and sorta grossest battle i've seen so far contains a somewhat invincible hacker alien-the fifth on the list- that daniel somehow have beaten. Read how daniel X has beaten him in watch the skies!
Momo-Chan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you have read the previouse book, Dangerous Days of Daniel X, then you already know all about Daniel himself. In Watch the Skies Daniel is once again saving Terra Firma from the clutches of evil alien tenticules. This time he is going after #5 on the List. And #5 isn't a walk in the park. #5 is a master at anythign electronic and uses his power to basically take over the town of Holliswood. All the Women of the town are 'pregnant' with his offspring, or rather clones. He has nursery ponds on a farm that were dug out and filled with water by the towns people. Anyways though, Daniel meets #21 on the List as well while in the supermarket. And gets his butt kicked from surprise. #21 leaves him however on orders from #5. Later on in the story Daniel gets revenge on #21 and then some. When #5 finally figures this out he is seriously angered. Apparently even thoguth he treated #21 like crap they were friends. But with all of #5's electrical power, enough to run the NYC for a decade, Daniel and the gang were no match for him. With #5's camera's rolling, recording the entire battle, Daniel willingly goes up to give slimy, catfishy, swampy #5 a hug. Why you ask? #5 wanted a touching effect for his video, Daniel convinced him by wanting to get a closer look at his dad's necklace wrapped around #5's neck. Daniel had his mothers, or so #5 told him. using the hug as his last chance Daniel holds both necklaces up to the sky which is like a strom form a horror story. The SILVER necklaces attract the lighting so well that #5 is practically crispy immediatly. Dont' worry, Daniel surrvives it. After destroying #5's body, the gang confiscates all electronics in Holliswood to free the town's people from #5 and completely destroy him.
JoQu05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was entertaining to read. But at the same time creepy imagining some parts of the story.
dnkemontoh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun Sci-Fi book for early teens. Easy reading, moves fast. Totally unbelievable but that is what makes it fantasy.
melissaconway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I paid $19.99 for the hardback (published by Hachette Book Group), a sum the average teen would be hard-pressed to part with for a book that didn¿t also slide neatly into the slot of his Wii.As a woman squarely in middle-age (depending on how you calculate my potential life-span), I am clearly not the target audience for this testosterone-fueled romp, but I liked it nonetheless. Each short chapter ended in a mini-cliffhanger that kept me turning the page, much like a snowball rolling down a steep slope, picking up whatever is in its path and flinging bits of detritus to the wind.If I were a teenaged boy, I¿d eat this stuff up, assuming my usual diet was filled with stomach-turning descriptions of slimy aliens and the nasty ways they kill and devour people. It almost felt like I was reading the script for a television show on Nickelodeon, you know, except for the graphic violence. Although, given the average Spongebob episode, even the violence isn¿t that bad¿for a teen thoroughly inured to it, as I suspect most these days are.This is the second in the Daniel X series (I haven¿t read the first). I had a hard time pegging the exact target-age the authors were going for, especially after the huge, blobby fish-alien antagonist has impregnated all the unfortunate women in a small American town with its wriggling tadpoles. It¿s meant to be horrific in a humorous way, and it is. Only¿as the mother of a young boy who is an advanced reader¿the objectification of these zombified pregnant gals gave me a twinge of concern if the reader happened to be, say, a fifth-grader who isn¿t even clear on how babies are made. I¿m not here to start a debate on what¿s appropriate in a young adult novel. In this book, people are forced to carry alien progeny, and people die hideously; it¿s all in good fun.As I continued reading, I found myself wondering: if Daniel has the imaginary power to point his finger with his thumb cocked like a gun and blow a hole a mile deep into the ground, turn himself into a mosquito, or teleport himself away from danger, where¿s the room for a plot to even develop? He should be able to breeze in and out, enemies smoking in a burnt-out crater behind him¿but no. Daniel wants to know what the bad guys are up to, and his snooping ways let the creepy-crawlies get the jump on him. This allows for moments in the storyline where the reader is *almost* tense at the outcome (if I¿m a thirteen year old boy, then I probably *am* tense). Will Daniel succeed? Will his imaginary friends get hurt or killed, and if they do, how long until he simply brings them back to ¿life?¿ The story is told in first-person point of view in Daniel¿s voice, and I kind of felt like he wasn¿t being honest with the reader. He¿s got the power to do virtually anything with his mind. He¿s young and his powers are just developing, but does he know he¿s going to win; is he just playing with the bad guys like a cat toys with a cricket? Of course, his parents were killed by the topmost baddie on the most-wanted aliens list when Daniel was three, but we don¿t know (maybe the first book answers this question) if his parents had the same powers as he does. If so, then Daniel¿s mom-and-dad-slaying nemesis would have to be invincible indeed, and the reader can assume Daniel and this super-villain will definitely clash in a sequel near you.Sprinkled throughout the narrative are some not-so-hidden messages for the reader, as if the authors couldn¿t resist tossing in a few political opinions about our broken school systems (what better platform than a bunch of pre-voting adolescents?) These messages are not preachy; on the contrary, they are quite amusing, like when Daniel¿s imagined mother provides the school with sarcastic lists of why he¿ll be absent on successive days (¿Dr. I. M. Trubbell is assessing the state of his bureaucratic mumbo jumbo allergy.¿)All-in-all, Daniel X qualifies as a ¿good¿ read in my book, but it¿s probably an ¿awesome¿ read to
fisiksfreak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it. Nice new genre; I liked the change.
DaMo1029 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Decent book. Not as good as the first one.
JessicaBadrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading the Dainel X seiries it is something that helps connect me to my little brother as he is fifteen and a half years younger to me.
8F_SAM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was quite weird and random, like a lot of James Patterson books. It's about Daniel going after Number 5 in The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firmia. Sometimes in the book, you don't really get what the author is trying to for example. When they microwaved the caviar, the result of it, I did not get. Only after further reading did I understand. But it was a pretty interesting plot over all.
Mardel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daniel X is a teen-age alien hunter with some special powers of his own. He rides a motorbike and can do wheelies on his front tire. He has four imaginary friends, but unlike most kids, he can materialize them and they often help him out when he needs help, or just keep him company when he needs company.The town of Holliswood is being taken over by aliens - from outer-space. These particular aliens are able to manipulate the radio waves, and t.v. stations to control humans. They also like to eat humans, after they make them dance around, filming them for entertainment. The head alien is a director. Even though there are some horrific things that happen to humans, the way it's written it's not very graphic or gross. Most teens have watched plenty of movies and shows that contain much worse than is shown in this book. Daniel X needs to find a way to stop the aliens from taking over the town, and eventually the whole world for the purpose of filming, eating and using the world and it's inhabitants as entertainment for the rest of the universe. But the alien in charge of this epic project, (alien no. 5) seems to always be one step ahead of Daniel X, and in fact is planning to use Daniel in the finale of the series that he's filming. Daniel X meets a young girl and her strange parents. He is has quite a challenge solving this crisis, things go wrong but he perseveres.I found the narrative of this book interesting, and the dialogue between characters was pretty good. There's some snarky dialogue between aliens and Daniel X, and intelligent dialogue between Daniel X and his friends/family. Though gross things are happening, there isn't over the top descriptions, but there is enough to keep a teen or tween interested in the story. Daniel X also is not a do it yourself type of hero, he takes advice and help from his friends...although they are a product of his imagination. Maybe because it's written from the pov of a teenage boy, one who has been hunting aliens, but there doesn't seem to be much to his personality - there's a little history we learn as we read, and little things he quips. He seems to care about animals and humans. It's just not very in depth - the presenting of his personality.This was a cute, light/horror sci-fi book. The only thing that kind of got to me, was more the set up of the book. There are 91 chapters in this 251 page book. How can that be, do you wonder? most of these chapters are two pages long. As in half of one page (the beginning of the chapter) and half or a little over half of the second page (that would be the ending of this epic chapter). So really, I believe this book could have been condensed into 125 pages (approximately). I don't know if the authors meant for the book to be set up this way as a dramatic way of separating scenes, or if this was done to "flesh out" the book. There were quite a few of the 2-page chapters that could have been combined. A few of the chapters were really a continuation of the previous chapter. That's my only complaint of the book, and it's not anything to do with content or writing talent.Overall this is a entertaining book, a light read even with the horror aspects.