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The Night Watch [Kindle Edition]

Sergei Lukyanenko
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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"Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power."
--Quentin Tarantino
""Star Wars" meets the Vampires in Moscow . . . it bursts with a sick, carnivorous glee in its fiendish games."
--"The New York Times
""The Night Watch" "is inventive, sardonic and imbued with a surprising sense that, for this author and his audience, much of this stuff is new-minted." --"The Independent" (UK)
A "sceptical, intelligent thriller."-"Telegraph" (UK)
"Fascinating. . . . [The] excellent translation by Andrew Bromfield keeps the pace moving. . . . One of the most original and readable supernatural fictions in some time."-"Scotland on Sunday
""Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park. . . . The novel contains some captivating scenes and all kinds of marvelous, inventive detail: The vampires' seduction of a teenage boy is bone-chilling; every time Lukyanenko described the Other-worldly Twilight, I felt lured into it; and the fantastical powers exercised by Anton and his colleagues range from delightful to awesome."- Ron Charles, "The Washington Post Book World
""Lukyanenko is great at rolling out new concepts for the reader to savour."-"The Sydney Morning Herald "(Australia)
"[As] potent as a shot of vodka. . . . [A] compelling urban fantasy."-"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"This modern day mythical fantasy is Anne Rice on an epic scale, a hugely imagined world. A chiller thriller from cold of Russia, this one's been selling like hot cakes around the world." --"Sunday Sport
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Review

"Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power."
--Quentin Tarantino
""Star Wars" meets the Vampires in Moscow . . . it bursts with a sick, carnivorous glee in its fiendish games."
--"The New York Times
""The Night Watch" "is inventive, sardonic and imbued with a surprising sense that, for this author and his audience, much of this stuff is new-minted." --"The Independent" (UK)
A "sceptical, intelligent thriller."-"Telegraph" (UK)
"Fascinating. . . . [The] excellent translation by Andrew Bromfield keeps the pace moving. . . . One of the most original and readable supernatural fictions in some time."-"Scotland on Sunday
""Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park. . . . The novel contains some captivating scenes and all kinds of marvelous, inventive detail: The vampires' seduction of a teenage boy is bone-chilling; every time Lukyanenko described the Other-worldly Twilight, I felt lured into it; and the fantastical powers exercised by Anton and his colleagues range from delightful to awesome."- Ron Charles, "The Washington Post Book World
""Lukyanenko is great at rolling out new concepts for the reader to savour."-"The Sydney Morning Herald "(Australia)
"[As] potent as a shot of vodka. . . . [A] compelling urban fantasy."-"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"This modern day mythical fantasy is Anne Rice on an epic scale, a hugely imagined world. A chiller thriller from cold of Russia, this one's been selling like hot cakes around the world." --"Sunday Sport
"

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 038566365X
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (28 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099489929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099489924
  • ASIN: B0031RSB5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written Cold War fantasy thriller 18 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
This is a gothic romantic thriller set in present day Moscow. The author uses the vehicle of a "Cold War" standoff between two opposing forces of supernaturally endowed beings (The Daywatch and The Nightwatch) to explore themes of the nature of good and evil. As the novel develops he introduces the idea of personal destiny and the conflict between predestination and choice. This is all played out on a dramatic foreground of vampire hunts, shapeshifters, and magical battles. It has great power because the supernatural stuff is contrasted with gritty descriptions of urban decay in Russia. The characters are very well described using economic prose which suits the overall feel. It really comes alive in the imagination and is far far far better realised as a romantic concept than the film which is much darker and less humane by comparison. There are some very nice ideas in this book which is divided into three separate parts with related storylines and in my view a great ending.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genre-crossing gem 11 July 2006
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Format:Paperback
On the streets of post-Soviet Moscow, an uneasy truce presides. The forces of Light and Dark, locked for centuries in eternal combat, watch over each other as they maintain the precarious status quo. During the day, the Light Ones are kept in check by the Day Watch, but at night, the Night Watch reigns. Part one of a trilogy, `The Night Watch' explores the complex dynamic of a Cold-War style standoff between Good and its ubiquitous opposite, Evil, through the actions and adventures of debutant field operative Anton. As he is directed, marionette-like, around the streets and undergrounds of Moscow, he debates the merits of goodness when preserving the peace means licensing the killing of innocent people, and the sacrificing of pawns to gain only a fleeting advantage in a power struggle that neither side can afford to lose.

Up front, this is a stylish fantasy / horror novel, written with wit and graceful economy. With a strong cast of "Others", Light or Dark beings with magical energies, it should appeal to fans of the Buffy series and the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter books. However, it has all the twists of a Robert Ludlum thriller, with typical Cold-War subterfuge and misdirection and battling intelligence agencies, and all the philosophy (and more) of the Matrix movies without the wilfully patronizing tone in which they indulge. With a million copies sold in its original Russian, and not one but two movie adaptations already produced, its appeal straddles genre divides with impunity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and clever 19 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
Maybe I'm easier to please than the other people that have reviewed the book on this site; but I really couldn't put it down. Translation issues have been raised, but in all honesty I think it's a very minor issue, it doesn't spoil the enjoyment of the book at all.

The stories are clever and the setting is intriguing. It's a very original take on an old subject matter and it leaves you wanting more. I read all three books in a couple of weeks and I recommend the whole trilogy to anyone that likes fantasy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive! 25 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
Having heard so many good things about Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch series last year, my curiosity was piqued in such a way that I couldn't not buy the first two volumes. And although my expectations were high for this book, I was truly impressed by The Night Watch. It's no wonder this urban fantasy trilogy made Lukyanenko the bestselling speculative fiction author in Russia. Hopefully reviews like these will help generate interest for this imaginative series.

Set in contemporary Moscow, The Night Watch introduces us to the eternal struggle between two factions of the Others, an ancient race of human beings possessing supernatural powers. All Others must swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. Agents of the Light -- the Night Watch -- and agents of the Dark -- the Day Watch -- oppose one another, yet they must maintain a precarious balance between Good and Evil due to the Treaty which is enforced by the mysterious Inquisition. When Anton, a seemingly unimportant member of the Night Watch, stumbles upon a cursed young woman named Svetlana on the train, events are set in motion that could have dire consequences. A battle between the Dark and the Light could lay waste to the entire world, unless Anton can find a way to prevent that catastrophe.

The simple fact that Russia and the former Soviet Union serve as a backdrop for this novel makes for a fascinating setting. It's different -- a veritable breath of fresh air in a genre that stagnates all too often.

The Night Watch is comprised of three different parts. Although they're related, the three parts read like distinct novellas, each with its own storylines. And yet, each part is a thread in a vaster tale.

Sergei Lukyanenko's writing style could be qualified as "minimalist.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read anywhere 24 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
If your into reading books on the train, bus and other forms of public transport as well as in your own company, then this one is no exception to that! Though it may make you miss your stop because you can't pull yourself away from it, there is no reason why you couldn't read this book anywhere!

It's really well written, the level of detail is supremely good and the character/plot development is so detailed. You can really get into the characters and the plot is believable, and it will make you wish this reality existed!

It is devided into three sections with individual story lines. The first one covers Svetlana, a Russian woman with a curse vortex that is about to destroy the world. It ends in a lovely little fight between the Dark and the Light on the roof of a flat. The second is about a mysterious Light Magician killing Dark Ones illegally and how Anton needs to find out the killer. This results into the mention of Inqisition. The third part is about the job the Svetlana has to do and with re-writing destiny. Only fmale Light Magicians can do this.

Sergei Lukyanenko has visualised this reality very well and nothing seems to have been lost in translation. Reading about the Russian life style is also pretty interesting, and I love the mentions to the fact that the Others 'experimented' with Communism and World War II. It's a very good read and I can't wait to get the Day Watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Have enjoyed this - not as much as some other books, but is quite interesting and keeps you turning the pages. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J'net Stapleton
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational
Brilliant entertaining and different.great ideas and concepts really innovative. A great read. My sons reading next.good novel for teenagers and adults
Published 3 months ago by Abi Jennings
4.0 out of 5 stars wow
great storyline well written and holds attention well. i would recomend this and have passed the book on to my sister who has also enjoyed it
Published 6 months ago by christine nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THE BOOK THEN WATCH THE FILM
As I had previously watched the film (NIGHT WATCH) many years before reading the book I kinda had an image in my head what the plot would be... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sam Halford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I was recommend this by a friend, really good. Great concept, well constructed characters and lovely to read. I'm now onto the second book. Would definitely recommend.
Published 11 months ago by Siobhan
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!!!
It is hard to get into them but once you do they are brilliant. Glad i took the chance and puchased them
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5.0 out of 5 stars The start
Once you start with this one, you will need the other 3 books, no doubt. Excellent, well written, and should be considered seperately from the film. Read more
Published 14 months ago by satnicspike
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I saw the film many years ago, the book(s) are so much better. Now reading the whole series. If in doubt buy it.
Published 14 months ago by fearless quaint crab
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read
I really enjoyed this book it is nice too see,a different take on this particular genre. For me I found it difficult to put the book down its shows a unique perspective look on the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by elizabeth hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows twilight for what it is... shoddy teen angst pap
Love the nightwatch series, descriptive, dark and twisted. One of the few books that has had a decent film adaptation
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