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Watchman, The (A Marc Portman Thriller) Hardcover – 1 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727883704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727883704
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.6 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"Distant, magnetic, determined and deadly - words to describe Adrian Magson's new lead Marc Portman. Insanely atmospheric... the kind of book you can't put down. I can't wait for his next adventure. Bravo!"
Milorambles Reviews

"Give this man a Bond film script to play with! Contains some of the most explosive opening chapters I've read in a long time. ...a nail-biting story... Magson knows how to play with his readers' emotions."
Crime Fiction Lover

"The action starts on page one and never lets up. Marc Portman is a sort of 21st century self-employed James Bond. Highly recommended."
David Bremner - Chairman - BMAA (Microlight Flying Magazine)

About the Author

Adrian Magson was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger Award in 2001. As well as the new Harry Tate and Lucas Rocco series, he has had five novels published in the Riley Gavin/Frank Palmer series, and has written a writers' help book based on his 'Beginners' column in Writing Magazine. He lives in Oxfordshire.

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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Dec. 2015
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The “Watchman” is a guy paid to stay in the shadows and ensure that events in the intelligence world do not go wrong, or to fix them when they do. This is the first in the author’s new series (I’d read the follow up out of order) and introduces us to the main character and gives us some idea of his capabilities. He is hired to watch over some British intelligence agents putting themselves into danger when holding negotiations with some Somali pirates/terrorists. Of course things go wrong and what can one man do from the shadows and without support? Quite a lot as it happens.
I really like Adrian Magson’s books, they tend to be a little short (circa 250 pages) but they pack in a lot of action, pace and characterisation. Great author, great thrillers.
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I really want to say that The Watchman, the first in Adrian Magson's series featuring Marc Portman is more than just 'okay', but after careful reflection I just can't.

Whilst its easy to read and features both solid action and a plot that is both plausible and reasonably intelligent, its also incredibly bland. From its one-dimensional and bland lead character, Marc Portman, who proves that there's a fine line between being enigmatic and being uninteresting, to a supporting cast who are afforded almost no character development or clear personalities, nothing in The Watchman is given any depth or complexity. The plot remains resolutely linear and includes no twists or surprises. There's very little genuine jeopardy, with Portman striding through events with apparent ease and imperviousness, the bad-guys remain walking terrorist cliches about whom we know or care little, you're given no feel for the east African locations, and the whole things is wrapped up with a finale that is so low key and abrupt that it feels like the author simply lost interest.

So bravo to Adrian Magson for trying to create an action-thriller that isn't entirely implausible and doesn't insult the readers intelligence. However, maybe next in the next Marc Portman adventure he might find a way to insert some genuine excitement, atmosphere and character development amongst the gunfire and espionage. Not that The Watchman really demands you read the next Portman thriller.
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A belter of a thriller and one to watch. A shining example of less being more, no unnecessary prose, but a taught, sharp story, scarily believable characters and a great feeling of place. Magson is an author who needs a much greater profile and who deserves a high readership. Watchman is the first in this series and comes highly recommended.
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Another great drama from Magson. Punchy, exciting and easy to get involved with characters. Adrian really does get better and better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Operator Arrives on the Scene 20 May 2014
By Tired Turtle - Published on Amazon.com
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Adrian Magson is a new author for me but I am very glad I have now found his work. "The Watchman" introduces us to a new "operator" in the dark world of international espionage, crime, betrayal and skullduggery. "Marc Portman", a man with a very limited recorded resume or life history is in the business of protecting his clients from harm. Preferably while remaining in the background, at a distance with the client often not even knowing that he is a "client" or that he has an overseeing protector. A chance encounter between the "Watchman"; Colombian kidnappers and their American victim begins this fast paced and interesting tale. Marc successfully rescues the American from the kidnappers and they make good their escape. Meanwhile in England an overambitious government functionary comes up with a scheme which will place British operatives at risk in a very dangerous foreign land, without appropriate safeguards for their recovery if things go awry. The aging spy who objects to this scheme takes matters in hand and hires Portman to just watch and report. From there the intrigue, betrayals and excitement increases. This book caused some tension in the home as I ignored the wife's pleas to do some chores and continued reading till the story was complete. It was worth the effort. I am looking forward to the next Marc Portman novel by Mr. Magson as I place Marc Portman in the category of characters created by Vince Flynn; Lee Child; Brad Thor; or David Baldacci. This is a book worth reading. Highly recommended. (Addendum: I have now read the first "Harry Tate" novel "Red Station" by Mr. Magson and have found it quite satisfying. I have downloaded the second in the Harry Tate series, so am pleased to have found another author with much to offer. Also recommend the Harry Tate novel "Red Station.")
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fast and furious 23 May 2014
By C.L. - Published on Amazon.com
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Marc Portman is my new hero.. Never read any books by Adrian Magson before. The preview of the Watchman had me interested so I downloaded the book. The premise of someone watching and protecting people from afar is so interesting. It makes for suspense and surprises for the duration of of the story.
The Watchman is only suppose to be just a shadow protector for two British agents negotiating for some UN kidnapped workers. But the agents walked into a bigger plot and became hostages themselves..
So here you have a guy who has no other support but himself to try to do his job and keep the two agents safe, against pirates and extremists. A few good souls happen to be around to lend him a hand here and there. But the nail biting is non stop.
I wonder if his other character is as interesting. Must try another book by Adrian.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 1 Jun. 2014
By Ted - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my first book by Adrian Magson but it will not be the last. You don't have to wait a couple of chapters for the action to start, it starts immediately and continues until the last page.
I enjoyed the setting and the plot with the Somalian pirates, this is something very real in the world today and a story that could actually happen. As tough as Portman is, he doesn't pretend to be ten feet tall and bullet proof. He is a believable character.
This book is well worth the money. Buy and enjoy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Magson invents a new kind of hero! 18 Aug. 2016
By Linda Schmidt- - Published on Amazon.com
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The watchman (We discover his name later: Marc Portman.) is a paid undercover guy who protects clients all over the world. This time the watchman must protect two Brits on a mercy negotiation trip in Somalia. The watchman has a wry wit as he keeps himself company on his lonely vigil. The reader tensely looks forward to the watchman's efforts to keep his clients safe without any real violence.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guardian Angel 25 Jun. 2014
By Bookend Philly - Published on Amazon.com
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With the ignorance & stupidity of the bureaucrats running the world these days, the good guys really do need a guardian angel to survive, Marc Portman in this case. Hang on to your seat while reading. It moves pretty fast!
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