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The Watchers

A. E. W. Mason

Book Overview: 

A dark tale of adventure, piracy, murder, and revenge set on a rugged Cornish island in the mid-1700s. Told with the literary excellence to be expected from the author of The Four Feathers, the tale begins with a dangerous youth who sat in the stocks, and a girl named Helen, and a gang of men watching a granite house at the edge of the sea. NOTE: Contains some language that would be considered offensive to the modern ear.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Hampshire, past Whitchurch, and into the county of Devon. The road was unwound before my eyes like a tape. I saw it slant upwards to the brow of a hill, and dip into the cup of a valley; here through a boskage of green I saw a flash of silver where the river ran; there between flat green fields it lay, a broad white line geometrically straight to the gate of a city; it curved amongst the churches and houses, but never lost itself in that labyrinth, aiming with every wind and turn at that other gate, from which it leaped free at last to the hills. And always on the road I saw Dick Parmiter, drunk with fatigue, tottering and stumbling down to the West.

For awhile he occupied that road alone; but in the end I saw another traveller a long way behind--a man on horseback, who spurred out from London and rode with the speed of the wind. For a little I watched that rider, curious only to discern how far he travelled, and whether he would pass Dick Parmite. . . Read More

Community Reviews

After a meandering beginning, “The Watchers” gradually evolves into an engaging tale of mystery and danger.

A great read!

Do you like it when the hero has no idea what he’s getting into? When there is a promise of instant death or unfathomable riches? When the hero loves with no promise of recompense? Do you like a villain who grows more evil with each passing chapter? This is the book for you.
This one starts out in

One of Mason's better ones, a bit like Treasure Island and a bit ghostly. Starts with boy bursting in, much laughter, good description of door opening and he highly embarassed and frightened, is made to stand on table and explain story. Hero, an onlooker, decides to go and help. Woman is very beauti