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Relentless: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 27, 2010
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"Koontz is working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriously with some of the deepest themes of human existence: the nature of evil, the grip of fate and the power of love."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Koontz has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match." —Los Angeles Times
“An exquisite crafting of the thrilling, the unexplainable, and the personal, with the mirth and whimsy that Koontz throws in seemingly effortlessly just when it's most needed and least expected.”—Library Journal, starred review
“[A] smoothly spun nail-biter.... Koontz still grabs readers as few other thriller scribes can.”—Booklist
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OK, I'm a Koontz fan from way back. I've read all of the Koontz novels, including most of the Brian Coffey, Leigh Nichols, and Owen West stuff. I've re-read my favorites (Watchers, Whispers, Lightning, Strangers, The Bad Place) over and over. Lately, though....
Let's start at the beginning. Koontz's characters used to be normal people, for the most part. Often they were wealthy, which allowed the story to progress outside of a 9-to-5 job. But they were still ordinary. In Watchers, the protagonists are a retired real estate agent and a terminally shy hermit. In Whispers, they are both cops. In Phantoms, she's a doctor and he's the county sheriff who responds to her distress call. In Strangers there is a couple who own a motel, the couple who run the attached restaurant, a two-bit author and college professor, a doctor, a cocktail waitress, and a priest. In The Bad Place, they run a detective agency. These are ordinary people.
Recently, Koontz's characters have been larger than life. Whether it was Odd Thomas and his necromancy or the only one of many to walk away from a military rescue mission in The Husband, his characters are superlative. In making them so, Koontz renders them boring and two-dimensional.
In the beginning, Relentless looks like a return to the earlier characters of depth, but sorry, they aren't. The story focuses on a family. The family consists of a fabulously successful author, his fabulously successful children's book author wife, a child of startling genius, and a dog with apparently odd powers. Here's a clue, Dean.Read more ›
When I first started reading "Relentless", I thought, "Here we go again." We are introduced to the sweet but goofy Cubby who, coincidentally, is a writer. His wife, Penny, is the tough and capable daughter of survivalists and author of children's books featuring a rabbit with big ears. They, of course, have a child who is, at the tender age of six, a genius of the highest degree and currently working on a project he is unable to even begin to explain to his dad. They have a very lovable dog who also seems to be very special.
Cubby and family are plunged into a nightmare when the infamous Shearman Waxx, reclusive book critic, reviews Cubby's recently released book and skewers it. Despite Penny's warnings to "let it go", Cubby just can't. When he finds out that the reviewer frequents a restaurant where he and his family dine, he goes to lunch hoping to check the guy out. A brief encounter in the restaurant bathroom soon has Cubby wishing he'd followed his wife's advice.
Catastrophe ensues and Cubby and his litttle family are soon on the run from absolute evil of mythical proportions that seems to have practically supernatural resources.Read more ›
Top 5 Reasons to avoid this book:
5) For a thriller, there was no suspense
4) The characters are ridiculously unbelievable (especially the dialog)
3) The prose is so verbose you want to pull your hair out
2) Cubby's character is so annoyingly incompetent you'd prefer he's knocked off at the beginning
1) Koontz must have got tired of the book because he phones in the ending
After this, it will be a while before I get excited by another new Dean Koontz and thanks be to the public library.
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Not my favorite by Dean Koontz, but it is a good read. I finished it in about 4 days on my Kindle. Some parts are slow and harder to get through, but when things do pick up,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Radical Reebs
Another great read from Dean. Looking forward to the next book I have the chance to enjoy as I have enjoyed all his othersPublished 3 months ago by firefly
If you truly wish to enjoy this novel you must stuff your suspension of disbelief into a canvas sack, drive it to a deserted bridge, beat it against the railing and fling it into... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shearman Waxx
I was so excited to find this book in the thrift store. I used to looooove Dean Koontz. I hadn't read one of his in several years because I recall I was nonplussed with the last... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M Jet
Terrible. Terrible. I listened to this on a road trip. There's a lot of unnecessary babble and nonsense that I would have flipped through the pages if I had been reading the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hj