- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Putnam; 1st edition (March 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399126554
- ISBN-13: 978-0399126550
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,802 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Koontz weaves this tail with his inimitable descriptive prose that at times resembles poetry. His enduring love for his late Golden Retriever manifests itself as a recurring theme of the spiritual bond between Persons and their Dogs.By being slightly less intelligent than Humans, a dog still possesses an Innocence that allows them to recognize the Playful Presence of our Creator.
All of this provides a back drop for an exciting battle between Good and Evil. I found it to be equally as thrilling even though this was the second time that I have read this novel. I truly recommend choosing this for an enjoyable experience.
P. S. Although I am an unconditional fan of Dean Koontz and everything that I have had the pleasure to read that he has written, my all time favorite Dean Koont novel is still "Watchers"!
The characters are people you'd like to call friends - or at least the "good guys" are. His antagonist is written in such a way that you journey through his perception of the world and himself, showing what a warped view the "bad guys" truly have. And the journey is one in which you are at once engaged in the story, and awestruck by how Koontz brought together this interwoven world. As a writer of many areas myself (academic, fiction, nonfiction) I am always in deep respect of Koontz's storytelling, but this one in particular is impressive.
This is a thinker's book, but it's entertaining. It's a suspense-filled journey, with a heartwarming narrative at it's heart. It's a great way to spend as many hours as it takes you to read, but as I'm proof, it's equally magnetic in drawing you to return time and again. I always wait a year or two, but I'm always surprised and come away with something new.
I think you'll enjoy the journey within these pages... and remember, He's always watching, from the corner of His eye.
But as happens sometimes in such tales, Dean Koontz created a villain so nastily clever and devious that in the end his villain outfoxed Mr Koontz himself! :-) So, in order to get rid of him -- which no police officer of any description would have been able to do -- Mr Koontz, in a way of speaking, pulls a rabbit out of a hat ... (Oops, Mr Koontz!) Also, a fault of both King and Koontz, Dean Koontz has a tendency to ramble on and on sometimes, so much so that the author intrudes upon his own story. So yes, I did skip some of these rambles ... They were extraneous to the riveting tale.