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Watchers Paperback – May 6, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Cross Lassie with E.T., add a touch of The Wolfen and a dash of The Godfather, and you get a sense of some of the ingredients in this supernatural thriller, which should move Koontz ( Strangers a notch closer to Stephen King's high-rent district. When Travis Cornell, Koontz's appealing hero, encounters a stray dog while hiking, he quickly realizes that the animal is most unusual and that something terrifying is stalking them both. The encounter with the dog is the beginning of a tightly woven plot involving genetic manipulation that has created two extraordinary animals; one is the dog, named Einstein, the other is a murderous hybrid called "The Outsider." Hunted down by both the government and a professional killer who has learned the secret of the animals, Travis, Einstein and Nora Devon, a lonely woman befriended by man and canine, attempt to escape their pursuers all the while knowing that a confrontation with The Outsider is inevitable. Though the climax packs a little less wallop than it deserves, this is the sort of thoroughly frightening and entertaining tale that has its readers listening for noises in the night. 100,000 first printing; 100,000 ad/promo; Liteary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
YA A book that incorporates elements of both the horror tale and the action thriller, and the result is an intriguing and enjoyable novel. Watchers is a retelling of the Frankenstein theme with a twist: two creatures, quite different from each other, roam the land. Two animals who are unlike any other animals as a result of DNA research escape from a top-secret laboratory. One is divinely inspiring, engendering love and caring. The other is a hellish nightmare that leaves unspeakable slaughter in its wake. The two creatures and a supporting cast of charactersa government agent, a hired killer, a decent recluse, and a lonely womanare inevitably brought together in a climactic and satisfying showdown. While the plot developments occasionally seem a bit forcedthis is one book that could actually have profited by some extra lengththe shortcomings are minor. Watchers is a satisfying example of good storytelling. Karl Penny, Houston Public Library
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
I purchased the audio add-on, and I really enjoyed it.
I came from Ready Player One and American Gods.
(I liked both of those too, but I'd probably put Watchers just a hair above them)
Give it a read (or listen).
Travis, Nora, Einstein, Lem, Vincent, even The Outsider.... The characters are given just the right amount of development, without the over attention and drama filled background and filler sob stories a lot writers seem a to have a compulsion to do, that you are given the opportunity to use your own imagination the fill in the blanks of how these characters became who and what they are and in some way relate to some aspect. You can share in their sorrow, their joy, and their apprehension. Most importantly, through the obstacles Nora, Einstein, and Travis face together, there is the underlying moral to the story; if your foundation is solid, and with a little bit of luck, there's nothing that you can't take on.
This is one of Dean Koontz's greatest books he's ever written.
Even though I know the story and the outcome, this is a book I will read again and maybe again. It's that good! A 5 star rating is well earned with this exciting, (sometimes scary and sometimes funny) love story between man and his dog.
I'm glad I listened in mass.
I've now read four of the Odd Thomas series and now Watchers. Odd Thomas is worth the read as the stories are filled with many unique, thought provoking ideas. The first person narrative is, at times, tedious as Koontz fills it frequently a bit too much with reminiscences of things past. Will I continue with the series...yes. I will read them all.
Watchers is just great story telling with characters you root for and experiments that wreak havoc.
What a great way to escape the grind of the day.
Just love it and love his books.
Let me hear an "amen"!
Most recent customer reviews
One of the best, from master of sixpence Dean Koonz.
Hope to read more like this in the future.