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Watchers (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – January 28, 2003
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Thank you that Watcher story, it touched my heart and put tears in my eyes. I so thought the movies they made would represent the story properly but I think it was 3rd try that almost got it. But sadly not. So Einstein will live belovedly in my old memory. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I'm giving it 4 stars because the manifestation of the dog's intelligence just seemed a bit cheezy and not real well thought out. I know it's fiction but I would have liked a more believable form of communication between the dog and humans.
Only other point is that the hit man was developed really really well but seemed to die too quick and easy when he finally met up with our main characters. Seems like more development and integration there would have been quality "edge of your seat" reading. But anyways, it was an excellent story... my points only show what would have made it true perfection.
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).
Watchers is one of those books that keeps your eyes open, the brain working... because anything seemed possible at thirteen years of age. It was a time of wonderment, years of hope and high expectations. The good guys were really good, and the bad ones...... well, they never go off script.
I never thought I would say this at the age of 50... but I want to be thirteen again. God Damn It! 50 sucks the rubber hose, and thirteen... yes I am saying not.... 13 way the s***.
So I was enthralled with Watchers from the moment I read about Einstein's special abilities. I am sometimes guilty of anthropomorphism when it comes to my pets but this book takes it to a whole new level. Koontz made me fall in love with the with a dog, find pity in my heart for his antithesis & fear & loathing for those who's hearts won't permit them to be anything but twisted and heartless,
Great pacing, story line & tension. I highly recommend it but hang on to hearts.