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Bestselling novelist Cullen “Cubby” Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children’s book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed “Spooky,” and a non-collie named Lassie, who’s all but part of the family.

So Cubby knows he
Published June 9th 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2009)
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Apr 12, 2010 Maciek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Masochists ?

I find it hard to believe it got published. It sells only because of the name recognition. The publishing company advertises it with the praise Koontz received ages ago for his earlier, better novels and voila ! We have a new $20 harcdover, the cash flows in and everyone is happy. Except for the readers.

Cubby Greenwich is a writer of bestselling books, and his latest title (One O Clock Jump) got the attention of a famous and f
I kind of liked the idea of this inventive meta-novel, even though I didn't think it completely worked. The premise is that the supposed author, "Dean Koontz" (I am not sure if this is meant to refer to anyone in particular) has received one too many negative reviews from snooty intellectual liberal types, which has pushed him over the edge. Fuming with rage, he sits down and composes a novel where he gets even with the hated critics: Relentless is the result.

The thing I didn't like is that the
Sam Brownjohn
Aug 18, 2011 Sam Brownjohn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This has been my first encounter with a Dean Koontz novel. Coincidently it has also been the first time i have been compelled to actually voice my disgust in such a bad book. This book literally made me want to rip the pages out it was so bad. Koontz has a very limited vocabulary using the same words repeatedly (syntax), someone give this man a thesaurus. Sadly having a wild imagination does not counteract the problem of bad story telling. The storyline was hideously unbelievable and idiotic, i ...more
Jun 26, 2009 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
When it comes to reading novels by Dean Koontz, I always have the same issue. I'll pick one up and within 20 pages I find myself with a remarkable sense of deja vu. Koontz's novels are all so remarkably similar in style and writing voice that it's hard to really remember details about them, even moments after you've put them down. I refer to Koontz as the bubble-gum writer--his books are memorable while you chew them but the flavor fades quickly and you'll forget them within a few minutes of spi ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Relentless is filled with humor, suspense and intensity making it a fast paced thriller and a speedy read. For me, reading Relentless was By the Light of the Moon meets Life Expectancy - these are two of my most favorite by Dean Koontz and so naturally, I really like this book! I must say, my expectations were pretty low after reading Your Heart Belongs to Me (2008), but with this one Koontz has redeemed himself.

In a way, Relentless is similar to Velocity but I prefer Relentless. When I was read
Jun 12, 2010 F.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A list of writers name-checked by Dean Koontz’s ‘Relentless’:

Dostoyevsky; Ballard; Chesterton; Flaubert; Dr Seuss; Flannery O’Connor; Dickens; Capote; Hemmingway; Fitzgerald; Robert Heinlein; Zane Grey; Chandler; Edgar Rice Burroughs; Virginia Woolf; Somerset Maugham; Spillane; Longfellow; Aristophanes; Aristotle; Plato; Euripides; Plutarch; Herodotus; Hippocrates; Euclid; Archimedes; Dante; Chaucer; Thomas Aquinas; Shakespeare; Boswell; Johnson; Conrad; Bellow; Churchill; Orwell; Pasternak; Ev
Aug 01, 2010 Meave rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Look I was without my enormous Christie omnibus database for a day, so I had nothing to read, and I'm housesitting, and this was literally the only book in the house that wasn't by Susan Powter/about raising golden retrievers/the bible/the encyclopedia of Popular Mechanics. I've never read Dean Koontz before but he's so popular and there's nothing on television ever so I thought, ok, I'll read it.

My GOD what a waste. It's just terrible. It can't even follow its own logic. It's a not-at-all-veile
Graeme Reynolds
Aug 01, 2013 Graeme Reynolds rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolute garbage. One of the worst books I've ever read.

Main character is a smug, self satisfied writer, who lives with his smug self satisfied writer wife and their highly intelligent, smug self satisfied prodigy child. A famous reviewer gives his latest novel a scathing review which knocks a little self satisfaction out of him and he confronts the reviewer, who begins to stalk his family using increasingly high tech methods.

He finds out that this has happened to every other author and artist w
Jun 22, 2010 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 27, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 19, 2010 Kasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is strange, different, not at all what you are expecting but it's wonderful in ways that even I dont understand yet. I think so very often in this digital age we get overly saturated with every person's oppinion before experiencing the item in question, I try not to let them sway me and still have my own saying, wether it's good or bad, I want to have my own feeling on the item, especially when it's a book. After reading "Relentless" new impressions and conclusions are still popping i ...more
Corey Blake
Koontz stunned me with this novel. It's only the third of his that I have read, but I was shocked that he chose to break a cardinal rule of creative writing. The first 95% of this book leads the reader to believe that the world of the story is that of the present day. Though the 6 year old child in the book is described by his father as advanced for his years, we buy his mathematical and technological prowess as that of a young prodigy. We buy into the insane world of a mass murderer on the hunt ...more
Jun 12, 2009 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery
I've been a fan of Dean Koontz for about 17 years now, and he is, by far, one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed reading 'Relentless', but I feel that something is missing that made me love his books. With the exception of the Odd Thomas novels, his last several books have been just quick fun reads, about a man or woman going up against an extremely evil person or group of people. I miss his longer novels like 'From the Corner of His Eye', 'By the Light of the Moon', 'Watchers' and my all time fa ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dean Koontz writes of a marvelous world, world so simple, so incredibly black and white with absolutely nothing in between, world where you can tell an evil person from a mile away (hint, they actually look it), but it doesn't even matter cause good will always triumph over evil anyway, where characters start out one way or another (good or evil) and remain so for the rest of the book with no arc or character development whatsoever. Here are some sample cardboard characters...genius kid, uber su ...more
Stephen Michaleson
Relentless was a huge page turner. Let me get that out of the way. Every page just kept you begging for more. This was the first Dean Koontz novel I ever read and I was surprised at how much I was impressed with it. The writing was fantastic and excitement pumped my raced my heart beat. The summary makes it sound really stupid. A critic that stalks and tries to kill a guy becuase he didn't like his book? Come on! But when you actually pick the book up and read it, it's a really great book. 5 sta ...more
Jul 18, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply, this is Koontz's best book to date. Granted, I'm in the "I just finished this book and I love it more than any book I've ever read" mentality, which usually subsides with time. But, that's how I feel right now about it.
Koontz, unlike horror contemporary Stephen King, whose style really hasn't changed much in 35 years, has grown as a writer. Deadly serious in his prose early on, he's now added humor-- some of it subtle and black, of course, but also some of it hysterically obvious and alm
RELENTLESS (Pub. 2009) by Dean Koontz was a fascinating and great read. The author has a remarkably thoughtful way of bringing a thriller to life, and this is one of my favorite of his stories.

As a writer myself, I couldn't help but be caught up in the plot - a bestselling writer, Cubby Greenwich, is waylaid in a national book review by a famously viscious critic. Family and friends console Greenwich with words of praise and reminders of his success, but the horrid review still niggles. When Gre
Dec 21, 2012 Bret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This has got to be one of the worst books I've ever read. Koontz continues to use the same plot and characters from most of his other books. Sure the names and the situation are different but it's the same general plot - someone finds themselves caught up in a situation that causes them to have to go on the run. In this instance, an author named Cubby Greenwich releases a new book that receives a bad review from book critic Shearman Waxx. After a run in with the critic in the bathroom of a resta ...more
Chad Cantrell
I think Koontz is to modern-day American novels what Hollywood is to modern-day American films. Flashy, over-the-top, and entertaining, but also very hit-or-miss, even from scene to scene. When I started Relentless, I honestly wasn't sure that I could finish it. Koontz tries so desperately to be funny and to show us how playful and carefree his three main characters are at the beginning of the novel that it's actually a little bit sad...and a lot annoying. (Seriously, does anyone find it funny t ...more
Jul 05, 2009 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book and literally couldn't wait to read it - HUGE Dean Koontz fan and this book sounded like it would follow along the lines of "Life Expectancy" which I adored. However, within the first chapter I began to realize that as much as I wanted to love this book and laugh out loud like I normally do, it wasn't going to happen.

This book almost seems like it's trying way too hard to be funny, whereas with Koontz's other books the humor was effortless. The amount of adjectives alone almo
Sep 18, 2010 Gustavo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hello everyone!!
Well, Ive just finished reading Relentless, by Dean Koontz.
I want to tell you that Ive no idea what the author was thinking while writing the book... Maybe he was on drugs or something (that was useful for Poe, but not for him, thats for sure!).
Imagine the story: theres an author, who is critiziced by a well-known reviewer. The author meet this man in a restaurant and then the reviewer begins a hunting, he wants to kill the author and his family!!! The general idea is that this k
Jul 11, 2009 Brenda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 16, 2011 Craig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
As formulaic and tired as his novels have been for a while. Oh there's a plucky youngster/dog? Oh the protagonist's are good intentioned yet flawed Jesus types? Yawn. Koontz has been phoning it in for years now. Non-sequitur rants about how the internet is just a tool of the devil etc are just baffling considering Koontz finally ended his, "written correspondence only" mandate to fans and now encourages online feedback. I don't know if he has had some kind of born-again religious experience or ...more
Feb 20, 2010 Skip rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Inane blather. Not remotely suspenseful. Avoid.
Stephen McQuiggan
Dec 16, 2016 Stephen McQuiggan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When you get a bad review from Shearman Waxx you also get your family killed and your house blown up. Beware of an outbreak of daft names in this satire - hang on, this is a satire, right? For a start the jokey tone is extremely jarring. If Zasu has so much money - and she's apparently running the U.S economy - why doesn't she just buy up publishing houses and stop these writers being published in the first place? A lot easier than bumping them off. And to think Koontz wrote Strangers and Watche ...more
Paul Pessolano
Feb 13, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is catagorized as "Horror", it probably fits better into the area of mystery/science fiction. I know there is no such category, but "Relentless" fits best as a mystery with a little science fiction thrown in at the end. This book is nothing like the previous Koontz books, except maybe for "The Husband". Again, "The Husband" fits more into the mystery category than horror. Both books have little if any horror in them.

"Cubby" Greenwich is a successful writer and is married to Pe
Aug 05, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I stumbled upon. I was given a copy of this book on CD (the Brilliance Audio version, read by Dan John Miller), and I've been listening to it for a few weeks. The other Dean Koontz book I read was very enjoyable. I like how he adds just enough humor into the character's daily interactions to make horror books palatable for someone, like myself, who tends to be a wimp where the angst meter is concerned.

Relentless is about an author who received a bad review for his newest boo
** 3.5 Stars **

I vaguely remember reading this book about 15 years ago. Which basically means that I could not remember what would happen or how it would end. My brain doesn't work like that. I have been a Koontz fan for a long time, and enjoy his books. And I enjoyed this one as well (again).

The main character in the story is a writer called 'Cubby' and his family - a wife Penny, a (genious) son Milo and a (very special) dog Lassie. After the release of his latest book he receives a negative re
Dave Ervin
Jun 07, 2012 Dave Ervin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Everything about this novel is obnoxious.

The story, which sets up as a dark comedy about a writer being pursued by a murderously insane book critic with an elitist agenda, could have worked if it were treated with a wink at the audience. Instead, the novel decides to take itself seriously, and it’s just too implausible for that. For example, the fact that the antagonist has seemingly every high-tech device and ninja-skill known to man could have been funny, but instead Koontz attempts to frighte
Deborah Mitton
Sep 29, 2016 Deborah Mitton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This story is about what all writers fear/hate - a bad review. I can relate to Cubby Greenwich (don't you just love the name) upset at receiving a bad review from a feared critic. Though I haven't received one from a reclusive sociopath ... yet. A reviewer who turns out to be a complete nut bar (and not the kind with chocolate).

Another wonderful tale by Dean Koontz who made me love his weird good folks and hate his evil doers.
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