“A superior thriller”(Oakland Press) from the #1 New York Times bestselling authornow in trade paperback for the first time.
On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever, who will let him go no further into the dark woods.
That morning, Travis had been despera...more
+ a nightmarish monster that escapes a laboratory and starts munching on the peaceful population of modern suburbia.
An immaculate mix of horror, romance, and action.
Do you think that Dean Koontz could have wrote a book that wasn't so drippy with sentimentality towards his favorite breed of dog, that other people could actually get through it?
Well, I did - barely. It was soooo dang painful too. All his annoying story rec...more
In the first chapter, Travis Cornell is hiking in Santiago Canyon, and he finds (or perhaps is found by?) a stray dog, who seems to be warning him a...more
The characters in this novel are shallow and cardboard - the ex delta force soldier, a widower, falls in love with an abused woman. Of course despite her abuse lasting for years she gets out of the shell in several months and gets pregnant, drives a car, even uses weapons !
The scene when they have weapons hidden all over their house is qui...more
The story revolves around a man and a woman who both happen to own super-intelligent golden retrievers who can communicate with their humans. I loved the idea and tried for weeks (in vane) to get Robin, our resident golden retriever, to give me a glimpse of her hidden genius. She chased her tail and humped a pillow. Darn.
Oops! I stand corrected - t'was only one genius dog. One dog, bringing people together - saving...more
Well blow me down, I detested most of 'Watchers'. It was so mind numbingly amateurish, predictable, benign and grossly unbelievable. You know 50 pages ahead exactly where Koontz is heading and how the different stories will eventually mesh. What concerns me most, how...more
One of the things that amazes me about Koontz is his ability to create characters that pull you into the story and root for them. The main characters, Travis and Nora, overcome difficulty early on in the book and it is clear that Koontz wants us to be on their side. Additionally, there is the absolutely pure character of Einstein (the Golden Retriever) who it is nearly impossible NOT to like...more
On the other hand, nothing much new, though.
There's a wonderfully horrific dark being that you almost have to take pity on in the end.
There's a dog. A really smart dog. Basically a human confined within a dog. But still a lovely dog.
There's an assassin. There's a person that's not quite square with the world around him. There are interesting main characters and well rounded sub-characters. There's romance. Albeit not much, but it's there.
I won't write a synopsis of the book but I hold it in very high regard. Dean Koontz has a way of writing characters that show the moral conflicts we face everyday but places it in remarkable circumstances.
Travis, Nora, Einstein, Lemuel, Walt and the rest of the cast are well thought out. They are conflicted, not always right, but their internal dialogue shows the d...more
Has to be, somebody must’ve noticed, that our author’s got a thing for government fu...more
But this one comes a close 2nd. In fact, I'm re-reading One Door again just to be sure it really is my favorite. I suspect it will remain so, if only because I read it first.
The one thing I've always liked Koontz more than King is his abiding themes of hope and love. Not to get too Disney, but the optimist in me finds more to relate with in Koontz's writing than King many times.
What's not to like? Edge of seat tension...more
Cursed Travis Cornell was looking for some happiness and found the golden retriever, who he named Einstein because of his human-like intelligence. Through Einstein he found an equally lonely...more
The intelligent dog and a beast escape from a genetic research lab. The beast kills animals and humans. The beast is obsessed with killing the dog. The authorities, the beast, and a mafia hit man are all searching for the dog which provides suspense, danger, planning, fighting, and escape. The dog forms bonds with humans. There is also a romance. I compare this to three other Koontz books. “Intensity” had me afraid for most of th...more
At the heart of many Koontz novels is an amazing, special dog - usually a golden retriever. This book is no exception. In true futuristically scientific fashion, Koontz has created a lab that specializes in genetic engineering for military purposes. The lab has successfully created two amazing creatures. One is a dog with the intelligence of a...more
When your this dumb as often as this book gets. Usually I start day dreaming about being a hit man and taking the author out free of charge. But there is something about Koontz who just has a talent for writing stories that have a Good Pace and are very easy to read that the torture doesn't last to terribly long.
Smart Dog Saves Man, Man Friends Dog, Creature hates dog chases Dog and Kill both, Hit Man thinks he can make lots of money with smart dog/...more
Update: The reader didn't improve, but I did guiltily enjoy the work. Considering it's 20 years old and presented so poorly, I think that says a lot for the author, whose books I've never...more
The only issue I had with the book was with the hitman Vince. I thought he was sadistic and was a little grossed out at first re...more
This is Koontz's famous tale about genetically engineered animals which is probably much more probable and frightening now than it was in 1987! Political bigwigs have managed to fund and create "The Other", an intelligent killer who lives for the thrill of the kill....more
Two beings were created in a lab with near human intelligence. One is a golden retriever normal in every way other than his intelligence. The other is called The Outsider. A frightful being resembling no animal or man. Both beings escape from the lab and are free in the wild.
A man named Travis finds the dog and soon learns of its secret, however he is unaware that the dog still has more secrets to reveal to it. Along the way, Travis and th...more
Not to spoil the plot, it is about mankind's tampering with science, without realizing the consequences. It's abo...more
Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tal...more