Relentless
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Relentless

by
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  10,561 ratings  ·  988 reviews
Literary critic Shearman Waxx can kill a good book with just a few acidly worded bon mots. And as one unlucky author is about to discover, that’s not all he’s prepared to kill. . . .

From #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz comes a mesmerizing thriller about the battle of wills that ensues when a successful author and likable family man confronts a...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Bantam (first published 2009)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Relentless, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Relentless

Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCity of Glass by Cassandra ClareHush, Hush by Becca FitzpatrickThe Last Olympian by Rick RiordanFallen by Lauren Kate
2010 Best Books for Young Adults (Nominations)
469th out of 612 books — 1,953 voters
Twilight by Stephenie MeyerBreaking Dawn by Stephenie MeyerNew Moon by Stephenie MeyerThe Da Vinci Code by Dan BrownEclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Books I wish I had never read
216th out of 771 books — 848 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Maciek
Apr 14, 2010 Maciek rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Masochists ?
RELENTLESSLY IDIOTIC. 0 STARS.
UTTER RUBBISH - AN INSULT TO THE READER.

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...more
Michael
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
Sam Brownjohn
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
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...more
Meave
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...more
David
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lisa
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
Kasia S.
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
Stephen
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
Graeme Reynolds
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...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
Becky
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...more
F.R.
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...more
Brenda
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Craig
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
Gatorman
Books like this are the reason why I stopped reading Koontz on a regular basis. For every quality read (Watchers, The Mask), there is one as bad as this. He is way too inconsistent. Read at your own peril. Truly awful in every way.
Bhoswald
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
Paul Pessolano
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...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
Matt
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...more
Natalie
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...more
Bandit
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
Gustavo
Hello everyone!!
Well, I´ve just finished reading Relentless, by Dean Koontz.
I want to tell you that I´ve 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, that´s for sure!).
Imagine the story: there´s 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 th...more
Alex
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...more
Dave Ervin
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...more
Blackbead Sanders
For many years now, I have had the pleasure of reading Mr. Koontz's work. I find that his books fall into two different categories, both of which I adore. The first is told in the voice of a straight-edge - a hard-bitten, reality style that drives the reader forward at the edge of the rollercoaster seat. I love these books.

The second voice is the rollicking, death-before-pessimism, joking-in-the-face-of-danger, Devil-may-care humorous narrative that leads me on through the book like the most del...more
Kelly
Cullen “Cubby” Greenwich’s newest novel is a big hit, skyrocketing the charts and everyone loves it. Everyone, that is, but a reclusive, yet renowned critic, Shearman Waxx. Waxx’s critique of the novel is filled with vicious and inaccurate statements, and it bugs Cubby to no end. His wife Penny, a successful author and illustrator of children’s book, tells him to let it go. His brilliant son, Milo, also known as “Spooky”, tells him to let it go. Even his dog, Lassie, seems to be telling him to l...more
Wayne Wilson
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
wally
this was a joy to read for the second time. the story grabs you and won't let go...though i did let go...heh heh...and went to bed last night, taking it up again today, after my neighbor threatened to kill me...i wasn't going to work today, anyway...and i'm still trying to overcome the jitters.

this story helped.

"in an age when everyone invents his own truth, there is no community, only factions. w/o community, there can be no consensus to resist the greedy, the envious, the power-mad narcissists...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Koontzland - Dean...: Relentless (Group Read - March 2012) 99 93 Apr 24, 2012 03:56PM  
  • Shadow Fires
  • Nightmare Journey
  • The Funhouse
  • Blood Risk (Tucker Series, #1)
  • Dragonfly
  • Perfect Nightmare
  • Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Volume 1: Prodigal Son
  • Predators
  • The Dean Koontz Companion
  • In the Dark
  • Deep as the Marrow
  • Hell's Aquarium (MEG #4)
9355
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 tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more
More about Dean Koontz...
Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1) Watchers Intensity Forever Odd (Odd Thomas, #2) Phantoms

Share This Book

“I'm small, I'm young - and I'm so different. You've always respected that difference, and you've always trusted it. Trust me now. There's a reason I am the way I am, and there's a reason I was born to you. There's always a reason. We belong together.” 97 likes
“Evil itself may be relentless. I will grant you that, but love is relentless too. Friendship is a relentless force. Family is a relentless force. Faith is relentless force. The human spirit is relentless, and the human heart outlasts - and can defeat - even the most relentless force of all, which is time.” 59 likes
More quotes…