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Watchers by Dean Koontz
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Sep 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, science-fiction
Read in September, 2011

This book takes off at a rapid clip and doesn't let up. The main focus of the story is on two lab creations -- a super-intelligent (and super sweet) golden retreiver who could put Lassie to shame, and a creature, known as The Outsider, which is just as smart but made to kill -- and it was created a little too well. Travis is a man who has lost everyone close to him, and is convinced he is a jinx. He's gone back to the trails he knew growing up when he encounters the retreiver, who saves his life. Later, they run into Nora, a shy, timid woman who had lived under the emotional abuse of her aunt. The three of them come together and start to heal, but are also thrown into the mystery of the dog's origins and the nature of the dark creature that has been killing people. Another compelling story centers on Len, an NSA agent, and his friend Walt, a local sheriff. Len, a workaholic who starts to examine his life and his obsessions, often finds his friendship at odds with his duty as he tries to track down The Outsider. A little bit of international and mob intrigue is thrown in the story with Vince, a professional hit man who is, in his own way, scarier than The Outsider. The story raises intriguing questions about the ability to create superintelligent life-- and if that creation would have rights. I do like the fact that one of the "good guys" is a lawyer-- you don't see that in many stories (my one nit is how he's kind of referred to as an afterthought at the end).
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