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Watchers by Dean Koontz
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Mar 27, 2012

it was amazing

This was the first Dean Koontz novel I ever read. By the end of Chapter 1, I was hooked, and it's been a love story between me and Koontz books ever since.

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 human. It's purpose is to go behind enemy lines and gather intelligence. The other creature is a pure killing machine.

With the dog, appearance was important to the scientists. Although its intelligence was greatly enhances, it still needed to look like a beautiful dog in order to not arouse suspicion. The killing machine, however, had no such restrictions. What was created was a monster of nightmares. The monster grew to hate the dog for its beauty and for its goodness and for the love it evoked in others. The monster's only goal became to kill the dog.

The dog escaped the lab to save its own life and hooked up with a man (and eventually a woman), who eventually learned of the dog's secret and found themselves running for their lives from an engineered creature whose sole purpose was the kill as effectively and efficiently as possible.

If you don't love this dog by the end of the book, you are utterly heartless.
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