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From Dean Koontz, the international bestselling master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him.

Woody Bookman hasn’t spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother, Megan, tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happ
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Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Will Byrnes
Nature was a green battlefield where the weak were forever preyed on by the strong. Nature did not care, nor did the earth, which for all its beauty was nonetheless a hard place, indifferent to its creatures. It was mind that mattered, mind that cared, mind that loved, the best works of the mind that changed this hard world for the better. Mind—and heart—had bonded people and dogs for tens of thousands of years. They had formed an alliance for survival and a covenant of affection against the
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Peter
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is the first full length novel from Dean Koontz I read since the early 90s. He still has all his typical ingredients. Genetic experiments gone wrong, an out of control tycoon, a fairy tale relationship between dog and autistic boy having a telepathic communication by the "wire", romance between man and woman who fall in love, heartwarming stuff and brutal psychopath and former CEO (Lee Shacket) on the loose on the other hand. I especially liked the tour of Lee Shacket and what he became in ...more
J.D. Barker
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Normally when I get an ARC of a Koontz book I try to make it last, read no more than a chapter each day, savor it like a fine wine. With DEVOTED I managed to do that, for a little while. Then I found myself reading a bit longer every night, turning a few extra pages, until I couldn’t help myself - with my daughter asleep in my lap, I read the final third of this incredible tale in a single sitting.

Like many of you, I first discovered Koontz with a book called WATCHERS - the story of a laboratory
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Elyse  Walters
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a Dean Koontz book in years - but I enjoy his suspense-thriller books as much as the next guy.

“Devoted”, will be released in stores in March, 2020.

The stars in “Devoted” are:
....Kipp, a golden retriever with special telepathic abilities.
Kipp was physically strong, 70 pounds of muscle and bone. He was mentally strong to… but emotionally… compassion remained at odds with instinct.

....Woody Bookman:
Brilliant, charming, autistic.....He hasn’t spoken a word in his 11 years of life.
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Kacy❁
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was the complete opposite of what I expected, and I have no idea how to explain why I am disappointed. First of all, I really thought this would be more about golden retrievers, but boy was I wrong. The title should've been "Deceived".
Try more along the lines of a super creepy villain and his weird actions and thoughts and urges (ew).
But then the main villain gets put on the back burner of the story like he isn't important anymore and it gets BORING AF because all of these new characters ar
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Rick
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm done with Dean Koontz. He's prolific and I've read a lot of his stuff. Some, I really liked: Watchers and the Odd Thomas book. Other works I've been less than thrilled by. His purple prose, his requirement that I suspend my disbelief to the breaking point, his awkward word choices and phrasing have all had me figuratively throwing many of his books, with great force, at the wall. But Devoted sounded good, like Watchers, so I thought I was in for a treat. What I got was a trick. Bad w ...more
Yodamom
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
After last Dean Koontz book I read a couple years ago I said never again.ill I was gifted this book. His style of writing and my style of reading don't mix. Yeh well the blurbs are always so good they suck me in. Then give me a dog in the story and I can't say no. I should have donated it.
I'll start with what I liked. There was a moment of intense fear in the middle, a child was in danger, a mother on the edge, that was the best scene in the book. I liked the connection made between man and dog
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Monnie
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enchanting. Tear-jerking. Edge-of-seat scary. All this and more await readers of this exquisitely written book. If I had to describe it in a single word, it would be mesmerizing.

At the heart of the activity is a telepathic dog named Kipp; Woody, a high-functioning autistic boy who hasn't spoken a word for all of his 11 years; and a diabolic plan to increase human longevity that goes horribly wrong. It's sort of a The Art of Racing in the Rain meets The Shining. Seriously, how can you top that?

Wo
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Cody | CodysBookshelf
If you’re into psychic dog hotlines and mute children fantasizing of licking dead men’s gums, have I got a book for you!

I really struggled with deciding how to rate this book, but I’m feeling generous and I really f’ing loved this and it made my heart full, which is really all anyone can ask for in these confusing times.

It’s weird, but in a classic Koontzy way. Ya know, the reason you fell in love with Dean Koontz in the first place? Remember the man turning into a computer in Midnight? Rememb
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Tim
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Even with a flashlight there doesn't appear to be much point to this story by this famous hit or miss author. 3 of 10 stars ...more
Vannetta Chapman
I am usually a Dean Koontz fan, and especially his books that feature dogs. And while I wanted to like Devoted, I didn't. It was a struggle to finish. The premise is good -- who doesn't like dogs let alone special dogs. And they're helping an autistic boy. Unfortunately, things go downhill from there.

In particular,
--the bad guys were ridiculously "bad"
--the action-packed scenes were too crass and violent, even for a mainstream novel
--the good characters were one dimensional
--but by far the bigge
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Deborah Brown
Apr 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
SAVE YOUR MONEY

I used to love Dean Koontz, I had every book he wrote, and really enjoyed them. But in the last 15 or 20 years, he's become a pretentious, overly verbose pompous blowhard.
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Tonya
Outstanding Dean Koontz read, Devoted grabbed my attention from the first chapter and did not let go! Seriously good. I am not as interested today in telling you what the book is about as that is what a synopsis is for...

I will share that the writing, characters, story- line and twisty plots are really great from the beginning. I can not think of any place where this book drags. Hoping that the stories of Woody, his mom and friends continues... especially the dogs! I found myself having so much
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Fred
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Dorthy Hummell(76) has a young girl, Rosa Leon by her aging side & Rosa is repaid with surprises/wealth which great & nice.

Megan Book’s son, Woody (11) is austic, never speaking, but a “bright” computer hacker. Woody & Kipp (golden retriever) cross paths - with a “Extrasensory” intelligence link (perceptions/communications).

They have “Devoted” relationships to each other - Woody/Kipp - Dorothy/Rosa. Agree.
Mei
May 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
What happened to Koontz who wrote Lightning or Strangers??? Those books were ineteresting, well written and easy to read, while this one was repetitive, repetitive, repetitive!!! How many times we must read here that the dogs are men's best friends? That without dogs we aill still be living in caves? And again and again and again... ad nauseam!!!
The idea about telepathic dogs is interesting, but some on, here it reads like a children's fairy tale!
This should have been a short, sweet story instea
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Greg
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5/5 So this one started well and actually had a few decently scary moments. I thought we may be going back to some of the older Koontz that I fondly remember. However towards the last quarter of the novel it started to unravel. Too many new characters were introduced and never expounded upon and while things wrapped up nice enough it made the last half less enjoyable to read.

It checks the Dean Koontz hit lists: genius dog, handicapped child, and sinister douce bag, monster, or some combinatio
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Jim C
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This book is about a woman who lives with her autistic son and he has never spoken. Her husband has died a few years back and a colleague of his is obsessed with this woman. He will stop at nothing to have her.

This book has all the aspects that Dean Koontz uses. There is the above intelligent dog, the precocious child, and people doing good deeds without hesitation. This book reminded me a lot of his early works and I was glad to see it. One could easily see the nod to
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Jocelyn
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, thriller
My reading slump has suuucked. I haven’t read much of anything since the whole COVID-19 mess, and my state was ‘shut down.’ I’ve binge watched a lot of junk in Netflix, and annoyed my kids and dog. True story. So, with this, I jumped straight in to Koontz’s new release, Devoted, and loved it for being just a crazy entertaining ride.

Devoted isn’t classic Koontz, but it’s closer to his classic novels than I’ve seen (or... read, I guess) in some time. In fact, I’ve abandoned the author because mos
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Karen’s Library
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Every so often, something extraordinary and touching to me will cause goosebumps and chills. It could be a piece of music, a singing performance, maybe a dance performance... In this case it was the last few pages of Devoted. Goosebumps such as what I had today are few and far between so when it happens, it’s usually because I was extremely moved. I was. The ending of Devoted was why I love my Dean Koontz novels.

If you enjoyed Watchers (especially Einstein), I believe you should love this book,
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RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
5 stars.

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Indieflower
I've only read one other Koontz book and that was about 40 years ago, then the opportunity for this in audio form presented itself so I thought I'd give it a whirl. I found it only OK, I was reasonably entertained by it but the constant purple prose was irritating, the overblown flowery descriptions of just about everything set my teeth on edge. Character development was quite weak too, the good guys were too good, no flaws or layers at all - the main female character felt almost ridiculously sa ...more
Eric Johnston
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a Dean Koontz novel, a mediocre thriller containing an unsophisticated allegory of good versus evil, an intelligent golden retriever, one-dimensional characters, tonal shifts to explain what historians or scientists think on a given topic, a bizarre conspiracy that makes no sense, etc. There are more Koontz tropes, and they are all here. It’s like he has the same checklist for every book.

I don’t need to summarize the plot because it’s the same as every other Koontz book. Super intellige
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Lance Kirby
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another quintessential Dean Koontz book that any fan of his will have trouble putting down I highly recommend it and if I was greedy I would of loved this to be the start of a series rather than a stand alone
Armand Rosamilia
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is like a love letter to the author's dog, and it's awesome. Throw in a mysterious stranger, some otherwordly happenings, really bad bad guys and really good good guys, and you have a great Koontz novel. Loved it. ...more
Skip
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
A mostly unsuccessful attempt to capitalize on the fan base, like me, who loved Koontz's novel, Watchers, about a genetically enhanced golden retriever. A highly functioning autistic, 11-year old Woody Bookman never spoken, but is convinced his father who died in a helicopter accident, was murdered. Meanwhile, his father's successor, Lee Shacket, barely escapes a catastrophic explosion at a research lab, where everyone dies. Shacket knows he needs to disappear, but is experiencing some mental de ...more
Suren Hakobyan
On the half of the book still wandering in Megan's home, going to and fro, like reading the description of the every step a person takes climbing the stairwell in the house (in a figurative sense). The writing style, as always you'll meet reading Koontz, is great, but the plot didn't grab me. ...more
Donald Grant
Sadly, a let down……. **

In my bedroom is a bookcase with every Koontz novel and short story collection, three of which are signed by him. Needless to say I am a fan.

What I enjoy most about his writing is his mastery of words that make thin plots enjoyable to read. This book fits that to a tee, except for the enjoyable to read part.

One of my favorite novels is Watchers, and this could be described as a sequel to it. Sadly, this one does not have the tension nor story that Watchers had. The charact
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Aleta
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Deam Koontz but for some reason I haven't read any of his books of late. I heard about this book and thought I would give it a try. It was very entertaining, and I enjoyed it immensely. Its about an Autistic boy a Golden retriever dog with a special gift, throw in a hired killers, corrupted police officials, and maybe an infected Zoombie like killer, and you are on your way to a great book. ...more
Sherry
Apr 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
I loved Dean Koontz's Watchers but did not care for Devoted. I was never able to genuinely care about Kipp, the beautiful, bright, virtuous golden retriever – the reason I decided to read this book in the first place. On the other side of good vs evil was Lee Shacker, whose character was surrounded by excessive amounts of evil and gore. In fact, all the characters in this story were one-dimensional - the good guys were completely super good and the bad guys were absolutely evil. There were no sh ...more
Coleen
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a really hard book for me to review. I have always been a huge Dean Koontz fan. I did enjoy it, but I did have to keep reminding myself when things got strange - this IS sci-fi. I always love the dogs in his books, and Kip was another great dog! And I loved Megan, Woody, Ben and Rosa. But.... I feel like something was missing. I didn’t plow through it like I usually do with Koontz books. Maybe I’ll just blame the crazy distractions going on in this crazy world 🤷‍♀️
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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.

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