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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Jan. 28 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425188809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425188804
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cross Lassie with E.T., add a touch of The Wolfen and a dash of The Godfather, and you get a sense of some of the ingredients in this supernatural thriller, which should move Koontz ( Strangers a notch closer to Stephen King's high-rent district. When Travis Cornell, Koontz's appealing hero, encounters a stray dog while hiking, he quickly realizes that the animal is most unusual and that something terrifying is stalking them both. The encounter with the dog is the beginning of a tightly woven plot involving genetic manipulation that has created two extraordinary animals; one is the dog, named Einstein, the other is a murderous hybrid called "The Outsider." Hunted down by both the government and a professional killer who has learned the secret of the animals, Travis, Einstein and Nora Devon, a lonely woman befriended by man and canine, attempt to escape their pursuers all the while knowing that a confrontation with The Outsider is inevitable. Though the climax packs a little less wallop than it deserves, this is the sort of thoroughly frightening and entertaining tale that has its readers listening for noises in the night. 100,000 first printing; 100,000 ad/promo; Liteary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA A book that incorporates elements of both the horror tale and the action thriller, and the result is an intriguing and enjoyable novel. Watchers is a retelling of the Frankenstein theme with a twist: two creatures, quite different from each other, roam the land. Two animals who are unlike any other animals as a result of DNA research escape from a top-secret laboratory. One is divinely inspiring, engendering love and caring. The other is a hellish nightmare that leaves unspeakable slaughter in its wake. The two creatures and a supporting cast of charactersa government agent, a hired killer, a decent recluse, and a lonely womanare inevitably brought together in a climactic and satisfying showdown. While the plot developments occasionally seem a bit forcedthis is one book that could actually have profited by some extra lengththe shortcomings are minor. Watchers is a satisfying example of good storytelling. Karl Penny, Houston Public Library
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Cull on May 30 2007
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Watchers is, I'd say, the perfect example of the sort of novels Dean Koontz used to write, back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It has excitement, danger, monsters, shadowy government forces, recombinant DNA, a man, a woman and a super-intelligent dog. What more could one ever want in a thriller? There is a refreshing lack of quirky humour, and an absence of eccentric names, just thrills, suspense, action. For those who are only familiar with Koontz's most recent output, I recommend Watchers. It will show you what the rest of us have been missing for the last decade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luke Harris on Jan. 17 2011
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I read two Koontz books of late and was left disappointed by the abrupt ends. As always the story grabs you from the beginning and creates an understanding and closeness to the characters. Koontz even gets us to feel extremely close the the two main animal characters. However just as we get into this great story he seems to rush to the finish. In my opinion he seems to struggle to close the loose ends and end the story quickly. I don't under stand how we can have an entire chapter dedicated to describing a landscape and setting a scene but spend less then that ending the novel.

I guess what I'm saying is that the book could have been 50-75 pages longer. Closing the book -(the final battle) could have been written more suspenseful and perhaps contained a couple of surprises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 12 2001
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This book is bad. The monster is stupid and really the book doesn't have much of a plot-at least not the type of plot that someone with an IQ in at least double figures can appreciate. Koontz doesn't know how to weave myth into his stories. Rather than coming up with good ideas, he makes tales about mutant monkeys running around attacking people in the bushes and crying about a low self-esteme.
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As with many of Kings book's, a rereading of Watchers brings a number of Koontz cliches into sharp focus (see lady naava's review). If you are familiar with the genre and Koontz in particular, either skip this one or read some negative reviews to prepare you for some of the cheesy, too-convenient Koontz cliches. (...)
That said, this book is an incredibly effective page turner. This is as far from a slow starter as you are likely to find, and is the polar opposite of a slogging march to "disappointment-land" like Pet Cemetary. It's certainly not high culture, there are some self-serving plot devices (bordering on juvenile male fantasy--brooding loner with heart of gold rescues damsel, etc.) and the novelty of the idea of a chimera has worn off a bit (this book is pre-Discovery Channel), but as a light entertainment and stay-up-all-night page-flipper, this book is awfully effective.
If you love dogs, want a good scare (might not be as scary as it was 10+ years ago), and can stomach some of Koontz's romantic plot devices, this will probably be an all-time favorite. If not, better to skip it.
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Psychic dogs, power-mad scientists, perfect wives, and middle-aged ex-special forces heroes are all trademark Koontz plot devices, and are used in abundance in this latest Koontz re-release. After reading Fear Nothing, I EAGERLY awaited listening to Watchers, but I found Watchers to be predictable and rather average. Those new to Koontz, might enjoy this book. Those who have read a few might recognize the same story he has told before. Middle-aged, emotionally underdeveloped hero who is also down on his luck accompanied by a psychic dog meets the perfect woman and saves the universe.
While I found this book started off well, I found myself bored by the hitman, the 'eyeball collecting outsider' (so far, that's four books by Koontz in which the bad guy has collected body parts), and Nora who irritated me. Sam/Travis was also another whiney hero; he whines more than a nursery full of toddlers! (It's amazing how many fictional heroes mothers die in childbirth), you'd think it was an epidemic!
Feh.2 stars. Please Koontz. Write something ELSE. If you want to use the same characters, write a /series/. Boredom on all levels.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 3 2004
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Voice performer J. Charles has read a number of books for Brilliance Audio, all of them performances of the highest caliber. Some of my personal favorites are "The Hunt For Red October," "Medusa Stone." and "Golden Buddha." Actually, the list could go on and on as Charles is one of the best, a reader whose voice is capable of conveying the full range of human emotion.
This ability comes to the fore in Dean Koontz's terrifying "Watchers" in which we meet two different life forms, mutated creatures who have gotten away from a top secret, tightly guarded laboratory. Something in the experiment went awry resulting in the creation of two polar opposites - one unimaginable evil, the other good. Both of these life forms are able to think and communicate with humans.
A newly married couple adopt the good creature that is in the form of a dog, and then the chase is on as the evil mutant seeks to destroy everything in his path.
Leave it to Koontz to open with a grabber, take you along on a suspense laced road, and then pen an explosive conclusion. Leave it to J. Charles to read it with skillful drama.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 3 2004
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Voice performer J. Charles has read a number of books for Brilliance Audio, all of them performances of the highest caliber. Some of my personal favorites are "The Hunt For Red October," "Medusa Stone." and "Golden Buddha." Actually, the list could go on and on as Charles is one of the best, a reader whose voice is capable of conveying the full range of human emotion.
This ability comes to the fore in Dean Koontz's terrifying "Watchers" in which we meet two different life forms, mutated creatures who have gotten away from a top secret, tightly guarded laboratory. Something in the experiment went awry resulting in the creation of two polar opposites - one unimaginable evil, the other good. Both of these life forms are able to think and communicate with humans.
A newly married couple adopt the good creature that is in the form of a dog, and then the chase is on as the evil mutant seeks to destroy everything in his path.
Leave it to Koontz to open with a grabber, take you along on a suspense laced road, and then pen an explosive conclusion. Leave it to J. Charles to read it with skillful drama.
- Gail Cooke
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