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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.
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.
I read read my first Koontz book about 20 years ago. It was OK but i never picked another Koontz book for 17 years [Odd Thomas] and I didn't care for it at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great read/listen I discovered after listening to this book that it was one of his firsts. Even if you are not a fan of Koontz you will enjoy this one.Published 10 months ago by Georgia Cunningham
A very interesting premise, with the promise for plenty of intrigue and mystery. I felt the second half of the book didn't deliver on the build-up, relying on character... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the story, the characters, the interesting twists. I couldn't put the book down! If you are a dog lover it is an extra bonus!Published 16 months ago by Lisa E
I've read a lot of books and this by far is the best I've ever read. I got caught within the first 6 pages. I hope I can find another book like this again someday.Published 18 months ago by charlie1212
I had read most of this book in the 90's and never did get to finish it and finally had the time to look it up its well written as all books by joints arePublished on July 10 2013 by David Lavallee
Never read a Dean Koontz novel before. Looking for a light read and this was it. A good read for all dog lovers. Read morePublished on July 1 2009 by C.How
Im a teenage girl, and I've read this book more than once. I think that this book is amazing and the journey that Dean Koontz takes you through in the plot is so sudden and you... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2005 by sheepbob