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Watchers [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Dean R. Koontz
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)

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October 1991 Thorndike Press Large Print Americana Series
From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose... Bestselling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation...
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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review May 30 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read - Cut too short though Jan. 17 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars B-Movie Book Jan. 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First of all, I am astounded at the five-star ratings for this novel. It was like reading a screenplay for a made-for-TV movie for the USA Network. I could expand on my criticism for the book, but its taken up enough of my time already. No point in letting it waste more. Readers, be warned: Not everybody found "Watchers" to be a five-star read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not good 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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1.0 out of 5 stars I'm a little different than everyone else Jan. 20 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
but I think this is possibly the worst book Dean Koontz has ever written. The only thing remotely entertaining about he entire thing was the dog. There just was no point to the hit man guy. The female character ( forgot her name she was so shallow) was a complete wuss. The main character (Forgot his name too) had no meat, nothing. He was simply there so the book would have some plot. I do understand the plot though. It wasn't that hard or all that interesting. The government screwed up, made two super creatures, blah, blah. I know that is somewhat of an insult to Dean koontz because many of his stories involve corrupt governments: Dark River, Soul Survivor, and Fear Nothing. I love Dean Koontz and I appreciate his storytelling and literary talent which are in one word prodigious, but this one just falls short. I believe his most recent effort, Fear Nothing, is a much better version of Watchers. Yes, it doesn't move as fast and the description is sometimes a little tiring to the illiterate, but its plot, setting, and characters are on another level altogether. Another aspect that I found irritating about Watchers was its utter unbelievability. Dean Koontz does write some wild stuff, but he writes it in such a way that I believe his world no matter how bazarre. In Watchers it is the character relationships that suspends any belief that the events in the novel would actually take place. Watchers made Tale of Two cities look believable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, little care in writing it. March 4 1998
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Why is this book getting '10's' ? Is everybody smoking dope ? Maybe their eyes are blinded with tears from reading about the syrupy sweet dog. One or two lovable characters alone does not make a book 'great'. 'Watchers' is such a half hearted effort Koontz. Possibly 25 percent of it is just filler in order for Koontz to reach that magic 425 page minimum. Boring ! I could tell from the early chapters that this book ignored many of the basic elements of solid novel construction - plot, depth, pace, building tension, character development, word economy, constructing paragraphs for maximum interest - not a lot of thought or care was used. Sure it had a few good elements to it . 1) 'Einstein' the dog was lovable, believable, and a well thought out character. 2) 'Nora' was someone to care about. 3) The plot was ok and the story flowed smoothly. But everything else was just a mess. For example, 'Travis' was supposed to be a former member of Delta Force - give me a break ! This fact was played upon heavily but to me, it was a characteristic Koontz tacked onto 'Travis' much like a 1st grader would color a person's hair green - it had no rhyme nor reason. It did not fit 'Travis' character. Also, what's all of this 'venting' by Koontz through his characters ? He writes pages and pages about his boring beliefs concerning politics, genetic recombinations, and morals . It's one thing to seamlessly fit these things into the story line but because it was just thrown in , it served only to destroy the pace and detract from the story. If Koontz feels this strongly about these things, he should dedicate a non-fiction book to it and put it in there. Sorry, but I could feed my pet monkey alphabet soup and he could 'produce' a better book than 'Watchers'. Try harder Koontz, you have the talent. Forget about 'bank' . Take some of your millions and buy a writer's heart.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read, Could Have Been Much More
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 more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
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 15 days ago by Lisa E
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've ever Read
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 2 months ago by charlie1212
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought me back
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 are
Published 9 months ago by David Lavallee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer Read
Never read a Dean Koontz novel before. Looking for a light read and this was it. A good read for all dog lovers. Read more
Published on July 1 2009 by C.How
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
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 more
Published on Feb. 4 2005 by sheepbob
4.0 out of 5 stars shiam's
it watt really good
I really liked it was really good book that I would love to see it againa aol the time sdfsdfd sfsd the fact that i am a girl makes it feel really good and... Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by she
3.0 out of 5 stars Best from a mediocre author
No matter girls and teenage boys (or right-wing religious fans) may find him likeale, in my book Koontz is one of the weakest authors around... Read more
Published on July 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, Hackneyed, A Tad Juvenile--Still A Great Read
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). Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Orangeman
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch me sell this back.....
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... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Serene
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