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.