Watchers Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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.
From School Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
If you are a fan of Dean Koontz you have most lilkely heard of this book's reputation. Countless fans of Koontz claim that "Watchers" is his best book. This is the one time you should believe the hype, because it is his best book. "Watchers" is a suspenseful and terrifying book, that will make you an instant fan of Dean Koontz. I consider it a literary masterpiece that any fan of fiction should read. It offers a thrilling story with non-stop action and terror. Koontz's character development is at its all time best in this book. Travis and Nora, the dog Einstien, the hitman Vince Nasco, and the monster itself are all well developed and facinating. Koontz makes you fall in love with all of the characters, and this is one of the only books I have ever read, where you end up rooting for the bad guys at times.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I first read this book in 1987, loved it then and never forgot it. Reading it again in 2015 my
feelings of awe and wonder remain. Read more
Good story if a little long winded. I first read it 25 years ago and now listened on CD. Touching romantic scenes.Published 11 months ago by Barbara I. Burman
It's my first Koontz experience and it is not deceiving. Looking forward to reading more of his novels. I loved the characters.Published 11 months ago by Natty
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 13 months 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 22 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 on April 10 2014 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 on April 3 2014 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 on Jan. 20 2014 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
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