10 member(s) found this review helpful.
I must admit that when I read the synopsis of this book I was not at all interested in the story. However, since I've quite enjoyed several of Dean Koontz's recent books, I decided to purchase this one. Am I glad I did!
I absolutely LOVED this book! The action and suspense had me wanting more and more, and I had trouble putting this one down at the end of the evening. I wanted to stay up all night to finish it. I felt a deep caring for the characters Cubby, his wife Penny, their son Milo, and one of my favorite dogs ever--Lassie. I laughed with them, felt wonder with them, and worried about them.
With this book, Dean Koontz created an interesting, unique, and engrossing story. I highly recommend 'Relentless'.
7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Dean Koontz is my favorite author, but I have to admit that it's been awhile since I've truly enjoyed one of his new releases. So I can also admit that I was a bit leery when I first picked up RELENTLESS, hoping that it would be good, worrying that it wouldn't be.
Thankfully, this was a one-sitting read, since once I started I couldn't stop. Is the plot outlandish? Of course it is, as only a Koontz book can be. But he's back with the universal theme of good vs. evil, with a dog named Lassie that you can't help but love, and a young boy named Milo who is beyond imagination.
The storyline is fairly simple: an accomplished author has gotten a scathing review by a well-known critic, and instead of letting the matter go as his wife suggests, he ends up on the receiving end of a psychopath.
What follows is a mad-cap (there really is no other word for it), fast-paced story where a family goes on the run, explosions ensue, guns are drawn, secret organizations are revealed, mystic themes of the universe are unveiled, and a teleporting dog and a boy who discovers a scientific impossibility are all-too believable.
RELENTLESS is obviously one of those "this could never happen in real life" type of books, but it's classic Koontz, and that's good enough for me.
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I loved this book. It's been some time since I have enjoyed a Koontz book this much. Right out of the gate I loved all four of the main characters. Cubby, Penny, Milo and Lassie each are three dimensional characters that with their personal quirks are very real right from the start. Their characters don't require time to develop. They are quirky, fun, loving, deep, intense, funny and mysterious.These are people, that if they existed in real life, I would love to know. Ah, but my love of the characters created a paradox. Throughout the book I found my self tightly gripping the book reading fast and excited wanting to know what comes next. Then just a few short pages later having to put down the book because I could not bear the coming of the horrible event that will befall one of them. Throughout the second half of the book Mr. Koontz tortures us with the knowledge that the worst possible fate will befall one of the three but he does not tell us which it will be. The wanting to know. The not wanting to know. Combined with Mr. Koontz's early revelation of the climax was gut wrenching.I felt I must keep reading. All the while saying to myself "No, No, please don't let it be Milo. Please don't let it be Cubby. Please don't let it be Penny. Oh no, Not Lassie"......Can you stand the suspense? Pick up the book and see.