This is one of Koontz's greatest novels. I can't even count how many times I've reread this book over again. It makes you wish so hard you had a dog like Einstein that you'd read the book again just to make the dog come alive for the duration of the story! My favorite part is when the dog starts to reveal his intelligence to Travis, the main (human) character, and Travis struggles to believe what he's seeing rather than attributing it to wishful thinking. It's a wonderful story!
I absolutely love this book and have read it many times. This is not the typical Dean Koontz book, but is a loving and unusual story about a dog with extraordinary abilities and the bad guys trying to catch him to use him for evil. It was made into a movie, bjut I think the book is much better than the movie.
I recently reread this old favorite of mine as an unabridged audiobook. It was one of my childhood favorites so I was almost afraid to touch it and ruin the mystique I'd built up around it. Surprisingly enough, I managed to enjoy most of it despite the fact that I've become much pickier and crabbier about my reading choices as I've, eh, matured.
This is Koontz's famous tale about genetically engineered animals which is probably much more probable and frightening now than it was in 1987! Political bigwigs have managed to fund and create "The Outsider", an intelligent killer who lives for the thrill of the kill. They've also created a golden retriever with the intelligence of a bright human (I state this because many dogs I know are smarter than many humans I've come across). The government intends to use the dogs as spies to learn about the ever elusive "enemy". After all, who would ever suspect a goofy retriever of spy tactics? These two genetically altered creatures are so smart they outsmart the scientists and escape the lab. The "Outsider" goes on a killing spree while the retriever finds a loving home with a kind man who names him "Einstein". For some inexplicable reason, "The Outsider" hates Einstein. Hates him with an undying passion and wants him dead (jealous of his doggy beauty, perhaps?). Because the two are psychically linked, it spends its time tracking down the dog when not decapitating innocent people and animals, that is.
The remainder of the book is filled with the antics of a crazed killer-for-hire, corrupt political goings-on, "The Outsider's" quest for death and destruction and the gooey-sweet love story between Travis, a victimized woman who is so naive as to be completely unbelievable and whose name I've already forgotten and Einstein the dog. This is the kind of love triangle I enjoy, haha.
I still loved Einstein this time around but spent a large majority of the book annoyed at the woman character who was all helpless, pathetic and needed rescuing. She was 30, THIRTY folks, and so sheltered and beaten down by a crazy old aunt that she had absolutely zero life experience and was completely missing a backbone. I don't remember noticing those things when I was a teenager or maybe I just accepted them as normal because I didn't know any better at the time. If that's the case, maybe getting older isn't such a bad thing ;)
I enjoyed the re-read and recommend this book to any dog lover and Koontz fan. It's still one of his best but not quite the five star read I remember
Watchers was the first Dean Koontz book I read. I have now read it at least five times and my appetite for his books is insatiable.
The structure, characters, plot and interactions keep you on the edge of your chair and you may forget to eat and sleep while reading it.
This was the very first Dean Koontz book I ever read. I was hooked from the start, great story line, he writes with such lighthearted yet, facsinating style.His love for dogs makes his story even more interesting because he actually captures the mind of the animals.Any true Koontz fan will not be dissappointed with this book.
This is one of my favorite books by Dean Koontz. I've re-read many times and decided to listen to an audio book. It is interesting how a narrator can change the tone. With this narrator, the story seemed a little flat and overly simplistic, not any type of the "voices" I heard in my head when reading the hard copy. Narrator has a pleasant voice but just can't see as an actor, more of a voice over for commercials. Still a good story and I will re-read again, just not listen to another person's interpretation of characters....
I listened to this book on audio. It's my 2nd fav Dean Koontz book. I favor Intensity. However, them main character finds a Golden Retriever loose in the open and takes him into his home. A batchelor, he now has friend. As time progresses, he discovers the dog has a very high IQ - for a dog. But, the dog is an experiment that escaped from a genetics lab who want him back. A chase here and there make up most of the story, but the end is satisfying.
Without a doubt, my favorite Dean Koontz book!! Who doesn't suspect their dogs know more than they tell? Made me look at my golden retrievers in a whole new light. Reccomend this to any Dean Koontz fan.
Haven't we all looked at the expression on our pet's face and wondered what were they thinking at one time or another? Koontz takes this notion and runs with it in Watchers. Travis is an ex-military that has lost the loved ones in his life and was taking a walk in the mountains trying to rediscover happiness. He comes upon a Golden Retriever that acts as if he is trying to warn him of impending danger ahead on the trail and convinces Travis to high-tail it in the other direction. He takes the dog home with him and learns that this is no ordinary mutt. This is an escaped secret lab experiment with the intelligence of a human. Travis names him Einstein. Nora has been sheltered her whole life by her extremely overbearing aunt. After her aunt's death, she struggles with coming out of her shell and adapting to the ways of society. Instead, she holes herself up in her aunt's house and trusts no one. In a moment of danger for Nora, she is saved by Travis and Einstein. From here the story really takes off as the two learn the extent of Einstein's intelligence and ability to learn and communicate. They discover that Einstein isn't the only lab experiment that escaped that day. The other one, called "The Outsider", is a monstrous killing machine that will stop at nothing to locate the dog through a mental telepathy bond and destroy him and all who get in the way. Throw in secret government agents trying to get their experiments back and a deranged mafia hit man and you've got a classic Koontz story for the ages.
Koontz can be the cock-eyed optimist with his characters. A good always prevails against evil type of tendency. Watchers is no exception. But, the characters are so good and its easy to wish your own dog could do a fraction of the things that Einstein can. The story moves along at a nice pace and even though there are a few times where you roll your eyes at Koontz's infatuation with Golden Retrievers, it all works. Five stars for the dog lover. Four for those that don't.
This is my all time favorite book! The characters are so well drawn that you can actually see them in your mind. The story is interesting, funny, believeable and suspenseful. A real page turner that makes you want to see what happens next. I usually read this book in less than two days. (have read it at least 3 times and it still gets me) Einstein is awesome! I can't help wondering how many people who read this book go out and get themselves a Golden Retriever.
My only criticism is that there is no sequel. I want a Watchers II!
this is my favorite Koontz book. I read this over 10 years ago, and it has stayed with me, i think of it often, it haunts me... in a good way. If there is one Dean Koontz book you are going to read, make it this one!
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...
Not a fan of horror ordinarily, this is one of the best books I have ever read, regardless of genre. The dog is one of the most wonderful characters in literature, and, yes, the dog is a leading character. Hated for the book to end.
Not as predictable as I was afraid it might be, it did compell me on to read more and more. Great author!
When Travis Cornell and Nora Devon meet "Einstein", they are touched by the dog's intelligence. Einstein is one of two altered life forms escaped from a top-secret lab. The other--The Outsider--is a deadly hybrid. To protect themselves, Travis and Nora must learn to be deadly as well.
The back reads:
From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnigicent dog of astonishing intellgence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose. Bestselling author Dean R. Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a wonam, caught in a relentless storm of mankind's darkest creation.....
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...
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.
Koontz is always an excellent read, and Watchers is no exception. I loved it. I was so entranced in the story that I had to read this one in almost one sitting! Any dog lover truly needs to read this one. (One thing that really surprised me.. Koontz must not own a dog... he fed Einstein a chocolate bar in the opening chapters!!)
from a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. one is a mangificent dog of astonishing intelligence. the other, a hybrid monster or 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...
Backcover: 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.
In my humble opinion, this is the best novel Dean Koontz ever wrote. I enjoyed so much I went out and bought a hard cover copy after reading the paperback. If you enjoy Dean Koontz, this book will not disappoint! If you've never read Dean Koontz, this is a great one to start with.
One of Koontz's best. This book kept my interest and I read it very quickly. Dog lovers will especially love the beautiful golden retriever with special abilities who is featured in the novel. It is a story of love, of companionship, of fear and of the unthinkable coming from an uncercover governmental experiment in a secret lab...
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. An explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind's darkest creation.
One of my criteria for a book is that a book has to be interesting enough to so engage me in the story that I don't skip ahead and read the ending first. Well, this book failed that test. It was an ok book but rather predictable. I was a little disappointed because it was highly recommended to me by a friend. Oh well, there is room in this world for a lot of different kinds of reading tastes. That's why there are so many books.
Honestly, I can't tell one Dean Koontz book from another. They're all basically the exact same story: a P.I., a smart dog, an evil bioethicist, whatever, etc, etc. Oh yeah, this one's about a supersmart dog...and an evil baboon-like creature. Eat it up, suckah.