Book Reviews of Watchers

Author: Dean Koontz
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ISBN-13: 9780425188804
ISBN-10: 0425188809
Publication Date: 1/28/2003
Pages: 512
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 382 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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One of my favorite Koontz books (tied with Odd Thomas). I just fell in love with Einstein - who wouldn't want a dog like that - and I'm not even a "pet person"! Highly recommended.
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This is my favorite Koontz novel. I re-read it every few years. It is a great story and I've passed my original copy around to friends so many times(and demanded it back )it's getting a little worn!
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I haven't read this in ages, but I always that it was Koontz's best novel.
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I loved this book, who could resist a smart retreiver ?
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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!
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I absolutely loved this book! A fantastic read for Koontz lovers, dog lovers, anyone looking to enjoy a book a little bit out of the ordinary!
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The absolute best Dean Koontz book. This is the book that started it all for me. I could not put the book down. You will love the characters!
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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!
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One of his best book. A can't put down book.
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Tragic, wonderful book about man's creations. A page-turner, and one that I re-read.
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Great book, but what book by Koontz isn't? Very fast paced, one that pulls the reader into it immediately. A must read!
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Koontz says this is one of his books, and it is. Although it is "dog" story, the tension is always rising. You have to keep reading because you might miss something.
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This is the first Dean Koontz book I read, which made me fall in love with his writing!
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Classic Koontz. Government laboratory, superintelligent dog, hybrid monster, both on the loose. Suspenseful to the end!
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first koontz i read, thought it was real good, kept you wondering, A++ in my book
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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
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"His best story yet!" -Publisher's Weekly
"A breakthrough for Koontz...a fable about love and trust...imaginative and unusual...HIS BEST EVER." -Kirkus Reviews
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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...
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One of the best books I've ever read. Certainly Koontz's best!
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Dean koontz... what more do I have to say? One of his best!
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Very typical Dean Koontz. Strange, but entertaining.
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Exciting book. A real page turner.
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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.
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Again, Kootze brings a pet into the realm of humanism and mystery due to a government lab genetically mess'n around developing one good and one a monster.

A good tail to keep you reading and hard to put down.
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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.
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There is no books that this man writes that I just don't love. This book is so good . You must read this book.
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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.