Watchers by Dean Koontz

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In Watchers by Dean Koontz, Travis Connell is a depressed man, who believes he is a jinx to anyone who cares for him. Travis wanders into the wilderness contemplating suicide. A golden retriever befriends him and then warns him of impending danger. After repeated barking episodes, Travis finally heeds the warnings, and they narrowly escape the clutches of a savage monster, who follows after them throughout the book with a vengeance.

Later, Travis and the dog save a timid recluse from the advances of a sexual predator. Afterwards Travis, the dog, and the downtrodden woman named Nora find strength and fulfillment as they join forces to fight the authorities and the demon who pursues them. Travis and Nora fall in love with the golden retriever and then with each other and they marry, hoping to live happily ever after.

As the story progresses, we learn the dog, who Travis names Einstein, is a genetically engineered laboratory animal with super intelligence. The monster chasing him with seemingly telepathic powers murders everyone he meets and removes their eyeballs so they cannot see how ugly he is compared to Einstein, who everyone loves.

Another important character is Lemuel Johnson, an agent who on the trail of both the dog and the beast they call the Insider. Johnson is steadfast in his duty to protect Uncle Sam from the political humiliation of a defense project gone very wrong. His lifelong friend, the local sheriff, Walt Gaines, considers his first duty is to protect the people who elected them from being turned into eyeless corpses at the hands of the Insider.

Another interesting character is a psychopathic hitman hired by the Russians to eradicate both the dog and his nemesis and to retrieve documentation of the research project. The madman believes he is invincible and has a God complex. He thanks the people he kills and tortures and sometimes gives them a goodbye kiss. He is a man who takes great pride in his work and is one of the best the Russians have at his trade.

Watchers by Dean Koontz provides pulse-pounding adventure, moral soul-searching, and blends science-fiction, horror, and romance.

If you are a dog lover, and you’ve been looking for a book where a dog learns to read and answer questions of humans with either a bark, a shake of the tail, or by the use of a scrabble board, look no more, this is your book.

In my opinion, Watchers has everything most readers could want. If not Dean Koontz’s finest work, it is definitely one of his best, according to many who have enjoyed reading it.

My only problem with the novel is the degree of Nora’s timidity in dealing with the sexual predator and Travis’ reluctance to believe Einstein’s warnings after repeatedly witnessing his brilliance and reliability. The stupidity of both characters at times annoyed me since they did not react to these situations like real people. That said, all the wonderful strengths of the book far out way these flaws that many may not find a problem at all.

I highly recommend Watchers by Dean Koontz. Enjoy!

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