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Watchers [Mass Market Paperback]

Dean R. Koontz
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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Feb 2003

20/20 Edition - Headline 20th Anniversary Edition

The classic novel from the ‘master of our darkest dreams…and a literary juggler’ The Times

Two mutant creatures – both hideously changed from the animals they once were –escape from a secret government. No one who encounters them will ever be the same again.

A lonely widower. A ruthless assassin. A beautiful woman. A government agent. Drawn together in a deadly hunt, all four are inexorably propelled towards a confrontation with an evil beyond all human imagining.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 487 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425188809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425188804
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 10.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,591,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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His best story...this is the sort of thoroughly frightening and entertaining tale that has its readers listening for noises in the night (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of twenty ground-breaking titles that shaped the Headline list over twenty years --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ON HIS THIRTY-SIXTH birthday, May 18, Travis Cornell rose at five o'clock in the morning. Read the first page
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My First Koontz Novel, definitely NOT my last ! 24 Jun 1999
By A Customer
I had not, until now, considered reading a Dean Koontz novel, I've now realised what i've been missing out on. Watchers is more of a suspense thriller than a horror story, the book is very well written with both great characters, most significantly 'the dog' and plot. Although first published in 1987 Dean Koontz knowledge of technology and vision make this a book that hasn't dated with age. Koontz is an excellent story teller who isn't over descriptive as many authors sadly seem to be these days. The only problem I now have is which Koontz novel to read next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 11 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent book
Anyone who is a fan of Dean Koontz this is a book that you should read
I guarantee you will enjoy it
Dean Koontz is my favourite author and by far the best
Believe me l have read a lot of thriller books over a period of many years
He is a great writer and l can only praise him
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I read this earlier?! 9 Feb 2013
By JanG
I have read a number of books by Dean Koontz, and for the most part enjoyed them all. Over the last few years a number of people have recommended Watchers to me, but for one reason or another I had never gotten round to reading it. My loss!!
This book is a tour de force! An utterly fantastic read with great plot and characterization. A story about two mutant creatures, one good and one evil, and the people whose lives cross their paths. At the end though, it is difficult not to feel sympathy for the rogue creature, as it too is a victim.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming 8 Feb 2013
By L. C.
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A great tale which will appeal to the child in you as well as the adult. This is the second time I have read Watchers, the first time was a number of years ago,. I never forgot it. If you are a warm human being neither will you. Read it :-)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever 18 Aug 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read watchers when I was 14, as I got into my twenties I was still thinking about this book it really got my imagination going. I read the book 13 years later to find the book still had me hooked from the first page, I have never really been a reader as I need to get into the book from the start and Dean Doontz does that.I feel that the book seemed a little better when I read it 13 years ago,(your imagination goes wild as a child) but it's a really good read and the best that Dean has written
I must admit since I read it I am a Dean Koontz fan and can't get enough of his books.

I found that you even start to feel sorry for the outsider by the end of the book, It's like a game of cat and mouse and I love it. You will be well and truely hooked.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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You have not read a book until you have read Watchers by Dean Koontz. Why? I will try to be brief.. no book can ever match the powerful beginning of this novel. It was gripping, thrilling, from page 3. There is a lot of description, but Dean has a way of making every description useful and enjoyoyable - unlike some authors who bore you to death with totally irrelevant paragraphs. His characters may be extreme in some ways, nevertheless, they were painted into realistic people that can indeed exist in real life. For the first few chapters.. you will be intrigued at how different incidents can be connected.. then slowly and with a lot of mystery, the story begins to connect and become clearer.
Travis, Nora, Einstein, and Vince are the main characters in the book. Dean allows you to see the world from their eyes, which can be fascinating because they are fascinating characters!
Einstein, the dog, will capture your heart. Even the evil presence in the story will have you sympathize with it. The plot is structured so well that there is no spot where the action slows down. Given the long time within which the story takes place, this novel is very fast paced and will leave you at the edge of your seat.
And I have to confess that Koontz does not leave you unsatisfied or frustrated at any point. The characters will ask the questions that you have in your mind, and the action will keep you fully aware of the current situation. The suspense will leave you shuddering, and the romance will warm your heart. This is a story that is full of emotion.. where there is a lesson at the end for mankind. It will stay in my heart to the end of my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite 11 Oct 2006
For any of you that haven't read Dean Koontz before I'm torn whether to recommend this as your first introduction to him. On the one hand there is no better way to enter the world of the genius Mr Koontz, on the other I LOVE this book and although he is a fabulous author, to me none of his other books quite matches up to it.

I am sure you have read information on the plot so I won't cover old ground. All the characters are great (especially Einstein), definitely not one dimensional and Konntz has you feeling incredible pity for the 'villain'.

In my opinion a beautifully crafted book that will keep you absolutely hooked from start to finish (do you get the hint I like it?!!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars losing my Koontz virginity 15 July 2006
This,many years ago,was the 1st Koontz book I read.It prompted me to read every other since.Our hero is a dog and his best friend,a man.I loved the dog,but also felt sympathy towards his mortal enemy,"born"through no fault of it,s own.A moving book,that forces one to think,and re-think one,s attitudes towards changing scientific climates.Would Dolly the sheep have been created,if the boffins that be had read a bit more Koontz.Koontz is a very moralistic author,but I feel he really does believe in the message he is trying to convey,and I admire him for doing so.This is not a simple good v.bad tale,rather a humanity parable.An exceptional read for anyone who cares about this mudball we call home.The plot moves quickly,the characters run deep;there are comedic moments and scary moments.I actually had a lump in my throat at some of the more emotional moments,and this is entirely due to Mr.Koontz and his ability to bring his readers closer to his characters than most authors manage.If you read this novel,and enjoy it,you will also want to grab "The Bad Place","Servants of Twilight","Strangers"and "Lightning"-all as good as each other.There are many more good books by Mr.K.,but his earlier novels,I feel,are amongst his best.If you read this book,you,ll love this book.
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Published 1 month ago by ADRIAN GLENN KIRK
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