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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2003
Once you start this book you will not be able to put it down. I am a huge Koontz fan and have read all his books, but this is by far my favourite. I've read it more times than I can remember. The writing style keeps you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages to find out what is going to happen. He has a very clever knack of finishing a chapter in such a way that you have to read the next one to find out what is going to happen next, only he doesn't continue that section of the story in next chapter. You then have to keep reading this chapter so that you can get to the next one, but he leaves you another bit of suspense at the end of the chapter again, this style of writing just keeps the pages turning. Dean Koontz, in my opinion, is a far superior author to the likes of Stephen King and I can't stop recommending his books to everyone I meet who likes horror/thrillers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 1999
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2013
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
on 9 February 2013
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2001
I started Dean Koontz with Phantoms and Strangers.... I thought both were pretty good, but having been a Stephen King convert I knew I needed more than Koontz was offering.
I decided to give him one last go and bought Watchers about 8 years ago...... and couldn't put it down. I started as I went to bed, and continued until the very end just as the sun was about to rise for the following morning. My God, I was tired that next day at work - but strangely exhilarated as well ! This book has everything, forcing the reader to experience varying degrees of fear, love and excitement throughout the story, and is only rivalled in my opinion by King's IT at the apex of the horror/thriller genre.
This is a "must buy" for everybody - you'll regret it if you don't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is one of my favourite books ever. I hadn't heard of Koontz when I picked it up and didn't know what to expect. I was very pleasently surprised and was immediately drawn into the story. One thing I must point out however is that the blurb I read on my book is very different to the one i read in a book store the other day. The modern blurb tells you straight off what people who had read my version would have been guessing. I can't help but think that anyone who reads the current blurb won't enjoy the book as much as I did. The original blurb doesnt mention where the two main "characters" in the story have come from, or who they are. I certainly recommend anyone to read it, it's excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2000
Having read (and own) more than 30 of Dean Koonst's books, this is one of my favourites. After reading it, I look at my labrador in a whole new light, and find myself giving him human attributes, which I am sure he does not possess. That is the power of Mr Koonst's magic. Even if you are not a horror fan , this book will appeal, as my mother (where others of his actually gave her nightmares),thoroughly enjoyed this book, and even recommends it to others. If you have read it and liked it, then read "The House of Thunder". This was the first of his books that I read, and it got me hooked. He is a genius, pure and simple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2011
One or two people seem to have reviewed this Koontz novel as if it were intended to be a horror story, comparing it to the likes of Stephen King et al. Eh? Since when has Koontz pretended to write horror stories? As the title of my review suggests, my opinion is that the word 'terrifying' is best used to describe this type of tense, slowly building novel, rather than the 'shock a minute' cheap thrill of the more ghoulish stuff. And which are more difficult to write? Koontz writes in high quality, carefully considered English, (ok, so he's American, we English can put up with the odd spelling mistake!!) and puts massive effort into the literary quality as well the storytelling of his books. For me this makes them not only exciting but also intellectually satisfying.

This novel really is one of his best. I have to admit to having a problem with the dog; I didn't like the 'Scrabble' squares and wish Koontz had found a more acceptable way of portraying the dog's intelligence and allowing him to communicate. In this, he went too far over that magical line that separates reality and fantasy; a line Koontz is usually impeccable at identifying and using to benefit his stories. That said, the suspense created by the elusive 'Outsider' was superb, and as a whole, the story was totally compelling.
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