The story was fine. The characters were fine. I would say it is an average read.
This is my first Koontz novel and, I must say, he tends to over-write the story. The first part of the book was filled with metaphor and simile. It gets to the point where it interferes with the story, in my opinion. The second part of the book toned that down a bit. In the end, however, the book was marginally satisfying.
This book was WOW!! A great read and a little wierd, but Dean Koontz at his best.I loved the whole book, never too slow written very well. The story all comes together perfectly. You won't be disappointed.
I have read a few of Dean Koontz's books and find his storytelling fascinating. This book was likely the most interesting book I have read this year, the golden retriever aspect grabbed at my heart and I had to wait outside a store while I dried my eyes.
I ended up buying the hardcover to give to my husband the reader for the holiday. Thank you for another wonderful, touching book.
I have also read "listened to" several Koontz novels. For the most part, this was one of the better ones. I also found the ending it's weak point as it seemed he was rushed to wrap things up.
I am a long time fan of Dean Koontz. I have read most of his works, and I'd have to say this one was a little disappointing -- especially the ending. I agree with the first reviewer that he did his homework concerning animal rescue, but I thought the tearjerk parts were deliberately overdone and unnecessary to the plot. I don't want to be a "spoiler", so I won't say anymore on the subject.
I will say, however, it was nothing like "Watchers", "Dark Rivers of the Heart", or even "Dragon Tears". I gave it 3 stars because anything Mr. Koontz writes is worth 2 automatically.
Each time I am in possession of a Dean Koontz book, I am excited like a child at Christmas awaiting the opening of a gift. This book was such a treat. Not far into the book I sat back, smiled and sighed very contentedly--knowing this was going to be a gem of a tale--he was already describing, with tender understanding, a subject dear to my heart--He was writing about Goldens.
As with other of his books, Dean Koontz weaves the words as if magic interlaced each sentence. And with a keen knowledge gained only from personal experience of the mysteries of life, the author describes the wondrous and how it can influence our lives.
Goldens are like the brightest star, blazing through the darkness of night, and they are like a sun that outshines the day. They burn so intensely, so brightly. And for some, that blaze is for only a short time on this planet. Well, at least they get to spend more time in Heaven if their stay here is not as long as we'd like it to be. In nature there must always be a balance. Perhaps their stay is weighed with the goodness that fills them. It is said one cannot get enough of a good thing--Goldens are that good thing to me.
I think our furry family members have the capacity for deep compassion, love, and concern for beings of all types, human and otherwise. I believe it goes beyond human understanding--because what they give comes from a heart that is pure, a spirit that is guileless, and a soul that operates on a level higher than anything close to human.
I am convinced Goldens unfurl their wings when we are not looking. Have you ever noticed an expression they have, especially when they smile, that gives hint to something wondrous and grand? As if they have the most incredible gift they are hiding behind their back but you can tell they want so very much to show you what it is. Well, when I see that expression I could swear I feel the flutter of their wings in my heart. Thank you for supporting Golden Rescue.
I have long been a Dean Koonz fan and have looked forward to all new releases. I thought that this book was off to a good start, but little did I realize that if I wasn't a rabid golden retriever fan that this book would soon lose all sense of credibility and appeal. Honestly Dean- a golden retriever "angel"? I frankly was gagging at the insipidness by the end. What a vapid disappointment!
Ok, blame it on me. I should have listened to some of this before I paid for it. The violence and foul language was such that I couldn't even get through the first 5 mins. I COULD NOT TAKE IT.
I'm a fan of Dean Koontz so half way through this I had to go back and check to see if possibly it had been ghosted by another author. If you were looking for an uplifting, spiritual dog book, this might be ok, but it's title should be something akin to "Lassie Come Home" and not listed as a thriller or mystery. It was too preachy and simply so unbelievable to be distracting. Also, a bad reading--the reader did not handle the male characters at all well to the point of distraction. I would have quick half-way through, but against my nature and I was curious, but didn't enjoy the book at all.