So Cubby knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him - even if it does appear in the nation's premier newspaper and is penned by the much-feared, seldom-seen critic Shearman Waxx. Cubby knows that the best thing to do is ignore the gratuitously vicious, insulting, and inaccurate comments. Penny knows it; even little Milo knows it. If Lassie could talk, she'd tell Cubby to ignore them, too.
Ignore Shearman Waxx and his poison pen is just what Cubby intends to do. Until he happens to learn where the great man is taking his lunch. Cubby just wants to get a look at the mysterious recluse whose mere opinion can make or break a career - or a life.
But Shearman Waxx isn't what Cubby expects, and neither is the escalating terror that follows what seemsto be an innocent encounter. For Waxx gives criticism; he doesn't take it. He has ways of dealing with those who cross him that Cubby is only beginning to fathom. Soon Cubby finds himself in a desperate struggle with a relentless sociopath, facing an inexorable assault on far more than his life.
Fearless, funny, utterly compelling, Relentless is Dean Koontz at his riveting best, an unforgettable tale of the fragile bonds that hold together all that we most cherish - and of those who would tear those bonds asunder.
©2009 Dean Koontz; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Koontz is a master of the edge-of-your-seat, paranoid thriller and perhaps the leading American practitioner of the form." (Newark Star-Ledger)
"Koontz is working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriously with some of the deepest themes of human existence: the nature of evil, the grip of fate and the power of love." (Publishers Weekly)
I love the Odd Thomas series from Dean Koontz, but this book is not one of his best. It's just okay. The narrator is also just okay. He was kind of irritating in the beginning, but I got used to his style after a while.
As I started listening to this book it began to dawn on me that I had started this book sometime ago and never finished it. As I got through the first 5 chapters I said to myself "I have already read this book so why was it still in my library?" After 7 chapters it became clear why I had stopped listening to this book. Now, I am a Koontz fan and have read just about everything he has written and "Odd" is one my favorite characters. However "Relentless" is without a doubt the worst Koontz I have ever read. A book critic turned homicidal maniac! Gimme a break. The dialogue between characters is absurd to say the least and the plot is non existent. The book also reads as though the author had a Roget's Thesaurus right next to his laptop that he continually referred to as he wrote the story. The characters are unbelievable and the scenarios defy reality. A mad man breaks into your house and used a tazer on you and many times on your husband and in lieu of calling the police you "want a cookie"??? I did not finish the book and will not go back to it again, I deleted it this time. Where is Odd Mr.Koontz?
It's fitting that the evil Sherman Waxx is a book critic, this is probably written after a sweaty nightmare Koontz had about the guilt he was suffering over the downward spiral of his riduculous plot lines.
I have always liked the supernatural / spirtual / psedo-religious story telling style of Dean Koontz but this one is like someone took the Koontz formula and tried to add a road trip and a psycho killer to fit the name "Relentless" because it would look good on the cover.
Spooky was never developed, motivation for Waxx was never revealed, the Boom family was never used, the satisfaction of a horrible death of the ultra bad guy was never gained, and the "twist" at the end was pathetic.
Don't waist your time, money, or credits on this turkey. Read Odd Thomas if you like Koontz but the new stuff has lost it's edge.
Apparently, Mr. Koontz couldn't decide whether to focus on horror, humor, science fiction, mystery, or a good old fashioned thriller--so he wrote this. An absolutely ridiculous and unfocused novel. Don't waste your time. The only thing "Relentless" about this novel is its absurdity.
Became a Dean Koontz fan again after reading the "Odd Thomas" series, but "Relentless" gives me cause to reconsider. Great action & character development but felt as if Koontz decided he had enough pages and just wrapped the manuscript up as fast as he could. Would have liked to follow these characters further but didn't get the opportunity.
I love Dean Koontz, but his books seem to be formula. As usual, there's a strong woman, a dog and guns. With that said, I was glued to it. Very good and a cute qirky ending.
Relentless is typical Dean Koontz..scary in part, because you keep thinking "this could be real" The characters are believable, the good guys are likable and the bad guys are really, really bad. As always for Dean Koontz, there is a smart dog, which I always look forward to. Some of the scary parts are kind of bloody and made me flinch, I prefer only bad guys to be tortured. But the awful parts are balanced by the thought of "what would I do?" and the ending is poetic and a tribute to good over evil which I prefer.
Overall, if you are already a Dean Koontz fan, you will like this book. If this is your first Dean Koontz book, keep in mind that the others are not quite so graphic when it comes to the murders. I liked it because it made me think.
I really liked the narrator, Dan John Miller. He did a great job with all the voices and was very animated. His voice had humor during the funny parts and serious during the dramatic parts. It was easy to listen to and imagine all the characters.
I listened to the first hour, but I just couldn't force myself to keep going. I kept falling asleep as I listened (and that's not a good thing while you're driving). I have been a Dean Koontz fan since Watchers, and I'm sorry to say that I was very disappointed.
Never read Koontz before and not sure if I will again..ok book, kept me listening but didn't care for way-out plot and weird sub-plots (5 y.o genuis makes time machine out of salt shaker). Didn't care much for gruesome murder details either. YUK.
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