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Relentless Audiobook

Relentless

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children's book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed "Spooky", nd a non-collie named Lassie, who's all but part of the family.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Tara Fort Thomas, KY, USA 07-07-09
    Tara Fort Thomas, KY, USA 07-07-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Silly Book"

    Kept trying to get involved. Improbable premise, improbable characters, dumb story. Save your credits.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barry 07-06-09
    Barry 07-06-09
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    "Boring"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Srinivas Murty Culpeper, VA USA 06-19-09
    Srinivas Murty Culpeper, VA USA 06-19-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "Gripping...till you reach the end"

    I realized my mistake half way through listening to the book. I am a fan of David Baldacci and I thought this was one of his books. I've never read Koontz so I don't claim to know his style. Certainly, I did like the "thriller" aspects of the book. I can't say the same about the frequent outpouring of philosophy that completely seemed out of context, almost as if the author was revelling in his ability to discuss philosophy or to describe a picturesque scene by the bay. Frequently, I would want to yell and tell the narrator (who, by the way, was quite good) to get on with it. All would have been well except that for some weird reason, the main protagonist kept doing the most obviously stupid thing possible, like that was the only way the author could justify the next twist in the story. But the last chapter seemed contrived and too pat for my likes. Besides, prior to the last chapter, there seemed really no reason for the parents to suddenly interrogate their 6-year old genius son. I say this because it did not appear that the two adults really had any major questions to ask of their son till then. Certainly did not seem that way from the narration. Finally, the book ended, quite rapidly, I must say and left me with a distinct sense of "huh?". It was a pity since it had lots of colorful characters who, I wish, had more to do in the story. And with several loose ends thrown all around, it made me wonder if there was a deadline that the author had to meet. Or, possibly, somebody in the publishing/editing side of the house decided to hack the story into a shorter, tighter piece and could only do it in the last chapter. On a final note, however, this was definitely quite gripping and I kept going back to listening to it, even late at night, when I normally avoid audiobooks for fear of falling asleep while listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    WJS 06-19-09
    WJS 06-19-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Disappointing"

    Having heard positive things regarding Dean Koontz's book, I was looking forward to reading my first Koontz novel. What a let down. Although the suspense did build, the ending was ridiculous.
    Trying to insert such lame humor into a horror story absolutely did not work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Willow Spring, NC, United States 06-18-09
    William Willow Spring, NC, United States 06-18-09
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    "Really?!?"

    I have been a big Koontz fan, but his last two novels left me feeling like he must have a ghost writer. This story is not believable, and the characters don't react as real people would in this situation. How people can joke around after having almost been murdered is beyond me. I kept asking myself throughout the story, "Really?" I have big hopes for the third in the Frankenstein series coming out soon, but this attempt was weak in my opinion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 06-16-09
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 06-16-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Not likely"

    This audio book is enjoyable if you can suspend your disbelief. It is something like a Steven King novel in that impossible things happen. Also the whole premise and motive for the book is a bit absurd. But if you can get by that, you can enjoy the book. I listened to the end and feel I got my credits worth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank RuseAustralia 06-19-09
    Frank RuseAustralia 06-19-09
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    "Ultimately disappointing"

    The worst kind of suspense story - one that is good enough to keep you interested, building characters and plot, to only fail at the end and leave the reader completely unsatisfied and disappointed. Not worth the time or credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-23-09
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-23-09
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    "Not his best but still worth the read."

    Guess I'm in the middle of most of the other reviews here. Koontz is one of my favorite authors. I agree that the end was a bit much (or lack of). Someone else said wit for it to hit the bargin bin. I agree, but definately worth the read.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 08-07-14
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book"

    One of the best Koontz books in a while. Captivating from the beginning, interesting and unique characters, wrapped in a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill New Lenox, IL, United States 03-10-11
    Bill New Lenox, IL, United States 03-10-11
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    "Love it! Love it! L-o-o-o-o-v-e it!"

    I love everything Dean Koontz ever did. (Even the early days.) But this is one of his best. Great characters, great development, wonderful plot, and the good guys win in the end. What's not to like?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Minety Malmesbury, wiltshire, United Kingdom
    10/5/09
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    "Thrilling...."

    This was the second Koontz novel I have read (or listened to) and I just love this book. Literally ''edge of your seat'' from start to finish.
    The plot, whilst basic is the simple type of basic that works. Not like some books where they start fantastic but move into a annoying or stupid direction, which thus ruins it.
    It's about a girl who has had a troubled past and finds herself in a life threatening situation and by chance survives. This happens pretty much straight away and from this point the book just get's better and more interesting (if not scarier) as it follows her choices, however daft or brave into a nightmare situation. Definitely give this book a read if you like fast paced but inteligent writing of the thrilling sort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
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    "Dreadfull story and narration"

    Dull story told by a narrator who drove me up the wall with his louay accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jezzer
    England
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    "good quality Koontz book"

    well written and read. great to hear this story out loud. if you like Koontz's style, you'll like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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