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