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5.0 out of 5 starsAMAZING!
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2018
I am a Koontz collector (first edition, first pressing, signed). Recently spoke with the author, and received 3 personalized books from him. As I am only 30 or so books into my collection, I ad yet to come across “Relentless”. I purchased the book, last night, around 530 PM (EST). I just finished it, at 9 PM. I worked for 12 hours today. Why does this matter? With 8 hours of sleep, and 12 of worked, I finished this book in 7.5 hours. This is BY FAR my favorite, non-series book, by Koontz. Read it. You won’t be disappointed.
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2017
This book did not meet my expectations. I was very excited to read another Koontz after so many of his exciting page turners. There just was not the amount of character development the book seemed very surface. While there were elements that would have made it a winner,had they been explored in any depth, they were left dangling there shining like a diamond stuck in peanut butter sandwich. I long for the gritty fun of books like 'Bad Place' and 'Midnight' ...too many other far superior Koontz books. Disappointed but not dissuaded. I will return to try another.
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020
At first I didn't know what to make of it. Was it a dream, or meant to be funny?! The more I got into it, I realized he was serious. A time traveling dog. A 6 year old genius. Who already graduated high school. The ending, not to give it away, came up from nowhere. That's all we get?! After all this.
Once this story gets going, it is hard to put down! I was just a bit disappointed with the ending. It seemed like things just worked out too easily. Overall, I would still recommend this book. A good read!
This an amazing book from an amazing and talented writer. His ability to craft an interesting and unique plot never ceases to be a marvel. This one sets a high bar which I have no doubt he will eclipse.
This is an interesting twist for Koontz. I will say, after reading so many of his works, I have to wonder if they are only very, very thinly-veiled non-fiction. It does wrap up suddenly. I am not sure why.
I'm beginning to wonder if Dean Koontz had a life-changing event that forced him to alter his writing style. Or, I'm even half-tempted to believe that he is farming out ideas and having someone else write for him. Relentless is another book in a fairly consistent string of so-so efforts.
The book started well and drew me in pretty quickly. The plot was interesting if not very believable. I liked the characters of Cubby and Penny, although they are the typical ultra-good characters with no bad traits. The character of Milo just annoyed me. I found his superior intelligence and language to be quite unbelievable. I realize that there are child geniuses, but no 6-year old would actually talk like that. If he were 9 or 10, it would have been much more believable.
Other secondary characters were paper thin with ridiculous names (example: Cubby's agent Hud Jacklight). And don't get me started on the evil-doers. Koontz's bad guys are the exact opposite of his good characters. Shearman Waxx (another ridiculous name) is pure evil, almost comically.
There are about 20 pages in the middle of the book that are vintage Koontz. Gruesome murders, hopelessness, terror, incredible detail... Going with the explanation that Koontz has others write his stuff, I would guess that he actually wrote these pages. It's this section of the book that makes me give this book 3 stars vs. 2 stars.
Again with the lame endings, Dean? The book comes to an abrupt and less than satisfying end. There's no closure on why the evil doers are doing what they do. And then he uses the book title to make it all sappy and warm and fuzzy.
I used to run to the book store as soon as Dean Koontz published a book. I would read it quickly and be sad when I finished it. Now I wait for the book to be available at the library, and I'm happy I finished the book because I can start something else.
5.0 out of 5 starsRelentless on Kindle from Amazon.. EXCELLENT
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2012
This is Dean Koontz at his usual high level of story telling. His descriptions of the character are vivid and he manages to create a picture of everyone in the story.
Although in some ways you could say you know what is going to happen, the events continue to surprise. The little boy in the story is so amazing and cute
In my mind's eye I can picture who will play the characters if a movie is ever made of this story. I couldn't put the book down and was drawn in from the first page, something that doesn't always happen.
The story is just the right length and doesn't go into unnecessary details to make it boring. The character Waxx is a scary one and his reasons for wanting to mentally torture his victims all the way from the first review of the writer's book to nearing the end just have you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out WHY he's doing what he is and WHO is pulling the strings.
How he involves all the characters in the victims' families is like a spider luring it's prey on the web.
All I can say is read it.. you won't be able to put it down... Dean Koontz is clever in his story telling as usual
Relentless was typical of Koontz's vivid imagination as a writer. His books start a nice easy going story, then slowly take a turn off course that you wouldn't expect, in a Normal mind. But who ever said his mind was normal. He is my favourite author and his books always hold me in their grip so that I cannot put them down, I have to keep reading or else! Relentless was yet another of those books, you think you have had enough for now and will take a break, but no, you keep on reading, because once Mr Koontz has your mind in his grip he will not let go. This is another of his books I will recommend to friends. Keep up the good work.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2014
(Minor spoiler alert!)
I vaguely remember reading this book about 15 years ago. Which basically means that I could not remember what would happen or how it would end. My brain doesn't work like that. I have been a Koontz fan for a long time, and enjoy his books. And I enjoyed this one as well (again).
The main character in the story is a writer called 'Cubby' and his family - a wife Penny, a (genious) son Milo and a (very special) dog Lassie. After the release of his latest book he receives a negative review from a famous book-critic named Shearman Waxx. Cubby knows he should just ignore it and focus on the good reviews. But unfortunately Waxx isn't planning on ignoring Cubby and his family... Before long Cubby is struggling to save his family as well as himself.
I liked the story. I love the characters, particularly the banter between them. I also enjoyed how Milo and Lassie were both very special and the bond between them. I'm not sure I buy the whole book critic who starts murdering authors or the whole conspiracy that apparently is going on.
But I still enjoyed the book, and would recommend it.
I have to say that Dean Koontz has always been my favourite writer and I wasn't disappointed in the plot, the characters or the 'breathless' feel when reading his stories. Relentless was no exception - I loved the dialogue between the main characters and even though they weren't as developed as they can be in other works, this was a fantastic read - especially as I am an author and understand how reviews can 'hit the heart' but this...brilliant!