Watchers by Dean Koontz (****)

Dean Koontz is a great storyteller. I was instroduced to him by a friend (it was her favorite author) a long time ago but did not pick it up until recently and now two of his books occupy spots in my top 5. I never thought that he could top Intensity in my book, but Watchers is a book that to me is a masterpiece of modern literature.

The book explores humanity in a way I have not seen in many books. It uses situations to not only illustrate characters personalities but also mirror them. I am also sure that this book like great songs can have different meaning to different people.

I believe that change is the center theme of the book. The characters transform their inner core value and ways of looking at the world. At times these aspect of the book seems more fictional that the actual genetic manipulation plot. It is scary at times to even consider that our lives are not being life to the fullest and that there is no one else to blame but ourselves.

The love story in the book is not only beautiful but also patient. In a time where dating seems like a romanticized idea from long ago, it makes courtship seem appealing once again. In the time of hook ups and my space it brings a nice to the word relationship.

Another impressive facet of the book is the strong African American character in the book. I was very please with the way his character was explored. It was amazing how accurate the sense of almost innate desperation to prove yourself because of the color or your skin was portrayed. I was also glad that everyone in the end realized that family in the end is the most important thing in life.

Koontz explored God in this book in a subtle way. It was more of a theological discussion about human responsibility than an actual religions statement. It is probably the only thing in the book that kind of let me wanting a little more. I personally believe that responsibility when it comes to research should be looked at from many angles. There is no clear answer to all the moral and ethical questions that genetic research raises.

The characters were all very likeable, the flow of the book was excellent, and I believe that everyone can take a little piece of self-improvement from the change in all of the characters. I believe everyone should read this book, just be warned that by the end of it you might want a brand new puppy.

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8 comments on “Watchers by Dean Koontz (****)

  1. I continue to be disappointed and disappointed by Dean Koontz, yet I still keep going back. He really lost my respect as a regular reader with his blind guy story (the first one – I didn’t read the second).

    Koontz’s stories have been consistently forgettable, as the characters, plots and “horrors” fade or blend together after time. Compared to Stephen King, whom I can remember tons of details about all his books, I can’t even remember from one to the next of Koontz’s whether I’d even read it or not.

    I may try Watchers based on your recommendation, Logtar, though. Just to be fair. And, to be fair, I didn’t like King’s “Cell” at all. Maybe they’re switching places 😉

    That all said, I think Koontz’s “Phantasms” was the scariest book I ever read. I still shiver when I think about that one 😉

  2. Gotta disagree with you on the Dean Koontz books, man.

    His books are, for the most part, wholly forgetable. I call them bubble-gum books. They are tasty while you read them, but they lose the flavor quickly and five minutes after you’re done with them, you’ve forgotten all about them.

    I swear that ever book of his I read has a great premise, but I get 50 pages in and I go–haven’t I read this before? They all feel so much the same to me.

    I keep wanting to like Koontz’s books but I keep coming away going–not so much.

  3. I had recommended this book to you in a previous post that you had and I still remember it as being a great book, but after reading your review I would really like to go back and read it again. I think that you got some things from the book that I did not.

    To reply to Barry who said that he is consistantly disappointed by Koontz, I have to recommend that he stick with his earlier works. I have read many of his books and Watchers is by far my favorite that I read, but I can say that I found that there came a point when Koontz books got weird and I quit reading them at that point.

    A few others that I did like are Fear Nothing, Dragon Tears, Mr. Murder and Funhouse. You probably already know this, but Dean Koontz used to write under the psuedonym of Leigh Nichols and a lot of those books were re-released under Dean Koontz name.

  4. @ Travis: He also used to write under the name “K. W. Dwyer” Or maybe it was “D. W. Dwyer”. One of the two.

    I always wished he published an actual “Book of Counted Sorrows”

  5. I agree that Watchers is a great read! As a dog lover (and the owner of an amazing lab), I was in tears and anticipation throughout.

    Another great Koontz book – Strangers

    It’s about 960 pages – which I at first thought would be much too long. Nope, it wasn’t long enough. Try it!!!!!!

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