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Watchers (1987)

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Watchers by Dean Koontz (1987)

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    The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz (jamaicanmecrazy)
    jamaicanmecrazy: Also features members of Koontz's beloved Golden Retriever species. Intelligent dogs save the day.
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    Lightning by Dean Koontz (ShaneTierney)
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Still as amazing as the first time I read it, and now I just want to go home and nuzzle my dogs!
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
3.5 stars

I read this for the '80s Horror square for Halloween Bingo

When the telephone rang, it startled her. She put down her pencil and reached for the receiver. "Hello?"
"Funny," a man said.
"Excuse me?"
"They never heard of him."


I know this story has monsters, psycho killer, semi-curses, awful bitter aunt, and government agents, but this was the moment that sent a chill down my spine.
Nora's aunt that kept her just about child protective services needed isolated dies and leaves Nora alone and fearful of the world. When a tv repairman comes and seems to be hitting on her, she can't believe it and thinks she misinterpreted things. Of course she was right because no matter our upbringing, us women seem to have an innate sense of dude's up to no good. TV repairman turns out be a sexual harasser and stalker to the nth degree. Hence, the phone call where he lets her know he checked up on her she has a husband and is a police officer lie. This stalker plot introduces us to Nora and is a way to connect her with Travis and Einstein and then fades into the distance pretty quickly.

In the distance, very far away no, something shrieked, something that was not of God's creation.

Travis is out hiking contemplating his life as a cursed man. His mother, father, and brother are all dead, dying from circumstances that seem to be his fault, his delta force platoon all perished while he was only shot in the leg, and his wife only last a year before she died of cancer. He thinks he's cursed and has stayed away from making connections with people for the last couple years. When a dog comes out of the woods and warns him away from some noise that has Travis' neck hair rising, he finds himself the owner of a dog. The Travis curse thread fades out a bit too but he occasionally worries about it later with Nora.

Einstein our lovable Golden Retriever is on the run from government agents who are trying to bring him back to the lab he escaped from. Well him and The Outsider, an animal mixed DNA mashed up monster created to be a kill machine. The Outsider hates Einstein because he was the beloved smart dog in the lab and people couldn't bear to look at The Outsider because he was so ugly, so he is driven to kill Einstein.

If that wasn't enough for you there is a contract killer who is being paid by the Russians to kill the scientists responsible for Einstein and The Outsider. Because they're jealous? Angry? The Russian connection was a bit muddled. Anyway the contract killer thinks every time he kills someone he absorbs their essence, but he also values the dollar because he puts two and two together and figures out the scientists he has killed created Einstein and he wants to capture the dog and ransom him back to the G-men or Russians.

The contract killer plot could have been left out as we get pov's from him early on but then he basically disappears until the very end and then gets a very rushed ending. I thought the beginning was interesting but then the middle sagged a bit as the focus on Nora and Travis falling in love was focused on more and them trying to figure out a way to communicate more concisely with Einstein. I wanted more of the suspense and horror feel we go from The Outsider but I was reading this for Halloween Bingo and was probably looking for something slightly different from the book.

What man had begun, man now ended.

I enjoyed the themes of morals in science, relationships, society, and oneself and I delighted in Einstein, the only thing that could have made him better was if he was a Rottweiler :) I wish the ending hadn't felt so rushed with all the villains being dealt with at once, it really made the pacing feel even more off kilter. A few technology and culture references show the story's age but otherwise, this hold up nicely. ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | Feb 14, 2019 |
I no longer read Dean Koontz, but I used to love his novels back before they took on a preachy tone._Watchers_ and _Lightning_ are two of my favorite books of all time. _Watchers_ tugs at your heart and gives you a good scare...of course I haven't read it since I was in my twenties, but I have fond memories...since then I've become a bit cynical. Koontz has gone overboard with his use of the trusty-sweet-dog-is-man's best friend theme:) Where once it was tender and touching, it's now a bit contrived... ( )
  booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
I really love Dean Koontz and WATCHERS is one of his best books. Both dogs, one good and one evil, are genetic mutations and both cause conflicting emotions. Some of the characterizations and descriptions seemed a bit heavy-handed, but the plot runs smooth and kept me fascinated the entire time. This is a mainstay of both suspense and horror. Highly recommended! ( )
  Vivian_Metzger | Jul 25, 2018 |
Still one of my favorites. Will read this again and again. I want a dog like Einstein!!
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  ppmarkgraf | May 5, 2018 |
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Dean Koontz: Ääniä yössä

Alkuteos: Watchers

Kustantaja WSOY. 488 s.

Arvio: 9 -

Dean Koontz on amerikkalaisten jännityskirjailijoiden parhaimmistoa, tosin muutamia huonompiakin juttuja mahtuu herran tuotantoon, niin kuin melkein kaikilla kirjailijoilla. Koontzia lukiessaan tietää kuitenkin joutuvansa harvoin pettymään, eikä Ääniä yössä ole millään muotoa poikkeus tällä saralla. Tarina vie mukanaan heti ensimmäisten sivujen alusta lähtien, ja tunnelma kestää voimakkaana koko kirjan ajan.

Tarina alkaa, kun Travis Cornell kohtaa aamulla liikuskellessaan erämetsässä likaisen ja takkuisen kultaisennoutajan, joka on selkeästi pakenemassa metsässä rymistelevää epäinhimillistä olentoa. Travis häipyy koiran kanssa aavistaen vaikeuksia, joita metsässä rymyävä olento ilmeisesti aiheuttaa. Kotona Travis alkaa huomata, että koira on poikkeuksellisen älykäs, lähestulkoon ihmisen tasolla. Hän päättää pitää koiran, jonka nimeää Einsteiniksi. Siitä näyttää olevan yllättävää hyötyä: se järjestää Travisille muun muassa vaimon Noran. Samaan aikaan toisaalla kuumeiset tutkimukset ovat käynnistyneet Einsteinin löytämiseksi - eläin on itse asiassa karannut valtion salaisesta tutkimuslaitoksesta tulipalon yhteydessä. Mikäs siinä, tilanne olisi muuten varsin helppo tapausta tutkivalle turvallisuuskoneistolle, ellei laitoksesta olisi lähtenyt samaan aikaan karkuun myös siellä luotu epäinhimillinen tappokone, hirviö, jota kutsutaan Sivulliseksi. Sivullisella on vain yksi missio: koiran löytäminen ja tappaminen. Luonnollisesti Sivullisen tielle tahattomasti osuvat ihmiset eivät saa nauttia elämästään kovin pitkään. Poliiseilla on siis kova kiire ehtiä koiran luokse ennen murhanhimoista petoa. Asiaa ei myöskään auta se, että hiukan ennen tutkimuslaitoksen tuhoa kuolivat siitä vastuussa olevat viisi lääkäriä perheineen ja kuolemista vastuussa ollut palkkamurhaaja Vince Nasco haluaa myös innokkaasti päästä hyötymään koirasta. Lopulta Travis vaimoineen huomaa, että nämä kolme tahoa ovat auttamattoman kiinnostuneita koirasta ja he päättävät nostaa kytkintä. Alkaa pakomatka toiseen osaan USA:a.

Juoni on kiistatta varsin nokkela ja toistaa Koontzille tyypillisesti teemaa “Kun ihminen leikkii Jumalaa”. Henkilöhahmot ovat varsin kiinnostavia, ja etenkin palkkamurhaaja Vince Nascon ilmeisen pakkomielteisen persoonan kuvauksessa Koontz onnistuu varsin hyvin tehden miehestä varsinaisen arkkiroiston. Nascosta annetaan hyvin määrätietoisen ja pikkutarkan ihmisen kuva, joka arvostaa rutiineja ja tarkkaavaisuutta ja äärimmilleen vietyä raakaa voimaa. Myös ristiriitaisen ja alussa hyvinkin masentuneen Traviksen luonteesta saa hyvän kuvan ja mies tuntuu aidolta. Traviksen vaimon Noran henkilöhahmo jää kenties hiukan ohuemmaksi, mutta on sanomattakin selvää, että kirjaa lukiessa huomaa, että sekä Travis että Nora täydentävät toisiaan loistavasti, ts. jos jompikumpi hahmoista puuttuisi, kirjasta jäljelle jäävä tuntuisi epäpätevältä. Kansallisen turvallisuusviraston NSA:n tutkijana toimiva Lemuel Johnson on myös varsin todentuntuinen hahmo kamppaillessaan jatkuvien työpaineiden ja omien korkealle asetettujen tavoitteidensa vuoksi. Hahmojen osalta kirjan kaksi tärkeää valttikorttia ovat ehdottomasti Einstein ja Sivullinen, joilla molemmilla on selkeästi omat henkilöhahmonsa: Einstein (vaikka hiukan etäiseksi jääkin) on selkeästi empaattinen ja älykäs hauva, joka pitää huolta läheisistään. Kirjan hauskimpia osuuksia ovatkin kiistatta ne, joissa Einstein opettelee lukemaan tai esittää joululahjatoiveitaan (Mikki Hiiri -videoita). Sivullinen taas vaikuttaa alussa pelkästään tunteettomalta eläimeltä ja onnistuu olemaan varsin karmiva etenkin uhriensa kannalta. Mutta takaumien myötä Sivullisestakin löytyy sen verran ihmisyyttä, että lukijan sääli herää viimeistään traagisen loppunäytöksen aikana. Sivuhenkilöt ovat myös varsin näppäriä ja tukevat kokonaisuutta varsin hyvin: Noran asianajaja ja eläinlääkäri ovat varsin sympaattisia ja hyväntahtoisia hahmoja ja täydentävät kirjaa osuvasti.

Todettakoon vielä, että joidenkin hajanaisten palojen perusteella Koontzilla näyttäisi olevan varsin hyvä tietämys erilaisista aseista.

Kaiken kaikkiaan Ääniä yössä on näppärä perusjännäri, joka sopii hyvin lähes jokaiselle.

Eero
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The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. - H. G. Wells
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. - C. G. Jung
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This book is dedicated to Lennart Sane who is not only the best at what he does but who is also a nice guy. And to Elizabeth Sane who is as charming as her husband.
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From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose…Bestselling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation…

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Two creatures, the end result of experiments in genetic engineering and enhanced intelligence, escape from a government laboratory and bring either doom or a touching new kind of love to those they encounter.

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