Monday, July 26, 2010

Watchers by Dean Koontz

Just when I thought I had read everything by Dean Koontz, I discover this lil' nugget from his early writing career...and honestly, it's one of my favorites!  It probably helps that we also had an amazingly bright golden retriever that we still painfully miss.  Watchers is even popular with the a-literate crowd (those who choose not the read for pleasure) because it's a movie?  Or so I've heard, I usually prefer not to corrupt my vision of good books with movie versions.  (Twilight anyone?...)

I received Barnes & Noble's e-reader, the Nook, for library school graduation, and this was my first download.  It's your basic good vs. evil thriller with the good here being a genetically engineered golden retriever with human smarts vs. a military-issue goblin-esque killing machine, both of whom escape from a lab.  There are subplots along the way involving a cursed and lonely ex-green beret who finally finds love, an obsessive compulsive hired assassin, and a couple of can't-help-but-like law enforcers. Not to mention a young, hot heiress who could have been hiding upstairs in Flowers in the Attic.  (Read it, you'll see what I mean...)

What I enjoyed most about Watchers was Koontz's vision of the future from the 1980s.  He seemed to be on the cutting edge of technology for his time including in the novel a team of hackers akin to the X-Files Lone Gunmen.  I was still banging out "load",8 ,1 on my Commodore 64 in the 80s, and he was describing early WWW functions.  I also got a kick out of the fashion- the heiress has a collection of tube tops, and most of the men sported white pants.  Tee-hee!!

I give Watchers 5 of my favorite Keurig flavored coffees- Toffee!  Yum, delicious coffee, delectable book!

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