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Diamond Dogs: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    What an awesome book!!

    This book keeps you in suspence. I couldnt put it down. I dont really like to read but for a book report i read this book and wish it had a sequel. I highly recommend you read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003


    What a compelling book!! I read it in 24 hours...the few times I managed to put it down, I could not get Neil off of my mind. This is prime storytelling that captures the devastation of relationships gone bad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Intense and Emotionally Gripping

    This book reads like a train that has lost its breaks and is careening out of control at breakneck speed to consummate with its inexorable conclusion of derailment and catastrophic havoc - and you cannot take your eyes off of it the entire time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2003

    Good book

    This shows the relationship between a father and son that should never be. I always read before bed, but this book didn't let that happen. I couldn't stop reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2002

    Diamond Dogs

    this was the best book i have ever read...i didnt really like reading all that much until i read this!! i seriously couldnt put it down!! and absolutly loved the mistery and wonder through out the entire book! it is definatly one of those stories that will stay with me forever, and one of those books i could read over and over!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2002

    Diamond in the Rough

    Fine read, well written. Very suspensful and Watt does a nice job of forshadowing and keeping the reader thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    Couldn't put it down.

    Diamond dogs was one of my favorite books. At first i didn't think it was going to be very good, but it turned out to be better then i expected. It shows how a bad situation can turn out to be the best thing that you could ask for. I recommened this book to older more mature teens. But i defently liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000


    'Diamond Dogs' refers to those elite who possess the talent and the charisma necessary to rise above the pack...and Alan Watt has captured perfectly the double-edged sword that such talent becomes, especially when you're 17-year-old Neil Garvin. His young life changes dramatically one night as he drives drunkenly home from a party, and strikes and kills a fellow student. Not even his Sherrif father can save him from the personal hell that he endures when he makes a series of bad choices. Although the story ends in triumphant redemption, this victory is bittersweet for Garvin and his tormented father. Both have abandonment issues that color their every thought, and by the final page, each deals with those in cataclysmic ways...resulting in one of the most powerfully triumphant stories to grace a page. Watt has captured Neil's tortured soul in an original voice, and aptly portrays the effects of two men's choices that go horribly wrong on a family that is already deteriorating beyond repair. Far from being depressing, 'Diamond Dogs' is hopeful and poetic. A recommended read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2000

    Brilliant new author

    Just finished this novel. Read it in one afternoon. I am very impressed with this author and am now a devout fan. Can't wait for his new work, if and when he completes a second book. This book is intriguing,very fast and easy reading. I recommend this book to anyone, you won't be disappointed. Kudos to the author, thanks for the enjoyable read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Superb character study

    Seventeen year old Neil (named for the singer Diamond) Garvin is the Carmen, Nevada high school golden boy. Neil, the son of the sheriff, is the very popular quarterback of the football team. However, inside, Neil suffers from the desertion of his mother when he was an infant and the cruelty of his so-called charming father, a closet abuser. Neil has learned abusive behavior from his dad, just ask his mates. <P>At a party, Neil accidentally kills Ian Curtis. While investigating, his father realizes Neil did the crime and covers up his son¿s activities. The townsfolk begin a search for the missing Ian and the lad¿s mother asks her FBI brother for help. As the outsiders come closer to uncovering the truth, the war between father and son is on the brink of exploding. <P> DIAMOND DOG is a well-written character study that portrays the abusive father, but provides a deep scrutiny into the impact of parental dysfunctional behavior on the child. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with emotion and tension, but requires some acceptance of the implausible happening, which surprisingly does not detract from this insightful look at negative nurturing. Although the novel is a police procedural in the widest definition of the sub-genre, Alan Watt¿s novel lights up the family drama fans with a fabulous debut book. <P>Harriet Klausner

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