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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A strange but compelling thriller

...about hugely successful writer Cullen Greenwich and his "perfect" family, who are targeted by an almost super-human madman named Shearman Waxx, the literary critic that trashed Greenwich's latest novel. Extreme violence, humor and a supernatural element mix surprisin...
...about hugely successful writer Cullen Greenwich and his "perfect" family, who are targeted by an almost super-human madman named Shearman Waxx, the literary critic that trashed Greenwich's latest novel. Extreme violence, humor and a supernatural element mix surprisingly well in "Relentless" and Koontz keeps the pedal to the metal throughout - I raced through this thing in less than a day. I plan on reading it again though, more slowly, as there seems to be something else going on here beyond Koontz' usual thrills and chills. Could Waxx be Greenwich's id-like alter ego, who puts in print the writer's own true feelings about his bestselling work, and then systematically destroys his staid, picture-perfect life? Is "Relentless" an exaggerated portrayal of the trials and tribulations a bestselling author like Koontz goes through in the modern publishing world? (If you've read the forwards to the new reprint editions of Koontz' older novels you'll know what I'm talking about.) I'm also curious about the names Koontz picked for his characters, which seem carefully thought out and constructed. All in all "Relentless" is one of Koontz' more interesting recent books, well worth reading.
Also recommended: "A STRANGER LIES THERE". This website's editorial review said this mystery is "an appealing blend of SoCal noir and psychological suspense ala Dean Koontz. Two thumb way up."

posted by 156234 on June 8, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Dean Koontz Light

As a Dean Koontz fan I was excited to read his latest book. I finished reading it in one afternoon. Although the story was enjoyable, it unfortunatly missed it's mark. I liked the characters and the basic premise for the plot. Where this book let me down was that it ...
As a Dean Koontz fan I was excited to read his latest book. I finished reading it in one afternoon. Although the story was enjoyable, it unfortunatly missed it's mark. I liked the characters and the basic premise for the plot. Where this book let me down was that it never developed far enough. I can visualize this same book written by Stephen King and going on over several more hundred pages. I actually felt like Mr. Koontz couldn't wait to finish writing the book even though he knew that there was more to his story. Ultimately, the reader must do this on their own which for me was quite disappointing!

posted by storker on June 15, 2009

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

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    Ugh...

    Looking for something to read while traveling I grabbed Relentless based entirely on the reputation of Dean Koontz. I had not had an opportunity to read his work before and after reading this book, I probably won't pick up another.

    The characters were simply not believable. Plot elements were left unexplained or required an uncomfortable leap of faith in order to swallow. The ending left me baffled which was par for the course considering the laundry list of unexplainable things happening throughout the book.

    It was a quick read with well paced chapters but disappointing. I wish I had picked up an older Koontz novel (as some suggest) because Relentless ended up being a poor choice.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    started out good ...

    when i first cracked this one open i saw myself really enjoying it. the book didn't live up to this premonition. i found myself saying "well, ok that was alright if you really think about it" in too many places . i also just thought the idea, as it played out, was unremarkably silly.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    Pleasant but not the usual Koontz

    As a big fan of Dean Koontz I must say that he seems to be loosing his grip on writing at the same high level he used to.
    The first 2/3 of this book is a pleasant and sometimes fun reading the characters are great, but the ending of the plot is a deception. Almost like Mr. Koontz was in a rush to finish.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

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    Awful

    I rarely write a review of something I dislike this much. This was silly and juvenile and I can see it appealing to 15 year old boys. Truly, I couldn't get past page 50. What happened to him as a writer....could this book have been written by the man who wrote "Watchers?" Not worth buying.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    A different plot and story

    The subject or plot is different then other books I have read by him. It takes a litter longer to get into it. I am still reading at my leisure. Hopefully it will be as good as his other works.

    Papa Joe

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

    Author Stalked By Nutcase! Oh No!

    Al la Stephen King, Dean Koontz decides to get into the author hunted by bad man game! Does the bad man win? What do you think. Time for Dean to retire I say.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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