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When Travis Cornell and Nora Devon meet "Einstein", they are touched by the dog's intelligence. Einstein is one of two altered life forms escaped from a top-secret lab. The other--The Outsider--is a deadly hybrid. To protect themselves, Travis and Nora must learn to be deadly as well.
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Overview

When Travis Cornell and Nora Devon meet "Einstein", they are touched by the dog's intelligence. Einstein is one of two altered life forms escaped from a top-secret lab. The other--The Outsider--is a deadly hybrid. To protect themselves, Travis and Nora must learn to be deadly as well.
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Editorial Reviews

Oakland Press
A glorious hit...makes the implausible seem all too possible.
Cincinnati Post
A suspenseful page-turner...Koontz gives us characters we can care about...and enough tension to satisfy any thrill-seeker.
Rocky Mountain News
One of those rare reading experiences—a book I didn't want to end.
Milwaukee Journal
Gripping, intriguing, thoughtful, and fast-paced.
New York Times
The suspense holds to the end.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cross Lassie with E.T., add a touch of The Wolfen and a dash of The Godfather, and you get a sense of some of the ingredients in this supernatural thriller, which should move Koontz Strangers a notch closer to Stephen King's high-rent district. When Travis Cornell, Koontz's appealing hero, encounters a stray dog while hiking, he quickly realizes that the animal is most unusual and that something terrifying is stalking them both. The encounter with the dog is the beginning of a tightly woven plot involving genetic manipulation that has created two extraordinary animals; one is the dog, named Einstein, the other is a murderous hybrid called ``The Outsider.'' Hunted down by both the government and a professional killer who has learned the secret of the animals, Travis, Einstein and Nora Devon, a lonely woman befriended by man and canine, attempt to escape their pursuers all the while knowing that a confrontation with The Outsider is inevitable. Though the climax packs a little less wallop than it deserves, this is the sort of thoroughly frightening and entertaining tale that has its readers listening for noises in the night. 100,000 first printing; 100,000 ad/promo; Liteary Guild main selection. February 23
Library Journal
he Russians sabotage a genetic research project in California, two mutated creatures escape from the lab. One is a golden retriever with high enough intelligence to think and communicate with humans; the other is the Outsider, a vicious monster created from a baboon and bred to kill. Both the man who befriends and adopts the dog and his new bride find themselves stalked by government agents anxious to find the dog, a particularly repulsive Mafia hit man intent on stealing him, and the Outsider, with whom the dog is linked telepathically. Koontz ( Strangers ) is truly a master at creating suspense, and his opening and closing scenes are full of delicious tension. Only in the middle does the chase seem a bit long. But Koontz is in top form with an exciting premise, likable heroes, and the most endearing nonhuman since E.T. For all popular fiction collections. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib., Ct.
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YA A book that incorporates elements of both the horror tale and the action thriller, and the result is an intriguing and enjoyable novel. Watchers is a retelling of the Frankenstein theme with a twist: two creatures, quite different from each other, roam the land. Two animals who are unlike any other animals as a result of DNA research escape from a top-secret laboratory. One is divinely inspiring, engendering love and caring. The other is a hellish nightmare that leaves unspeakable slaughter in its wake. The two creatures and a supporting cast of charactersa government agent, a hired killer, a decent recluse, and a lonely womanare inevitably brought together in a climactic and satisfying showdown. While the plot developments occasionally seem a bit forcedthis is one book that could actually have profited by some extra lengththe shortcomings are minor. Watchers is a satisfying example of good storytelling. Karl Penny, Houston Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606045742
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 483

Meet the Author

The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 400 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved Trixie.

Biography

He is one of the most recognized, read, and loved suspense writers of the 20th century. His imagination is a veritable factory of nightmares, conjuring twisted tales of psychological complexity. He even has a fan in Stephen King. For decades, Dean Koontz's name has been synonymous with terror, and his novels never fail to quicken the pulse and set hearts pounding.

Koontz has a lifelong love of writing that led him to spend much of his free time as an adult furiously cultivating his style and voice. However, it was only after his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse while he was teaching English at a high school outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he had a real opportunity to make a living with his avocation. Gerda agreed to support Dean for five years, during which time he could try to get his writing career off the ground. Little did she know that by the end of that five years she would be leaving her own job to handle the financial end of her husband's massively successful writing career.

Koontz first burst into the literary world with 1970's Beastchild, a science fiction novel that appealed to genre fans with its descriptions of aliens and otherworldly wars but also mined deeper themes of friendship and the breakdown of communication. Although it is not usually ranked among his classics, Beastchild provided the first inkling of Koontz's talent for populating even the most fantastical tale with fully human characters. Even at his goriest or most terrifying, he always allows room for redemption.

This complexity is what makes Koontz's work so popular with readers. He has a true gift for tempering horror with humanity, grotesqueries with lyricism. He also has a knack for genre-hopping, inventing Hitchcockian romantic mysteries, crime dramas, supernatural thrillers, science fiction, and psychological suspense with equal deftness and imagination. Perhaps The Times (London) puts it best: "Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."

Good To Know

Shortly after graduating from college, Koontz took a job with the Appalachian Poverty Program where he would tutor and counsel underprivileged kids. However, after finding out that the last person who held his job had been beaten up and hospitalized by some of these kids, Koontz was more motivated than ever to get his writing career going.

When Koontz was a senior in college, he won the Atlantic Monthly fiction competition.

Koontz and Kevin Anderson's novel Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son was slotted to become a television series produced by Martin Scorsese. However, when the pilot failed to sell, the USA Network aired it as a TV movie in 2004. By that time Koontz had removed his name from the project.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Koontz:

"My wife, Gerda, and I took seven years of private ballroom dancing lessons, twice a week, ninety minutes each time. After we had gotten good at everything from swing to the foxtrot, we not only stopped taking lessons, but also stopped going dancing. Learning had been great fun; but for both of us, going out for an evening of dancing proved far less exhilarating than the learning. We both have a low boredom threshold. Now we dance at a wedding or other celebration perhaps once a year, and we're creaky."

"On my desk is a photograph given to me by my mother after Gerda and I were engaged to be married. It shows 23 children at a birthday party. It is neither my party nor Gerda's. I am three years old, going on four. Gerda is three. In that crowd of kids, we are sitting directly across a table from each other. I'm grinning, as if I already know she's my destiny, and Gerda has a serious expression, as if she's worried that I might be her destiny. We never met again until I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We've been trying to make up for that lost time ever since.

"Gerda and I worked so much for the first two decades of our marriage that we never took a real vacation until our twentieth wedding anniversary. Then we went on a cruise, booking a first-class suite, sparing no expense. For more than half the cruise, the ship was caught in a hurricane. The open decks were closed because waves would have washed passengers overboard. About 90% of the passengers spent day after day in their cabins, projectile vomiting. We discovered that neither of us gets seasick. We had the showrooms, the casino, and the buffets virtually to ourselves. Because the crew had no one to serve, our service was exemplary. The ship dared not try to put into the scheduled ports; it was safer on the open sea. The big windows of the main bar presented a spectacular view of massive waves and lightning strikes that stabbed the sea by the score. Very romantic. We had a grand time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Axton, Brian Coffey, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe
    2. Hometown:
      Newport Beach, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Everett, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
    2. Website:

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

    Unforgettable

    I love stories that pull me in and get me emotionally involved with the characters, and that's just what this one did. 'Fiddle broke' had me in tears. Without going into a long, drawn-out, detailed review, let me just say - Read it! You'll be glad you did.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Great Read

    This has to be one of Koontz's best stories ever! Koontz has always mastered stories with people you feel for, but this one is all about the dog. Anyone whom loves a good sci-fi/horror story needs to read this one. Already read? I have read this one at least 3 times myself. Love it!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

    Fabulous

    This is a wonderful story. It makes you believe that dogs can actually talk. I knew that all along.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2009

    Fantastic book 5 stars

    I am so happy today, I found this book again. I had lent my copy to someone, and you know how it is, after some time I could not remember the person I had lent it to and all I could remember was the great storry. Well I have found it. This book is on my top 10 most liked books of my life. The story is compelling and you just can't stop reading. I would recommend this book to all. I will defenatly buy another copy and this time make sure to remember if I lend it again. Were do you get your insparations, how do you come up with stories like this. I only wish I had a great mind and a good story teller as you are. Please keep on writing, I just love your books.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    One of my favorite books!

    This has always been one of my favorite books. I have a hardback copy and a paperback copy, but when I got my new Nook, I knew I needed it on there too. I usually reread this book several times a year- it's that good! It's the perfect blend of suspense, drama and humor. If you've never read Koontz, it's one of his best! (Lightening by him is also great!)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Can i give it more than five stars?

    The first time i read this book, I was a teenager...I fell in love with it right away...since then, Dean Koontz has been one of my favorite authors. This book is my favorite book of all time. Wonderfully written. (The movie they made based on this book doesn't hold a candle to the book, though. I was highly disappointed watching it...)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Wonderful!

    Rediscovered this book. I originally read it years ago when it first came out. Love it even more in a deeper way emotionally now that i am more mature. A touching, yet a tough, suspenseful, thriller.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Favorite

    I've always been a huge Dean Koontz fan and this book remains my favorite. It scares me every time i read it, which ive lost count of. I once decided camping may not be such a good idea, while planning such a trip and reading Watchers. This is a book you won't be disappointed in!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    Koontz at his very best

    I've read all of Koontz's books, this one in 1990, and this is my favorite of his and of all the books I have read in the last 45 years! Everyone that I have told to read it, has loved it also. I only have a very few books that I have reread over and over and this is one. I love Einstein and "Fiddle broke" (you'll understand when you read it :)),will make you cry. This book has it all!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Constant page turner, such a touching tale that you can't help but to sympathize with the characters feelings!

    Lets just for starters let me say that this book was quite the tear jerker towards the later chapters of he book, but Koontz is also really good at including his unique sense of humor, so much that even in the midst of that one tear coming on, you cant help but to inappropriately chuckle! This is a great book for animal lovers but more-so a great book for those seeking action and suspense! Ive never felt so personalized with the characters like the way i did in this book. It also makes you think about our modern life style and what it can lead to, both the positive and negative sides. A must read!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    The absolute best Koontz book - ever!

    This has always been my favorite Koontz book - read it when it first came out, recommended it to many, bought copies for friends, donated my copies, bought others. As soon as I got my Nook, this was one of the my first purchases. It remains one of my top books ever read. You cannot be disappointed with this book. Do yourself a favor and read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Loved this book

    I was a little reluctant to read a book where the central character is a dog, but I'm a fan of Dean Koontz and admire his writing style so thought I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed. A very fast read. Enjoyed the characters and the story line was very good. Think I'll download another Koontz book :o)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    One of the best I've read

    This book was one of the best I've read in years. I read a lot of books that a few months later I forget what they were about. But not this one, I'll remember it forever. This is Dean Koontz best writing. It contains thrills, love, hate, fantasy, drama and a sense of wonder. Totally enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    A wild ride to read, cannot put it down!

    There are many characters in the story at first, but be vigilant and keep on reading, the story and the characters lives begin to mesh very quickly. The story is scary, thrilling, a must read for those who like scifi or science based mysteries. I read Koonz work awhile ago, and now wonder why I waited this long to read another, it's great, a well written novel which may keep you thinking about it hours after you put it down. (I do not suggest reading it before bed though.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

    A QUICK page turner!

    Dean Koontz gets all of your emotions going with this rapid page turner... there doesn't seem to be a slow spot in the entire book! This book will satisfy a very wide range of readers!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2010

    Awesome!

    Starts slow, but once you get in it's hard to put down! Great read, very in depth and makes you wonder about what really goes on in laboratories!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

    Koontz Best

    Koontz has written a bunch of books and I've read most of them. This is his best, no doubt.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    Fun book for ADULTS. NOT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS OR YOUNG HS-ERS.

    Don't let your youngster read this book. It has slow-motion graphic detail of sex, violence, stalking, and live porn. Having said that, I enjoyed it as a quick, exciting read. It's not a literary piece, for sure. It's a Lifetime movie-type plot that would be rated R or NC-17 if filmed exactly as written.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    I haven¿t read everything Dean Koontz has written, but over the

    I haven’t read everything Dean Koontz has written, but over the years I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of it. I believe WATCHERS is his best. I've just finished reading it for the second time and will undoubtedly read it again within the next few years. I'm a true animal lover and a true Koontz fan, so I suppose the affection I have for the fictitious Einstein was inevitable. As happens in many of his books, Dean Koontz's love for dogs, particularly golden retrievers, comes shining through.

    Although I read and enjoy books of many genres, I list WATCHERS as a favorite. I even developed sympathy for The Other. If you've read the book, you understand what that means. If you haven't, don't waste another minute. Order it and read it NOW! This book would lend itself well to book club discussions. I would gladly give it more than five stars if I could.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Read it!

    I've read this book five years ago and i still remember it like it was yesterday. From the characters to the plot, everything worked together. I like that the book contains everything a reader needs from drama, mystery, some violence, romance and friendship. Read the book, you'll feel the same way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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