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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...
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1987.
ISBN: 9780399132636
Branch Call Number: KOON
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 20, 2019

I picked this novel after reading the book "Strangers" by Dean Koontz and I was happy with the choice. Hadn't read a book with a dog as one of the main characters since I was a boy and was not disappointed. This book had a little bit of everything in it action, romance, horror, and comedy.

The book is about a government agency who genetically created two different types of animals. One is a smart golden retriever who is supposed to infiltrate foreign countries and relay top secrets to the US and the other is an ape/gorilla known as the "outsider" who is a killing a machine. Travis is the main character who is ex-Delta Force and had a road of bad luck before he comes across the dog. Later on, he and the dog hook up with Nora who is a sheltered lonely woman being stalked and harassed by a young attractive arrogant cable guy. Travis and Nora fall in love with each other and the dog but are being pursued by the "Outsider" and the government who is trying to keep the genetically created species under wraps and out of the press.

Feb 18, 2019

Many, many years ago this was the book that got me back into reading for pleasure. This book was absolutely magical for me. My teenage daughter shares my love for reading so I asked if she would like to read this book with me. I was worried that it would lose it's magic and that my memory of it would be tarnished a bit, but I had nothing to worry about. It was almost as magical as the first time, but better because I was sharing it with my daughter who was just as caught up in the magic as I had been.

This is a wonderful story of good versus evil, government cover ups, ethical quandaries of man's potential for greatness as well as his potential for extreme evil. You find yourself rooting for the good to win over the bad, the simple, ordinary, good, but flawed beings finding greatness when confronted with evil. Despite all the odds and horror of what is going on around them, our characters find strength, love and hope which is why I love this story as much as I do.

Upon my second reading, I found it isn't without some flaws. In my opinion, the main flaw is the almost preachiness of the responsibility of man playing God, which is a great message, but the message didn't need to stated over and over. It is such a minor thing and doesn't detract from enjoyment though. I just wanted to be thorough.

So, if you are looking for deep, intellectually stimulating reading, this is not the book for you. If you want a simple, easy, feel good journey, this one is perfect.

Jul 26, 2018

I picked this to read because it was on the Great American Read list, and I assumed that since it was by Dean Koontz that it would be scary. But if you are looking for horror, this is not the one for you. There’s not much scary in this book. In fact I’m not sure what genre I would put this in. There’s a little bit of a mystery, a little bit of romance, and a little bit of action. But none of these are the most prevalent part of the story. I think it was maybe trying to be a techno-thriller but didn’t quite succeed. What made it fun for me was that one of the main characters was a super smart dog. He was the best and the reason I was glad I read the book. None of the human characters made me love them or care what happened to them.

While Koontz does love to knock you over the head with not-very-subtle foreshadowing, it was an enjoyable vacation read. There were a few puzzling moments for me (way too descriptive about the nude shows that had nothing to do with the story) or totally bogus-feeling plot points (a dog can learn to read in just a few weeks?), but as summer reading goes, it was great. I can see why Koontz has so many best-selling works.

Apr 29, 2018

I couldn't get into this one (or through it). Maybe it's Koontz's style, but everything was too descriptive, to the point of feeling way too drawn out, with too many unnecessary details being focused on without adding much to the experience. It might get better, but I'm a fan of more concise writing - this one was not for me.

PimaLib_ScottM Nov 22, 2016

An amazing book always had me on the edge of my seat and sleeping with all the lights on.

Aug 14, 2015

This was the first book I've ever read by Koontz, and it was amazing. There are many stories where characters undergo scientific experiments, but this was unique. Absolutely loved this novel--a real page turner.

Jul 24, 2015

My all time favorite novel by Dean Koontz.

Nov 30, 2014

My old feel-good standby favourite. Love the idea of genius dogs being among us.

Sep 11, 2014

Very entertaining but each storyline was almost too predictable. Well written.. a descriptive masterpiece!

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Jul 24, 2015

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.


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