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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
0399132635
Branch Call Number: KOON
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 25 cm.

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WoodneathSheri
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.

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Gryphinx
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.

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lReaderl
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.

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suedeloo
Jul 24, 2015

My all time favorite novel by Dean Koontz.

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MaryMaryJ
Sep 11, 2014

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

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suedeloo
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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