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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Relentless by Dean Koontz




I think Dean must have had some bad experiences with critics and this book is just his way of getting back at them, ha ha!
Cullen (Cubby to his friends and family) is a top-selling author who has just published his new book. His wife Penny is a well-known illustrator of children's books and his 6-year-old son Milo is a certifiable genius. The book is well-received by most but there is a particular book critic whom is well-known in the literary world by the name of Shearman Waxx, who has finally taken notice of Cubby's work. He writes a scathing review. Cullen decides that he wants to get a peek at old Shearman despite Penny's warnings to just let it go. He finds out where Shearman's usual lunch spot is and makes a visit to have a look, not to bother him but just to see. It is while at the restaurant that he has an unfortunate encounter with him in the men's room. Shearman says just one word, "Doom". That's it, it's all over for Cubby and his family. Shearman follows the family relentlessly (hence the title) with the intent to do them harm.

I found myself reading relentlessly (pun intended) to find out just what crazy thing Shearman would do next and to learn more about all the interesting characters Koontz throws into the book. I was expecting a spectacular ending but found that it just fizzled. It just didn't feel like it fit the rest of the book and sure didn't give Shearman a reason for doing what he did. I have to say, though, that I really liked the book until that point. Sure, it's all over-the-top and unbelievable and the ending just didn't do it for me, but it was a fun interesting book despite it all. It makes Psycho seem tame! And he does it with very little profanity and no sex, although there is quite a bit of violence. Rated PG-16 for the violence.

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