Dean Koontz’s RELENTLESS – A Quick Review

by on August 2, 2010

in book reviews, Entertainment

RELENTLESS from Dean KoontzStrangely, the premise of Dean Koontz‘s “Relentless” starts off with a mindless and nasty review of our main character, Cullen Cubby Greenwich’s book, from Shearman Waxx, who is a nationally recognized premiere literary critic.

Cubby, the main character’s nick name, becomes fixated on the critic. In a badly timed happenstance moment, Cubby’s 6-year-old son, a prodigy in his own world, almost pee’s on the critic’s foot in the bathroom of a restaurant. OK, so Cubby was stalking Waxx, so what?

That’s how it starts. Waxx then starts to harass and torment our beloved author and his family after uttering a single word at Cubby during the bathroom incident, “hack!”

The family is forced to flee their home and yet, despite every possible, yet meager measure they take, Waxx always manages to either find them or be one step ahead.

And Waxx isn’t fooling around, considering the trail of carnage in his wake as he forces the family to take more extreme measures and the need to go farther underground to try and escape the nasty little man known as Sherman Waxx.

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This is Koontz, doing what he does best, and that’s tell a narrative that keeps you on the edge of your page-turning seat.

From what feels to be predictable to the rather surprising and befuddling evil man, I found myself getting deeper and deeper in confusion as to how this little round man manages to pull off what he does. (That’s a good thing, that Koontz kept me guessing.)

In the end, well, in the end, I was looking for resolution that was satisfying but yet, I didn’t find it such. It wasn’t a bad ending, just not the one I was looking for. Not the kind of resolution of the old Koontz style.   The reveal, depending on what genre’s you enjoy, could leave you disappointed and confused.

If you’re a Koontz fan, I think you’ll be fine with the book as it dazzles above his last few efforts. Like I said, it keeps you pondering, that’s for sure.

For what it was, I found it a very entertaining read.

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