Dean Koontz Relentless
428 pp. Bantam Books. 2009 ISBN: 978-0-553-59172-9
(High School and beyond)
When famous book critic, Shearman Waxx, rips Cubby Greenwich’s new novel to shreds in news papers across the country, Cubby’s wife, Penny, advises him to “Just let it go” and he tries. When Cubby’s son, Milo, nearly pees on Waxx’s shoes in the men’s restroom of a small café, Cubby realizes he should have tried harder, especially after hearing the critic’s one word response to almost being made the equivalent of a dog’s favorite fire hydrant “Doom”. The family soon learns that the word wasn’t just an angry comment but a warning of what was to come. It’s a story of explosions, gunfire, and a relentless killer whose gruesome acts seem, not only impossible, but supernatural as well. The threat only grows larger as they search for answers. Dean Koontz never fails to reel me with his intense stories, lovable protagonists, and bad guys that get worse with every page. This one was no exception. Can the three of them and their weirdly smart non-collie, Lassie, make it out alive? Or will the violence of Cubby’s past catch up to him again in a new form? This time making sure he doesn’t survive.