Devoted

Devoted

Large Print - 2020
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"Woody Bookman hasn't spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother, Megan, tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil was behind his father's death and now threatens him and his mother. And he's not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening. A uniquely gifted dog with a heart as golden as his breed, Kipp is devoted beyond reason to people. When he hears the boy who communicates like he does, without speaking, Kipp knows he needs to find him before it's too late. Woody's fearful suspicions are taking shape. A man driven by a malicious evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he's coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he's not alone. Only a force greater than evil can stop what's coming next" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432876623
1432876627
Characteristics: 607 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print
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tedra1961
Jul 30, 2020

I've always enjoyed Dean Koontz books. Well, most of them. I'm a big fan of his earliest works. While I made it through Devoted, I was rather disappointed. It was like he took "Watchers", stuck in some elements of "Shadowfires" and a bit of Breathless and here ya go. Not one of his better efforts. But hey, it was still better than a poke in the eye.

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Shellie1_us
Jul 13, 2020

I agree that this novel reminds me of Watchers. But, as Koontz is smitten with golden labs in real life no surprise. So they are a recurring theme in his writing. The autistic boy in the novel has some characteristics of Koontz who also brushed his teeth so much he had to have a gum transplant. I enjoyed the book and expected it to have a connection with Watchers. Perhaps if he writes more or if this is a series.

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emilyhart66
Jul 04, 2020

Good but not Koontz's best. The book recycles many of the character types and themes prevalent in Dean Koontz's writing. Devoted is a sort of sequel to another novel -- Watchers -- but lacks one element that would have made Devoted a satisfying read and worth staying up all night to get through. Spoilers if I told you what that one element is! On the negative side also there is a great deal of graphic attention given to the villains of the story (and there are many) while most of the heroes are not fleshed out as fully and satisfyingly as usually seen in a Koontz novel. For it's flaws Devoted is a worthwhile read for Koontz fans but not one I would recommend for 1st time Koontz readers.

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pennell
Apr 03, 2020

I think I've read this story before. Is this a re-release of an old title ?

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