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Devoted ❰Epub❯ ➞ Devoted Author Dean Koontz – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk From Dean Koontz, the international bestselling master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat himWoody Bookman hasn t spoken a From Dean Koontz, the international bestselling master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat himWoody 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 listeningA 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 lateWoody 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.


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  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    Nature was a green battlefield where the weak were forever preyed on by the strong Nature did not care, nor did the earth, which for all its beauty was nonetheless a hard place, indifferent to its creatures It was mind that mattered, mind that cared, mind that loved, the best works of the mind that changed this hard world for the better Mind and heart had bonded people and dogs for tens of thousands of years They had formed an alliance for survival and a covenant of affection against the Nature was a green battlefield where the weak were forever preyed on by the strong Nature did not care, nor did the earth, which for all its beauty was nonetheless a hard place, indifferent to its creatures It was mind that mattered, mind that cared, mind that loved, the best works of the mind that changed this hard world for the better Mind and heart had bonded people and dogs for tens of thousands of years They had formed an alliance for survival and a covenant of affection against the darkness of the world Dorothy Hummell smells of death Kipp, her golden retriever for the last three years, knows And when Dorothy finally crosses the rainbow bridge, Kipp follows his nose, well not his nose, exactly He has been picking up an odd murmuring sound coming from the west by northwest, and is determined to check it out It feels important Kipp is not just a very, very good dog, he is a very, very special dog, and even he does not realize just how special he is, or what that specialness represents.Dean Koontz with a special friend image from his FB pagesLee Shacker is a very, very bad man A young CEO of a multi billion dollar company, he has salted away enough money to live the rest of his life in luxury, in Costa Rica Lee is on the run Seems the lab he was in charge of went boom, but instead of going down with the ship, this captain of dodgy industry fled in his well appointed lifeboat, a very flashy Dodge Demon Lee is special too, and not in a good way Always a malignant narcissist, at best, he picked up a little something extra in the lab explosion, and is finding that it is possible for him to become even worse Of course, he believes he is getting better and better He is determined, to rekindle a flame that was once lit only in his tiny mind, by force if need be A woman he had briefly dated years before Neither the law nor any code of morality constrains him, because he knows them to be fantasies of order In truth, the only rule by which anyone can live successfully, either in the wilds or in civilization, is the sole mandate of cruel Nature Prey shall submit, and predators shall reign supreme Lee s ride For a guy on the run he is not exactly going for a low profile image from autoevolution.com Megan is a very good woman Her husband, Jason, was killed years ago in a helicopter crash She found the circumstances concerning enough that she keeps a gun in her home Megan is mom to Woodrow Bookman, eleven Woody is on the scale, has never spoken Has not cried since he was four, when he began reading He now reads at a college level and is an accomplished hacker He has been looking into the circumstances surrounding his father s death for some time, and has reached a conclusion But has his poking around been noticed by people with things to hide To Woody, the internet was a planet of its own, every site a village or a city with its neighborhoods and streets, a planet across which he traveled as if by magic, typing a brief incantation and, with a click, teleporting from one continent to another There are a fewcharacters who figure significantly Lee s Bond villain evil boss, Dorian Purcell, a passel of hit men, Dorothy s good as gold caretaker, Rosa Leon, an honorable Medical Examiner, Carson Conroy, a white knight, Ben Hawkins, who is not only a retired SEAL but a writer of novels, and offers Koontz a chance to gripe about critics, and others but Kipp, Megan, Woody, and Lee are the four pillars of the novel This is a fast paced page burner of a thriller, offering characters that are not exactly deeply drawn, but who engage us nonetheless The bad guys are really, really bad, the good guys are really, really good, and you will come away slightly out of breath, but very satisfied The fun includes some sci fi elements Kipp can tune in on a special wavelength and pick up messages, or calls, or emanations, something, telepathically, and it is Woody s unknowing distress call that sets Kipp off on his road trip.The implications of Kipp s peculiar gift are considerable Are therelike him How did he come to have this ability The science that was going on at Lee s lab is of interest as well, both of the criminal frankensteinian and potential for human advancement sorts.Dean Koontz is nothing if not efficient He is also predictable I do not mean this as a criticism When you pick up a Dean Koontz book, you know what you are getting A thriller that may contain elements of horror, fantasy, and or science fiction I have read several, but that was before Goodreads, so retain only dim memories of them The Nobel committee will not be poring through Koontz s lifework But that is like faulting an elephant for not being a gazelle They are different creatures and do different things Koontz cranks out a startling volume of work, and has since he began writing as a career in 1968, with over 105 novels to his credit, on top of novellas and collections of short stories He has sold over 450 million copies of his sundry works The guy s gotta be doing something right I was unable to confirm rumors that Koontz is actually an AI construct designed by some of the brighter lights at PARC, and that revenue from the resulting computer generated novels funds ongoing research.On the other hand, he is a bit of a crank about things governmental and this took me out of the story at several points A couple of examples On Interstate 80, south of Colfax, they pulled into a rest stop that provided bathrooms as filthy as any in the state s most deteriorated public schools and As a citizen of the modern state, he had uncountable reasons to understand that a slight excess of power rapidly became a lethal excess, that when an agent of the state insisted he had come to help, there was at least a 70 percent chance that he had come to punish or pillage There areDude, please, switch off Rush and get back to the very engaging action And it is one thing to show a recluse s perception of a hostile government, but another to state that perspective as if it is a universally accepted fact It s the equivalent of a politician beginning some very partisan take on an issue with Everybody knows that There are some shortcuts that are taken, which I cannot go into without being too spoilery, so I am putting those under a spoiler tag here view spoiler How did The Mysterium get its name How did the Wire get its name Is Kipp s fondness for audio books a plug forEven humans need to be taught language skills Who taught Kipp to spell Or is that included in how Kipp gains his language skills How does Kipp know that grizzlies do not live in California hide spoiler And then there are some really lovely motifs spread throughout the novel that let you know you are in the hands of a pro The title is echoed throughout It is not just Kipp who is devoted, to Dorothy, and later Woody Rosa was also devoted to Dorothy, Megan is devoted to her son, Dorian Purcell is devoted to himself, Lee is devoted or would that be obsessed to regaining what he sees as a lost love Birds make frequent appearances Ravens, for example, show up during at least two of Lee s crimes Birds are flapping about in a mall when Dorian is set to meet a contact Dreaming is also featured Woody is a dreamer of the highest order Kipp dreams of his experiences The most frequently used motif is wind, whipping up as events are coming to a climax Koontz has a lot of fun with it the wind howled down on the house, not a nature sound empty of meaning, but a shriek of blackest madness The wind sang requiem for the world, and it seemed to Carson that the chilly currents of harried air werethan that, were also time itself racing toward some plug that had been pulled, to drain away and leave the world eternally still, silent, and dark the sagging chain link sang eerily in the wind Hell s harp strings strummed by a demon hand Plastic bags of numerous origins, in a variety of conditions, caught in the gaps between the links, flapped and fluttered, producing a sound like a swarm of wings, as if a colony of bats were passing low overhead The wind raving like rabid wolves outside, the building seeming filled with machine sounds, as if the Robots of the Apocalypse were being manufactured there And there are plenty .I enjoyed the opposite paths taken by Lee and Woody, each touched by something alien, one becominghuman, the other becomingbestial I was also impressed with the concept that joined human and canine In this, Koontz may have gone from notion to actualization in very quick steps, but this is why we have the lovely tool of suspension of disbelief.In short, you will certainly enjoy this very good book And who knows Maybe your dog will too We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us Maurice MaeterlinckReview posted February 7, 2020Publication date April 16, 2020The publisher provided a review copy in return for a fair review It was done in the usual way, no dogs or telepathy involved EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter, Instagram and FB pagesItems of Interest Special Agent Lewis Erskine How Dean Koontz Proved Anyone Can Be a Bestseller by Travis McBee Wiki for the 1975 film A Boy and His Dog Wiki for the Harlen Ellison A Boy and His Dog stories on which the film was based Just a weeeeee bit fringy Telepathic Animal Communication What Is It by Mary J Getten animal Communicator A wiki on The Magician s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo From an Introduction to Nineteenth Century Art, on Goya s painting, Saturn Devouring His SonMusic Bridge Over Troubled Water Hopelessly Devoted to You Audrey Hepburn Moon River from the film Breakfast at Tiffany s Boyz II Men 4 Seasons Of Loneliness Daniel Baremnboim plays Pathetique, a Beethoven sonata


  2. J.D. Barker J.D. Barker says:

    Normally when I get an ARC of a Koontz book I try to make it last, read nothan a chapter each day, savor it like a fine wine With DEVOTED I managed to do that, for a little while Then I found myself reading a bit longer every night, turning a few extra pages, until I couldn t help myself with my daughter asleep in my lap, I read the final third of this incredible tale in a single sitting.Like many of you, I first discovered Koontz with a book called WATCHERS the story of a laboratory Normally when I get an ARC of a Koontz book I try to make it last, read nothan a chapter each day, savor it like a fine wine With DEVOTED I managed to do that, for a little while Then I found myself reading a bit longer every night, turning a few extra pages, until I couldn t help myself with my daughter asleep in my lap, I read the final third of this incredible tale in a single sitting.Like many of you, I first discovered Koontz with a book called WATCHERS the story of a laboratory enhanced dog with heightened intelligence and a keen sense of right and wrong on the run from an unimaginable evil There is no savoring WATCHERS, this is one of those books you gulp down without apology A thriller through and through, one you start in the afternoon and finish somewhere around three in the morning before wondering how you ll get up for work in two short hours I remember closing the cover on that one and looking at my own dog, a German Shepard named Eva, asleep in the corner of the room and wondering if she d been holding out on us for the last couple years maybe a little smarter than she was willing to let on Maybe unwilling to give up the free room and board As with most Koontz books, the dog and characters end that story in a good place the world is bright again and an unknown but promising future lies before them I suppose that s part of the rub, because like many who read that book, I ve often wondered what came next not necessarily for the humans because who really cares about the people, right but for that damn dog.While DEVOTED isn t a sequel in the traditional sense, it carries the story of WATCHERS into the present by dropping us into the life of a dog descended from the original Smart, loyal, and kind, unsure of where he comes from or why he s different from most dogs but also knowing he s got a much bigger calling than simply being This is also the story of Megan Bookman and her son, Woody A very special little boy who has never spoken but has lots to say, particularly about the suspicious circumstances that took his father s life When he stumbles into the truth, those responsible are watching, and they ll stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried.Sometimes sweet and poetic, other times dark and bitter, but always engaging, this is Koontz at his best


  3. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    I haven t read a Dean Koontz book in years but I enjoy his suspense thriller books as much as the next guy Devoted , will be released in stores in March, 2020.The stars in Devoted are.Kipp, a golden retriever with special telepathic abilities Kipp was physically strong, 70 pounds of muscle and bone He was mentally strong to but emotionally compassion remained at odds with instinctWoody Bookman Brilliant, charming, autistic..He hasn t spoken a word in his 11 years of life I haven t read a Dean Koontz book in years but I enjoy his suspense thriller books as much as the next guy Devoted , will be released in stores in March, 2020.The stars in Devoted are.Kipp, a golden retriever with special telepathic abilities Kipp was physically strong, 70 pounds of muscle and bone He was mentally strong to but emotionally compassion remained at odds with instinctWoody Bookman Brilliant, charming, autistic..He hasn t spoken a word in his 11 years of life by choicefor reasons we will discover as time goes on.Woody was a smart kid, who had been reading at college level since he was seven years of age which maybe didn t mean a whole lot, considering that many college graduates didn t seem to knowanything humor like this can be found throughout Woody was also an accomplished computer hacker Woody spends hours on the computer Without realizing it, he made a target for himself by researching his fathers accidental death His fathers killers are now coming after himMegan Bookman, mom.She loves her son, Woody,then life itself and simply wants to protect him.Megan is a widow of Jason who died in a helicopter crash..Lee Shacket, was Jason s best friend Little does Megan really know him Lee is gloomy, sick at heart, joyless, barbaric, and bloodthirsty He has 1 million in cash in his car and is on the runHe blew up a research facility owned by his company, Refine Something went terribly wrong in those Utah laboratories He has murdered close associates and total strangers Lee fancies Megan He plans to take her with him on his escape to Costa Rica but without Woody But Woody and his mom have a guardian angel an allied on their side Kipp Kipp receives the thoughts of human beings and received one from Woody He knows Woody is in trouble and will do anything to help Fun thriller ride filled with warmth suspense, but not terribly intense with memorable main and minor characters All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers, is contained in the dog Franz Kafka A dog is the only thing on earth that loves youthan he loves himself Josh Billings


  4. Yodamom Yodamom says:

    After last Dean Koontz book I read a couple years ago I said never again.ill I was gifted this book His style of writing and my style of reading don t mix Yeh well the blurbs are always so good they suck me in Then give me a dog in the story and I can t say no I should have donated it I ll start with what I liked There was a moment of intense fear in the middle, a child was in danger, a mother on the edge, that was the best scene in the book I liked the connection made between man and dog After last Dean Koontz book I read a couple years ago I said never again.ill I was gifted this book His style of writing and my style of reading don t mix Yeh well the blurbs are always so good they suck me in Then give me a dog in the story and I can t say no I should have donated it I ll start with what I liked There was a moment of intense fear in the middle, a child was in danger, a mother on the edge, that was the best scene in the book I liked the connection made between man and dog, it felt right, even the wire while out there was interesting till it was repeated too many times.Whoops I went into the what I didn t like part too soon What went wrong for this reader Repetitive everything, how many times do we need to hear about how it works, what they thought HOW MANY I got it the first 3 times okay Second there was the weird over sharing of inner dialogs from these bad guys Really what was that is didn t form a connection to them or the story it was just filler The characters, except for the boy were cookie cut out unrealistically written poor actors Finally and most importantly, all the ducks just got in a row so easily All the right people showed up on time from far and wide, from some weird coincidence, all the right contacts were made, all the good people won, all the bad people lost Two stars is generous


  5. Kacy❁ Kacy❁ says:

    This was the complete opposite of what I expected, and I have no idea how to explain why I am disappointed First of all, I really thought this would beabout golden retrievers, but boy was I wrong..Tryalong the lines of a super creepy villain and his weirdness.But then the main villain gets put on the back burner of the story and it gets BORING AF because all of these new characters are introduced and have zero depth I feel like it was just missing so much It was a solid 4 star unti This was the complete opposite of what I expected, and I have no idea how to explain why I am disappointed First of all, I really thought this would beabout golden retrievers, but boy was I wrong..Tryalong the lines of a super creepy villain and his weirdness.But then the main villain gets put on the back burner of the story and it gets BORING AF because all of these new characters are introduced and have zero depth I feel like it was just missing so much It was a solid 4 star until we hit halfway, then it just went downhill from there Very anticlimactic I was really expecting to love this like I did Odd Thomas Maybe next time


  6. Monnie Monnie says:

    Enchanting Tear jerking Edge of seat scary All this andawait readers of this exquisitely written book If I had to describe it in a single word, it would be mesmerizing.At the heart of the activity is a telepathic dog named Kipp Woody, a high functioning autistic boy who hasn t spoken a word for all of his 11 years and a diabolic plan to increase human longevity that goes horribly wrong It s sort of a The Art of Racing in the Rain meets The Shining Seriously, how can you top that Wo Enchanting Tear jerking Edge of seat scary All this andawait readers of this exquisitely written book If I had to describe it in a single word, it would be mesmerizing.At the heart of the activity is a telepathic dog named Kipp Woody, a high functioning autistic boy who hasn t spoken a word for all of his 11 years and a diabolic plan to increase human longevity that goes horribly wrong It s sort of a The Art of Racing in the Rain meets The Shining Seriously, how can you top that Woody s dad was killed three years ago, leaving his mom, Megan, as a single parent who loves her son unconditionally Woody returns her love even though he s unable to express it what she doesn t know is that he s convinced that his dad s death was murder, not an accident Elsewhere, an elderly lady named Dorothy has watched over her beloved Kipp for years, understanding his human like abilities that include membership in the Mysterium, a group of 86 golden retrievers and Labs who communicate with each other on the Wire And in Utah, a man who was an executive at that research laboratory working on longevity is on the run Lee Shacket, who escaped a major disaster there with a ton of money, briefly dated Megan before she got married and knows she s now a widow On the spur of the moment, he decides that she would be the perfect companion as he flees to another country to spend the rest of his life in luxury But when he calls her to ask, she rebuffs him triggering an intensive desire for revenge that grows stronger anddangerous by the page.Meanwhile, Kipp begins to intercept messages on the Wire from someone he believes may be a young boy certainly a first among the heretofore all doggie system Kipp doesn t understand why the boy is intent on proving that his father was murdered, but he knows he needs help and sets off to find him All that sets in motion the events that follow events that kept me glued to the book almost nonstop till the end My emotions pretty much ran wild, with the extremes tempered by a bit of humor here and there my favorite laugh out loud line came when one character was described as having the attention span of a Chihuahua with ADHD Seriously, this is one of the best books I ve read this year And for the record, I d love to readabout the adventures of Kipp and his buddies hint, hint How about it, Mr Koontz


  7. Rick Rick says:

    I think I m done with Dean Koontz He s prolific and I ve read a lot of his stuff Some, I really liked Watchers and the Odd Thomas book Other works I ve been less than thrilled by His purple prose, his requirement that I suspend my disbelief to the breaking point, his awkward word choices and phrasing have all had me figuratively throwing many of his books, with great force, at the wall But Devoted sounded good, like Watchers, so I thought I was in for a treat What I got was a trick Bad w I think I m done with Dean Koontz He s prolific and I ve read a lot of his stuff Some, I really liked Watchers and the Odd Thomas book Other works I ve been less than thrilled by His purple prose, his requirement that I suspend my disbelief to the breaking point, his awkward word choices and phrasing have all had me figuratively throwing many of his books, with great force, at the wall But Devoted sounded good, like Watchers, so I thought I was in for a treat What I got was a trick Bad writing and a silly story that was derivative of the author s own and much better andinspired work I gave it until 40% before giving up, but when I realized I was dreading coming back to readingof Devoted, I knew it was not for me I also knew I was unlikely to readof Mr Koontz s work I m certain he will be crushed by my decision all the way to the bank


  8. Tonya Tonya says:

    Outstanding Dean Koontz read, Devoted grabbed my attention from the first chapter and did not let go Seriously good I am not as interested today in telling you what the book is about as that is what a synopsis is forI will share that the writing, characters, story line and twisty plots are really great from the beginning I can not think of any place where this book drags Hoping that the stories of Woody, his mom and friends continues especially the dogs I found myself having so much Outstanding Dean Koontz read, Devoted grabbed my attention from the first chapter and did not let go Seriously good I am not as interested today in telling you what the book is about as that is what a synopsis is forI will share that the writing, characters, story line and twisty plots are really great from the beginning I can not think of any place where this book drags Hoping that the stories of Woody, his mom and friends continues especially the dogs I found myself having so much compassion for many of the characters in the book because I felt like I knew them, knew what they felt and thought so well from the writing I also found several bad guys that I did not like and for the same reasons they were written out so well and developed enough that I felt like I was in the scenes with them Big compliments to Dean Koontz It has been awhile since I have enjoyed his writing now I am ready forThis book involves the supernatural or the extra gifts that seem so extraordinary that it is hard to imagine them being real Koontz makes it believable, and I can really tell that he knows the natures of dogs..specifically golden retrievers in all their loyalty and love Kindle Unlimited Selection


  9. Greg Markwardt Greg Markwardt says:

    3.5 5 So this one started well and actually had a few decently scary moments I thought we may be going back to some of the older Koontz that I fondly remember However towards the last quarter of the novel it started to unravel Too many new characters were introduced and never expounded upon and while things wrapped up nice enough it made the last half less enjoyable to read It checks the Dean Koontz hit lists genius dog, handicapped child, and sinister douce bag, monster, or some combinatio 3.5 5 So this one started well and actually had a few decently scary moments I thought we may be going back to some of the older Koontz that I fondly remember However towards the last quarter of the novel it started to unravel Too many new characters were introduced and never expounded upon and while things wrapped up nice enough it made the last half less enjoyable to read It checks the Dean Koontz hit lists genius dog, handicapped child, and sinister douce bag, monster, or some combination of the two Still a decent read specifically during the earlier parts, but having a solid protagonist and intruder story was waythrilling than the main plot involving super intelligent canines and political cover up of other things going on that were probably explained but I just zoned out to


  10. Cody | CodysBookshelf Cody | CodysBookshelf says:

    If you re into psychic dog hotlines and mute children fantasizing of licking dead men s gums, have I got a book for you I really struggled with deciding how to rate this book, but I m feeling generous and I really f ing loved this and it made my heart full, which is really all anyone can ask for in these confusing times It s weird, but in a classic Koontzy way Ya know, the reason you fell in love with Dean Koontz in the first place Remember the man turning into a computer in Midnight Rememb If you re into psychic dog hotlines and mute children fantasizing of licking dead men s gums, have I got a book for you I really struggled with deciding how to rate this book, but I m feeling generous and I really f ing loved this and it made my heart full, which is really all anyone can ask for in these confusing times It s weird, but in a classic Koontzy way Ya know, the reason you fell in love with Dean Koontz in the first place Remember the man turning into a computer in Midnight Remember the end of The Taking Yeah, that is the Koontz who wrote Devoted and I have to say a better title for this novel would ve been Transhuman, but I can understand why Thomas Mercer probably wouldn t have wanted to open that can o wormsHere we ve got dogs Lots and lots of dogs We ve got a hyper intelligent autistic child We ve got mourning hot widows, muscle bound Navy SEALS, an inhuman and paranoid villain This is Koontz, folks, and he s playing the greatest hits What separates this effort from the turgid shit he put out in the late 00s and early 10s is he s writing like he gives a damn again He made me believe Perhaps changing publisher houses did it, or maybe he has a new editor But this is vital Koontz, Koontz embracing all his weird dorky tendencies and creating a dynamic story I m purposefully not going into specifics because spoilers I want folks to read this, and hopefully enjoy When I first stumbled across this book s synopsis I groaned, just knowing it would be a repeat of so many Koontz books that came before itinstead this has the heart and inventiveness of Watchers, the wacky spirituality of From the Corner of His Eye, the techie paranoia of the Jane Hawk saga, yet this book is wholly memorable and necessary all its own What makes the difference, I think, is the characters These are some of my favorite Koontz characters to date, especially sweet Woody I work with mentally challenged people, and I can say I think Koontz nails them well But I can t say for sure I am not autistic myself And there s Megan, Rosa, Kipppeople and doggies I won t soon forget This book proves there s still gas in the ole Koontz tank


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