Dean Koontz

Recently I read two books by Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life and Watchers.

Both books featured golden retrievers as main characters. Koontz has a tendency to write books that have dogs in them, and in most cases the dog is a golden retriever.

I really liked A Big Little Life. It had me laughing most of the time and crying in the end. The book is about the Koontz’s first pet dog, Trixie, whom they adopted from Canine Companions for Independence. Trixie was an extremely intelligent golden and Koontz shares her many antics throughout the book. If I had known how the book would end though, I would not have read it because the way he describes Trixie’s last moments was too similar to Aspen’s. The way he described her breathing had me sobbing for almost half an hour. It’s been a year since Aspen passed away from Leukemia, but the way we lost her still bothers me.

The book, Watchers, also had a golden retriever as the main character, so got my attention right away. Einstein has escaped from a military research laboratory along with another highly intelligent, but not so cute or cuddly creature.

I don’t want to give any of the book away because I thought it was quite well written and worth reading. I just found it to be a little too unrealistic for my taste. I am not a science fiction fan though, so if you are, read this book, and if you aren’t, read it too because Einstein was adorable.

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