I haven't read it, but usually Dean Koontz is very very kind when it comes to portraying dogs in his books. Usually they have some kind of supernatural knowledge, or serve as guardians against whatever evil is coming. "The Taking" was the last one I read by him, and it was really wonderful. His books are very creepy but they have happy endings, unlike Stephen King books which are creepy but the ending can go a lot of different ways, some of the endings aren't happy. ;P
In fact, some of the ways he portrays canines in general are so memorable, I can remember them even though it's been years since I read the book. I remember a scene in "Dark Rivers of the Heart" (one of my personal favorites) where the 'hero' and his dog Rocky are fleeing from a bad guy, and they run through a grocery store, and when they do, they knock over a display of dog food, which splatters kibble all over the floor. What does the dog do? Immediately stops following his master and starts chowing down on the dog food , eating it as fast as he can. The only way the 'hero' gets the dog to leave the food alone is by yelling, "Rocky! MINE." Too funny.
In "the Taking", at the beginning of the book, the woman hero of the story is awakened by the rain, but the rain is a weird rain, a supernatural rain, and she knows something is completely not right about it. So she goes out on the front porch of the house, and while she's out there about 30 coyotes come out of the woods, running in terror because they also know the rain isn't natural and they run up on this woman's porch to find shelter out of the rain with this woman, who is scared but still knows that the coyotes aren't a danger to her at all, they just don't want to be in teh rain any more than she does. I can't convey that scene how Dean Koontz did (I'm not a writer) but it's an amazingly written scene that really conveys how weird the moment was.
Darn you scout! I'm going to have to go check these books out at the library!
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
My Fav dog book of ALL times is called }The Invisible Leash",but many people have never even heard of Myrna M. Milani D.V.M. It was really one of beast EARLY books about founadion Motivational training wor. A must read if you ask me!
It looks like an awesome book..Ill have to read it! Another Must Read is Shelter Dogs! I keep that book on my desk in my "Keep Forever and Ever" pile along with The Dog Bible,Amazing Gracie,Snog : A puppys guide to love,Twillight, New Moon and, Eclipse...Love Books
I finished this book a few days ago. I do enjoy the author and make a point to purchase his new releases. This one was very good. I do wonder if he is involved in rescue or perhaps received his dog from one.
well i started reading the book monday night and i couldnt put it down. finished the whole thing in 4 hours lol. i kept watching the clock and telling myself that i really needed to go to sleep, but then i would finish a chapter and just have to read the next one !
i especially liked his talk about puppymills. the book is not about puppymills persay, but it centers on a woman who does golden rescue so there are bits and pieces here and there where he speaks out about the horrors of mills and backyard breeding. it is worked into the story itself so it is not preachy. the main story is not even about rescue either.
minniyar i have read a few of koontz's books, but not a one of them had an animal in it. besides the taking, if you know of any others of his that contain dogs, please give me a list. i am not a huge koontz fan, but i will read a few of his if they are good animal stories like this one was. and dont sell yourself short about writing minn, i have enjoyed what i have read of your stories and am waiting, not so patiently i might add, for the next chapter ! ;)
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