MFT Guest Post and Giveaway with Logan E. Turner!

Today on the blog I have the lovely Logan Turner from Logan E. Turner.com. She’s here to talk about why she loves Watchers so much (it’s one of my all-time faves too), and to offer a giveaway of the book to one lucky winner! It’s INTERNATIONAL, ya’ll, so be sure to check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post, and welcome Logan to the blog!


Book: Watchers

Author: Dean Koontz 
Publisher: Berkley 
First published: 1987   
Summary: (from www.DeanKoontz.com/Watchers)
From a top-secret government laboratory came two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose. Bestselling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation. 
This book is not just any book. Don’t let the summary fool you. This is not hokey horror schlock, nor is it run-of-the-mill suspense about government secrets. Instead, this is a dark, compelling exploration of genetic testing, and how both the good and the bad results can have profound consequences.

I first read this book when I was a kid. In elementary school, I went through a major Dean Koontz, John Saul, and Stephen King phase, reading nearly everything they had published to date. I gobbled up any and all things horror, mystified by the genre’s varied representations of evil. My childhood imagination absolutely loved the range of themes, characters, and situations present in these iconic authors’ works. The fast pace and gripping scenarios allowed me to rip through the books in no time at all, and I loved every minute of it. 

Of all the books I read then, Watchers has stuck with me. This book, more than any of the others, had a story that touched me in a deep, meaningful way. In fact, I dare anyone to read this book and not bawl your eyes out at the end. Very few books can bring me to actual tears, and this one has done it on numerous occasions. I absolutely cannot read this without crying. 

The book centers around two human and two non-human characters. The humans are Travis and Nora, two people who meet through a chance encounter. The non-humans are a golden retriever Travis finds in the woods, and the Outsider, a mysterious creature that appears to be hunting them. Travis winds up adopting the dog, and after discovering his above-average intelligence, names him Einstein.


Einstein and the Outsider are the true heart of this book. Both are the result of military genetic experiments, and they represent a kind of good-vs.-evil dichotomy. Einstein is so smart he can communicate with humans. He’s the golden boy (quite literally) and the show pony. He is the example of the good we can achieve with science.The Outsider is the yang to Einstein’s yin. He is brutal, ruthless, a killing machine. He was bred to fight and be the ultimate warrior. He is abhorred, feared, and shunned. He is everything that can go wrong when we start tampering with evolution.By now you’re probably wondering where the tears come in. As a die-hard animal softy, where this book really shines is in its exploration of emotion. The Outsider, it seems, was bred with little regard for his sentient nature. Though he is an animal, he can still feel emotions. He is fully capable of recognizing that Einstein is revered while he is loathed. His jealousy, built up over many years, threatens to consume him, and his hatred for Einstein is only matched by his hatred of himself. Throughout the book, it is hard to dislike the Outsider without also feeling sorry for him. Dean Koontz captures these rival emotions in not only the animals, but the humans as well. Travis and Nora also have to confront difficult situations and horrible people. They struggle to understand this amazing dog and the people who both created and pursue him. As we follow these four characters toward their inevitable showdown, it’s hard not to get caught up in their frustration, anger, and love. The climax of this book has one of the most memorable scenes I’ve ever read, and it hits you like a sucker punch – hard and dirty. There are no clear winners here, nor are there easy answers. 


 I don’t read many books more than once, but this is definitely one of them. I never get tired of the story, characters, or message. It’s by no means preachy, but more like a gentle probing into what makes animals tick, and what happens when we stick our science where it doesn’t belong. It manages to make me fall in love with Einstein, and weep for the Outsider. Neither of them can help their nature or how they are perceived, and both of them struggle to understand their lot in life. They make you question what is truly evil in this world, and they make you acknowledge how much responsibility we have to the things we create. I love this book with my entire heart, mind and soul, and it will always be among my favorites. 


 Of course, I couldn’t possibly lavish a book with this much praise without giving a copy away, so I am gifting one copy to a lucky reader through The Book Depository! That means it’s open internationally, as long as you live in a country where The Book Depository ships. 

Giveaway Details:
You do not have to be a follower, but I appreciate it all the same!
You must be 13 years of age, and the contest will end July 5th.
To enter, simply fill out THIS FORM. 
Thank you to Kristin at My Bookish Ways for letting me be a part of the My Favorite Things event! Good luck!

16 Comments:

  1. Logan E. Turner

    Thank you so much for having me on the blog Kristin! I'm glad someone else loves this book as much as I do!

  2. Midnyte Reader

    No need to enter me as I've read this book when I was younger also. It is definitely a book that stays with you. I absolutely Looooooved this book. And I wanted an Einstein so bad. Unfortunately, my Golden was more like one of the 3 stooges, but very lovable. You are right about the end, there is no winner, but it is a great book.

  3. *sniff* I can feel the waterworks starting already. This sounds like my kind of book.

  4. This is my favourite Dean Koontz book. I read it multiple times when I was younger, and several times as a adult.

  5. Wow, I read this book so long ago. That's funny, I read Koontz and Saul starting in elementary school too. I remember going to the used book store with my mom, and the guy working was kind of a jerk. He asked me "would you want your daughter at your age reading this stuff?" I said "I'd be happy as long as she's reading." And now that I have a 13 year old, that still holds true.

  6. Watchers was one of the first books I read after High School, for enjoyment. I absolutely loved it and became a HUGH Dean Koontz fan afterwards. I use to own it, but after a handful of moves it has sadly disappeared. It has been years since I have read it. Thanks for the chance at this one! :0)

  7. This is another book that has been on my TBR forever. My aunt lent it to me once but I never found the time to read it and had to lend it back. I think I'm going to have to borrow it again after reading this review! As a huge animal lover myself, I know I'll enjoy it.

  8. Offbeat Vagabond

    I haven't read this one yet. I just started Dean Koontz, definitely love the guy, so I know this is worth it. I can't wait to check this out, sounds like a showstopper. I love sci-fi with some mystery. Crossing my fingers for this *please, please, please* LOL! Thank you guys so much, great post.

  9. Thank you for the wonderful post. I read this book many years ago and had not thought about it. It is definitely reread material and I thank you for the chance to win the giveaway.

  10. Great post! Dean Koontz is one of my favorite author. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I have just become a Dean Koontz fan when someone recommend The Husband. Loved it. So I know I'll be entering this contest. Thanks for offering and great review Logan. Well done.

  12. Logan E. Turner

    @Midnyte – I wanted an Einstein too! It would be so great if my dog could tell me what she thinks of her dog food or when she prefers her walks or what she really wants when she digs and digs at the blankets.

    @Small – I think you would really love it. Just keep the tissue box handy.

    @Sarah – It's my favorite Koontz as well. He's written a lot of great stuff, but nothing quite this memorable.

    @cmd409 – I definitely got those looks, too, and especially when bringing them to school. When I was that age there just wasn't as much great middle grade and YA fiction for me to read that told equally compelling stories as the horror greats.

    @Tracy – I don't even know where my hard copy is anymore. I bought the ebook for my Kindle, but now I'm thinking I may have to buy a hard copy for myself too!

    @Aylee – Borrow it back immediately! Trust me, this is one you'll want to read again and again.

    @Offbeat Vagabond – Koontz is a great writer, but I definitely consider this his finest work. It sounds like it's right up your alley, so I hope you get a chance to read it even if you don't win!

    @Denise – I'm glad I brought it back to your attention! Good luck!

    @Diana – Thanks! He's one of mine too. I could pick up any of his books and know that I'll love it. Can't say that about too many authors.

    @Lena – Thanks so much! I hope you get to read more of his stuff. He's a great author.

  13. IdentitySeeker

    I've been meaning to read a Dean Koontz book for a very long time but, unfortunately, haven't gotten down to reading one. Now I know which title of his to pick up first. You've made me excited to read it:)

  14. Curious about this one. Count me in!

    Kindly
    Anna

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  15. Mare/TommyGirl

    Sounds great – another book on my to-read list! Thanks for the post & giveaway!

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