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Publisher's Summary

An Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller.

From Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him.

“Canine or human, it is hard to find a more lovable character in fiction than Kipp. Devoted has every mark of a classic.” - Associated Press

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.

©2020 The Koontz Living Trust. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

"Readers who were wondering how Koontz could possibly follow up his remarkable Jane Hawk series can breathe a sigh of relief. His new novel finds him still at the top of his game…Scary, sickening (in that good way), and touching, this is a novel that will delight both the author's legion of fans and those who finally decide it's time to find out what this guy Koontz is all about." Booklist (starred review) 

"Canine or human, it is hard to find a more lovable character in fiction than Kipp. Devoted has every mark of a classic." —Associated Press 

"A warm, deeply engrossing tale…Not to be missed." Providence Journal 

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awesome

Great story, original idea, lots of twists and turns. Ballerini proved himself to be a superb reader as well, with excellent pacing

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He’s done it again.

You know how to play with the heart strings,this is the best dog story only you can write.Thank you.

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Action, 2-3 story lines, good read

It had been a long time since I have read a Sci-Fi book. This was a good read not as scary as I thought it would be for a Dean Koontz book. The reader is easy to listen to. I enjoyed this book.

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Great Read

I love anything by dean koontz . I love the narrator, has done other DK books.

sometimes I fell a little behind as it jumped about and would have to listen to the previous chapter to see if I'd missed anything.

the ending sounds like like there could be another book on the horizon.

all in all good book, great listen, highly recommend it.

happy reading everyone.

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Great story

Loved this. Great for anyone, but a must read for dog lovers . Some scenes are gruesome but this is overall well written and well developed, I thought it was a perfect package. Was cheering at the end.

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Enthralled

Dean Koontz has a mind that awes me with both its ability to create tales that freak me out for it's twisted and horrifying nature, ever so much more for their seeming possibility ..... and others for taking a childhood dream of psychic connection with animals and dangling it as an apparent possibility.... oh what a world! to join the wire would be a dream come true... keep writing Mr. Koontz, you have given me many an hour of escape and dreams....

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Thriller with mystical twist

I just recently started listening to DeanKoontz novels. I find his language very discriptive in a flowery way. Kind of an upbeat way to tell a somewhat gory story. I like the voice of the person reading the story. I sometimes stop an audio book because I do not like the reader’s voice. This story was intermingled with a magical dog which made a murdereous villain somewhat tolerable. A good expense story. I particularly liked the mute autistic boy character!

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Devoted

I used to be a huge Dean Koontz fan but then his books got a bit too weird for me. In this one, I refound my love of Koontz. A very enjoyable read that had ne wanting to listen time and time again.

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unique story

I like this story. it's a good thing that I listened to it because I don't think I would get the story if I was reading it.

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Not for me

This is the first time listing to a book from this author. It sounded interesting on the sample so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s not for me. :-(
Had a hard time keeping up with all the characters and who they were.

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  • shelley
  • 2020-04-01

Descendants of WATCHERS...

If you enjoyed WATCHERS then you should also like DEVOTED. If you’ve never read WATCHERS but love dogs and would like one who can communicate with you through actual words and thoughts as an equal intelligent being, then this is the book for you!

Kip is a descendant of the original experimental genetically altered dog. He belonged to Dorothy who got him as a puppy. Once she realized what a unique dog he was she began to teach him. Upon her death Kip takes off to save an autistic boy who is a genius.
After hacking into a murder for hire dark web site, his (Woody’s) snooping is discovered. Shortly after some very bad people would like to get their hands on him. Woody knows too much, like these are the people who murdered his father.
Edoardo Ballerini is the best! His narration is superb
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
Thank You.

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  • Kitty
  • 2020-04-05

Just a rehash.

I guess I'm in the minority but I'm just... tired of the endless rehashing of the same characters and plot over and over again for no purpose. I mean, this is basically an extremely sentimental mashup of the Moonlight Bay series with Next Door to Heaven. There's really no connection to Watchers other than intelligent golden retrievers. You know what would have been great? An actual sequel to Watchers, or an actual new Moonlight Bay book. Because both of those had awesome stories and characters. This book had no story whatsoever... I was actually surprised when it wrapped up because I felt like all that had been done up to that point was to set up for the story to begin, but it never really did. The characters were bland rehashes of other, better, Koontz characters. I'm afraid this one has got to be returned.

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  • 2020-04-03

I usually love Dean Koontz but....

this just felt like he phoned it because he had a book due. This book is a re-hash of Watchers with a bit of update thrown in. None of the characters are fully developed except the dog. There were times when I literally had to check to make sure I was not listening to an old novel. There are very few books I have ever returned for credit, but I am going to do it with this one. I have NEVER felt this way about a Koontz novel. For a while I felt he was slipping a bit, but his latest books about Nameless and Jane Hawk have been amazing. This one was just tired and rehashed. Sorry, wanted to love it, but I was really disappointed.

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  • Catherine
  • 2020-04-06

Excellent Narration, Mediocre Story

Edoardo Ballerini is an excellent narrator, and he makes any book better. I am a long-time fan of Dean Koontz, but this was a little too sappy and preachy for me. I love the idea of highly-intelligent dogs and the "feel goods" that go along with all of that. Having it wrapped up in a story about evil people is very entertaining. I'm familiar with the tone of his books, but this one was just a little too much for me. I recommend this if you're looking for something semi-light with evil v. good and really smart, brave, and loyal dogs. If you want something darker with more substance, this probably isn't the book for you.

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  • BSpolin
  • 2020-04-03

The Best Of Koontz

For every canine lover, this story is for you. I feel it is a love letter to the authors love of his long time companion and best friend. A wonderful tribute to all canine lovers everywhere.&

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-03

great book, reader easy to listen to

haven't listened to Koontz in awhile because they can get bit dark. This book had a easy flow and didn't drag on. he took the time to develop his characters.

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  • Jay in Hawaii
  • 2020-04-29

Disappointing

I have read, and now listened, to almost every book—with the exception of the Frankenstein series and more than two of the Odd Thomas series, that Dean has written. While looking forward to this book because it seemed like a continuation of my most beloved book by him, Watchers, I was extremely disappointed in this one—particularly toward the end when Dean seemed to throw everything he could possibly IMAGINE into the last 10 or so chapters, that was just unfathomable with what seemed like hoards of dogs and people descending from the upstairs of the house, that just appeared mysteriously without any explanation whatsoever.

While there is more that I found unsettling about the story, the thing that was most annoying from somewhat near the beginning is the language that Dean used, which for HIM seemed unusually crude and unnecessary...from the MOST prolific and best character-developers of all writers, that I know of!

Hope he hasn’t lost it. Unfortunately, this is the first, and hopefully last, of his books that will turn in for a credit

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  • Shaun
  • 2020-06-06

Well, I WAS a Koontz Fan

This was the most ridiculous book I’ve ever come across. The entire story was stupid and the book was a total waste of a credit. It would have been a total waste of fire if someone burned it. I kept waiting for “the good part” to come, but it never did.

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  • SGH
  • 2020-04-05

Awesome!

This was the best book I have listened to for quite some time. I love Dean Koontz for incorporating golden retrievers into many of his stories. There were aspects for all readers in this book, horror, supernatural, suspense , love stories, sadness and great joy. Dean Koontz is by far my favorite author since the Odd Thomas series and he keeps getting even better. Please keep it up!

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  • Miss Vicki
  • 2020-04-08

crude and offensive

the story and the narrator were good. the inner dialogue of the "bad guy" was crass, crude and offensive. stopped reading.

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