Saturday, January 16, 2010
Spoiler Alert! Go no further if you don’t want to know what the beginning of ‘Relentless’ by Dean Koontz is all about. I was hooked from the first page on. He managed to alienate me from the plot within the first fifty pages because of my outlook on strange intruders in a home. A critic named Shearman Waxx gives the main character Cullen Greenwich’s novel a bad review. When Cullen takes his little boy with him to a restaurant frequented by Waxx to get a glimpse of him, Waxx sees Cullen and says one word: ‘Doom’.
The next thing you know, Cullen sees Waxx meandering through his house. The plot became fantasy for me at that point because the nightmare enveloping Cullen, his wife, and little boy from then on would be moot for me. I know many people would have been so shocked at the sight of this freak strolling through their house, ignoring calls of ‘hey’ and ‘what the hell’, they may have done nothing like Cullen did. My policy is this - stranger breaks into my house with my family in it and goes walkabout through my rooms I get my shotgun out. Having had some instances in the past where it was a matter of my family’s safety, I know I can get my shotgun from anywhere I am in my house and have it out ready to fire in under thirty seconds. Waxx would have been a statistic on the police blotter because in my house I do not ask intruders to halt because I want only one story told when the police arrive: mine.
‘Relentless’ was terrifying and enthralling in spite of my obvious estrangement with the beginning plot premise. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a couple of years. ‘Relentless’ is a welcome change after reading the first three books of Jim Butcher’s ‘Dresden Files’ series. I hate to say this but I liked the TV series ‘Dresden Files’ better than I did the novels. I can’t really put my finger on why except I really liked the TV Dresden actor better than I did the novel Dresden character. I’m going to wait a while before picking up the next one in the series. If you read this far but haven’t read ‘Relentless’, you have a treat in store if you like creepy horror.