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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.

Critic reviews

"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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A doggy tale

Very much like his earlier book The Watchers. A dog with a human mind and a monster. A boy with autism and his mother are attacked by an old beau (now turning into a monster) of the mother. The dog who when his mistress died left to find a boy. An ex Navy seal and te companion of the dogs owner, all come together to combat four killers who had been sent to kill the mother and boy because the boy had infiltrated a site on the dark web where murderers where for hire when he tried to find who had killed his father. Brilliantly read by Edwardo Ballerini.

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Genius & emotional.

Another beautiful book by Koontz. lovely,flowing prose,that stirs all emotions. couldn't stop listening. koontz to my mind is still the best Thriller writer on the planet.

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Good but a bit soppy...

So, I've loved Dean Koontz's books since I was a child, loved how quickly he gets through the intro and throws the readers into the story, and then it's a fast paced journey until the end. This book and a few others have mostly a brilliant storyline, but the language has become more about love and light and peace and belonging, and less a thrilling story you never want to end. I hope he will get back to how he used to write, which was a language full of descriptions but also thrills and fear. All the way through this book I could hear the violins in the background...not what I look for in a thriller/horror.

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Good book ruined by the narrator.

I liked this book, but my goodness the narrator was annoying. His tone was the same all the way through. I nearly gave up on it because of that. I did finish though, but it would have been so much better with a more expressive reader.

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So disappointed

Sentimental claptrap. This book feels like he'd written it 30 years ago, before honing his skill. Maybe he did? Massive disappointment, kept hoping it would get better, but nope.

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Great Book

Truly enjoyed listening to this book. First book I've read of Dean Koontz it became quite chilling in parts the book keep me listening and awake late in the night was unable to stop listening. Also to remind the human race to show. kindness towards our fellow man and all animals alike.
Narrator voice was good though he told the story a little bit fast for me at times I did at times get mixed up with people names and postions in the story and was unsure who was who. I will definitely be listening to more of Deen Koontz books.

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Entrancing. Great story, beautifully narrated.

Gritty and full of suspense with a great storyline that was entrancing. Excellent narrator. Would highly recommend.

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An unusually comfortable read by Dean Koontz

Readers of this author will recognise a familiar pattern of science fiction premise leading to a chase and good winning out in the end. In this case the backstory is experimentation leading to super-intelligent dogs, and gene splicing leading to a devolving human being. Koontz's love of all things canine is wonderfully present in this novel, which rolls comfortably, but nevertheless thrillingly to a satisfying conclusion.

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I've never given up on an audio book before

This is actually the worst book I've ever listened to. The storyline is rambling and weak. There's no suspense, no action, nothing.

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loved it

I love this man's narration his voice is gorgeous and he gets the nuance in every word. the story had me in tears at times. ok so it was a bit mushy in places but never mind!

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  • shelley
  • 01-04-20

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.
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  • Kitty
  • 05-04-20

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-04-20

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
  • 06-04-20

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
  • 03-04-20

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
  • 03-04-20

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
  • 29-04-20

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
  • 06-06-20

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
  • 05-04-20

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
  • 08-04-20

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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