Dean has a great imagination which is what has made him successful. There is a certain formula to many of his books, sort of like a Barry Manilow song - the isolated child, the altruistic hero who is still searching for his place in the world and ultimately finds it by saving the child.
This theme could geta little tiring and it does to a degree.
What salvages this book in my opinion was the villain. Corky is such a great character. He didn't view himself as evil - just dedicated to his cause. The evil that he did was not even malicious towards his victims for the most part. It was just part of his scheme. He was very industrious and creative. He even multi-tasked - doing a little side mischief on his way to "work". Part of me wishes there could be more written about him just to delve into his psyche a bit deeper.
I also love the fact that Channing Manheim is offstage. The mere fact that he's talked about but never seen truly defines the essence of his quality fathering.
The other really cool thing here is how the house itself is kind of like a character in this book. It takes on a life of it's own. The house's "personality" is a real factor in Elf's ultimate destiny.
The supernatural overlay - another Koontz standard was handled, I thought, very well. It didn't overtake the book. It was just a nother component.
The detratcor was, I think, something pointed out by other reviewers here - Dean just rambled. He not only rambled - he was repetitive and redundant -- and then he said the same things again and then he re-stated them. He could have cut out a good 20% of the description and not hurt the book even one bit.
This doesn't come close, in my opinion to some of his earlier great books like INTENSITY or PHANTOMS or SOLE SURVIVOR but it's good standard Koontz fare with a couple of nice twists and some great characters. If you're a Koontz fan you'll enjoy this one.
The narration was excellent which is a big part of this medium.
First I must say the Narrator of this book was excellent, unfortunately the book was not. I realie that Koontz is like King, wordy, and his descriptive powers are excellent, however......
I struggled over the ramblings and back and forth confusion of the first 4 hours and then became maddened by the gross charactors and finally, upon the beginning of the second part, after already suffering 9 hours of book, I QUIT! I Deleted! I suggest you avoid all the hassle and just go on to another book.
I don't know how he does it, but you believe his strange twists--there's just enough there to snag you. Got a little wordy at times, but never dull, and never easy to put it down.
I liked this book a lot. Koontz is elequent in his descriptions of places and things to the point of being too verbose and I hope his next book is not so wordy. It does distract from the story but not to the point of ruining the suspence. I couldn't stop walking around with the ear plugs for days.
I didn't like any of these characters. The setting is totally unbelievable. Koontz goes overboard with description. He seems to feel that he must state everything two or three times in different ways for the reader to get it. His descriptions are well beyond what is needed to give the reader a good feel for the setting. I also did not like the narrator, and if I had to listen to one more sarcastic "Ha, Ha" I would scream.
A little bit lighter than his books lately (not as gory!). Interesting premise about anarchy. One of his best!