As a rule I am not a Dean Koontz fan, but this was was very well done.
A great story, longer, well developed, he let this one develop the characters.
I read this after 'Tic Tock' which was great, and the story line is pretty much in the same vein; A cute couple faces evil and a wicked inner story develops.
Exciting, the story keeps on going and going! A clincher to the end.
This book held my attention from start to finish. Dean Koontz has a wonderful way with adjectives and paints his stories with color to rival the imagination. Once read I have a Koontz "movie of the mind" or so I like to call his books.
How much stuff that you think you know but don't. Dean Knootz is a wonderful writer and I love that he inparts so much truth into his books.
Just great. Couldn't be better
Yes the dog, I love when he puts pets into his stories. This dog was so funny. His need for speed... Made me laugh....So great when he adds pets, love it..
Smart things being done. But the ending was bad - took away the fun.
Instead of a tidy, wrapped up, happy ending, things are unstable and open. The U.S. is not a good place to be. The bad guys (government) have NOT been stopped. They are compared to fascist Germany. The author wants readers angry at U.S. government abuses, hopefully to help bring about change. It sounds good to me. I’d love to see those changes. So, this book does have educational value. The main political issue is asset forfeiture laws. The U.S. govt can “suspect” someone of illegal activity, then seize their home, cars, all bank accounts and investments. They don’t have to prove anything in a court of law or in front of a jury. All they need is a sympathetic judge to sign an order - similar to getting a search warrant. This was meant to hurt drug dealers, but it’s being overused and applied in non-drug cases. I’m offended that asset forfeiture laws cannot be used against any congressman - how nice to exempt themselves.
In a 1994 interview at the end of the audiobook Dean Koontz states we’re living on the brink of a new dark age. To preserve democracy three things need to be done. 1. We must revoke all asset forfeiture laws in their entirety. 2. The congress must cease exempting it’s members from laws passed to govern the rest of us. 3. Congress must stop enacting laws that criminalize beliefs that are politically incorrect or unusual but that harm no one. These are what George Orwell termed “thought crimes.”
OPINION ON THE STORY:
It was a good suspense story. A couple of people are on the run from a secret government organization. The organization has access to every possible computer database and can hijack satellites to spy. Some parts were slow and could have been shortened. But most of the story was very entertaining with a lot of good events and action. But the untidy, open ending let me down. It did not satisfy my escapist entertainment needs.
The narrator Anthony Heald was above average.
A former cop and military guy Spencer is living off the grid with fake names and addresses. He meets cocktail waitress Valerie and feels a desire and hope that he might have a life with her. When he later goes to her apartment a SWAT team attacks. He barely escapes. A government agency is now after Spencer as well as Valerie, and he doesn’t know why. He starts searching for her, and he’s good at it.
There is not much time spent on child abuse, but it’s the reason behind some Spencer issues. There are a couple of scenes where a child witnesses violence.
AUTHOR’S THOUGHTS ON THE SUBJECT OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND HATING THE ABUSER:
Following are excerpts from an interview with Dean Koontz at the end of the audiobook. I found it very interesting and helpful. Maybe others will too. So I’ve included it below.
Interviewer: You’ve referred to your own troubled childhood under the thumb of a father who was a violent alcoholic and later diagnosed as borderline schizophrenic with tendencies to violence. How much did you draw on your experience?
Koontz: I remember pretty clearly all of my childhood and have drawn on it rather extensively in a number of books. In his later life my father made two attempts to kill me. The second time was in front of a considerable number of witnesses, and he was put into a psychiatric ward. I was in charge of his life at that point. I supported him for the last fourteen years of his life. So I had daily contact almost. And it was an unusual situation to have contact with somebody you had known all of your life you had believed all of your life might kill you or your mother every night. As a child I expected that to happen. And here as an adult, the attempt had finally been made. So I drew on a lot of that.
Interviewer: I know that you receive a lot of mail from people who were physically or psychologically abused as children and that they relate very strongly to your portrayal of those subjects in some of your books. Do you think it’s possible to endure a nightmarish childhood like that and ever really put it behind you?
Koontz: You never really forget it, but you can certainly put it behind you. A lot of people who write to me have trouble putting it behind them. It’s messed up their whole life, up to whatever point they’re at, and I say to them that the key is to accept the fact that you will hate the person that did this to you and that’s alright. They earned your hatred. And it’s fine to hate them. The point is not to let that hate consume you. You have to put it behind you. You have to go on with your life. And you have to say this happened. It was terrible, but it’s over, and I can go on. A lot of people get caught up in thinking they have to forgive. Personally I don’t believe you have to forgive. You can understand sometimes why the person did it to you. Much of the time you can’t understand evil. It’s not understandable. So you go on. If you allow yourself to become fixated on it, if you allow it to trouble you all your life, you’ll never have a life. The person who abused you as a child has won. And that’s the last thing you want.
Genre: suspense thriller.
Ending: good guys and most bad guys survive.
Complex, twists, characters
Rocky. My dog is almost as cool as Rocky. He was an important character in this story.
Well I am sure ready to check out another performance by Anthony Heald.
This book keeps me going during all the dull tasks of the day. Makes the whole day exciting. Laughed, went "ewe" and cried.
If you are Koontz fan, even if you've read this one before, it's awesome to hear it read out load.
Although, I'm not a big fan of the music.
I love Dean Koontz, some of his work is great , some just a good read
no surprises , but good
Koontz , always entertaining
While eerie thinking of a psychotic, serial killer who believes himself to be a kind and compassionate liberator, not to mention a demonic father thrown in the mix, the idea of government run amok surrounding everyone with lies and laws, with privacy only an illusion, is the real bone-chiller.
The narrator did a wonderful job when speaking as the voice of all the characters, but when it came to narrating the body of the text, would all the sudden speed his voice up as if he couldn't get the words out fast enough. I would have perferred him to use the same cadence as when he was speaking as the voice of the characters themselves. I gave him a four because, all in all, an exceptional job.
I love Koontz and I thought this book one of his best.
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I like this story so much that I have listened to it three times over that past few years. The story line is action packed and would make a terrific movie. The story may seem far-fetched to some but I suggest and reccommend that you listen to Dean Koontz's commentary at the end of the book. HIghly reccommended! Be afraid!...Be very afraid!!
Am I the only reader that did not care for this book? The story showed promise but the character of Spencer Grant was a complete wimp! By the time he was recalling his past I couldn't stand to listen. I don't know if it was the writer or the narrator but all I could picture was someone like Patrick Swayze's character in "To Wong Foo" describing past trauma! So simpering and melodramatic. What person, especially a man who is former military and police force, talks like that?! It was like nails on a blackboard. Was Koontz trying his hand at poetry?
The characters of Spencer, Ben and Eve spoke the same, and Ben and Eve were psychos! The best personality was the dog. He was the only one that behaved realistically.
I did appreciate the somewhat fact based drug seizure information and the role it plays in our lives. I am normally a big Dean Koontz fan, but I thought this book sounded like he had someone else write it.