I have not read the print version
Yes, but I knew it would turn out well in the end
His voice is nice sounding
Yes, to find out the ending
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..
While I like more paranormal stories, this was a fun book to pass the time in traffic. Neat concepts in the story, but a bit unbelievable at times. That's why they call it fiction though...
I have listen to this book about 20 time and have read it about 15 times. It is one of his all time great. Just to know what your groverment can do. The first few times it gave me nightmares. Now I just enjoy it.
Roy. This guy has soooo much compassion and our grovermhe was greatent hire him, scary.
He was great
I would highly recommend this book.
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.
I would recommend this book only for seasoned Dean Koontz readers or for those interested in a political commentary on big government. The characters are a bit paranoid/freakish and it took me about 10 or 12 hours to warm up to them. The first time I tried listening to this book I quit after about 10 hours. Having more faith in Koontz as an author I persevered. The book got better and better passing the halfway mark and became very enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the interview with the author at the end of the story. Good narration.
I am a big Koontz fan, but I just could not get into this one.
The story was very long and drawn out. The technical details were dated, and the pace much slower than his other books I have read. Story still maintained Koontz's libertarian slant.
I got about half way through and just decided it was not worth finishing.
Recommend getting Intensity or Good Guy from Koontz. I thought those were much better done.
You must know before anything else I'm like a Dean Koontz eagle scout, huge fan. Still, I think even Dean would agree I must be true to myself and him so here I go... Usually, I'm struggling to remain topside in the ebbing and flowing tide of Dean's unpredictable imagination but I feel like this book was written with his fingers not his mind or heart. It was outstandingly repetitive. The entire first download of the book switches back and forth between the protagonist and antagonist both toiling to accomplish nothing of interest. I noticed the use of the word "still," to describe the status of nearly every situation for the first 8 hours of the book. Still...he knew nothing Still...the dog sat patiently. Still...he couldn't remember -someone try to kill someone, please!
Also, the complaints about the voice actor are dishearteningly valid. The voice did not match a single character in the book until an elderly lady was introduced late in the first part of the book. I imagine if I was reading it myself I would get a better feel for them but I can't seem to get a tangible sense of any character when they all sound like world war one veterans.
In the end, Dean wrote another fabulous story so I'll throw it 3 stars. However, it took far too long to make a story out of the words, the irrelevant voice was confusing and a lot of it was too familiar from other Dean Koontz novels.
I think a lot has to do with the fact that Dean's books are much better when read, the complex wordplay is a little corny when heard out loud.
I normally love Koontz writings, however in this book Koontz decides decides to interject his ultra liberal viewpoint into the writing. His over zealous criticism of the asset forfeiture laws as well as his government paranoia ruins what could have been a very entertaining story.