I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
Following the bizarre events of Fear Nothing, CHris Snow and friends must now live with the catastrophic effects of the secret experiments conducted deep underground in a now abandoned military base outside their town of Moonlight Bay. Animals with enhanced intelligence and a bitter hatred of humanity, and a retrovirus capable of transferring genetic material between species with often devastating psychological effects. Even the kindest citizens of this small, seemingly peaceful town now harbor a darker side to their nature that none would expect and that, for now, only shows itself when the sun goes down, but which may consume them at all hours before long.
It began when Chris Snow and his dog Orson were out cruising the streets on his bike. Passing by the home of Lily Wing, a former sweetheart, Chris learns that her young son Jimmy was snatched from his bedroom while Lily watched TV. With Orson as his guide, Chris sets off in search of the boy, knowing full well tat the corrupt police force in Moonlight Bay will stop at nothing to conceal even the most unspeakable crimes in order to keep quiet the truth of the catastrophic experiments that were conducted here. Things get more complicated when Orson also goes missing. After narrowly escaping a homicidal troop of Rhesus monkeys, Chris enlists the help of his best friend Bobby Halloway, a self-proclaimed sslacker and bigtime surfer who lives for the beach. Also allied with Chris is his girlfriend, DJ Sasha Goodawl. Will Chris find Jimmy and Orson in time? Will the powers that be even let them?
Yet another excellent Koontz tale. And as I said I can't wait until the long-promised tird installment is released. and I hope Keith Szarabajka narrates it since he does an excellent job with this story and its prequel.
The first book was a corny, if immensely enjoyable, roller-coaster ride through the night, with four very beautifully done characters - Chris Snow, Bobby Holloway (my favorite), Sasha Goodall and Orson, a trusty furry steed upon which Koontz outdid himself with charm and imagination. The book had a good pace. It was rendered with a spectacular performance by Keith Szarabajka. That book was "Fear Nothing".
Then, came this book, "Seize the Night".
I guess as a reintroduction of the first book's main characters, it looked like it was going to be a good book. When I first found it on audio cassette way back in the day, I was thrilled beyond words.
Then, I listened to it.
How Koontz went from telling a story about science gone way wild and way wrong, to his far-too-usual serial killers who capture little boys (and way cool dogs), I could not even begin to imagine. WHY he did this was an even greater mystery. It was like he didn't have the first clue what to do with the story, so just fell back on his older standards of writing about booby-hatch-eligible nutjob child-killers, and allowed himself to completely derail from the original story. The original story was INTERESTING!! Why did he feel he needed to derail the story?!
Since this book, I have pretty much fallen off of the Koontz bandwagon. I liked Odd Thomas, but never read any of the sequels in that series, afraid of what Koontz would do to them, after my horrendous letdown with this story as experience.
Seize the Night isn't even a decent stand-alone story. It just didn't gel into one, period.
Rock on, Dean. The next time I want a good horror story/thriller, I'll go visit some boy scouts at their summer camp. Your caliber of writing has fallen so low, that it doesn't even compete with stories you'll hear at their camp fires.
I love the Christopher Snow series...I want the next one to come out. Hey Mr. Koontz...how about it? Another saga for Christopher Snow, Bobby and Sasha?? PLEASE
This was a great story but Keith Szarabajka did a magnificent job at the narration! There were a few times that I forgot that there was only one narrator. Koontz's stories seem to always have the same outline but that's why I keep coming back to them and this one kept me engaged and not wanting to turn it off!
Can't wait for the third in the series!!!
I have listened to hundreds of audio books in the last 20 yrs. I owned a copy of this book long ago on cassette tape and wore it out. Koontz doesn't get better than this. The narration is perfect for this work.
Wonderful sequel to Fear Nothing. Finish leaves you wondering if there might be another chapter in his mind somewhere??
Lucky for me the sequel to Fear Nothing was already out, so I was able to pick up right where we left Chris Snow. Another great book, very different from what I normally read but very enjoyable. Koontz can create some really great characters and weave a captivating story around them.
I have enjoyed other books by Koontz but in my estimation this is a disaster! I am over half way through the CD and I am going to stop listening. It's as though the author is straining to fill up empty space. The I like a good fiction but this is not only out in left field but it's over the fence. This entire book reminds me of the end of a Stephen King book. At least his are enjoyable until the endings. If I purchased this in a store where I could return it for my money back I would. It's as though Koontz was smoking something wacky while writing this. I'm not sure I want to take a chance on another of his works. Save your money on this one.