What happened to the author of Watchers, Strangers, Intensity and From the Corner of His Eye? I've always said that you can tell a story that Koontz really wants to tell and one he's only writing for the pay check. This is the latter. Yet another family set against Hell with Heaven intervening at the last moment. He even says Deus ex Machina! I've had cause to wonder at the over blown prose shift and story vacuity of Koontz in the last several years perhaps he is burnt out and should take a break. Either way, I'm sorry I wasted a credit on this book. If you're looking for a feel good, cookie cutter, Koontz this is for you, if not don't bother.
I was hoping for Koontz at his best and instead I got Koontz at, while maybe not his worst, certainly at a low point.
I was a huge Dean Koontz fan in the 80's and 90's. I read everything he wrote and loved it. That said, in the last few years, his writing has become so formulaic I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over again. Boy meets girl (girl meets boy), boy and girl encounter evil, boy and girl run around a lot and have "cutesy" conversations, boy and girl confront evil, evil loses and good prevails once again. Snoresville. I could not even get throught this one. Onward to Stephen King.
I read approx. 50 books/year and can count on 1 hand the number of books that I have not completed. Add this one though. Poor effort in every respect other than the narrator does a good job, with what he has to work with.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I have been somewhat disappointed with the last few Koontz books, but this one just plain fell flat. After a relatively promising start, I felt that he quickly telegraphed how the plot would proceed, but took a rambling route to get going. I particularly tired of the childrens' annoying conversations and the degree to which he went to rationalize why this close knit, loving family did not let each other know of the strange and menacing events going on in their house. I could not buy into the notion that the father, having already figured out the danger looming in and the likely date that disaster would hit, would do nothing to rally the family together to protect each other. In fairness, perhaps he eventually does, but I wouldn't be aware of it because just half way through part one, in spite of best intentions, I haven't been motivated to return to the story. While a certain amount of drawing out the tension adds to enjoyment of a story, there is a line that can be crossed that makes it tedious waiting for something to happen - you just want the characters to catch up with what the reader has already figured out. Perhaps I'll return, but it's not likely to be soon. I'm on to something else.
Entertaining if you like thrillers with gory details (which I do). But, oh boy, the reader! This is my second book read by Steven Weber and while I usually just follow writers, he's the one reader I'll look for again.
Currently teaching sociology at a university in central Washington state.
Although I know Koontz can be somewhat redundant in his plots, I thought this was an entertaining and fresh approach to his supernatural narrative. I have been disappointed by some of his recent work, but thoroughly enjoyed this story. Wordy, yes at times, but not irrelevantly so. Kept my interest, and not particularly predictable, in my opinion, except for the "good will win out over evil" theme that is Koontz's trademark. If you want something else, something less traditional good/evil, read Stephen King.
Dean Koontz's books for me are either fantastic or a complete waste of time. I will have to go with a hit this time but, just barely .. It was a lot like the movie "Fallen" where the spirit moves from person to person. Worth your time and Credit, great narration but don't get too excited it not as good as the ''Odd Thomas" books or "Frankenstein" books
The last Koontz novel I listened to was way below his standards. Great idea, poorly executed.
This one has plenty of energy and plenty of twists...a lot of supernatural activity...and definitely draws you in. If I could have changed one thing, I would have made it slightly less grisly...especially as some of the victims are kids. But I still really liked it, and will probably be back to listen to it again at some point.
Stephen Weber does a fairly good job of narration. He's not in the class of Patton and Guidall...but he's also a big better than average. He didn't distract from the story as so many narrators do. Solid overall.
I have been a Dean Koontz fan for more years than I can count. I had been disappointed in some of his newer stuff, and preperred to re-read his older stories.
Finally! Here is a new one that was suspensful, great storyline and the dialog was believable. However, in some places in the story, I did get a little confused but was able to catch up quickly.
I felt this was Vintage Koontz and it was very enjoyable. I may read it again next week!