An old but timeless tale (25 years old!) . Loved it. Will try other Koontz novels.
I have never been one for torture and I hate unfairness. This was an extremely unfair book, with no redemption or satisfaction for the reader.
First rule of creative writing: make the reader care about the characters. Second rule: don't make your readers angry. Third rule: If you must make your readers angry, give them satisfaction. Wilson succeeded with the first, bombed with the last two.
The county fair.
If I had written the man's reply to the woman who was trying to defend Michael, I would have said this: Laws and rules are there for the SURVIVAL of society. I stole so that Joshua and I could survive. Michael told me I had broken the rule of trespassing but that I had been forgiven because of the circumstances and yet even though he knew why we stole, he punished me for a crime that I had committed out there were there was no society and where he had no jurisdiction over. And while I'm at it, where did you guys get YOUR food and guns? Your medical equipment? Did you buy it from the government or did you just take it?
I am leaving because of Joshua, because one day he is going to break a rule that someone decides needs punishing. I need Joshua to learn and understand rules that don't change on a whim of whomever is in power.
Those who read the first 2 and didn't mind an ending with no surprises.
She should have worked on a better ending, something that hadn't been done a thousand times before. I would have also liked a real connection between the 3 ladies and their burdens.
Suitable, easy switch between female and male tones.
Everything between Gage and Cybil. There was just nothing between them or from them to reader. I found the whole thing boring and if I had not invested time with the first 2 books I wouldn't have continued on to the end.
The pairing of men to women was rather silly and so predictable. I really wished they all could have remained friends with love blooming slowly and with great reluctance. Perhaps if they had changed attractions between couples between books and back again or one loving but the other not returning that love. I don't know, something that would make the whole couple thing more realistic.
I also wished Nora would have taken a page out of other horror talents. Ever notice how most successful books begin with children doing ordinary things? It is a trick authors to get the reader to recognize and accept the world being shown so when the scary stuff happens, the reader believes.
Nora started right but STOPPED right after the big bang. If she had taken the story to weeks after the first incident so that the reader would get into it and root for the boys and then jump to the first 7 years when it was starting all over again. THEN jump another 14 years, the reader would have been invested in the storyline.
Going back and "telling" what happened seems like it happened to someone other than the boys and the reader no longer has a vested interest.
The biggest problem I had with this book was that I was expecting Shep to be the equalizer and get the bad guys back, a sort of "now you're gonna find out what fear is". Instead Michael didn't really seem to need him.
And the whole reason behind the terror was kind of lame and unbelievable.
But I liked the going back in time and how the relationship with Shep came into being.
I loved the characters as children; true to nature of boys of 10, yet not stereotypical. I didn't care for how there just happens to be one gal for each guy when they got older nor that it took 21 years for them to get serious relationships.
Some parts dragged on far longer than it should have, but in all, it was fairly good reading. I am buying the rest of the set.
I truly hated/loved this book. It was the first mystery I can remember where I just had to skip to the end to find out who did what, when and how. I loved everyone even the so called pedophile which I KNEW was innocent--right? I rooted for the broken hearted father who killed the bad guy because the guy was a pedophile and we all hate pedophiles, but then I thought what if the guy was set up and was not a pedophile, so maybe the vigilante didn't really kill him--huh? I was on the side of the cheesy tabloid "reporter" whose "caught ya" journalism I hate in real life.
By the fifth chapter, I HAD to stop and check out the end to confirm that my values had not changed--and the bad guys really was good and how and why they pulled it off.
Doing so ruined the book for me because I just couldn't go back and subject myself to more disorientating emotions toward people that if they knew what I knew wouldn't act the way they do...even though I knew that they were acting perfectly normal for the information they had at the section of the book.
Confusing, yeah, now you know how I felt.
One of the truly best mysteries for someone who ALWAYS knows who done it.
Drop the soapy love obsession. It got old after the first few times; I found myself saying, all right already. And I really wished the guy would quit getting beat up. I wanted someone I could cheer on; instead I found myself joining the other characters who told Jake, DROP IT ALREADY!!
Oh I'll pick another Colben book since the last 3 was outstanding. This was really, really bad and I'm glad it wasn't the first I had read from Colben or I would never have bought another.
He made Jake sound stupid as well as love sick.
the second and third attack. Come on the guy is supposed to be big as well as a professor and he can't keep from being attacked???
Have no idea, haven't read the printed version
Unlike the last 2 of this series where only the end was interesting, this got me from the get go. I really like that both protagonist were much more likeable and did less stupid things; I can't stand when the main characters do things that get you screaming "Oh, don't be an idiot!"
But I especially LOVED how the bad guy was so for real that while the reader doesn't condone what he did, they do manage to love/hate him in the end. I even cried at the end because I completely got how much he loved his daughter--and how he could be angry with God.
His accents are pitch perfect; I really like how easy he makes the Southern drawl sound and kinda sexy. And his female voices are spot on, very believable!
Oh yes, when Tippy died. I felt a father's heart break.
I wish David had done as well with the 2nd and 3rd. Oh well, he did enough to keep me on the series. Normally if I have difficulty staying with a novel, I move on, even if I spent a credit.
Someone with a lot of patience. Someone who can care about characters who appear to not care about each other.
David's weak point is that he makes no effort to get his reader to understand the bad guy. No, he shouldn't try to excuse the guy's action but if he had tried to explain the bad guy's thinking, it would have really spooked out the reader.I also would have liked less Sean worship from all the women; it didn't lend warmth toward the main protagonist. I'm not particularly liking Michelle either; she not only joins the other women in wanting to bed Sean, where is the kick butt ex-agent with the great brain we loved in the first book?
Sadly I can't remember anyone other than the main people--and as I said, I am starting not to like them much.
I couldn't finish the darn thing. I keep having to relisten--and it wasn't because I wanted to hear it again.
This book yes. The characters were rich and varied. David must have a great relationship with his wife because his females are strong but not witchy. Both ladies were cool and strong in their own way without being offensive.
The way the females are treated: real and with respect.
Nice easy diction. I didn't feel I had to listen carefully.
Two of America's best agents careers ruined in a split second.
The only thing that was annoying was how all the women were attracted to Sean. Yeah, right.
If they had dropped all the sex...come on a virgin and the major vampire.
It was better than the story
I like the powers of the vampire, a little different but when he started to bite her and she let him, sigh.
Won't be buying more from the writer or the series.
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