This is one my favorite Dean Koontz books - its merit comes from true mystery and suspense, rather than from the shock value of horror and supernatural events of his later works. Written in the later part of the 1980's, its content is still timely. I read it several times years ago and enjoyed my recent listen as much as I did my first read.
I eagerly awaited the release of this second book in the series, since "The Passage", the first in the series, ended so abruptly after keeping me spellbound for hours of listening. I enjoyed the description of the events that occurred following the outbreak in this sequel, but I found it confusing to follow as he jumped forward and backward in the timeline. With so many characters with their own subplots, it would have been an easier read if it had not been so disjointed. Scott Brick is an excellent (but slow) narrator, and he does have a tendency to drag it out. I preferred it at double speed. Overall, if you are fan of this series, you must read this book, although it did not live up to my expectations.
I always loved Stephen King's earlier novels, before horror became such a key element of his writings. This is simply a wonderful story with unexpected twists and turns that keep you sitting in your driveway because you can't stop listening. The narration was as good a performance as the story was engrossing. I highly recommend this book, especially if you grew up in the 50's - it was a walk down memory lane.
I found the book tiresome. I felt like a sophomore sitting in a college lecture class that would never end. Although his previous books were outstanding because of their clever decryption of ancient mysteries, the story in this book was lost to boring, lengthy technical explanations. Maybe the abridged version would read better.
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