I have rarely had an unexceptional book from these two. They deliver another hit with a good twist. 5/5
I have read almost all of Koontz. I used to think he was a pop S.K. clone, now I go for him first. Dean likes dogs and is an idealist at heart. This has the best developed and fantastic characters , story, and narration that fit like a glove. If I loose my place on this while listening from one drive to the next, there is no problem finding exactly where I was. Years later I remember it vividly, hearing it just as read by Szarabaijka. Also being a sci fi fan, this plot which follows into the next book in the series... with a third on the way..., is fantastic. The narrator, Szarabajka, was born to this SERIES. Starting out with Christopher, who roams the town at night due to an adventurous spirit, and a medical condition which is debilitating with UV exposure, we see a different view than most through his eyes. Not of a dangerous place, or through a foreign perspective. Chris is someone you can easily put yourself in his shoes, or I can. A good person who approaches the world with more intrest and enjoyment. Beloved by his friends who are generally all night owls in some way. Mom is just deceased, a scientist at a nearby military base, like a town to itself which seems to be fading from lack of funding/ etc. This is a well developed long novel that takes twists and turns, all fantastic, that keep you totally engrossed. I am ready to take a second go, and will probably get it now. Dean Koontz just seems to knock the ball out of the field on this one, and the sequel. I hope he is putting as much into the final? book (3rd) coming out hopefully soon, but doesn't feel he has to end it on number 3. I would like very much to live in Moonlight Bay, and will hopefully never grow tired of it. This series is the best story, by one of the best "horror" writers, as many might classify Koontz. I see him as a more inspirational writer of his varied genre. For those who do not see a well defined plot, I see a flowing story.
I would not opt for another narrator if I could.
My first fantasy trilogy or book which I have felt was just outstanding. As soon as the next one is out, I will be listening the next day.
This starts out in the traditional slow style of these thrillers, and lives up to Preston and Child's best stories. I just reordered Still life With Crows when I discovered that what I read 9 years ago ( my first Pendergast book) was abridged! I am glad I did not notice it at the time,. as it has lead me to read all they have written in fiction. So glad I bought the unabridged version of Cabinet or Curiosities- maybe audibe will get finally get it. It was worth the extra money I spent for the old taped version. I do not know If I could bear to put up with all the CD's you would have to get now. Thank goodness for technology!! I bought the first or second series audible player years ago, just months after they opened.
I an mot going to waste your time reviewing any more of Preston and Child's works, unless one is bad, which do not foresee. If you enjoy any of them as much as I do, they are all great.
Preston is not a just a fantastic author, he has been involved in his own thrilling life stories, some which I believe are reflected in this thriller series. He wrote a non-fiction book with a journalist, Mario Spezi, about the 'Monster of Florence", a serial killer who they had evidently investigated extensively for 5 or more years.
Preston and Spezi were arrested after the powerful Italian finatic detective or judge or whatever searched Spezi's and discovered that they did not share his certainty that a group of satanists were the culprits and the latest murder victim was just used by the powerful cult. I could go on, but it is bizarre and very interesting.
Always thrillers, but thrillers with mysticism and sci-fi. Read/listen to this series, then listen to more. Reader was top notch. Will listen to again.
BTW. this has been made into a TV movie enjoyable- mot as much as the series, but good B fun: The Relic is a 1997 science fiction/horror film directed by...... Google
Another hit by these two. I have enjoyed every one. I grew up reading Dune, and was influenced by Herberts ideas. I was awed by Herbert, and these books are a fantastic listen. I have often searched under Scott Brick to help pick books. He is a fantastic narrator. The Dune Purists may have been popular on 1 or 2 of the infinite timelines.
This is one of the most memorable books/series I have ever read. I am always on the lookout for anything by Sawyer. His first book on this was my intro to him and I was awed.
Bova ia consistently excellent. I grew up on sci fi and he is one of the greats.
Per this series by Preston and Child, I have never been disappointed. I would recommend any of this series highly to anyone. I always automatically grab anything by them.
This whole series threw me on my head. I could not wait to get back into it, and worried how close I was coming to the end. More Please!!!!
I have been hum drummed by SK in the past, and thought he might have had a shift after his Trauma. But I was overwhelmed by his handling of this plot, I do not believe it could have been better written.
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