He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.
She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.
But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.
In Innocence, number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz blends mystery, suspense, and acute insight into the human soul in a masterfully told tale that will resonate with listeners forever.
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"Laced with fantastical mysticism, it’s an allegory of nonviolence, acceptance and love in the face of adversity. . . . The narrative is intense, with an old-fashioned ominousness and artistically crafted descriptions. . . . An optimistic and unexpected conclusion [mirrors] his theme. Something different this way comes from Mr. Koontz’s imagination. Enjoy." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Entrancing . . . as speedy a chase-thriller as any Koontz . . . has ever constructed. Written in Koontz’ late mellifluent and reflective manner . . . [Innocence is] fueled by deep disgust with the world’s evils [and] hope for redemption" (Booklist, starred review)
"[An] imaginative, mystical thriller from bestseller Koontz . . . This is the most satisfying Koontz standalone in a while" (Publishers Weekly)
I was so disappointed with this book. The boy proclaims he's hideous and from his nature, I could only surmise that he must be so beautiful that anyone who beholds him cannot stand the vision. As always, there are some deep moments and Koontz has a way with words; however, he's done this theme before. If you have ever read The Taking, this is along with the same theme. The end of the world and all it's evil and rebirth of the good ones. I was a little confused about the marionette theme that seems to be thrown in as a kicker. I really felt Mr. Koontz could have done so much with this part. He also has a deep piece with the arch bishop and I feel like he wasted this opportunity to develop the characters further. Imagine if the bad arch bishop went in to attack the female lead and the hero reveals his face--to the decimation of the evil arch bishop. Despite the let-down of this book, Koontz is still one of my favorite authors. He has so many hits that I am likely to pick it up. Many of the books one can read multiple times. This is not one of them.
BTW: Macleod Andrews Kicks Butt as a narrator!
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
It was honestly forgettable. I used to LOVE Dean Koontz. The Brother Odd series was one of my favorites to read. But this one just didn't fit the bill for me. Usually Koontz pulls me in quickly and even if the story has a less than satisfactory ending, I feel pulled along the action in the book from the first chapter. I just didn't feel that same urgency and forward momentum in this book and I found that disappointing. I did get into the story, it just took longer and so I was expecting a long slow build to an epic climax and I got a long slow build to...the end of the book. Or at least, that's the kind of disappointment I felt with it. I just expected more since I already expect Koontz to be a master story-teller.
Of course, a writer as accomplished as Koontz is bound to write a dud every now and again.
The narration was almost monotone through part of the book and his character voices (especially the female ones) were kind of annoying but not to the point that I couldn't listen.
Koontz really is a great story teller but if you haven't experienced him, don't let this be your first try. Go check out the Odd Series. Even if you love him, you're probably safe to skip this one altogether.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
After a few books that fell a step below Odd Thomas, and many, many others which he also wrote, Mr. Koontz delighted me on a level that compared to when I finally closed Odd's first book. With this one, I was shocked, inspired, and gladely saddened it had ended. I got to read about wonderful people who had deepness of character which I rarely find in books. I felt for them on levels that could only speak of Dean Koontz' gift. A gift that has entertained millions. This book showed me that I do not need to wait for the next Odd Thomas story to be inspired by characters that truely affect me on a deep level, that make me wish I actually knew them, or someone like them who I could help in their hour of need. Thank you Mr. Koontz for showing me characters that have parts of the very best of society, and books that I wouldn't be ashamed to one day pass on to our children. This book was smart, entertaining, deep, fun, fast, and memorable. I am once more impressed!
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
In the beginning there was the blank page and Koontz said, Let there be characters. He took plain words, rolled them in his typewriter and blew depth in to them. He created ADDISON, and Addison was in the likeness of ODD. Addison was lonely, so from the library, Koontz created Gwyneth. Addison was pure innocence and was loved by all readers. Readers were subjects of Koontz. Koontz made Gwyneth strong through trial and tribulation, she was Gothic and was also loved by the Readers. Koontz did not create the flash back, but through the flash back he created Father, another loved character. Koontz needed free will, so he allowed evil to enter his story in the form of a Pedophile. Pedophile was not lonely, as he was joined by rapists, muggers and corrupt policemen. Koontz did not like Policeman, so he showed them to be a vile and evil, body of men.
GLOWING LIGHTS IN HOUSES
Koontz said, man can not live in thin air, he must have atmosphere, so he created a snowy, nighttime city. Addison and Father lived under the city, and rarely ventured out. Under the city was a wonderful place, where all their needs were taken care of. They had little reason to venture out of their place of ultimate comfort. Koontz warned them to stay away from the snowy city and tempting glowing lights. Yet, one night Father was tempted and he talked Addison in to joining him in the snowy city of glowing lights. In the glowing city they meet the evil Policeman and everything changed.
The Sky is Falling
Koontz said, parables are not enough. Readers must have preaching and lectures, so after three to four hours of great story telling, he went on as he has done in most of his latest books, to preach and lecture on the evils of man. After about five hours of preaching and lecturing he returns to his great parable. He ends his parable in a most spectacular way, proving without doubt, that the sky really is falling. The reader will be surprised in just how plain he makes this belief.
WE HOLD EACH OTHER HOSTAGE TO OUR ECCENTRICITIES.
I believe that the narrator did a good job with his rendition. But I was under-whelmed by the book itself. It seemed fluffed with more description that the usual fluff one may see here and there from an author. The aha! moment was completely anti-climatic. In fact I was left feeling confused at the end as to why the build up for certain things was even entertained. Some aspects even seemed pointless after waiting so long wondering at their significance. I love Dean Koontz but did not love this book.
Long commutes need something to remove the boredom! Love history, mysteries/thrillers, scifi and bios, but read a little bit of everything.
Dean Koontz is a master of twists and turns in his story telling and he does it in aces here. A young man is born into a world which hates him, including his mother. After being kicked out of his mother's house at 8, he lives a secretive and mostly private life after another person like himself is killed. Then he runs into a beautiful girl and the adventures begin in a world falling apart. You will quickly add this book to your collection of favorites.
The first half was excellent with flashes of brilliant prose but I could not buy the ending. To say why would be a spoiler and you might not find it as bad as I did.
The ending was very disappointing and did not have the power or pace of the beginning.
I've heard over 1200 audio books and a good reader like MacLeod Andrews brings a lot to a weak tale.
I'm a lifelong book lover.
This book is an attempt to communicate a very interesting idea that I have never heard expressed by any other writer. Dean Koontz, in his usual fashion, fleshes out this idea with intriquing characters and a fight between good and evil that takes you through a world turning upside down. It is a thrill ride and you won't guess the secret to Innocence.
The main character had so many lovable characteristics as Odd Thomas. The character development was (as koonz always does) perfect and engaging. The story was great and I found myself wanted to listen all the time. It is a pleasant book.
I had no idea what to expect, but as the story went, I had figured out who the two heros were.... and I was TOTALLY wrong! Awesome. Good story.
It was a good listen. ended up hearing the whole thing in one sitting on a motorcycle trip. Was a great and memorable day. Next time I listen to it, I will be able to remember the roads I travelled when I heard it the first time. very good.
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