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)
Anyone who is old enough to remember the Twilight Zone story about the woman who kept getting plastic surgery because she was so ugly no one could stand to look at her will figure out this story pretty quickly. Waste of time!! I kept listening because I figured it must get better... after all it is a Dean Koontz book! But sadly it is one of his least interesting and/or imaginative books... and I have read almost all of them!! It had a plot twist you could see coming a mile away and the characters are either all good or all bad no shades of gray. If someone else wrote it I would not read that author again but with it being a Dean Koontz book I will just get over it and hope he goes back to his previously excellent writing.
How to describe the excellence of Dean Koontz's writing: he is the only author I know of who can use the word "susurration" convincingly.
Part mystery, part thriller, lots of supernatural weirdness, but without the overdone blood and gore that pervades so much of contemporary fiction. The villains are scary personifications of evil, and the two main characters are charming and endearing.
The author's Cathoic faith is increasingly evident as the plot progresses. As a protestant Christian I could argue with some of the theology, but I didn't find that our differences got in the way of my enjoyment of the story.
The narration is quiet and gentle, well suited to the voice of the main character.
If you liked the Christopher Snow or Odd Thomas books, you'll probably like Innocence as well.
I am Seriously disappointed. I'm a huge koontz fan so I bought this book without even reading the summary. I'm having trouble accepting that koontz even wrote this book, it's that far off base from what I expect from him. In my opinion this book is a waste of money. Step it up Dean!
I really, really enjoyed Innocence. Unexpected twists and turns... in fact, it turned out to be a totally different type of story than I expected in a very good way.
As a long-time fan of Koontz, I was astonished by how much this book managed to encompass all that I've come to love about his works. It gave me chills from both fear and delight as the characters were fully developed. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book.
As always, Koontz delivers. The first half of the book isn't as smooth as it could be, and I think it's partly due to the narrator selection. I love MacLeod Andrews... one of my top favorites. In this novel, his voice and dialect are very similar to David Aaron Baker, another favorite of mine. The main character, like Odd Thomas, is trying to find a place in the world due to a personal obstacle that acts as a disability. They narrators are so close, you expect dead Elvis to appear at any time. It makes the novels too similar. The second half of the book is so well written, it saved the novel for me. Credit Worthy.
One of the most boring half assed reading ever!
The book started well and just flittered on till the end.
no too long and meandering
Slow, slow, slow. Cut 100 pages off and it could be good. Way too much verbiage and descriptions of seemingly minor items
Great book that I didn't want to end. Loved the characters and the narration was terrific. I highly recommend.
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