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 thoroughly enjoyed this narrator. He stands out and is worth mentioning as a great storyteller in his own right. With a soothing voice and good subtle changes in tone for dialogue, he envelopes and immerses you into the story.
The story is well done. My first Dean Koontz novel. Very detailed and descriptive of scenes and emotions, translating the visions of his minds eye to ours as though he were recollecting a memory that he wants to make our own. He sucks you in to his world and slowly weaves his tale.
The story is just story ( in the best way). Paced well and not stressful, though intense at times. The author gives us just enough at all the right times, leaving you pleased, satisfied, and curious to read more but certainly not frustrated at your lack of knowledge or feeling strung along.
I run hot and cold on Koontz, but this is a book I liked quite a bit.
Wonderful descriptions, great characters. Just don't base your life theology on the book's premise.
Dealt with difficult subjects pretty gracefully.
a thought provoking book and a good read.
I count Dean Koontz as one of my favorite authors. This story was a huge let down and not at all up to par with his earlier books, such as Watchers. The story was full of flashbacks, however, not all flashbacks were important to the story line. Just as I was becoming intrigued by the present story line, a flash back was interjected, making me lose the anticipation and interest that was building up.
Fewer flashbacks. I really didn't care for the structure of this book.
MacLeod Andrews has a really great narrating voice. He's very pleasant to listen to.
I had no expectations when I began this book. I only knew I was reading it, or listening to it rather, because I had enjoyed other books by Dean Koontz. I was entranced, and taken to a different arena of thought by the words contained in the book.
Although I could state the plot, list the characters, and provide some explanation of what happens in the story, it would detract from the experience of you the listener.
This book held my attention, and the narrator portrayed the characters well. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to reading more by Dean Koontz.
Author (Alison Lorimer, Soul Thief Saga), mother and adventuress! Books are my passion.
This is an exercise in using every word in the dictionary as an adjective. ... with no real point. idiocy.
And Buffalo George
An engaging novel reminiscent of other Koontz works. Our butt-ugly hero meets socially retarded heroine--they fall in love. The story mostly humms along until the end when it gets interesting. As other reviewers have noted, our hero would like Odd Thomas, one of Koontz' other heroes.
To read, to dream, to love, to experience, to aspire...
While I had guessed much of the final outcome, and this story falls within the mystic realms where Koontz often dwells, it is a good tale, nevertheless; it is fodder for your inner —light—theologian. A doomsday story in the same vein of one of his older stories where innocence is the only way to earth's survival while eliminating all that ails our damaged world. A story about the eternal clash of evil vs good, where faulty humanity's original sin can only be expunged by total annihilation, thus granting hope for this earth. Albeit this fiction is not your regular terror fiction, it is an enjoyable read, just a different take.
The tittle fits rather well.
Maybe start an alternate classification of some of Koontz works, his work can really be divided in at least one more genre. This cannot be classified as a horror book because it could raise unreal expectations while detracting lectors interested in this alternative genre from finding this good read.
It could have been much more than it turned out to be but I only regret listening to it a little bit (will not repeat the experience because the story was dull though the writing beautiful). Everything wraps up so neatly in the end, my eyes couldn't help but roll. Tick Tock (also by Dean Koontz) was a great example of a perfect wrap-up without being heavy-handed about it. This was not.
Maybe I'll go back to some older Dean Koontz stories, something more edgy and interesting. I'm a little tired of his idealistic style of writing because it honestly is so over-the-top perfect, it's undesirable.
His variety of male voices is impressive. His women's voices...yeah, not so much.
No, it'd just be a self-serving piece congratulating itself on its vision of (obnoxious) perfection. ALL GOOD vs. ALL BAD has been a strong theme for Mr. Koontz this past decade and I feel like it's personally childish to keep reading (or listening to) that sort of writing and expecting to gain anything truly beneficial from it.
I really, truly love what Dean Koontz has opened my eyes to but one day I won't let myself be lured into his new, dull style of writing.
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