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)
Usually I really enjoy Koontz but this was just an "off" love story. I'm sure it had a deeper meaning that I'm too shallow to get, but because of that the story never got interesting. Don't read this thinking it will be a Lightning or an Odd Thomas, it will not satisfy.
Dean koonz is one of my favorite authors and innocence does not disappoint. Fantastic story with the 'things are not as they seem' twists. Truly enjoyed this mysterious and inspiring book
Meeting the two main characters and learning about each of their "disabilities" was a pleasure and written beautifully. I felt like I came to know their fears, hesitations and motivations. But Koontz describes how people behave when they meet or see Addison, the hero of the story. The reactions by both adults and children, priests and law enforcement were just not believable. I think DK chose to exaggerate this to get one of many points across: fear of those who look/behave different and the heinous human behavior that can follow. The book rambles along pleasantly for about 8 hours, and then something happens. The entire book goes catawampus. The main story surrounding the villain out to get Gwyneth and thereby Addison too, is suddenly gone and, "presto" - the end of the world as we know it is coming. The last 10 chapters (don't worry, most of them are under 5 min), are a let down. It is a hurried tying up of loose ends to finish the story.
Yes, I would read another. I know he is a well respected author. I think I will go by the other readers recommendation and try out the "Odd" series.
I am sorry, but Mr. Andrews' attempt at female voices completely falls flat. In addition, the other characters in the book are not very well distinguished. His third person narrator's voice however is smooth, easy to listen to and adds much to the tone and feeling of the story.
Certainly! Great underlying theme and morals. Touching depiction of (in)tolerance and the strength of human will and purpose.
I wish DK would have explained the Marionettes - since he led us to believe they held an importance in the story - or eliminate them. I also thought there would be more meaning behind the "clears" and "fogs" but they just seemed to vaporize in the end...
More introspective than many of Koontz' books, and so I was more thought provoking to me. But so readers apparently found it slow. I would guess those who judged it to have numerous questions left unanswered were probably trying to multitask at the time.
I never give reviews - but this is one of the BEST books I've ever listen to, so I had to recommend it!! It kept me guessing until the end then I had to listen to it again!
It's one of those books that makes you reflect on what true innocence is...
It stays with you. I loved the mystery and the wonder communicated in Innocence . Dean Koontz is so good about painting pictures with words -- it's like you're there!!!
MacLeod Andrews narration was perfect!!!!! I can't imagine anyone else giving a voice to the main character better than he did.
It has had a profound effect on me and I recommend it to everyone when we all start talking about the books we love!
I can't help but think what a wonderful place this world would be if we all would give others the benefit of the doubt the way Addison does! I love his precious heart!
I only finished this book because of the narrator. His voice was very nice. But this story was awful in my opinion. Slow, with no discernible plot until the last hour. And then every question or mystery the author introduced throughout the story had no purpose except for tiny chapters at the end where he basically just listed them: "oh you were wondering about why I mentioned this one thing and was horribly vague about this not plot related part of the story? Here's 3 sentences why I wrote that, yay I can make you confused!"
Maybe. The story was just ok, it had me intrigued at first then I started fearing as I have for the last few Koontz books he deteriorates into what I've been calling it, a "born again attitude"
I've been an avid fan for many many years, Watcher being my first grabbed me and Koontz continued to entertain me with awesome stories. However many of his newer books all seem to end with some "god" message. I'll be transparent here and announce that I'm an Atheist so when I keep reading endings that are to me, trying to be biblical in message it greatly turns me off, and this is no different. I've been off Koontz because of what I stated above for some time but I've so missed his style and his great writing that I gave "Innocence" a try only to be disappointed once again.....but that's just me..
Not now that I know the ending..
I think I will go back to Koontz's older stuff. Frankenstein series was great!
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