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Innocence: A Novel | [Dean Koontz]

Innocence: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Dean Koontz (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    shopper from Palm Springs, Ca 12-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "What Happened to D.K."

    If you are into spirituality and being preached at, you will enjoy this book. I was very disappointed.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DARRICK MORENO VALLEY, CA, United States 12-30-13
    DARRICK MORENO VALLEY, CA, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just mediocre!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    One of the most boring half assed reading ever!


    Any additional comments?

    The book started well and just flittered on till the end.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 12-29-13
    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Odd Thomas meets hellboy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no too long and meandering


    Any additional comments?

    Slow, slow, slow. Cut 100 pages off and it could be good. Way too much verbiage and descriptions of seemingly minor items

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Miami, FL, United States 12-28-13
    Laura Miami, FL, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book! Was sad when it ended"
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    Great book that I didn't want to end. Loved the characters and the narration was terrific. I highly recommend.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Raeford, NC, United States 12-28-13
    Ashley Raeford, NC, United States 12-28-13
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    "Sooo Slow"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story didn't take so long to unfold. The book didn't really get interesting until the last 3-4 chapters.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    I kept listening just because I had already devoted so much time listening to the book that I figured it had to eventually get good. There were too many things happening in this book and too much left unanswered. Also there was to much confusion and things that got a lot of attention that had no point or true meaning in the overall story.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only thing I liked about the book was the narrator. He did a great job of bring what there was of a story to life,


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money or credit

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Dunnellon, FL. United States 12-22-13
    Anthony Dunnellon, FL. United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.

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    "Koontz hits again"
    Do you have any additional comments?

    After reading everything Koontz has written and not to happy about the last couple I was delighted that he is back in form.
    He continues to show us insight into the human condition. At the ending I found the appearance of one of the main characters a complete surprise. All thru the book I was racking my brain to figure out what the deformity might be and missed it by maybe not a mile but a few country blocks!
    This book runs the gamut of emotions. I felt anger, remorse, sadness, joy, tenderness, and shock. Amazingly all at the same time.
    A definite "ear" turner [as opposed to page :) ].
    I would recommend that you listen to this when you have time to spare as you won't want to stop listening.
    It's difficult to really say what the book is about without being a spoiler. I can say that it makes you rethink what is ugly as we perceive it in other people. You will not be able to pass anyone with some type of deformity again without remembering 'Innocence.' One can't help but admire the main character who is IMHO a Saint. It's akin to a fairy tale sort of like Beauty and the Beast.
    The book will definitely make you think and take a good look at yourself and how you treat others you deem different.
    Best thing, BUY IT. For sure you won't be disappointed. This book is for everyone really not only those of the Sci/fi genre. I think Mr. Koontz really tapped into our psyche through the years and he is spot on.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Rochester, NY, United States 12-21-13
    Kathryn Rochester, NY, United States 12-21-13
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    "Extraordinary. Simply extraordinary"

    Simply could not stop listening to learn the reason why Addison Goodheart, and others, consider his appearance to be so horrifying and dangerous to man-kind. This is more than a beauty and the beast theme because Gwynneth is more than a simple beauty on the outside. Her character is rich and fully developed. This is a story of innocence triumphing over evil in all its forms. It's a keeper.
    Bravo, Mr. Koontz.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    henry1974 Long Beach, CA, United States 12-11-13
    henry1974 Long Beach, CA, United States 12-11-13
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    "Not the Best of Dean Koontz"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure what I didn't like. Partly the person narrating the story, I guess I was expecting more Dean Koontz like. Average. Not a waste of time; just not something I would ever want to listen to again.


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Delaware, OH, United States 06-08-14
    Stewart Delaware, OH, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Not up to Koontz's usual great reads"

    Usually Koontz keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. I was very disappointed with the way this book ended, but won't spoil it for anyone else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    obsidian dusk 04-10-14
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    "A surprisingly boring listen of the dictionary"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A corpse


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely Stephen King


    What didn’t you like about MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    Monotonous


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sleep


    Any additional comments?

    Dean Koontz is normally a superb writer but this must be a ghostwriter

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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