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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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    Virginia jacksonville, FL, United States 01-14-14
    Virginia jacksonville, FL, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "It's not what you think it is, not at all"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wow! I loved this twist. Great storytelling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very surprised by it, delightfully so.


    Any additional comments?

    I love that Koontz always finds a way to add a dog or two. The way he adds them to this story is wonderful. When I read Koontz I feel his love of canines and it makes me happy because I love them as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmila 01-11-14
    Carmila 01-11-14 Member Since 2008

    Music and book connosieur

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    "Great Book"

    One of Koontz's best and I read them all. This is a beautiful story and I really could not stop listening. If you are a Koontz fan or not this is a great read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine 01-05-14
    Kristine 01-05-14
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    "I loved this book!"
    Where does Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really really like Dean Koontz although some of his books depict evil TOO well.
    I have read other reviews of this book saying they disliked the ending but that was my favorite part! The book like all his books is good against evil. It's interesting and exciting and I couldn't stop listening. Great book!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    royal 01-03-14
    royal 01-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "should have been an Odd Thomas short story"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Ok I love D R Koontz and when someone says that the rest is usually not good.. Well it is the same here.
    This D R Konntz right?? The guy that wrote the Frankenstein novels, Strangers and Intensity..??
    NO…. it is NOT that D R Koontz folks we are in some weird parallel universe where the guy we know and love got eaten by some kind of love guru. I might have loved this book back in 1970 or if I lived in Colorado, BUT !!!

    Folks the last Two Odd books and this one have left me shaking my head.

    Frankly I am wondering if he is just done,, Because after his last three books I might just be…


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    shorten it by a 1000 pages


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    they were "OK "


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Innocence?

    90% of the wistful meandering


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this guy but lately ..I am not impressed

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 12-28-13
    Steve 12-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Let Down"

    The premise and beginning of the book set me up for a riveting story only to let me down by what seemed to be a rushed and forced ending.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DDTAN 12-28-13
    DDTAN 12-28-13

    “I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."

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    "Started Strong but Lost It's Steam"
    What did you like best about Innocence? What did you like least?

    The beginnings of the story was really intriguing to me, as it tells a story of a person living in solitude, for many years, beneath a metropolitan city with no human contact. He is an exile from society because his appearance is so abhorrent to the normal person, that when seen, drives them into a rage for his destruction. Dean Koontz's writing, once again, is so elegantly done, in its depiction of this grim world he has created, in which exist this exile of humanity, that it borders on poetic beauty. In fact, the whole story reads like a grim fairy tale.

    Now for the bad part. After such elegance, and work, in creating this dark setting, the author fails, in my opinion, to delve into the exploration of what the consequences are of a person existing in such a state. Instead, the author relies too much on superficial means as his escape out of the darkness he has put his protagonists in. Now, having read many Dean Koontz novels, one is to expect a certain amount of divinity sprinkled throughout his stories, but it's usually the characters in those stories that determine the outcome through their choices and actions; in "Innocence", I felt as though that was not the case.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Once again, I felt the beginnings of the story was a beautifully created setup for, what I thought to be, some kind of precursor in the exploration of the human condition in its lowest levels, and that Dean Koontz was going prose something profound. Unfortunately, I felt like he fell short to deliver anything new. The whole story seemed to be blanketed by an aura of predestination and fate driven. So much so, that it took all suspense away from the story. I never felt once that the main characters were ever in any peril.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I always think listening to audio, especially when the narrator is good, brings the story to a level of aliveness, that reading, sometimes, did not reach. Macleod Andrews did a good job bringing the story to life.


    Do you think Innocence needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't believe so. I think Dean Koontz told what he wanted to tell in "Innocence". I can't imagine what more about this story that hasn't already been covered that would interest me enough to return to the world.


    Any additional comments?

    I had high hopes that this book might have been Dean Koontz's next ongoing series to replace the Odd Thomas series, which are my favorites. But now, I sincerely hope it was just a standalone, And that he has something else in the works that would rival the Odd Thomas series.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 12-20-13
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen"

    I've listened to Dean Koontz and read any of his books I could find and have done so for years - he really started slipping a few years ago but I feel this one is back up almost to par with some of his earlier works. I very much enjoyed the narrator and will look him up to see what else he's done. If you're a Koontz fan I don't think you'll be disappointed - good read not his best but good and glad I tried it!

    One caveat.... the ending was somewhat muddled to me and the bad guy gets off too easy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra D. 12-17-13
    Sandra D. 12-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my fav. authors."
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I am not a writer but for me I think the ending should have been a little different,not sure how but different.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    MacLoed Andrews did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was good but didn't care for the ending much. I always enjoy Koontz's book. Odd Thomas is my fav. and this book sort of felt like Odd sometimes. I don't think this is one of Koontz's best but it was good. I enjoyed how he brought out the charactors life stories but still left secrets.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Suellen 12-16-13
    Suellen 12-16-13
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    "Huge disappointment!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 12-15-13
    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Koontz continues to surprise and delight listeners"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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