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 have really debated on how to review this book, as I really enjoyed the first third of the book - was underwhelmed with the second third - and was lost and disappointed with the final third. My husband read the book before I listened to it and I knew he was not impressed. I really wanted to like this book as Mr. Koontz is one of my favorite authors and has been for many, many years. As it began, the main character reminded me a great deal of Odd Thomas and Christopher Snow and the story of his beginnings and subsequent life were interesting and kept me engaged. But then there was the introduction of the marionettes and the fogs and and the clears and I began to get a little bogged down and confused. As the book was ending I was really confused and unclear as to exactly what was taking place and it all seemed to come to a conclusion with no real excitement or "ta-da" moment. It turned from an interesting story to just a very basic good versus evil story that was underwhelming in its conclusion. Not a winner for me. I would not reread this and I could not recommend without some hesitation or explanation. It wasn't awful.....it just wasn't very good.
MacLeod Andrew's narration was as splendid and excellent as ever.
Wow! I loved this twist. Great storytelling.
I was very surprised by it, delightfully so.
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.
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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.
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!
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…
shorten it by a 1000 pages
they were "OK "
90% of the wistful meandering
I loved this guy but lately ..I am not impressed
“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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you like his "Odd Thomas" series, then Innocence will rank among the best of Dean Koontz for you.
The two main characters, and Koontz's portrayal of innocence, along with the twist at the end when the faces are uncovered, made this book one of my favorites.
I was able to listen to the whole novel is just a day and a half.
One slight week point was Koontz's use of dogs in the story. I appreciate Koontz's love for our canine friends but the insertion was slightly forced.
I am not a writer but for me I think the ending should have been a little different,not sure how but different.
MacLoed Andrews did a great job.
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.
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