Tessa Lockland comes to town to probe her sister's seemingly unprompted suicide. Independent and clever, she meets up with Sam Booker, an undercover FBI agent sent to Moonlight Cove to discover the truth behind the mysterious deaths.
They meet Harry Talbot, a wheelchair-bound veteran, who has seen things from his window that he was not meant to see. Together they begin to understand the depth of evil in Moonlight Cove. Chrissie Foster, a resourceful 11-year-old, running from parents who have suddenly changed and in whom darkness dwells, joins them. Together they make a stand against darkness and terror.
©2004 Dean Koontz; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
This story is, first & formost a terrifying story of one mans ego changing a town into something unknowable and horrible. The cat & mouse between these "changed people" and the normal is very exciting, esp when an 8 yr old girl takes them on to save her life. Heartwarming when a detective, a woman there researching her sisters death and the little girl meet up with a paraplegic man to take on the Boogyman and his horrid, terrible henchman. I have re-reaad the book and re-listened to the audio book. Good science fiction that seems like it could happen. I loved it.
This is my wife's favorite book and after listening to it, I can see why. Koontz was very imaginative and kept me interested for the entire book.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
Midnight was among the first Dean Koontz books I ever read. To this day it remains among my favorites.
As the story opens, Janice Capshaw, a 35-year-old night owl and fitness enthusiast, is going for a nighttime run along the beach in the peaceful California town of Moonlight Cove when she finds herself pursued and ultimately brought down and brutally murdered by unknown assailants. Some weeks later Samuel Booker, an undercover FBI agent jaded by life and his strained relationship with his teenage son, rides into Moonlight Cove to investigate Janice's murder as well as a series of other bizarre killings in and around the town which the local authorities seem bent on covering up. Soon he meets Tessa Lockland, TJ to her mother, the younger sister of Janice Capshaw. Tessa came to Moonlight Cove to investigate Janice's murder, refusing to believe the story of suicide presented by the local authorities. Tessa was frightened into fleeing the one motel in Moonlight Cove by an attempted break-in at her room. Meanwhile Chrissie Foster, a perky twelve-year-old, flees from her home after catching a disturbing glimpse of her parents in an altered, beastlike state to wich they seek to "convert" her as well. These three take refuge with Harry Talbot, a paralyzed war veteran who witnessed many of the disturbing events in the town via a telescope in his bedroom and alerted the FBI. As they dig deeper they discover a secret so disturbing that it frightens even some of those who willingly embraced it.
As is the case with any audiobook, the narrator can either make or break the production. Fortunately J. Charles has a fine voice for narration and, while he doesn't perform hundreds of accents and dialects, he nevertheless makes it easy to distinguish between one character and another. Even the nonhuman speaking characters are well realized. All in all this is a production I can easily listen to over and over without having to worry about a cassette or a disc eventually wearing out.
The story moved along at a good pace and, over-all, did keep me interested. However the gist of the story just seemed a bit far fetched and difficult to take seriously. The narrator sounded so cheerful it occurred to me he might be better suited to more up-beat stories. No glaring mis-pronunciations. Even though I normally love D. Koontz stories, this book is a good reminder to me to pay closer attention to the description and reviews.
Mad scientist horror
The book is so character rich, it is hard to decide, but I guess my favorite was Harry.
J. Charles does varied voices so well he really makes the characters come alive. You never get the feeling he is reading.
And you thought Frankenstein was creepy!
My favorite Dean Koontz books have a dog, very likable characters, humor and stories with great twists and turns. This is definitely a book that has all of those things and that keeps your attention all the way through. This is not the first time I had heard it, but wanted to listen again and will probably listen again after awhile.
It is one of my favorites of Dean Koontz's books, along with Watchers
The dog of course
He has a comforting voice. His reading style is a bit old fashion, that's why only four stars.
The veteran in the wheel chair. I felt his fear,being handicapped in the midst of all that evil.
The narrator made it so bad I am not sure if I liked the book. I can see some ideas that Koontz develops in later books, but I don't think he really captured them here. Certainly not one I plan to listen to again
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