Broad daylight, Los Angeles....
An ordinary morning erupts in cataclysmic violence. A young family is shattered in a heartbeat.
Fate will lead this family to an isolated Montana ranch, but their sanctuary will become their worst nightmare. For there they will face a chillingly ruthless enemy, from which no one - living or dead - is safe.
©2007 Dean Koontz; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
"[A] gripping parable about the real cost of "getting away from it all." (Publishers Weekly)
"Christopher Lane's pace perfectly captures the acute, restless fear that eventually encompasses all the characters." (AudioFile)
Although I enjoyed the listen it was a little predictable. Almost a "Scary Movie" type of book. You knew what was going to happen, you knew the charactor was going to open that door and you knew what was going to be behind it. The reader was excellent and it was a pleasure to listen. I had gotten away from Koontz for a few years now switching to a different author and decided to give him another try. It wasn't disappointing but also not one of his best. The last chapter was really unbelivable and out there. While I would tell you to listen I would also tell you that he has alot better ones to listen to.
I am a Koontz fan, and I have read over a dozen of his books...this one is just plain dumb. Go read Fear Nothing, Seize the Night, Watchers, or Lightning instead.
I can't think of anything.
I keep trying because I have read a couple by the author that were ok.
The first two hours was like the first two minutes of a "lifetime channel" show. "Leave it to Beaver" kitsch meets 1970's "Death Wish" LA. I'm serious, two hours for the obligatory hero cop, perfect wife, perfect kid, perfect people doing perfect things while being put upon by the imperfect, corrupted rest of society.
Granted, I couldn't make it past the TWO hour "lifetime movie" to get to the story, but I don't think there was really anything impressive or original to come.
As eerie as a campfire tale come to life in the deepest woods, but with the author's signature joviality in times of peril.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
EVERY FORTRESS HAD THE POTIENTIAL TO BECOME A PRISON.
This was originally published in 1975, under the name "Invasion" and Koontz used the pseudonym Aaron Wolfe. This is only scary in the same vein that an Ira Levine book is scary. In one point in the book DK describes the writings of Blackmon and James as, HEAVY ON ATMOSPHERE AND LIGHT ON SUBSTANCE. I chuckled as I thought that was a great description of what I was hearing. In his own words here are some more descriptions of DK's early writing: BY THE TIME SHE ENDED A PARAGRAPH SHE COULD NOT RECALL A WORD OF IT. BEYOND BLANDNESS, NOTHING, NOTTA. EVEN THOUGH IT SEEM LIKE AN ETERNITY ONLY 5 SECONDS HAD ELAPSED.
Koontz eventually become a great writer, but his early books are just not very good. Any book Koontz wrote after 2000 will be great, but avoid the 1980's and below.
Avid reader! Want fast paced, energetic thrillers. King/Koontz are favorites but finding more authors that are starting to rise to the top
Loved it. Couldn't put it down.
this book is boring dont waste your time This was the first Koontz book I have read dont know if I will buy another on
This story may have been saved with a major rewrite, including a lot more character development on all sides and a lot less poetic license. Fans of Koontz are use to being shocked, and sometimes repulsed, but there needs to be a build up to those emotions. I am always hesitant when selecting anything that looks to be a rehash of older works from this author, before he found his stride. The published works under another name, should now be offered as a Koontz work. I really consider a lot of these works practice books.The stories and this story is particular just don't hold together. The threads of the story are just thrown together and don't make sense. I found myself asking why are the events and the extraordinary talents of the characters happening now. From now on I will only be selecting newer stories written. Koontz has as an imagination and style that I gravitate to, but only for the books he has written within the last 10 years.
The most current offerings of the author
I would not cut any characters. but would have expanded on several to make sense of the events and relationships of the characters.
Save your Credit and don't pick this one
This one has aliens, dogs, fires, and winter in Montana. He must like Montana, several stories are set there. It is a good story with a few twists and turns. But then Koontz is very good at that. It's a good book, try it.
drawn out a little more than necessary. Certainly worth listening to for Christopher Lane's narration but the story line was a little unbelievable and didn't resolve well.
This one is not as good.
Definitely a mini-series.
Dean Koontz always delivers a well written story that is a great listen
Another great book from mr koontz,this poor family are trapped in a house in the middle of no where with a snow storm on the way and some strange spooky stuff going off in the woods,they are not alone gripping stuff
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