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.
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.
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.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
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.
As eerie as a campfire tale come to life in the deepest woods, but with the author's signature joviality in times of peril.
Thrillers zombies and action make my day! Fast moving stories and characters worth reading. New twists to a great genre will always get me
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
Dean came within about a half dozen words of proving that he can scare the poo out of you without filling a book with foul language and anything even close to porn. Wish I could edit out those half dozen words :). That said this is one of his best books for gripping suspense (second half) and wonderful characters. Have a kindle fire (needed for the two speakers to hear over the campfire), go out on a cold winter night far into the woods, build a campfire make some hot coffee or whatever u like that way, and brace yourself. If you find a spot where the coyotes will serenade you and catch a full moon, all the better. You will discover that compared to this, tv just isnt worth the pollution much less the brain damage. The narrator really nailed it to. For those that bad language is just a no go, be warned the f word at least twice, gd once, with a few others mixed in. One mature scene, but not graphic at all, no details, except emotional. Shocked me that someone else thinks you can do that without foaming at the mouth lust filled purely physical filth.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
After the family moved to Montana, the lack of communication puts them in lethal danger. Most annoying is when the son is mesmerized on the computer; the lack of action and STUPID dialogue wastes so much time and was REALLY annoying; it also felt like filler: "Why didn't YOU tell ME xyz?" Argh! If my kid were in danger, I'd pull the plug so fast nobody would stop me and save recriminations about lack of communication until everybody was safe.
The Watchers was spectacular. Also loved Lighting, & Phantoms was great. Odd Hours let me down -- maybe you have to be familiar with the series. Jack's injury was incurred amid such heroism that I totally bought into him. And I loved Eduardo & so rooted for him. When their destinies came together, I was expecting a lalapalooza. The way things played out in the last quarter of the book rather disappointed me...The characters' failure to communicate in Montana was unexpected--Heather got used to dealing with problems without Jack, but Jack's keeping their son's take-over to himself was unbelievable. Heather's confronting the vandals made me a nervous wreck, but she totally carried it off, so her stupid mistakes in her "last stand" in Montana seemed very out-of-character & unbelievable--forgot her Uzi? Couldn't find which of many pockets had the matches??!
When Jack is picked up by the grader and they get back to the burning house, the grader driver's reaction to the threat of aliens is hysterical. Loved it!
Made me think about what a difficult job being a police officer is. So much in the news about abuse of citizens by police - which I totally believe - but this book presented a bit of the opposite perspective. (And stunned that Jack wouldn't get full disability pension and that if he returned to work he'd be paid less for being at a desk.) I'd also love to adopt a dog like Falstaff. And not eager to visit Montana.
I have bought a bunch more Dean Koontz to read; hope they're more like The Watchers & Lightning & less like this one.
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
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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