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Breathless | [Dean Koontz]

Breathless

Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There's little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.
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Publisher's Summary

Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There's little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.

One day, while hiking, Grady spots a pair of stunningly beautiful furred animals unlike anything he's ever seen. They flee the instant they detect his presence, but the mystery of that brief encounter remains. In the days ahead, Grady will approach the creatures again, gaining their trust but coming no closer to solving their mystery. For this he enlists the help of an old friend, veterinarian Camellia "Cammy" Rivers, who, in turn, is stunned - and enchanted - by Grady's new "pets." But while Grady and Cammy carefully observe these enigmatic animals for clues to their origin, they, too, are being watched.

Soon Grady's home and hundreds of square miles of surrounding wilderness will be placed under quarantine by Homeland Security. And Grady, Cammy, and the two creatures they've come to feel they must protect at all costs find themselves virtual prisoners - and the unwilling focus of an army of biologists, naturalists, and research scientists. But it's a stunning event no one could have foreseen that convinces Grady and Cammy to do the unthinkable: to escape with the two creatures on a riveting race for freedom.

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©2009 Dean Koontz; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition." (USA Today)
"Koontz is at the top of his game...both a great storyteller and a novelist of ideas...one of the most important novelists writing today." (National Review)

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    Michael Tampa, FL, USA 01-12-10
    Michael Tampa, FL, USA 01-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Lifeless"

    I have read virtually every Dean Koontz book for the last 20 years and must say the last few novels I have read (Darkest Evening of the Year, Your Heart Belongs to Me and Breathless) have been more than disappointing. Other than the Odd Thomas series, the more recent works have been basic formulas reworked from other older books, stale antagonists and gaping plot gaps.

    Breathless held much potential and then turned into poorly veiled commentary about theology. The characters were likeable enough, but 90% of the novel was development with a rushed, poorly conceived climax (if it can be calledd a climax at all). I remain a loyal Koontz fan, but expect much more from my favorite author.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    01-04-10
    01-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not his best"

    As a longtime fan of Koontz, I have always marveled at his story telling mastery. This book starts out promisingly. As with most of his books, numerous story lines are introduced, and the reader has the natural expectation that eventually they will blend into a single strong narrative. As I grew ever closer to the end of the book, and the story lines had not yet merged, I wondered how Koontz could end the book with so few pages to go. Well, the ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. I felt somehow cheated. Because, in order to end it, he distorts and ridicules the facts of evolution, and I felt doubly cheated. Having so recently listened to Richard Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth" (a very entertaining explication of the myriad and overwhelming evidence which supports the "theory" of evolution), my disappointment was intensified.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Loves to Listen Upland, CA 12-11-09
    Loves to Listen Upland, CA 12-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wish I could give this NO stars"

    Don't waste a credit on this book. I think I have read almost everything Koontz has written and this is by far the worst.....so bad I get irritated when ever I listen, so I quit three hours into the book. This book is so bad I don't care to find out what happens to any of the characters. I feel so let down by the author and will not be buying future books until they've been out long enough to have plenty of reviews. Mr Koontz, I'm sure you have plenty of money from your previous best sellers....why would you want your faithful readers to have to wade through something this bad. You are better than this.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ginny West Richland, WA, United States 01-11-10
    Ginny West Richland, WA, United States 01-11-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Had to double check to see if this was abridged!"

    So much to say, so little space. I love D.K. Books. This one was so choppy and inconsistent that I had to double check to see if it was abridged. The story started out well, and really had a lot of chances to expand, unfortunately it ended very flat and abruptly. I also wonder where the editor was.. little details (mind you this is a picky detail but clearly illustrates how inconsistent this book is) One of the character is said to be an award winning quilter, that is how she makes her living.. OK cool as quilter I like that... a little while later in the book, there is mention of Henry laying something on the Chenille bedspread... Hmmm award winning quilter, not a quilt on the bed... Yea that was a huge mistake! The entire book read this way.
    So, save your money, or like someone else said, buy an earlier book, but for heavens sake save your self the frustration of wanting to enjoy this book but can't because he does not flesh is out!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ChellyBelle Dundurn, SK, Canada 12-07-09
    ChellyBelle Dundurn, SK, Canada 12-07-09
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    "WTH, Dean Koontz?"

    This book not only failed to leave me breathless, it barely qualifies as a book at all.

    Instead, it's a compilation of three extremely dull but very nicely written short stories, haphazardly patched together to make one volume of largely uninteresting crap.

    I am a HUGE Dean Koontz fan, and was very excited to download this. The prose is very nice, but the premise and the execution are a complete waste of a credit.

    It's not exciting, not creepy, not interesting, not thought provoking, not sweet, not bitter, not anything. It's the Book Of Nothing At All.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Colorado Springs 01-10-10
    Michele Colorado Springs 01-10-10 Member Since 2001

    I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.

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    "Nothing but a plug for Scientology"

    Dean Koontz has long been my favorite author, along with Dan Simmons. As I listened to this book I actually cried, realizing that not only was he spending his years writing books for friends instead of fans, that he has now written a book to plug a religion. This book is propaganda, nothing else.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon mclean, VA, USA 12-14-09
    Sharon mclean, VA, USA 12-14-09 Member Since 2002
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    "I thought I missed some chapters when it ended."

    A lot of plot development and a couple of interesting characters but then poof it ends. It's like someone cut out the last ten chapters, it makes no sense in terms of plot unity. I thought I fast forwarded and missed some chapters.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    12-02-09
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    "Not Recommended!"

    Ouch! After a great start, full of potential with a great story developing, Koontz pulled the rug from beneath my feet. It was almost as if the author was bored with the project and abruptly quit. This is the first Koontz novel that I did not love.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lois boerne, TX, USA 01-19-10
    Lois boerne, TX, USA 01-19-10 Member Since 2005
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    "awful"

    I love the Odd Thomas books and most of the Koontz books, I have read them all, but this one was a total waste of time. A clear statement of denial of evolution shows a disregard of the intelligence of his audience. worst Koontz book ever save your money. wish I could give a minus star

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    12-02-09
    12-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible"

    I am Dean Koontz's biggest fan, but this was terrible. It's like he had a great idea then got bored and severly abriged it just to throw something out there. If you write another Odd Thomas book, Dean, please don't butcher it like this one

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    "Disappointing"

    I Like DK normally, I find his novels fast paced, intelligent, gripping and above all, I have a good time immersed in his stories. Breathless is a departure from this formula. Like the other reviewer, it took me quite a while to discover this book was pointless, and when I did, it was very disappointing.

    If you are a traditional DK fan, you may not get on with this book, if you are on holiday and dont really care, give it a go.
    Cheers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    1/11/10
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    "Breathless Cheek !"

    Dreadful, but with the clever technique of switching storylines with each chapter it took me some time to realise that I didn't care and was bored silly.
    Avoid, if you take my advice, or waste your time and money if you don't care to.

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