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Darkness Under the Sun | [Dean Koontz]

Darkness Under the Sun

There once was a killer who knew the night, its secrets and rhythms. How to hide within its shadows. When to hunt. He roamed from town to town, city to city, choosing his prey for their beauty and innocence. His cruelties were infinite, his humanity long since forfeit. But still... he had not yet discovered how to make his special mark among monsters, how to come fully alive as Death. This is the story of how he learned those things, and of what we might do to ensure that he does not visit us.
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There once was a killer who knew the night, its secrets and rhythms. How to hide within its shadows. When to hunt. He roamed from town to town, city to city, choosing his prey for their beauty and innocence. His cruelties were infinite, his humanity long since forfeit. But still... he had not yet discovered how to make his special mark among monsters, how to come fully alive as Death. This is the story of how he learned those things, and of what we might do to ensure that he does not visit us.

©2010 Dean Koontz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    rena Singapore, Singapore 11-22-11
    rena Singapore, Singapore 11-22-11 Member Since 2010

    oaktrees

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    "A story for dark nights and cocoa"

    This is a typical Koontz book and I find them all a very good listening experience. This story did not hold many surprises for me as I could see where it would go but, despite the horror story itself, which was creepy, I did find it a relaxing listen and worth the effort.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 03-30-12
    Tango Texas 03-30-12 Member Since 2012

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Not bad for a short story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If I had only listened to the story and done nothing else I wouldn't say this was time well spent because it wasn't a story that had much to say. But the story is moderately entertaining and a decent distraction while doing mundane chores.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    I have read other Dean Koontz books and plan to read more. He wasn't as good in short story as the novels I've read but this one story didn't really change my mind about Dean Koontz either way. Don't base your sole opinion of the author on this story.


    What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

    Steven Weber did a pretty good


    Any additional comments?

    This is a decent story for a short distraction but not as good as a Dean Koontz novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 12-16-11
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Nice very short Koontz"

    This is a nice, but very short, Koontz. The characters are good if truncated. It ends very quickly with a moral that, although reasonable, was not really well supported by the story. The language is nice and blends darkness and light well. I really like Koontz so this was worth it to me. It was worth the sale price, but silly me I used a whole credit on it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Springfield, MO, United States 06-26-12
    James Springfield, MO, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2010

    New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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    "I wanted to mow the neighbors yard"

    The book is an hour and a half long and it takes about an hour to mow my yard. It made me want to go mow the neighbor's yard, instead I went inside, sat on the couch, drank a beer and finished it.

    If you have read any of Koontz, with the exception of the Odd series, then this is exactly what you would expect from him. If you have not read Koontz, get out from under that rock and start here.

    This is a bitter-sweet story, with a great main character who is a burn victim. I will not tell you how he got burned or how he deals with it, as that is a big part of the story. Just let me say I like how Koontz deals with it.

    My favorite Dean Koontz books are: The Bad Place, Lightning, The Frankenstein series, Forever Odd, Phantoms, Dragon Tears, By the Light of the Moon and the very quirky book "Life Expectancy".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew United States 08-14-12
    Matthew United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story"

    I thought this was a great story. Kept me interested the whole time and didn't fall short of what I expected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly SANTEE, CA, United States 05-15-12
    Kelly SANTEE, CA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "good story, didn't want it to end"
    Where does Darkness Under the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very good, compelling story


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, kept wondering where the old man would come back


    Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favorite?

    old man


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, but did make me think


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Retzlaff Gordon, NE, United States 05-15-12
    Retzlaff Gordon, NE, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Different, I was dissappointed book was to short."
    What did you like best about Darkness Under the Sun? What did you like least?

    I loved the fact that Howie had enough brains to figure out what was going on early in the game.

    I hated that I spent my credit on a book that was so short. As Howie got older, it got a little lost.


    Would you recommend Darkness Under the Sun to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not, I was a little disappointed with it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't really have one this time around


    Did Darkness Under the Sun inspire you to do anything?

    Not really, just don't let your kids talk to strangers.


    Any additional comments?

    Dean could have done a little better on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daisy KIEFER, OKLAHOMA, United States 01-02-12
    Daisy KIEFER, OKLAHOMA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dean Koontz never fails to write an excellant book"
    What made the experience of listening to Darkness Under the Sun the most enjoyable?

    #1 on audio on my kindle is awesome
    #2 dean Koontz is my favorite author
    #3 Great story as usual
    Dean Koontz always keeps you interested thru the whole book,


    What did you like best about this story?

    From page 1 till finished wanted to listen till the end


    Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Steve is one of the better performers


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 04-11-14
    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A VERY GOOD KOONTZ SHORT STORY"

    This short story continues on a story from a novel. It was an interesting take on how the author continues on a story from another story. Enlarges a minor character from a novel to a main character in a short story. I always wondered what happened to the kid who started Blackwell into another killing spree from single women to families, unwittingly, of course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 02-24-14
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Typical Koontz of late"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd say make it a bit longer, but really, what's the point? It's a short story that doesn't seem to say much (while saying a lot), and wouldn't be any better in novel form.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    Not likely. Some of his earlier stuff I liked, nowadays it's like he gets an idea in his head, writes it and has no idea where to take it so just trails off and leaves us with a slapped-together finale.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favorite?

    None really.


    Do you think Darkness Under the Sun needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't. Everything was wrapped up here, and though you could perhaps extend the tale, there's no real use. There's no real mystery or suspense here to draw on. It's literally a fairly dry telling of a series of events.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could go back to the old Koontz where things were a bit odd but "clicked" in the end. Now it's just weird for the sake of being weird, with no real "world" or story behind it. I'll pop back in in another year or so to see if things have improved with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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