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.
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.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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".
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
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.
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.
Steven Weber did a pretty good
This is a decent story for a short distraction but not as good as a Dean Koontz novel.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
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.
very good, compelling story
yes, kept wondering where the old man would come back
no, but did make me think
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.
Probably not, I was a little disappointed with it.
Didn't really have one this time around
Not really, just don't let your kids talk to strangers.
Dean could have done a little better on this one.
#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,
From page 1 till finished wanted to listen till the end
Steve is one of the better performers
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.
Willy Wonka of it
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.
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.
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.
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.
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