Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man--and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting words that challenged Harry Lyon's sanity: "Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn..."
©2006 Dean Koontz (P)2010 Penguin
I had very mixed reactions with this book. It is another re-release of one of Koontz's earlier books. I had a difficult time staying with it until about 80% of the way through. It doesn't read like a typical DK book. I really don't know how to explain it. Even if you are an avid Koontz fan, as am I, you may or my not like this one. It is scary, stupid, brilliant, gory and overall a jumbled mix of emotions and actions.
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Dragon Tears is not one of my favorite Koontz, but it is not bad. The story is a little preachier than I like and the story is a little Koontz-formulaic. That formula has a mildly interesting supernatural bad guy, strong female cop, a conflicted male cop, a very good dog, and other assorted characters. I found the powers of the bad guy over the top. After a nice setup the story concludes too rapidly without a resounding ending. So, it you love Koontz, give it a try.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
This was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read. My mom borrowed it from a coworker of hers when I was thirteen. I found the story to be very interesting. Indeed it was what made me want to read Koontz. The narrator, however, leaves something to be desired.
It all began when Harry Lyon, a California homicide detective, stops at a burger joint for lunch while on the streets with his synical, wisecracking partner Connie Gulliver. RIght inte middle of the meal a bland-faced man enters the establishment and unexpectedly peppers the place with bullets. After a successful chase which ends in the gunman being shot to death, Harry leaves the restaurant for a breath of fresh air only to have an unsettling encounter with a molevolent, red-eyed vagrant with a gravelly voice, who warns Harry he'll be dead by dawn before suddenly dissolving into a cloud of evryday trash. This is only the beginning of a bizarre chain of supernatural events that not only put Harry's and COnnie's lives in jeopardy but force Harry, a straight-laced and often stubborn man, to make some difficult emotional changes in order to cope with the impossible events that have befallen him.
As I said te story was extremely well-written. J.O. Sanders' anrration however, though not horrible, does leave something to be desired. He doesn't have quite the right voice for this kind of material, though I will give him major props for his various characterizations, particularly in the matter of the menacing vagrant. When it comes to the narration parts however, he falls somewhat short, particularly in those parts where the story is told from the point of view of this novel's villain. In that area narrators such as Steven Lang or Anne Twomey generally do a better job. Even so, this was an enjoyable listen overall.
One of my favorite Koontz stories, I have owned the book, bought it on tape and now downloaded it. I recommend all of the Koontz books from the mid-90s.
I have always enjoyed Koontz books, even if they were so so I still enjoyed them but this is by far the worst Koontz book I have ever listened too. I actually had to start the book over twice because I thought I must have skipped a part or two. I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did, unless it was near the end of the book because I could not even finish it. Don't bother to waste your credits or money on this one.
Another wonderful KoontZ mystery with normal people striving to, first, understand, then defeat some unknown forces.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
This is my second Koontz book and I enjoyed his "Lightning" far more. Although his writing talents shown through on this, I thought the plot wasn't very creative and, even for a work of science fiction, it was much too contrived. The cops deduced things pretty much out of thin air and the dog talk became boring and tedious after a few minutes. Narrator Sanders also did his level best to make me shut off the book with his grating renditions of Tick Tock and the guy with the hand grenades. The fact that I liked the lady cop character pushed this book from two to three stars. I have another Koontz book in my library and I'm hopeful it's more like "Lightning" than it is this one.
Creepy and Brilliant .. loved it ... Jay O Sanders was a truly brilliant narrator ...made the listening spell binding ...
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I am not a scary story person, but if the story is good, I will enjoy it. This was one that was hard to start, but kept my interest until the scary guy is not human. I was disappointed when I was at that point, but it wasn't obvious until near the end, so I finished it.
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