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Lightning | [Dean Koontz]

Lightning

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.
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Publisher's Summary

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery.

Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?

©2007 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"The paradox in time travel's tampering with history provides an interesting twist in this gripping thriller by a popular writer." (Library Journal)
"Fast paced and satisfying." (People)

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    Paula WolmaransstadSouth Africa 06-25-09
    Paula WolmaransstadSouth Africa 06-25-09
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    "Great listening"

    This is one of my all-time favorite Koontz-books, which I have read countless times. It was a treat to finally listen to it as well. But it's a pity that other fantastic Koontz titles like "The door to December" and "Watchers" aren't available at Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Winnfield, LA, USA 06-06-09
    Dianne Winnfield, LA, USA 06-06-09
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    "Solid Koontz entry"

    I first fell in love with Dean Koontz via 'Odd Thomas'. Odd's story remains one of my favorites as have some of his other titles (The Watcher is a must read). Lightening Road is a very satisfying read. The thing about Koontzs' work that I love is his ability to transport me immediately to the scene and keep me on the edge of my seat. I felt the same way about Lightening Road. Loved the characters, their struggle and undying hope. It is well worth your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Moore Springfield, IL 03-29-14
    Anthony Moore Springfield, IL 03-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "It's been done before"
    What did you like best about Lightning? What did you like least?

    Nothing really stands out, as a fan of Dean Koontz I believe this may not be up there with some of his other books.


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

    yes, I'm a fan of his work.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Did a good job, despite the story falling apart.


    Did Lightning inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-26-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Daily Deals provide a heck of deal!"

    No way I'd have read this had it not been a daily deal. So glad I did!
    If nothing else, this book gives you characters you will love. It's an interesting twist on time travel and all it's paradoxes. And it's a mystery that surprised me, something I'm always grateful for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-03-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Good story"

    Very inventive, solid story about the life of one special girl and a man who is fighting his own internal battle between good and evil. The story moves along pretty fast with just a few places that lagged but there are good characters that make up for it.

    I am reading another Koontz book and I can't help thinking that if I had read this one I would have enjoyed it more. The narrator does good voices but his regular narration is very monotone. To each his own.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved It!"

    This was my first reading of Dean Koontz, and won't be my last. So glad it was on sale, so I could give this author a try.,
    The story is quite mysterious from the start, and keeps you guessing all the way through the book. Found myself laughing and crying in this book, and that's what makes a novel a 5 star for me. I love to get wrapped up with the characters lives, letting my emotions go. It's very well written and the narration was excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12
    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Decent Read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved Odd Thomas. I loved Watchers. So I looked for the highest rated Dean Koontz book on Audible. And this is it. So maybe I was just a little disappointed. It's an okay story but I don't think it is as good as the other two.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dean Koontz before, how does this one compare?

    Better than Forever Odd, but not as good as Watchers or Odd Thomas.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good job of reading the story.


    Do you think Lightning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the characters covered the full spectrum.


    Any additional comments?

    I think my expectations were too high.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Becky 01-23-11
    Becky 01-23-11
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    "I wanted to like it"

    I love time-travel stories, but this one took way too long to develop. Maybe I should have purchased the abridged version. I really wanted to like it, but overall, I can't say that I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 12-16-10
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 12-16-10 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "Great story. Highly creative. Great reading."

    A compelling story right from the start. It weaves and turns, but kudos to Mr. Koontz as he manages to catch all the potential loose ends that tend to get left hanging in other stories tackling a similar theme. Great job. Great twists.

    I have to also give huge kudos to the reader, Christopher Lane. Mr. Lane's command of multiple voices, styles, accents and inflections made listening to this story such a compelling read. Well done.

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    Ida 12-09-10
    Ida 12-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "What is it? A mystery? Sci-Fi? A disappointment"

    I actually enjoyed listening to the narrator. The narrator was one of the positives related to this story. I thought the variety provided to the characters' voices was very good and realistic. In addition, I loved the first part of this story up until the "guardian angel's" identity and background was revealed. What a disappointment. If you like science fiction, you may like the changes. In my opinion, the change was a disruption to the plot line and really did not fit into what I expected. A lot of mumbo jumbo that was really not part of the story. (I think that I have seen the movie on which this may have been based.) I have stopped listening to the story because of the unrealistic and abrupt twist to the plot and characters. The change in behavior and personalities of the heroine and her son was incredulous. It was like a different story was inserted into the one that I was listening to and I missed the transition. I was not prepared for the ridiculousness of the second part. I may go back and finish listening, but not anytime soon. I wish I could give 2.5 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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