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Seize the Night | [Dean Koontz]

Seize the Night

Moonlight Bay: a safe, secluded small town that is at its most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name. But now, somewhere in the night, children are disappearing. Christopher Snow believes that the children are still alive. He is convinced the disappearances have everything to do with the catastrophic effects of secret research conducted deep within Fort Wyvern. To keep those secrets, violent and powerful forces are willing to conceal even the most heinous crimes.
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Publisher's Summary

Moonlight Bay, California: a safe, secluded small town that is at its most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name. But now, somewhere in the night, children are disappearing.

When he sets out to find the missing five-year-old son of a former sweetheart, Christopher Snow believes that the lost children are still alive. He is convinced the disappearances have everything to do with the catastrophic effects of secret research conducted deep within Fort Wyvern. To keep those secrets, extremely violent and powerful forces are willing to conceal even the most heinous crimes.

Never before in Dean Koontz's phenomenal writing career has he created a character quite like Christopher Snow: a creation so complex, so fascinating that the author has felt compelled to return to him. Fans of Fear Nothing already know why. Those who meet him for the first time in Seize the Night will soon join millions of others whose imaginations have been touched by this unique character and the extraordinary, eerie world of Moonlight Bay.

First Snow: download Dean Koontz's original Moonlight Bay thriller, Fear Nothing (Unabridged).

©1998 Dean Koontz; (P)1998 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"No best-selling suspense novelist creates magnetic characters as consistently as Koontz does....This novel stands as vintage Koontz, a rousing crowd-pleaser that recapitulates some of his recurrent themes." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Melanie garner, NC, USA 01-12-07
    Melanie garner, NC, USA 01-12-07
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    "Thrilling"

    Reading this book might have made it fall short of some of Koontz' work, but the narrative was brought chillingly to life by Keith Szarabajka. I found it to be chillingly addictive and thoroughly entertaining...full of the chuckles, surprises, empathetic tears and goosebumps that I had expected when I purchased it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary LAKELAND, FL, United States 06-03-13
    Mary LAKELAND, FL, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the Moonlight Bay series!"
    If you could sum up Seize the Night in three words, what would they be?

    This is the second in the Moonlight Bay series, and I was thrilled when I saw it after having finished Fear Nothing. The same narrator narrates both and I cannot imagine another voice doing Christopher Snow. It took me a chapter or two in Fear Nothing to warm up to him, but now he IS Christopher Snow. This book picks up quite quickly where Fear Nothing left off and expands upon the original mysteries and general weirdness. Again, all of the typical Koontz elements are present: underdog hero, great canine best friend, sarcastic best friend, sassy, strong-willed girlfriend and adorable kids. Also typical to Koontz, there are times when the page drags a bit and he's a little more descriptive than he really needs to be, but I always forgive him as soon as the action picks up and it almost always does. I enjoyed both of the books in this series!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Cindy Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Strange things happen in this book!"
    If you could sum up Seize the Night in three words, what would they be?

    Strange bizarre happenings.


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

    Plot not only kept me on the edge of my seat, I found myself sitting in my car listening after I read my destinations.


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

    I so enjoyed Keith Szarabajka narration...I loved the dialog between the two main characters and the accents Keith used.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    edward VAN WERT, OH, United States 09-17-12
    edward VAN WERT, OH, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "this is a great book"
    Would you listen to Seize the Night again? Why?

    Yes and I have listened to it about 15 times allready on tape but the tapes got wore out. I just wish they would do a third book to this story to tell what happened after the ship showed up off shore and how far along the mutations go as well.


    What other book might you compare Seize the Night to and why?

    Other than Fear Nothing i would say By the Light of the Moon. Seems to have the same element of suspense and you cant really tell what the end is untill it happens even though by the time you get there you have about a dozen ideas that he has planted into your head along the way.


    What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

    He has done a superb job with this one.


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

    No just has allways kept me interested right to the very end no matter how many times i read or listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Very very good work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 06-19-12
    Amazon Customer United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Device issues?"
    What made the experience of listening to Seize the Night the most enjoyable?

    Great story, well dramatized by Keith Szarabajka!


    What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

    He did such a great job with pace and changing of voices - overall just well delivered.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been impressed by Koontz's grasp of human psychology. He is not afraid to look into and invite us to look into the human mind. From slightly crass humor to deeply touching insights - Koontz covers the whole gamut.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nevermore 07-23-14
    Nevermore 07-23-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Poor followup"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. The first novel in this two part series was absolutely phenomenal, one of the best works of literature I've ever read. Not just a "horror story" or a "mystery", but truly great literature, up there with the very best of Stephen King (i.e. Hearts in Atlantis) or even older greats like Fitzgerald. This book, however, is just a typical crappy kinda-horror story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It should have lived up to the first story or never been written.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wasn't really a great scene.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not a chance. Even reading it was a mistake. Kind of the literary equivalent of Highlander 2, or the Matrix sequels, or the Star Wars Prequels: A work so bad it damages the enjoyment of the earlier works.


    Any additional comments?

    Rumor has it that Dean wasn't happy with this novel either, and that he's waiting to finish it with a third when he can really do it justice. I hope so!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Houston, TX, United States 02-28-14
    Ryan Houston, TX, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "First Koontz book didn't leave me disappointed!"
    Would you listen to Seize the Night again? Why?

    Maybe in the future. It was a really good book.


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

    I loved the time travel aspect. I was wondering what would happen next at every turn.


    What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

    He didn't talk too low, I hate having to turn the volume up really loud to hear the narrator over road noise.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found myself sitting in my garage not wanting to get out of my truck after my commute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Palisade, CO USA 02-25-14
    Chris Palisade, CO USA 02-25-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Captain Alliteration!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was not jaw-dropping, but the writing was what I always expect, and get, from Mr. Koontz.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line was fine, but the writing brings the reader into the extra-ordinary world of the characters, defining the world of the paranormal in the readers mind like Koontz and a few others do so well. Good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edin Lantana, FL, United States 01-29-14
    Edin Lantana, FL, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Masterpiece of Storytelling"
    What made the experience of listening to Seize the Night the most enjoyable?

    Keith Szarabajka " voice on "Christopher Snow" Character .was spot on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Atmosphere and uncertainty was crafted so good , i felt as if i was on a Journey with "Christopher Snow" and all the elements that came his way i felt it .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Monkey Scene , cause "Mr Snow" Character shows sympathy for them in a way and their unfortunate faith .


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    at the very end , but am not gonna spoil it .


    Any additional comments?

    Dean Koontz" created such an interesting "Character" Christopher Snow is one of the Koontz best .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Netaw PUYALLUP, WA, United States 09-22-13
    Netaw PUYALLUP, WA, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Original Story, I love the easter eggs."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book. It's a wonderful tale. Koontz brings you into a world that could be, and sends you through the mind and heart of a true hero.


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

    I wouldn't say on the edge of my seat, but it most certainly kept my interest. My concern for the characters felt real. I found myself in my truck, telling the characters to watch out.


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

    His tone of voice really fits the character. At least my vision of him. He's very low key with a big heart, and Keith brings it out for you to identify with Chris.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely. Rarely do I wish my commute were longer, but, this was one of those times.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Easter Eggs. I read the Odd Thomas series before this, and now I'm waiting for Oddy and Chris to meet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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