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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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    Darlene Richardson 02-18-08 Member Since 2008
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    "2nd in a series"

    Christofer Snow in another tale that follows the first book "Fear Nothing". This tale is just as engaging as the first book and just as original. I give them both 5 stars, but 10 would be more appropriate!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 11-26-07
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 11-26-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent"

    I loved this book. Its better than Fear Nothing but you should read Fear Nothing first to get all the important background information. Seize the night starts where Fear Nothing ended and takes the reader on a fantastic ride into hell and back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 01-05-07
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 01-05-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Sorry Dean"

    I normally love Koontz, I have listened to most of what is available on audible. However, I found this one wanting. One Snow book was enough. At many points in the book I felt like I was just re-reading the last one, I needed snow tires to keep from getting stuck. Odd Thomas made a good series, each one was quite original in it's own way. In this book, my favorite character (the dog) was not even in most of it!! Can't win them all. Go back to writing Odd Thomas, Dean, you left us hanging in the last one.

    10 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bartlett, TN, United States 02-05-07
    Michael Bartlett, TN, United States 02-05-07

    Finding the mysteries and thrills of life and spirituality.

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    "A Disappointed Koontz Fan"

    I first read Dean Koontz with Intensity. That was the best book I've ever read. I went on to read many of the books he had out then. These days, Koontz' writing has gotten too humorous. While humor is a nice addition to some volumes, to many it is a nuisance. Seize the night is just way out there - so far that I cannot go there. Couple that with the fact that the narrator of this book is hard to listen to for more than 15 minutes at a time and you have a book that is impossible to listen to. I'll try it again down the road but right now, I'm giving up on this book.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Boring... bailed after about an hour."
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    Narrator is monotone... but not bad, just boring. The first 10-15 minutes are great. Then Dean starts to write about a troupe of monkeys roaming the street for 30 minutes. When that finally ended I had hopes that he would return to an interesting plot. Then he starts writing about a flock of birds for over another 10 minutes. Every second line is some inane metaphor more boring than the pack of monkeys.

    Horrible is not a strong enough word for this pile of letter vomit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MissSweet 05-21-14
    MissSweet 05-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "2nd half made up for the 1st"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would eliminate most of the first half of this book. It was frustrating. I promise, no spoilers... let me just say this... the book begins with, what I would consider, an emergency situation and the main character "hero" shows no sense of urgency. The slow pace, frequent and tiresome descriptions of darkness and ridiculous Surfer Lingo almost made me give up on this book, BUT I’m glad I didn’t. The second half, the pace picked up and became much more interesting. I ended up enjoying it the story.


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

    Yes, and I have. I have read the Odd Thomas Series and a few other titles byt Koontz.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Keith Szarabajka?

    Yes, he did a fine job with this book.


    Did Seize the Night inspire you to do anything?

    This book made me think a little deeper about what it might be like to go "sideways."


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karla Hudson, WI, USA 11-25-07
    Karla Hudson, WI, USA 11-25-07
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    "I love..."

    Christopher Snow! When will there be another book?

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    01-11-07
    01-11-07 Member Since 2001
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    "slow"

    The story was told in the first person and I think the readers voice sounded to old.I had trouble remembering the story was about a young man in his 20's.They should have used the reader
    for odd thomas.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Donn Shumway 12-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Ponderous, Preposterous and Pitiful"

    I normally enjoy Dean Koontz books but this one seems to have been written when his judgement and editors were out to lunch. Every description has at least three increasingly inane comparators. In what should be an exciting scene, it drones on forever while perfectly spoiling any suspense that may have been built. The reader was awful and it was all I could do to get through it. Find something else.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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