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The Bad Place | [Dean Koontz]

The Bad Place

Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name - and that he is in great danger. Having taken refuge in a motel, he wakes again only to find his hands covered in blood. As far as he knows, he's no killer. But whose blood is this, and how did it get there?
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Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name - and that he is in great danger. Having taken refuge in a motel, he wakes again only to find his hands covered in blood. As far as he knows, he's no killer. But whose blood is this, and how did it get there?

Over the next few days Frank develops a fear of sleep, because each time he wakes, he discovers strange objects in his hands and pockets - objects far more frightening than blood.

Husband-and-wife detective team Bobby and Julie Dakota specialize in high-ticket corporate security investigations, but when a distraught and desperate Frank Pollard begs them to watch over him, they can't refuse. Out of compassion - and curiosity - they agree to get to the bottom of his mysterious, amnesiac fugues.

It seems a simple job: just follow a client who wants to be watched and tell him where he winds up. But as the Dakotas begin to discover where their client goes when he sleeps, they are drawn slowly into ever-darkening realms where they encounter the ominous figure stalking Frank. Their lives are threatened, as is that of Julie's gentle, Down's-syndrome brother, Thomas.

To Thomas, death is "the bad place" from which there is no return. But Julie and Bobby - and their tortured client - ultimately learn that equally bad places exist in the world of the living, places so steeped in evil that, in contrast ,death seems almost a relief.

©2004 Dean Koontz; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Chris Bozeman, MT, United States 12-19-12
    Chris Bozeman, MT, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Right on par"

    My favorite Koontz books are the ones where there is no hocus pocus - time travel, aliens and the like. I like Koontz charachters that are simply creepy enough to hold their own without supernatural capabilities. This is not one of those books, but the antagonists are certainly creepy.

    The narators do a great job and the story is solid enough to keep you engaged. Worth a credit.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Root Dorn 10-20-10
    Root Dorn 10-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "THE BEST KOONTZ"

    The is flat out THE BEST book Koontz ever wrote....Well this and the Odd series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Gordonville, PA, USA 06-23-08
    Debra Gordonville, PA, USA 06-23-08
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    "author's best"

    very interesting, great characters, great story. don't always enjoy all of his books, but this one is a MUST. good pace. never boring.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Wallingford, PA, United States 07-06-09
    Kim Wallingford, PA, United States 07-06-09
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    "One of the best books:"

    I normally like to read the book so my mind can better act out the characters, visualize the scenes, etc.

    This book was such a wonderful listen I found it hard to not listen to until the end.

    I so enjoyed it I had to buy the paperback so I could read it myself, nonetheless the narrators did such a wonderful job I don't know if my mind can out do them.

    I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-21-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-21-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "DISGUSTING"

    This is perverted crap.

    Can I be more clear? How about a psychotic cretin, excitedly eating the throat of a 15 year old girl, drinking her blood - then identically butchering her 17 year old brother. I leapt from the shower (the only reason that this much demented dung sprayed out) and stopped this thing as the monster found their mother asleep in her bed as well.

    Worse, Koontz plays the scene through the satisfied pleasure the monster felt with each gulp of blood and flesh: Shared with us his first-person intimate pleasures in these acts.

    Audible recommended this excrement to me. I even hesitate to post this review. Why? There is a reason that talk radio hosts do not invite KKK members for debate. Klansmen do not care that the host will humiliate and discredit their views. They only want the publicity to let other similarly dangerous cretins find, and join their racist crusades.

    Koontz is like them in his apparent mission to assemble a profitable army of sadists. Reviews of his work allow him to prowl for like-minds and feed their imaginations. This is disgusting stuff. I wonder if Koontz writes this carnage for therapy or to incite? Regardless, I shall return "The Bad Place" and warn you to not go anywhere near it. The book's aptly named.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 09-07-09
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 09-07-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Pretty Good Bad Place"

    I can't believe I've lived as many years as I have and never read any Dan Koontz. Now, of course, I'm hooked. As I haven't read any others by him, I can't compare this one - but I found it gripping, fun, imaginative, and I cared about his characters (the main ones). It's well read; voices become part of the characters and the story comes even more alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Detroit, MI, United States 04-20-09
    Lee Detroit, MI, United States 04-20-09
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    "Excellent..ear candy!"

    I think this is one of Dean Koontz's best books. I read it back couple of years ago,but listening to it being read the way it was,was a awesome ear candy treat. The readers made the book come to life,by changing there tone,and word articulations,reading in sync with the character they represented. A must have for your audio library.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MikeB 06-14-14
    MikeB 06-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of koontz best"
    Where does The Bad Place rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best koontz books I've ever read. Loved it as usual. Will read it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story


    What does Carol Cowan and Michael Hanson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrators


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Spooky scary


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-16-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining escape."

    A monstrous human wants to kill Frank and frequently kills others. This wasn’t my favorite Koontz book, but it was good. Koontz is excellent at creating and describing characters, dialogue, and events. My favorite Koontz stories consist of one or two characters who face obstacles, struggle, become stronger, and survive or succeed. This story is more about uncovering the mystery, getting closer, then luckily managing to survive, with scars. Some of the battle scars are the loss of loved ones and good people. I require happy endings, and this met my requirement. See spoiler below for a comment about the ending.

    I was intrigued with the unusual characters and some every day characters. For example, one guy was asked for a picture. He said nothing and slammed the door. She knocks again. He opens the door. She asks for the picture again. He says I was on my way to get it and slams the door again. An example of unusual characters, the twins were weird and mesmerizing. They liked being naked, living among cats on the floor, kissing each other, and inhabiting animal minds.

    NARRATORS:
    There were two narrators. Michael Hanson was excellent. Sadly I don’t want to listen to Carol Cowan narrate anything. I cannot adequately describe her, but it’s similar to self satisfied and arrogant, maybe like someone saying “I know, I know” to shut me up.

    Genre: paranormal suspense thriller.

    CAUTION SPOILER (a vague comment about the ending):
    This is what I would have liked knowing in advance. The ending was happy for a minority of the good guys. And it was bad for the bad guy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Duncan, OK, United States 12-16-10
    Amazon Customer Duncan, OK, United States 12-16-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The Bad Place"

    I had a hard time getting into this book. The characters never really grabbed me. Also, the plot was unbelievable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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