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New York Times Bestseller

Do you dare step through the red door? Spencer Grant had no idea what drew him to the bar with the red door. He thought he would just sit down, have a slow beer or two, and talk to a stranger. He couldn’t know that it would lead to a narrow escape from a bungalow targeted by a SWAT team. Or that it would leave him a wanted man.

But now Spencer is on the run from mysterious and ruthless men. He is in love with a woman he knows next to nothing about. And he is hiding from a past he can’t fully remember. On his trail is a shadowy security agency that answers to no one - including the U.S. government - and a man who considers himself a compassionate Angel of Death. But worst of all, Spencer Grant is on a collision course with inner demons he thought he’d buried years ago - inner demons that could destroy him if his enemies don’t first.

©1994 Dean Koontz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excellent plot & narration.

The storyline is excellent, with great twists, & a great presentation by the Narrator. This narrator did a great job in presnting different character voices. This led to enjoying the audio book beimg quite memorable. Highly recommended! :-)

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Great Story!!!

This is an older Koontz and the technology would have been from 1994; however, Koontz is very farsighted and wrote some great advanced technology in this future setting. I loved it! It had a great balance of politics, intrigue, sex and romance. The sex was intense, the romance was tender and dear. I don't know why I hadn't read/listened to this sooner, but it was great.

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Eerily Relevant for 2020.

I love Dean Koontz and have read this book in paper form many times. I enjoyed listening to it just as much. The difference between reading it years ago and listening to it now is less about the performance and more about the content.
The last time I read this book, the secondary theme of fascism was just as fictional in my own life as the emotional turmoil of the main character. But now...the subversive manipulation of how our country is being controlled is far more real and much more scary than any artist’s abattoir.
This book is well written, relevant, and engaging. I will be listening to it again very soon.

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People uncomfortable with imperfection, Beware.

While I loved the book and always look forward to more by Koontz, I really hated the villain. While we we are usually supposed to hate the villain, his ideals hit too close to home. I had to put the audiobook away for a few days and come back to it because it unsettled me too much. Otherwise, the book was great.

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Long but good

A great Koontz novel, but too much rambling. It was like listening to someone tell a story that goes on and on. U can’t roll ur eyes because that would be rude. Good story line in the end.

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Disturbing and twisted

I have read other Dean Koontz books in the past that were good. This book it’s truly disturbing and disgusting.

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This is the Future

Unfortunately, it seems this is exactly where we're headed. The US is becoming more intrusive and totalitarianistic with each passing day.

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this story stands the test of time

More relevant today than ever before, A must read for students of politics and all Americans. I wish this was required reading in high schools. Society is on the precipice of a dark cliff. Don't lie to the dog.

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Less is more....

I like Koontz but I found myself skipping over the bad guy's endless diatribes. If you plan to listen to this book please get the abridged. You'll miss nothing.
Men speaking in what they think are 'womanly' voices is just....creepy.

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wow! very deep and intriguing.

really good book. I had a hard time turning it off and went through it super fast!

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  • david
  • 01-27-19

Stick with it......

Slow burner for me. Koontz goes into too much detail and turns what should be a gripping, exciting situation into a snail race.......

It does improve though. I'm glad a stick with it. The narrator is outstanding and really does bring the characters to life.

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  • Chris Hunt
  • 05-02-19

Unusual

Very descriptive. The villain is as bad as can be, Dean’s baddies are alwaays the very best of Evil. Loved the story. It seems to be wound up at the end rather quickly, which I found odd for one of Dean’s books. He seems to have left it open for a sequel? Not sure, we may find out.

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  • LJP7
  • 03-16-21

Well-read tech suspense thriller

If you like Dean Koontz, you'll love this reading. The narrator makes suitable effort with the various characters' voices and reads at a perfect pace. The story feeds on some conspiracy theory paranoia and is somewhat dated in its tech-related terminology but that makes it kinda sweet in a way. Some very adult themes. Overall, enjoyable but not quite brilliant. Worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-20

Another great Dean Koontz title

Narrator was excellent. Dean Koontz is a master of words and fiction. If I could write a book a 1/4 as good, then I'd be happy. Try Elsewhere which is his new one.

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  • Tracey Williams
  • 06-04-20

Read the book many years ago

Loved it then, loved it being read to me now. Great narration and a really good susoenseful book with amazing technology fir its time. Thanks!

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  • 06-03-20

Nauseating narration

An excellent story line.

However, the narration is truly awful in my opinion. The simpering, affected, sickening tones that the narrator uses made me feel physically sick in places.

Particularly his tones during Eve's bedroom performance. And also some of the descriptions of people, it makes him sould like a pervert.

And then to cap it all, at the end, Ron develops a perfect British accent - except that it is Australian!!

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  • roo vw
  • 05-05-20

Couldn't stop listening or reading this book.

I found this interesting and in some ways thought provoking the idea of how technology can be obused

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-21

Tiresome

I listened to 2 thirds in the hope it would improve. It doesn’t. Total tripe. This rated a minus star rating.



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  • Loretta.
  • 06-28-21

Dark Rivers Of The Heart by Dean Koontz

Loved this Book thank you Dean Koontz what would I do with out your amazing books Thank you Scott Merrimen for reading to me very much appreciated 💖💖💖💖💖

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-21

Didn’t disappoint

I’ve read this multiple times and listened to it once and it didn’t disappoint. Best book by dean for me. Couple of flat moments which just lead you to another high. One to keep in my library for sure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-15-18

Long Winded

i have read a lot of Dean Koontz's books but this one is not for me, he just waffles on with his descriptions to the point of boredom. This is the first of his books that i won't be finishing.

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  • Dearne G.
  • 05-15-18

Waffly

Frustrated with the unnecessary waffling. I found myself saying “get on with it”, out loud, on the bus!