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Publisher's Summary

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.

Now he 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 R. Koontz; (P)1994 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"As usual, Koontz's writing is flawless....Dark Rivers of the Heart is exciting, entertaining, and thoughtful." (Denver Post)
"The government's activities...help create an atmosphere of intense paranoia and fear. This superb suspense novel will surely delight the author's many fans." (Library Journal)
"Viscerally exciting....An extended, tense tour de force....An expertly crafted, ornate suspenser....Koontz fans will love it." (Publishers Weekly)

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Psychos in Love

This book takes a look at the dangers of our asset forfeiture laws in the USA. In fact, after the story is over the audiobook continues with an author interview where this topic is discussed in depth.

I found this story to be rather complex with several themes or sub-plots. It kept me quite entertained through out the whole book. As always, Koontz creates a complex villain whose twisted logic leaves you praying that nobody like them really exists.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Mazjanis
  • Portland, ME, United States
  • 11-10-07

Good Read

This book reminded me very much of his other book, "The Good Guy" but the lead characters were much more likable like "Odd Thomas." Interesting how the Technology can be so dated so quickly. The narration and pace were excellent. A bit unbelievable but fun reading.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Yolande
  • Talladega, AL, USA
  • 11-03-07

Koontz Classic

As usual Dean Koontz has written a tale of surprise and horror. It is more down to earth than some of his books which makes it more terrifying. Excellent!! A must read.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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great characters

Another great Koontz novel. A slow start but a very exciting plot. I love the unusual characters. I wish some of the revelations had been alittle earlier to help understand the characters. This is one I will definately listen to again.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Villian

I really enjoyed this story, The villian was someone you love to hate.
The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was cause I thought it could have done without the cheesy dreamy music in the beginning and at the end, just made it more distracting that "mysterious".

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Gordon
  • Lindon, UT, United States
  • 07-20-09

Extreme Paranoia

My wife and I really enjoyed this book. We are Dean Koontz fans forever. Dark Rivers of the Heart intertwines Big-Brother, high-tech, ultimate evil, innocence trampled, and the truth that freedom has a price; it is not a given. The characters are superb. The notion that "Love at first site" can happen to anyone was a wonderful twist to a story that grabs you and never lets you go, even when the book is done. We hope that there will be a sequel to this book. This is as entertaining as the Odd Thomas series, but with a lot more action. This is definitely a keeper.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Donna
  • black canyon city, AZ, USA
  • 04-21-08

keep you on the edge

this is one of the best it keep you going the whole time and the ending is the best..

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amy
  • Dawsonville, GA, USA
  • 04-21-08

Excellent Listening

This was an awesome book! I love Dean Koontz! I've read all his books! Anyone who enjoys this genre of reading will love listening to this book!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Terry
  • Pomfret Center, CT, USA
  • 11-20-07

Riveting

This is a fast-paced, action-packed book. It captured me from the beginning, when Spencer Clark went searching obsessively for a woman who was late for work. He'd only just met her the night before. The scenes moved so quickly, I couldn't just leave my car when I arrived at my destinations (even work); I had to wait till a lull in the action. Dean Koontz's usual dog character Rocky was thoroughly enjoyable, although I constantly worried about what could happen to him if all went wrong. This was not a book for relaxing! Once again, the author has written a good one.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A chilling realtime Matrix

This is a chillingly realistic dark tale, of our ignorance.

In our search for an ideal world with standards of high moral and justice, we have made a jungle of laws. Inside this jungle a merciless state agency operates, with a 90 percent worldwide population reduction plan.....a plan for an ideal world.

The two main characters, witch is hunted through this high speed techno thriller, will give you a memorable real-time Matrix experience!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful