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Publisher's Summary

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery.

Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?

©2007 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"The paradox in time travel's tampering with history provides an interesting twist in this gripping thriller by a popular writer." (Library Journal)
"Fast paced and satisfying." (People)

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  • Barry
  • Katy, TX, United States
  • 01-01-09

One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

I am an occasional Dean Koontz fan, I've read several of his books and have had mixed opinions about them. I like his novels that have a more serious tone, like this one does. Not a lot of "boy-meets-girl" crap and corny dialogue, as in some of his novels. This is just a very well-crafted story that moves very smoothly along, with suspense in all the right places. Classic Koontz. I'm very glad I got this one, it was a good use of a credit.
The narrator did an excellent job, too. It was the first time I'd heard him, and I was very impressed with his skill.

119 of 121 people found this review helpful

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KOONTZCELLENT

I would not call this a horror, it is more in the line of B movie stuff. It reminded me a little of Life Expectancy and of the Frankenstein books, only better. When I say B Movie I do not mean stupid. This is intelligently written. By B movie, I mean he brings back all those things that you used to wonder about and go wow.

When DK is hitting on all cylinders such as in this book, then he throws everything in except the kitchen sink, and you never know which direction he is going to take you next. This book has Time Travelers, a Guardian Angel, Nazi's, junkies, lots of guns, lots of lightning, an eel, orphans, and a love story. DK even gets the love story right.

This is the best book I have listened to in over a year.

48 of 50 people found this review helpful

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  • John M
  • Lafayette, CA USA
  • 09-24-08

Very Enjoyable Read

This audiobook definitely passed my "5-star" test - I was always eager to get to my commute so I could continue with the story.

In many ways it is a very familiar Dean Koontz story: multiple storylines that converge toward the end; good people are really, really good; bad people are irredeemably evil; lots of humor; some mild horror-ish moments, etc.

It is true that any book that deals with time travel requires you to suspend belief - and this one is more implausible than most. However, once you get past that one plot device (it isn't hard, since the story is great) then you are in for a great ride.

There were some nice plot twists at the end that I did not see coming. The pacing was great, the story highly enjoyable, the characters interesting, and the narration terrific. If you want a fun story with action, character development, romance, and a bit of sci-fi, this one if for you.

78 of 82 people found this review helpful

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Great Koontz book

I've listened to about five of the Dean Koontz books here on Audible and this one was my favorite. I usually listen to books as I fall asleep, but this one kept me up wondering what was going to happen next. It's a shame that the description here is so vague, though it's hard to say more without giving away the plot turns that made this story so intriguing. I highly recommend.

43 of 45 people found this review helpful

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One of my favorite Dean Koontz books

This is one my favorite Dean Koontz books - its merit comes from true mystery and suspense, rather than from the shock value of horror and supernatural events of his later works. Written in the later part of the 1980's, its content is still timely. I read it several times years ago and enjoyed my recent listen as much as I did my first read.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Thumbs Up!

Brilliantly researched and executed. It's DK as only he can do. Narration was one of the best ever and had my attention from beginning to end.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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My favorite Koontz

I've read all of the Odd Thomas books. Also, Velociy and The Good Guy. If you've read those and like them, get this one. My favorite of his so far.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Brie
  • McQueeney, TX, USA
  • 03-18-09

NOW we're talkin'

THIS is why I listen to Koontz - riveting, non-stop action. I will be thinking about these characters for a very long time. Absolutely one of the best Koontz I have heard since the Odd series. Worth every dime I paid.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Tons of Twists and Turns

STORY - (Suspense) Like the Publisher's Summary says, there's lightning and a stranger. Is he a guardian angel, the devil in disguise or a master of time and space?

I don't know how I can write anything about this story without giving something away, so I will just comment that it is unusual and very good. I was expecting it to possibly be scary, but it isn't. There's sadness and violence, but there's also humor and love. This is my first Koontz novel, but it's not going to be my last.

PERFORMANCE - Good job with multiple voices and accents.

OVERALL - (Actual rating 4.5) Highly recommended for both guys and gals. Probably too much violence for young teenagers. Must be in the mood for some mystery with lots of action and suspense.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • DJM
  • Franklin, TN USA
  • 05-15-09

One of My Favorite Koontz Books

Three of my favorite Koontz books are Watchers, Strangers and Lightning, written one after another in the late 80s. In Lightning, Koontz provides the fast paced, suspenseful storytelling he is known for, and well developed characters that you care about. The narration is excellent. I couldn't leave this one in the car. I had to take it inside and play it through.

35 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • 08-09-10

Excellent book - superbly read

My husband is the Dean Koontz fan. I bought this in order that we could sit and listen to this together whilst I was knitting and he was not knitting! I fould it an excellently thought out book if a little 'strange' at first but coming to a fast paced finale. It was excellently read and I have to admit to a 'go faster, section that did my knitting no good at all. Really enjoyable.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • cliff
  • 07-30-13

How good can a book be...

OUTSTANDING.... I have listened to many audio books and this is one of those that just kept getting better, I could imagine it as a film easy.. great characters great story...if you listen to nothing else then listen to this...that is only my opinion?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • 01-24-09

Another winner from Koontz

I seem to find excuses to stay with Koontz' books and take every opportunity to keep listening. Again this has an interesting plot and great narrator ..and you just want to know what is going on.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • 08-08-12

Great!! Well thought out

I read this book many years ago and loved it then. Thought I would get it on audio to remind me if it was as good as I remembered and it was. Not your usual Dean Koontz Story but brilliant just the same. the charicters are well thought out and loveable. You feel the need to finish it to find out what happens to Laura through her life to see if she lives or dies???
What can I say Koontz at his finest and narrated very, very well.
Buy you will enjoy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Caroline
  • 03-01-11

different but still good

Great listen, great narration, not the normal Koontz ( of the few I have read), but very gripping. well worth getting

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-24-15

Slow Start But Stick With It.

Struggled at first but glad I persisted. Confusing, complex but brilliant. Off to by the kindle version.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Cynical Wench
  • 06-17-17

Fantastic engaging book, I recommend it.

What did you like most about Lightning?

Great concept, a little unusual. But it's great overall - characters draw you in, the thrill is maintained, good narration, and Koontz's usual writing style.

What did you like best about this story?

The mystery of the stranger.

Any additional comments?

If you like Koontz you will love this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • peter
  • 06-04-17

Very enjoyable

This book was fantastic narrator was a bit weird at times but still generally good

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  • Alan
  • 05-31-17

Good time

eveything about this audio book was great. I knew being Dean Koontz it would be but the reader also adds to the story
100% recomendation

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JONs110
  • 02-12-17

Lightning By Dean Koontz

I loved every minute of this book, the narration by Christopher Lane was fabulous, he really captured the essence of the story, making you feel as though you were there. The story is well written and in depth but without dribbling on and straying to far from the action. I don't want to spoil things so all I'll say regarding the storyline is brilliant, gripping and I didn't want it to finish.
This is my first book from Audible and I'm really impressed, let's hope the next follows suit.
JW

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 02-03-16

Worth listening to

I haven't read a lot of Dean Koontz over the years and was pleasantly surprised at how much his writing has improved and matured. This is a great story - quite original and believable. I loved the characters... well all except for grown up Thelma. She could never have been a successful comedy act in the real world because she was painfully UNfunny. At the start I had to keep rewinding as I felt the narrator spoke quite quickly but I got used to it.
All in all, a great story and I would recommend it.

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  • Alf
  • 07-25-17

great yarn

It is not my habit to write a review, after all who am I to criticise a professional writer. I enjoyed the story and the performance.