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Can an ordinary guy make extraordinary choices in a battle between humanity and unearthly evil?

Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary town - a college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. When a series of strange intuitions leads him to a crime in progress, Joe jumps headlong into danger without hesitation. In the aftermath, he wonders about the uncanny impulse that suddenly swept over him.

Until new friend Portia Montclair, the strangely wise daughter of the local police chief, explains to him what sent him ricocheting around town like a crazy pinball. Portia tells of another reality, a reality more thrilling - and terrifying - than Joe ever imagined. Timeless, elemental forces of good and evil have come to the quiet town of Little City: a cosmic entity capable of infecting human beings, and the seeker who has chosen Joe to find it.

To stop the malevolent invader, this average Joe must be braver than he ever thought possible...and face the hardest decisions of his life.

©2017 Dean Koontz (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Wow, seriously crackers...

Wow, seriously crackers, insane! This is a crazy story of time travel (one of my favorite tropes), and it's combined with a bit of horror (come on, it's Koontz!), as Joe finds himself an unwitting hero, a paladin of sorts.
There's a dog... a very special dog... a golden retriever ( No... Really? )!
Joe has to confront his new "reality", and did I tell you there's a dog... Lol
The audio edition was done with James Patrick Cronin's and his narration is pitch-perfect, and dead-on-the-money for this story... Overall rating = Wow!  ★★★★★
 
This ebook w/whisper sync, actually has animated graphics called "Kindle in Motion". It's kinda cool, but the 5 stars had little or nothing to do with this feature.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Yesssss. This is the Dean Koontz I Love.

This seemed like going home. I missed the golden retriever, the sense of dark and unusual and the good guy. Anxiously waiting for it to continue....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An amazing tale

Dean Koonz never fails to surprise and to make a reader think of incredible possibilities. I love the way Joe handles his newly acquired abilities, and the development of his charactetr as well as the others.
I highly recommend this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another Dean Koontz winner

Unlike Stephen King, whose stories often have negative endings, Dean Koontz, works are usually positive. It's not that I dislike King or and I do not need "They lived happily ever after". Dean has found a middle ground and it's terrific..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fun romp through the multiverse!

Time and space collide for a wild and fun ride! In the humdrum of every day life, extraordinary things do happen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Short and sweet, a satisfying SciFi romp

I knew it was a quick one and it didn't disappoint. Vivid in its descriptions and direct in its action. I enjoyed it and it reminded me of pieces from the Sci Fi anthology works I read years ago. It blends a little of several genres along with some coming of age pathos.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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wets your appetite for more

Dean Koontz is back! I thought this was really good and I am looking forward to more Ricochet Joe. He included some interesting ideas and I am looking forward to seeing how he can manipulate those for a full novel. I felt like the character development was rushed but I would imagine it was due to the short nature of the novella. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoyed Odd Thomas and Mr. Koontz's older Moonlight Cove novels, Watchers, etc.

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Outstanding!

This short story has everything look for in a Koontz tale! It has loads of suspense mixed with humor and irony. I highly wit! Classic Dean Koontz.

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I expected better

I’m a huge Dean Koontz fan and this book was ok. I wouldn’t recommend it unless it’s free.

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disappointed

The narration was disappointing, and made it hard to listen to the end. I had higher hopes.

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  • 01-13-18

GooD short story

Really enjoyed this, being short it’s a good motorway listen for that mundane 2 hr journey
Good story which could easily become a longer novel or series