Dark Rivers of the Heart
The architect of the chase is a man of uncommon madness and cruelty -- ruthless, possibly psychotic,...more
I tried three separate times to finish reading Dark Rivers, but unfortunately, it simply couldn't hold my interest. At first, it seemed to have all the ear-marks of a fun, fast-paced, suspensful read. A man with a dark secret; a mysterious woman on the run from a secret, amoral government agency; a sociopathic serial killer cum secret government agent hot on their trail--all in all, this book could have been good. Hell, with its incorporation of high technology and cons...more
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. 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...more
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.
Critics of this book (I have just read some of the reviews) are quite understandable.I am a Filipino,but I am also a patronizer of the American politics.Many may say I do not know much,for I don't live under the American government,but they must also remember that this novel is not based on a true story.It's fiction,and everything is real and possible in a work of fiction.They can't criticize a fiction novel using reality as a basis,it's goin...more
Instead of a tidy, wrapped up, happy ending, things are unstable and open. The U.S. is not a good place to be. The bad guys (government) have NOT been stopped. They are compared to fascist Germany. The author wants readers angry at U.S. government abuses, hopefully to help bring about change. It sounds good to me. I’d love to see those changes. So, this book does hav...more
1.) The story is so shrouded in mystery that it's hard to have a good understanding of what's happening and why. I'm sure it eventually all becomes clear, but I find it hard to get into a story when I don't even know the motivation of the main character.
2.) The cheese factor. Dean Koontz is...more
Dark Rivers of the Heart starts with a gentleman named Spencer Grant, who strikes up a conversation with a lovely woman a...more
Bad points: Author dragged out the mystery of what was haunting one of the protagonists a bit too long. Got to the point where I just skipped ahead already, something I am usually too disciplined to do. Also, one of the psy...more
The negative aspects I noticed:
a) Cliche' cat and mouse chase
b) Heroes characters that are all good
c) Villain characters that are all bad
d) Repetition in novels of plot devices (i.e- a major plot element in this novel I can list about 7 other Koontz novels that use the same device)
I think that Koontz tends to lend his main characters...more
The good thing is that it all gets a little better in the end.
Koontz is a great writer, but after reading a few books, it gets a bit boring that he has the whole "its-almost-the-same-as-my-last-story-but-with-a-few-changes-in-character-and-situation-maybe-a-pinch-of-spirituality-for-fun-and-maybe-a-change-in-city-or-state" thing he's got going on.
But otherwise, he's awesome.
Overall, I liked it better than "What The Night Knows." There are a few story lines that seem to finish out unexplained. It's not my favorite Koontz story, though I haven't read any that I s...more
I like the fact that the story doesn't get far from what could happen in real life, except for a few moments towards the end. On the other hand I think it got a little boring.
I like the mistery envolving Spencer's past but at the same time I think that something is missing.
Anyway, I guess the bottom line is I like it but not enough to give it...more
I used to read a lot of books by Dean Koontz when I was a kid, probably ten or twelve by the time I was in college. As I got into more authors and different kinds of books, expanding my boundaries a bit, Koontz books more often than not spent their time on the shelf and not in my hands. But recently I’ve gone back and read a couple, and re-read Hideaway and Dark Rivers of the Heart, my two favorites of his from my teenage years.
Hideaway held up decently, but while reading Dark Rivers of t...more
Brutal and psychopatic storyline and characters - but I liked it :)
Great book and great development throughout the story. My first Koontz and I really liked it.
For those who liked to be scared.
Spencer Grant kennt seine Vergangenheit nicht. Er liebt eine Frau, von der er fast nichts weiß. Und er wird gnadenlos von einem Unbekannten namens Todesengel verfolgt. Doch der schlimmste Feind steckt in ihm sel...more
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more