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Seize The Night (Moonlight Bay #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,831 Ratings  ·  452 Reviews
After more than nine weeks on The New York Times bestseller list in hardcover, Seize the Night is now in paperback. Suspense master Dean Koontz returns to Moonlight Bay in this stand-alone novel that is also a sequel to the critically acclaimed bestseller, Fear Nothing.In picturesque Moonlight Bay, California, children are disappearing. From their homes. From the streets.T ...more
Published December 1st 1999 by Turtleback Books (first published 1998)
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Aug 05, 2011 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read "Seize the Night" before reading "Fear Nothing" simply because I picked it up at Target and didn't realize it was a sequel. I proceeded to read it in one day (staying up into the wee hours) and then spent the next day hunting down "Fear Nothing".

I loved everything about this book. The characters, the setting, the backstory, the dialogue...there was not one thing I would change. I remember sitting there re-reading the scene in the egg room over and over-it was unlike anything I had ever im
Not my favorite Dean Koontz book; I found myself getting annoyed with all the analyzing the main character does; it seems that every time anything happens, the narrator goes off into another long explanation which is supposed to be him guessing what is going on and philosophizing about what it all means, etc. This is ok at first but after awhile it gets to be way too much.

Also, the characters didn't seem real to me. I like the idea of having characters who do selfless acts for others, etc. But t
Matt Barker
Feb 28, 2010 Matt Barker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent follow-up to Fear Nothing. I liked both of these books very much, but this one was a bit scarier than the first. Definitely recommended!

Publisher's Summary

Moonlight Bay, California: a safe, secluded small town that is at its most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name. But now, somewhere in the night, children are disappearing.

When he sets out to find the missing five-year-old son of a former sweetheart, Christopher Snow believes that the lost children are still
Nicholas Beck
Dec 26, 2010 Nicholas Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second installment of the Moonlight Bay series by Dean Koontz. A town on the central coast of California whose secrets may bring the end of the world. This novel is about a man named Christopher Snow who has XP. A condition in which he cannot be exposed to any kind of Ultra-violet light. Meaning throughout his entire life, he only goes out during the night hours and can know the night like someone who lives by day can never understand.

This story starts out with children being taken f
I seem to be either really hot or cold with Koontz books. Unfortunately this book was very hard for me to get into. Which is sad, because I loved the first Christopher Snow book, Fear Nothing when i read it several years ago.

Maybe I wasn't in the proper frame of mind when I read this, but there were several aspects to this book that annoyed me. Koontz seemed to have fallen into the Stephen King "let's describe every last detail down to the size of every blade of grass." trap. Plus, the surfer li
Sep 23, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Warning: Here there be spoilers)

Oh man, where do I start with this book? Maybe pure insanity would be a good place to start. Maybe the beginning of the insanity. Fear Nothing, the lead in to this book, was a slow starter to say the least. I got lost in the uninteresting meanderings of the author and his, all too detailed, descriptions. Nothing really made sense and there was no real build up of tension. It was about 100 pages in to Fear Nothing that the true story began and the real insanity st
Jul 20, 2009 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a very thought provoking, truly odd story
When I started reading this book I thought it was going to be one that I finished only because I never put down a book once I've started it. The first 100 pages or so were so full of monologue and rambling tangents that I had a hard time getting into the story, or even deciphering what the story was. But then it all started coming together. Very slowly the pace of the story picked up and the rambling tangents (most of them) began to make sense. Turns out they were mostly for character developmen ...more
Jan 20, 2009 Stefanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In Fear Nothing, Koontz introduced us to Christopher Snow, a 28 year old man who had been born with the bizarre and rare genetic disorder xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). Victims of XP are extremely sensitive to cancers of the skin and eyes, and even momentary exposure to light is cumulative, so eventually could prove fatal. Because of this Chris continually avoids the light of day, and leads the vampire’s life
Scott Taylor
Nov 14, 2012 Scott Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Koontz again thrilled me with his ability to set a scene and create a true sense of dread. His gift is in putting his characters in situations where they (and you as the reader) feel helpless in the midst of unsettling and spooky circumstances. In this case, the circumstances all revolve around occult happenings in and around Fort Wyvern, the abandoned military base that the main character, Christopher Snow, frequents.

Aside from that, the book is a solid mystery about the disappearance of sever
Christopher Hivner
To be honest, this review is only of the first 78 pages because that's all the farther I could read. I really did not like the style Koontz wrote in for this one. The narration of the main character contained so many one-liners and jokey punctuations of his thoughts that it became annoying. I like humor mixed into the story but this was overwritten. It was like Koontz was working out material for his stand-up act.

A small child is kidnapped in the middle of the night and the main character, havin
Jason Reeser
Sometimes Koontz is a genius. Other times, he comes close. On this book...not so much. He was really reaching here, going all over the place, as if he took a dozen separate ideas he'd once jotted down and mashed them together for a full novel. Now that means there are some great ideas in here, and some not so great. But none of it really fits together well. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that as he was writing this, his interests or focus switched tracks four or five times. It's too bad, and i ...more
Diane Lynch
Aug 03, 2015 Diane Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. A continuation of Fear Nothing. Dean Koontz does explain everything that happened in Fear Nothing that is relevant to this story. Having read the first book these parts were obviously redundant. Surprises throughout the book. A real page turner. I am so bummed that I finished it.
Michael Drakich
Jan 31, 2016 Michael Drakich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel by Dean Koontz I have ever read. It started quite exciting. The kidnapping, the chase, the confrontation in the basement in the dark, the egg room, the monkey troop, the larvae on the ceiling, those people who are becoming from a mutagen virus (altering), and more, all packed into the first half of the novel. Sure, the constant metaphors, although entertaining at first become quite annoying after a while, but you learn to skip over them without missing a beat of the story ...more
J.S. Bailey
Jun 09, 2012 J.S. Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into this one (probably because I've been busy working on other things this past week), but once I got about halfway through, the pace really picked up. The ending sort of boggled my mind. But I suppose that should be expected. :)
Seize The Night is the sequel to Fear Nothing. It was supposed to be a trilogy, but it's been 11 years since its publication and there's still no sign of the third novel on the horizon, despite Koontz nearing the completion of two other series he started in the meantime.

This is a real shame, because the concepts and the ideas he presents in both Moonight Bay novels are much better than both Odd Thomas and Koontz's Frankenstein. Bad writing and cliches aside, the complete series would be much mor
Anthony Policastro
In Dean Koontz’s novel, Seize The Night – a Christopher Snow Adventure – Snow suffers from an inherited genetic disorder known as Xeroderma pigmentation, XP. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation, sunshine, incandescent and fluorescent light could cause skin and eye cancer. Thus, he is a nocturnal creature, and I thought that this was a fascinating premise for a character, which reminded me of the vampire craze and chronicles that have inundated literary circles, bookstores, book clubs, and movies. ...more
Nicolas Fisher
When you are about to read a person’s book review the first two things that pop in your mind are did they like the book and do they recommend it, my answer would be yes and probably no. The main character in Seize the Night by Dean Koontz is Christopher Snow. Chris also known as “Snowman” by some of his friends is a very smart, aware, patient, courageous , and surf loving person who illegally carries a gun. He has genetic disorder called Xeroderma pigmentosum where contact with light can cause h ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
The direct sequel to “Fear Nothing” is more of a self-contained story than a further delving into the mysteries surrounding the town of Moonlight Bay.

The most fun in reviewing “Seize the Night” is actually anticipating what might happen next in that elusive third volume of this as yet unfinished trilogy. To me this proves that it is indeed a captivating story with very real characters. But since such a review would be riddled with spoilers, I won’t do that.

One month after the events in “Fear Not
May 15, 2012 Kirsty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dean Koontz is a five star writter, no doubt about that when it comes to his stories they are usually top notch and Sieze the night is no exception.

Sieze the night is the sequal to fear nothing, (which i have reviewed somewhere earlier on my blog) This book was even better than fear nothing, because the storyline was fabulous. There is not really a need to read fear nothing first unless you want to as Dean Koontz explains everything that happened in the first book when the reader needs to know p
Jul 22, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Dean's earlier books and is a mixture of horror/sci-fi and crime. The central character, Christopher Snow, has an aversion to light due to a rare genetic disorder so lives his life largely nocturnally. It is during one of these excursions that he finds a friend searching for her missing son. Getting on the trail of the kidnapper, Chris and his super-intelligent dog track him to an abandoned military base where strange experiments were alleged to have taken place. His attempts to r ...more
Lisa Rathbun
This follow-up to Fear Nothing brought back Chris Snow, who cannot be exposed to light, and his buddies, Bobby the surfer and Orson the intelligent dog, but for me the story moved too slowly. Action would be interrupted by paragraphs of explanation about past actions or character descriptions that slowed the pace of the plot. I think this was especially frustrating to me because when one is in search of an abducted child, pausing to ruminate on Bobby and Chris's childhood adventures seems especi ...more
Jayne Charles
Jul 31, 2011 Jayne Charles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolute turkey. I heard it was supposed to be the second of a trilogy - never fancied reading the third (if there ever was one) if this effort was anything to go by. Following on from Fear Nothing (which I thought was quite good) this follows Christopher Snow, XP sufferer and night-time wanderer, trying to solve the mystery of some missing children, along with his laid-back surfer-dude pal who talks and acts as though his batteries are running down. The story descended into such dre ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided that the man I was pursuing must be as strong, agile, and confident as he was psychotic. So much for my fond hope that I was chasing a soft-bellied librarian who, dazed and confused, had been driven to this insane act by the stress of converting from the Dewey decimal system to a new computerized inventory.

I think dogs were put in this world to remind humanity that love, loyalty, devotion, courage, patience, and good humor are the qualities that, with honesty, are the essence
Celeste Cornejo
Dec 10, 2014 Celeste Cornejo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aiden Ponce
Dec 10, 2014 Aiden Ponce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
_Seize the Night_ by Dean Koontz
Depending on how you read it, Seize the Night is either an utterly zany thriller or the first really cool young-adult adventure novel of 1999. As usual, Dean Koontz has mad up another malignant government conspiracy and for good measure thrown in some botched science, a corrupt police force, and a bunch of supersmart animals. But while the end of the world as we know it is constantly being predicted, the goings-on here feel about as creepy as a Scooby-Doo cartoon.
Carter Eckes
Oct 24, 2014 Carter Eckes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Seize the Night by Dean Koontz is an action packed thriller.

Have you ever wondered how the world would be different if you lived during the night instead of day? For Chris Snow, the main character, this is a reality. Chris has a disease in the pigment of his skin (Xeroderma Pigmentosum). That restricts him from sunlight, forcing him to live in the night. In the book Seize the Night by Dean Koontz Cris Snow must go on a crazy adventure to find the missing Jimmy Wing.
The book starts of
Nancy Bandusky
I learned this novel was a sequel only when preparing to write my review because it is listed as Moonlight Bay Series, Book 2. There is nothing in my edition to indicate this is not the first (and only) story.

That being said, I don't think it mattered that I hadn't read the first book; everything seemed to be explained (and explained and explained) so the reader was aware of the "area" and the "strange" things happening besides what this novel was centering around: a missing child.

I didn't like
Oct 05, 2014 Tayacimone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you think about it, Seize the Night sounds like a rock song. This adventure seeking mystery filling crime solving novel by Dean Koontz is not something you bang your head too. This story will make you feel like a detective by guessing what will happen next. It is very eye catching.
The protagonist of the story is Christopher Snow. Christopher is one out of 250,000 citizens to have XP. XP known as Xeroderma Pigmentosum is a inherited genetic disorder. Xp renders him highly vulnerableto skin and
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: There are no rules in the dark, no place to feel safe, no escape from the shadows. But to save the day, you must...Seize the Night. At no time does Moonlight Bay look more beautiful than at night. Yet it is precisely then that the secluded little town reveals its menace. Now children are disappearing. From their homes. From the streets. And there's nothing their families can do about it. Because in Moonlight Bay, the police work their hardest to conceal crimes and silence victims. No ma ...more
April Beckham
It feels somewhat disloyal to give the book this rating because I love the characters so much. The plot itself was interesting, but its progression was weighed down by lengthy recounts of the first book, and convoluted, long-winded internal musings from the main character. Towards the beginning of the book, I spent a lot of time skimming past the long passages repeating information from the first book while growing more and more frustrated by them. This frustration and skimming led me to lose pa ...more
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