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One Door Away from Heaven

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  14,491 ratings  ·  452 reviews
Michelina Bellsong is on a mission. She is following a missing family to the edge of a place she never knew existed--a place of terror, wonder, and shattering revelation.

What awaits her there will change her life and the life of everyone she knows--if she can find the key to survival.

At stake are a young girl of extraordinary goodness, a young boy with killers
Mass Market Paperback, 681 pages
Published October 29th 2002 by Bantam (first published 2001)
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Mike (the Paladin)
The one about the little boy alien and the dangerous young mutant.

I like this book it's one of my favorite Koontz books. I'll say this, you won't find this exact plot elsewhere. It draws you in and gets you involved with the "participants". It's between a 4 and a 5...but I figure it tipped the scales and went on to a 5. As I said a favorite among Koontz's work for me...I've read it several times.

What else can I say? Not much without spoilers. There's a bit of laughter here, a dose of tears and
One Door Away From Heaven (2001) - spoilers...but do you really want to read it ?

This is basically a 700 page long borefest - formulaic characters, formulaic stories, formulaic preaching (The goodness of dogs and the evil of bioethics)

To kick off this brillian review, I'll start with the characters - they are of course scripted, which makes them unrealistic and idiotic and renders the reader unable to feel anything for them - do you care for a bunch of dolls running around ?

There's a girl, Leila
I've been thoroughly enjoying Koontz of late, and "One Door Away from Heaven" is no exception. I liked it best of any of the books outside of the Odd Thomas series.
In "One Door," a variety of unlikely characters are brought together to rescue a disabled 9 year old girl with highly disfunctional parents and an even odder 10 year old boy with some interesting...powers. Central to the plot is the subject of "bioethics," or rather "bio-non-ethics" as it ought to be called. This increasingly influen
Salman Shariff
I remember exactly where I was when I read this one. I was in the federal transfer center at Oklahoma City. This is where they temporarily keep prisoners when they are moving from one prison to another. They only have two carts of books for about 150 inmates. THat's about how many are in each pod. On top of that, most prisoners—myself included—keep books from these two carts in their rooms so they're available when we finish the book we're currently reading. So new books show up on the cart when ...more
Dean Koontz has a gift for lyrical description that sometimes tumbles into purple prose. It should also be noted that the most original character in this novel, 9-year-old Leilani Klonk, sounds more like a precocious 14-year-old. In the end, though, neither criticism matters, because what Koontz has written succeeds on its own terms as a story of unexpected psychological depth.

A misnamed dog looms large in this story (anyone familiar with this author's work could have seen that coming), but so
Sarah Kirk
I read this when I was in my early teens and loved anything vaguely horror/thriller-like. And I LOVED Dean Koontz. Until I read this book. I never realised before how much he is completely and utterly obsessed with dogs. If a character is ever cruel to one you can be sure that they won't be around long before some kind of terrible justice befalls them. I like dogs but he seriously takes it too far. That is the only thing I can say of interest about this book as it is long-winded, badly written a ...more
This book is quite a remarkable read. At times the prose is poetic and hugely effective in reminding us of the beauty of our world and the universe we find ourselves in, and at other times, you find yourself gripping the book so hard that your hands are cramped at chapter's end with fear your soul and those of the characters that you are reading about.

This is not a light read. There are several plot strands running parallel to each other at book's beginning, and of course it is not long before
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This book made me feel all soft and squishy inside. As this wasn't normal, I figured something was horribly amiss with my internal workings, so I went and had a lie down. I dreamed about being attacked by thousands of liliputian puppies who swarmed all over me and licked and drooled over my face and panted their stinking street- carnivore breath all over me. They were covered in mud, feces and other unmentionables. It was a horrible experience.

Dean Koontz. What to say? He's obviously a family ma
I really don't like Koontz. He tells way too much, while at the same time withholding information from the reader to make himself look clever.

The worst thing about this book, however, was that he felt he needed to browbeat the reader with his hatred of utilitarianism throughout. It was pretty clear to me he didn't even have a basic understanding of utilitarian philosophy, and he was classifying some nutcases under the banner as typical examples.

Among philosophical methods, utilitarianism is ge
Michael Jones
In terms of some good action sequences and character development, I enjoyed many parts of this.

As a polemic for utilitarian bioethics, while he does cause you to think about the issues, I think the characters and some of the horrible things they did were overdrawn. It just isn't all that winsome if you are trying to convince a utilitarian. Most utilitarians are not nearly this extreme, but the story does show where these things could go under the worst of circumstances.

Some parts are gross and d
Carol Brannigan
I've come to the conclusion that Dean Koontz is a good writer with everything except for endings. This book is no exception.

The ending wasn't "bad" but it wasn't great and was a little lackluster considering the rest of the story.

The main story had me completely enthralled and kept me up a few nights. I really liked the characters and felt that the ever so tidy ending wasn't completely suited to the rest of the atmosphere.

All in all- the story I give 4 stars and the ending I give 2 stars and si
I liked the characters in this book a lot, but it felt like the book was in slow motion for the first three quarters and then rushed for the last section. When things all came together it was so much, so fast, that you wondered if the characters would be able to remember each other's names, let alone know or trust each other. Also, it was pretty dark in parts for the emotional/literary payoff. Read if you are a fan, otherwise, I'd find something else.
How to review a book by such a superb writer? Dean Koontz has taken three story lines of such divergent subjects to parallel lengths where they diverge at an ending that tells us that only through the goodness of everyone working together can life be worth living. It's at once a theists against the bioethics of perfection and a fast passed thriller. But to describe how he does this only seems to demean his work. He has a deformed 9 year old girl, living with her drug addled mother and her murder ...more
I wish I could give this book a negative rating. One star seems far more then it deserves. Terrible, terrible book. Made me finally realize how much I hate Dean Koontz as a writer. I've bought so many of his books at second hand stores, because I used to think he was good. Maybe there's a reason so many people give away his books. Seems like every book now has either dogs as a main storyline. Or his other plotline, A single man or woman who is rich, (or soon to become rich because of some blosso ...more
Karen San Diego
CRAP.Didn't do me any justice.I'll say nothing more.Just didn't satisfy
me and my expectations(more the latter). It probably won't satisfy you as well,so don't even bother taking a peek inside this book.It sucked.Really,Mr. Koontz,you have to learn how to make better endings,better conclusions,because that's your biggest flaw.I gave it 1.5 stars because like other Koontz books,it builds up suspense in every page,raises tension well to capture interest,but then the ending...damn the ending...And t
Ежко Таралежко
Зле. Много зле. Не колкото съвременен шведски криминален роман, но все пак...

Личи си, когато една книга е писана колкото автора да си спази договора, по-специално клаузата "ще напиша еди колко си книги, за еди колко си години". Сигурно съм споменавал, като цяло харесвам творчеството на Кунц - има доста добри книги, като "Вуду";"Древният враг";"Тик-так" и "Гръмотевичен дом".
Тази не е такава.
Всъщност, книгата е толкова скучна, бедна откъм език, наивна, изпълнена с клишета и плоски характери, та се
This book was a huge disappointment. The three main characters had such interesting backgrounds, but instead of incorporating them into the book in an interesting, gripping way, like flashback chapters, Koontz reduced them to mere hints and allusions. For example, one of the most intriguing personalities in the book is a crazed, drug addled mother who torments her daughter with barrages of vicious verbal abuse. But Koontz, for some reason, keeps the full horror of this scenario at bay by narrati ...more
Sirena Solange
Ok so this book, well honestly...was not a fan. Here's the dish. I have previously read other Koontz novels and have enjoyed them. This one..not so much. I was half way through the book and I still wasn't sure what the f**k was going on. There was so much character build up I wasn't sure what I was even reading about. I feel like this was Koontz's personal stance against bioethics with some alien shit thrown in. Which really by the way, is not necessary. Little alien Curtis did not really factor ...more
So... Koontz amazes me a lot. But this one... This just sucked.
In the beginning... the story starts with 3 main-characters. 1 character vanished al of the sudden to return in the last 10 chapters. Even though Koontz's story's could never happen in real life (just what you believe in I guess) but this was really to unbelievable. A 9-year old with the vocabulary of a 70-year old genius who studied English (Guess it is possible, but this wasn't believable,, far from it...), an alien-boy who takes e
Julie Davis
#89 - 2010.

Reread it and was captivated as ever.

“Geneva, even if the girl isn’t making up all this stuff, even if she’s in real danger, you can’t take the law into your hands.”

“There’s lots of law these days,” she interrupted, “but not much justice. Celebrities murder their wives and go free. A mother kills her children, and the news people on TV say she’s the victim and want you to send money to her lawyers. When everything’s upside down like this, what fool just sits back and thinks justice w
Cynthia McGrath
CURTIS The space boy/Savior of our world!

I don't know exactly know what to say about this book! It has left me in awe. I is one of the best books I've read lately. I just loved it. It is one of those they hate to end. I'll read it again. The characters are so alive that you find yourself becoming one of them. CURTIS is running from creatures who want to destroy our world. CURTIS has been sent to save us and they chase across the country. Then the FBI gets involved because they are trying to find
Stephanie Johanesen
Koontz has a really great talent for writing. I think his work is readable, he is a really great descriptive writer, and he can draw you into a story pretty well. But the story itself... well it's Koontz, so you can be pretty confident you've read this story before; simply with the characters shifted around and the settings changed. But yeah, it's the same story he's been writing for a while. You'll notice this if you keep up with his books. I like that he's a dog-person though, and I enjoyed re ...more
This is going to be a short one, since I read this a while ago, am lazy, and don't feel like investing a lot of time.

This book came to me as one of my Barnes & Noble impulse buys. Koontz is a decent enough storyteller, but the subject matter was a little out there for me (and I usually dig extremely strange things...). The little girl (name at the moment forgotten; see also: lazy) was probably the most memorable. Her mother was also decently developed, and I often contemplated how f*cked up
Wendy Joyce
The story is about a rescue...a rescue of two unrelated kids. While I DO enjoy Koontz's scene setting and character depictions, the story itself, hmm, not so much. Koontz CONSTANTLY interrupts the forward flow of the story to lecture his viewpoint and to TELL readers how his characters "feel." Constantly and continuously...right to the very end. When the story is reaching the height of action, the culmination of all prior events, (and you're certain, CERTAIN, he must be done intruding by now) th ...more
One Door Away from Heaven is classic Dean Koontz! There are dogs & children, aliens, murderers, detectives and big RVs and he weaves it all together into a fantastic tale of adventure, hope & redemption.

If you’re expecting average science fiction with space stations and pressure suits you’re in the wrong book. Once again Dean Koontz has brought all that science fiction and some of what religious faith has to offer down to earth.

The characters are really well done. Some will make you smil
It has been a while since a read a Koontz book. I really enjoyed reading it because I was looking for a change of pace from what I had been reading. Long book, almost 700 pages but it had enough suspense to keep me coming back to read it at a time when I was to busy to read a lot. I think this took me about a month to read.
It is mostly a story about a boy who's parents were killed and killers are tracking him by extraordinary means, a intelligent nine year old girl's physical handicaps in an ab
An interesting book by Koontz. One of the characters threw me a curve part way through. I wasn't sure I would like it, but after I warmed up to the new character, the story improved. I had to really change the way I saw the book though. There were some slow parts, and other parts that didn't connect until later in the book, and since I didn't read it in one sitting, I had to backpedal to "get it."

There were a few really thought provoking sections of the book that I wrote down to remember.

Leilani, an 8-year old precocious girl has introduced herself to her neighbor, Mickey, with extravagantly wild tales of her life. Leilani has a beautiful face along with a deformed hand and leg. Her mother believes that if she packs herself with mind-altering drugs while pregnant, she will create special babies. Stepdad Preston, gets a thrill from killing, but he likes to think that he's doing a good deed if the chosen-by-Preston-to-die is defective in some way. He has killed Leilani's brother b ...more
Shawnee Bowlin
Although the star of the book should undoubtedly be Old Yeller, her pal Curtis is a close second, Leilani is in third, Michelina is fourth, and Aunt Gen is fifth place. All must work together to reach a goal none could see coming except Curtis.
Leilani is torn between her drug-addicted mother and saving her own life. Her step-father has an evil, twisted mind and views any and all who aren't born "normal" as needing disposal. He derives satisfaction and sees a purpose in the cruelty and death he i
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