Dark Rivers of the Heart
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 ruth...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.
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
there's a blurb, one of many, from the orlando sentinel: "as it appears, george orwell was ten years late, and it is left to dean koontz to add the finishing touches to an orwellian future that is here and now. one of his best novels."
i chuckle because of so many takes i've read from others who flam-beau koontz for his vision...ha ha ha ha! i mean, i've often wondered if when our elected newbies get to where they're going if they're not taken into a room, w/o any windows or doors....wor...more
Dark Rivers of the Heart is terrible.
It's amazing that a man who wrote the above titles can write something as bad as this book was. He described everything even beyond his usual excess and for several pages t...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
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 going to...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.
Es waren schon immer die Künstler und Kreativen, die vor den sich anbahnenden Entwicklungen in ihren Werken warnten. Und sie waren es auch, die unter jeder Form von Diktatur am meisten zu leiden hatten, wurden sie doch als politisch Gefangene gleichgestellt mit Verbrechern.
Ich habe vor kurzem den Roman "Dunkle Flüsse des Herzens" (Dark Rivers of the Heart) von Dean Koontz beendet, und zwar die Ausgabe von 1994. Und was ich darin gefunden habe,...more
There's really not much that could be said about "Dark Rivers" that hasn't been said. It doesn't really break any new background; if you've read Koontz before you won't be surprised by anything.
The protagonist, Spencer Grant (who of course has a haunted past) travels with his dog Rocky (who has good reasons not to dwell on the past too) in search of a woman, Valerie, whom he fell in love with...after chatting with her for 20 minutes in a bar. Spencer arrives at the...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
As much as I loved this book, I was still frustrated by a good chunk of it. Spencer's character was just scarred and flawed enough to make his obsession with Valerie believable and tolerable. Valerie herself, once the reader gets a chance to know her, is smart, determined, a little cold, but also one tough chick. Roy took a little getting used to. He's such a strange, out-there ch...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
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
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more