In Los Angeles, a hot Hollywood director, high on PCP, turns a city street into a fiery apocalypse. Heroic LAPD officer Jac McGarvey is badly wounded and will not walk for months. His wife and his child are left to fend for themselves against both criminals that control an i...more
I love the premise of the story and the climax, once we got there, was fantastic. But getting there took way too long. The book moved very slowly. I felt way too much attention was spent on everyday menial tasks, which is quite boring to read about, or listen to in this case.
The book started out strong. Jack is a police officer in Los Angeles. The...more
It starts off with all these seemingly separate stories of these people living completely different lives. You would never think that their worlds would collide but somehow Koontz does it and it makes perfect sense. There's even parts that are so crazy that you have to ask yourself where one can come up with it all. It takes an...more
So the reader can rejoice over a change in location. When the opportunity arises, MacGarvey and his family move to Montana, a place...more
This is Koontz scariest boook that i've come across in the twenty or so i've read by him. Usually, Koontz writes a mostly suspensful story with some horror moments here and there. This book is the prime example of writing with a dark undertone throughout the story, giving you the feeling that something bad is going to happen.
My real rating for this book is four and a half stars, only because the first half of the book, the first story line is...more
Jack and Heather are tired of living in LA. Lifelong Angelenos, they used to love their city. Not any more. The city seems to be doing all it can to destroy...more
The book initially follows two stories in parallel - Jack McGarvey, a cop, and his family in Los Angeles, and Eduardo Fernandez, Jack's deceased partner's father, who...more
Cop (Jack McGarvey) gets shot up confronting drugged up punk in Los Angeles, losing the second partner in less than a year. Jack is in rehab for months, while his wife & child struggle with loss of income and general crap of LA.
The father of the Jack's deceased first partner dies confronting an evil entity in rural Montana, and it turns out the father has willed his ranch (which he had inherited only 8 years earlier) to Jack.
Jack & family move to the ranch in Montana and...more
I can't say that I fully "really liked" this book, but the last third of it did go a long way toward redeeming the first two-thirds. The first 15 chapters moved too slowly for me, with too many descriptive passages and not enough action. The story didn't pick up until Chapter 16 (page 304 of 472 in the edition I read). Once I started this chapter, however, I couldn't put the book down, pausing only to fix dinner. Apart from that small break, I read the last 168 pages in one sitting.
I have only given this book 3 stars because although I did enjoy reading it and was on a number of occasions so engrossed in it I had to be plucked of the ceiling when someone walked into a room, I felt slightly cheated at the end. I closed the...more
Deepest night, Montana. An eerie light proclaims the arrival of a mysterious watcher in the woods. And one solitary man begins a desperate battle against something unknown -- and unknowable.Broad daylight, Los Angeles. An ordinary morning erupts in cataclysmic violence. A young family is shattered in a heartbeat.Fate will lead this family to an isolated Montana ranch, but their sanctuary will become their worst nightmare. For there they will face a chillingly ruthless enemy, f
Last weekend when I fell and broke my arm--the one that holds the pen--it was Koontz I reached for, from a ginormous pile of books, for a re-read. And I seldom re-read--simply because there are so many wonderful books!
If I had a pre...more
Deepest night, Montana....
An eerie light proclaims the arrival of a mysterious watcher in the woods. And one solitary man begins a desperate battle against something unknown - and unknowable.
Broad daylight, Los Angeles....
An ordinary morning erupts in cataclysmic violence. A young family is shattered in a heartbeat.
Fate will lead this family to an isolated Montana ranch, but their sanctuary will become their worst nightmare. For there they will face a chillingly ruthless enemy...more
from the dean koontz companion,1994this novel began as a revision of invasion...however, it is so different from the book that inspired it, a separate listing is not only justified but required
goes on to say this one should be in the top 1/3 of his body of work. also makes that pt. that "it should be interesting to see whether so...more
Some people's reviews say the ending of this books was dumb, but I thought it...more
Bottom Line: Loaner
Not every book can be great, and this book for me, was one of the not great ones.
It was okay, ended up skimming a lot of it just to get to the interesting parts. The dual stories going on at the same time was a little weird, until the author revealed who the guy on the ranch was. Also, none of the characters really peaked my interest either.
I'd recommend Koontz's Intensity or Icebound.
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more