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3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,868 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
Slim MacKenzie is no ordinary man. With eyes the color of twilight, he's been blessed with a psychic gift: premonitions. He's also been cursed, for Slim can see the monsters hiding among us, feeding on our suffering.

And when Slim joins a traveling carnival seeking sanctuary, what he'll find is a hunting ground-with humanity as the prey.

Paperback, 440 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Pocket Books (first published 1984)
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Nov 02, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Silly Me didn't quite realise when I borrowed this audio book from the library that it was originally written in 1984. It's almost as old as I am! I was wondering why nobody was using mobile phones and why the police and investigators were not exactly using the most advanced technology, when it suddenly hit me. DUR MEL! Anyway it was still a really great book. I was expecting more a horror story, instead it was an action packed suspenseful thriller!

Single mum Christine is living a quiet existenc
Patrick Gibson
There was a time when I thought Dean Koontz wrote circles around Stephen King. He wasn’t famous. He had a cult following and he made you feel like you just discovered someone cool. He was the anti-King you could keep to yourself or share with a selected few. Koontz, of course, went the way of all flesh and began cranking them out and repeating himself. Fame? Well, if ‘Family Guy’ rips on you, fame has become your enemy. I haven’t read a Koontz novel since Odd Thomas became a regular character. T ...more
Tom Nittoli
This one stole a star sliding into home at the last second leaving the ending ambiguous and a little creepy. However, most of the book is the same rhetoric spewed in the same formula with little variation to warrant anyone picking this particular Koontz book up over any of the others. The highlight of the book is the use of both sides fighting under the elk of presumably the same God. A concept not explored enough in any medium. The theme of two sides of the coin, but in the same pocket allows t ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
As a bit of a back story, I grew up watching this movie. I mainly watched VHS tapes as a teenager in my room as I didn't have cable in there, and always loved this movie, which was a made for TV special. So of course I have wanted to read the book for years, thinking the story was awesome, and if the movie was good, the book is usually even better right?

Well, the book was basically just as good as the movie in this case. The first half of the book seriously follows the movie, down to dialogue an
Apr 15, 2016 Josen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-library, audio
2.75..........I feel like I've been much more critical of books this year. Let me preface this review by saying I listened to the audio so I'm not sure if it had a negative effect or not. (Although I recently listened to another Koontz book and really liked it). As for this one, I don't know what it was but it did nothing for me. It's basically a story of a religious fanatic who sets out to kill a little boy because she thought him to be the anti-Christ. That alone made me think it would be a li ...more
This book was good, and very suspenseful. I picked it up to read, and I thought I wouldn't like it (though I'll give every book a fighting chance), and I was surprised when I couldn't put it down. My main problem with this book is that the ending was somewhat vague, and not nearly as gripping as the beginning of the story...
Suzana Vuksanovic
Jul 05, 2010 Suzana Vuksanovic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an exciting novel, completely in the tradition of Dean Koontz who truly knows how to build one scene upon another of suspense and building questions - then to satisfyingly exhale (as it were) the resolutions and the answers, the relief to tension, one question at a time or more often all at once...
In this novel the 'mystery' is the question of who exactly is after an innocent little eight year old boy and why. The action consists of trying to protect both the boy (Joey) and his mother (C
Maggie Cats
May 21, 2012 Maggie Cats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for Dean Koontz, I admit it. He is one of the most prolific authors out there and whether he is writing a thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, or straight-up horror novel, it won't disappoint.

Servants of Twilight is one of his earlier books and was first written under a pseudonym. It's a straight up thriller and even though I have read it before (though probably 20 years ago), I couldn't put it down and it kept me busy on the bus ride to and from New York City this past weekend.

The plot is
Jun 26, 2009 Mo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the 22nd Koontz book I've read and while reading it, it dawned on me how often he includes a golden retriever. And too often the story revolves around a single/divorced/unwed mother of a young child and the guy who helps her out of whatever predicament she's in ends up falling for her and she for him and it all ends up happily ever after. My favorite Koontz novels are the ones that avoid that typical outline.

I was intrigued by the 'is this child the Anti-Christ?' mystery yet was disappo
Rebecca McNutt
May 29, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller, fiction
This isn't your average mother-and-son story. The Servants of Twilight is like Rosemary's Baby combined with The Shining, the frightening and intensely tilling story of a woman whose child is in danger of being harmed or even killed by a secretive group - who believe he is the antichrist.
Apr 01, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, boy, where to start? A little boy is targeted by a group of religious fanatics (Christians, naturally, in case you had any doubts. Didn't you know we're all a bunch of rabid backwoods bastards?) whose leader believes him to be the Antichrist and his mother enlists the help of a private investigator to help her protect him from these whackadoodles. In the end, all three are saved but only after suffering through a bunch of mayhem and bloodletting in the interim. It was a good book but it drag ...more
Originally published as "Twilight" in 1984, under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols, this is a very interesting work by Koontz. A woman and her son are stalked by an old woman who has branded the boy The Antichrist - and soon they are chased by religious cult known as The Church of Twilight. The Servants of Twilight are everywhere; and all of them want to kill the boy. Will Christine and Joey manage to survive ?

TSOT is a fast paced and enjoyable novel, some even named it the best of his early works. I
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
"We're all just actors in a cosmic horror film in God's private movie theater."
- The Servants of Twilight, end of Chapter 32

This book certainly has a lot of action in it and it does start out rather intriguing, but in the end, it is far from being included among my favorite Dean Koontz stories.

The Servants of Twilight is one of five novels which Dean previously published under the female pen name, Leigh Nichols. My favorite among these fake woman works is The House of Thunder.
Shawnee Bowlin
Jun 17, 2011 Shawnee Bowlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a great book, but I was a little disappointed at the ending. It was still so much worth it to read, as most Koontz books are for me. He is just so great with the suspense. This book carried a LOT of action, too. I liked that he didn't overdo the romance, keeping to the drama of the story.
Angie Tatarinova
The book was pretty good and plenty suspenseful. However Dean took describing the scenery a little too seriously, where in my opinion it was not necessary. It got boring a few times, but overall interesting plot.
Sabrina Rutter
Aug 22, 2009 Sabrina Rutter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read this a very, very long time ago. I do remember this story was very creepy!
Hel Gibbons
Sucky ending! Otherwise typical Koontz and reasonably distracting.
Dec 02, 2007 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
creepy ass book
I read this book because I thought it was one I read before my little brother was born (I remember wanting my mom to name him Joey because of the book). But now, I'm not so sure it's the same book I thought I remembered. Besides the kid's name there was one other detail I associated with it, and that detail was not here.

So, reviewing the book afresh (because I don't know what I would have seen in it as a pre-teen), it was okay. The plot was interesting and had a bit of elevated supernatural myst
Dec 08, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller
A passable novel, despite being as typical a thriller as you can possibly get. It's also the 111,347th time Koontz has written a novel where people spend the entire story running away from a seemingly unstoppable killer that's mysteriously able to track them everywhere they go. The plot of THE SERVANTS OF TWILIGHT goes like this: run, hide, fight, run, hide, fight, run, hide, fight, run, hide, fight... Still, at least it was better than TICK TOCK.
THE SERVANTS OF TWILIGHT was originally published
Sharee Daley
Mar 02, 2011 Sharee Daley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dean-koontz
I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the books I have read of Dean Koontz, but I thought this one stood out among them. In all of Koontz's books that I have read, I have found myself saying "Yeah right, this is ridiculous and could never happen". Even in my personal favorite Koontz novel, Lightning, i found many things unbelievable. But in The Servants of Twilight, Dean Koontz crafts a believable AND enjoyable storyline.
Christine Scavello has a young son, Joey, who is an exceptional little boy who
Nov 19, 2010 Johnny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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Taylor McKines
3.5 Stars

It took me so long to read this book partly because I was moving and partly because it dragged a bit. This story could have been written as a novella or a short story. The protagonist constantly running away from The Servants of Twilight became repetitive and towards the end I just wanted it to end. However I enjoyed the story and I think the ending makes the book worth reading.
That ending.


When The Servants of Twilight found Christine, Joy and Charlie in Tah
Bridget Kennedy
Jun 10, 2014 Bridget Kennedy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I thought this was a complete flop. I LOVED this book up until the last chapters. It completely fell through. These people spend the entire book running running running from the crazed cult people who are trying to kill a little boy because the cult leader, mother grace, thinks he is the anti Christ. They burn down their houses, kill their dog, and all the people around them as well.
Finally once they think they have found a safe place atop a mountain in the freezing cold am
Razvan Zamfirescu
Oai cat mi-a placut aceasta carte!
Mi-a imprumutat-o o fata, eram in liceu parca, si cred ca era gagica mea de atunci. :)
Stiu ca mi-a placut atat de tare incat mi-am pus citatele de la inceputurile capitolelor prin camera.
M-a impresioant foarte puternic si si-a lasat puternic amprenta asupra mintii mele de pustan. Probabil ca daca as citi din nou cartea cu mintea de acum i-as da nota 2, dar prefer sa-l las pe adolescentul Razvan sa-si faca mendrele de aceasta data.
Imi aduc aminte ca atmosfera
Sheri Milam
The Servants of Twilight was one of those books that would make a good TV movie. There were times that I thought the plot was moving too slowly and although Koontz is very descriptive in most of his writing, I felt like there were voids that could have been expounded upon.

The story was one of religious fanaticism and the lengths a mother (Christine) will go to in order to save her child (Joey). There was plenty of fear factor written in and once the tense moments began, they continued to streng
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
I loved that this book was based in Southern California. Particularly in the Orange Counry area. Being that I am from there I was able to recognize a lot of the locations such as the South Coast Plaza and other surrounding cities.

The story itself was good and I enjoyed reading it. The only thing that I didn't really enjoy was at the end it felt like Koontz was just trying to fill in pages. A lot of it was repetetive and I found myself skipping some pages towards the end. I didn't mind the roman
Ryan Mishap
I devoured Koontz and King back in middle school and part of high school. In retrospect, I could have spent my time on better books, but these chillers were an escape from things I didn't want to think about, especially at night when I couldn't sleep and my mind twisted my perceptions nauseatingly.
I'm not saying you should bother reading these, especially now that Koontz is openly being Christian and Stephen King thinks he is a writer, but I have a fondness for some of these books. If you are
Feb 18, 2011 BoekenTrol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aaltsje
I loved this book. Had read it years ago and now, just before a BC-meeting I wanted to read it again. One of the participants had it on her wishlist.

It is a book with very much suspension, a BIG question of HOW they manage to follow the little boy. In the end that is reasonably explained. If I buy it, that's another question though.
A bit of well dosed, not too bloody violence is the icing on this cake of great thriller / mystery book. It kept me in its spell fo a couple of days, for all its 380
(excuse my lack of proper capitalization I am on a phone.)

I would rate this four stars if it were another author but this book didn't meet the mark I've come to expect from this author. koontz is usually amazing at suspense where I literally won't stop reading from the halfway mark to the end. instead most of the suspense was in the first half, I started to find myself frustrated with the decisions the characters made and the complete lack of police protection. Also mad that they never explained
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