At times it was a roller coaster ride, frightening, intense, and I didn’t want to stop reading until I got through the current crisis. The main story is Laura’s life from birth to adulthood. A strange man appears at critical times in her life to save her from disaster. Laura is not a wimp. She does smart things. This is one of the few books where I don’t want to say much about the story. It is sooo much better not to know. There is sus...more
The story focused around Laura Shane. Starting from birth and to adulthood (around 30 I believe). The other main character is Stefan. A unknown “guardian” who keeps appearing throughout her life to save her. Both are well thought-out and well-written characters. Another character I liked in the story was Thelma (Laura’s childhood friend).
Laura goes through early lif...more
I love most of Koontz' work, despite the fact that he has about 3 or 4 formulas that his work fits into, they still entertain me and they are books I can't put down once I start them.
on a recent trip to california for a wedding, jenn and i decided to spend the whole trip not talking to each other. no no no, it wasnt because of bad stuff, it was because audiobook goodness was going to make the long car drive easier.
12+ hours of audio, the unabridged audiobook of Dean Koontz “Lightning”.
Lightning is the story of a woman, Shane, who’s destiny is altered repeatedly by a stranger. at key points of her life a pale strang...more
Koontz has a gift for lightweight, readable prose, so even when he spends far too much time on less exciting details, the pages flip by quickly until you're back into the meat of the plot. Unfortunately, the most believable aspect of Lightning's plot is the scientifically hazy, yet still ludicrous time travel. Be prepared to turn on your suspension...more
The SF time-travel aspect has its interesting and surprising quirks that I won't describe here, because much of the fun of the book is trying to figure out how and why things are happening as they...more
Aided through many crises by the near miraculous intervention of a stranger, Laura Shane finally learns the nature of her incredible destiny when, on her thirtieth birthday, the stranger requests her help. Reissue.From Publishers Weekly
Laura Shane leads a troubled life: she is orphaned, nearly molested twice and loses one of her closest friends in a tragic accident, all before her 13th birthday. Even worse events would have befallen Laura if not for the mysterious guardian angel who periodical...more
Dean Koontz writing is narrative and transparent. The development of the characters is decisive...more
Scientific advances that we have only dreamed of exist within the pages of lightning, as is so true in many of Koontz' books. His characters are ordinary people, put in extraordinary circumstances, and evolve into extraordinary people. His characters are so relatable - they could so easily be one of your friends, or neighbors, or even you. That's the dr...more
I thought the story was not only well written, but exciting. I won't go into the plot because trying to figure out what's happening is part of the fun of reading it. It was a thriller so it had it...more
In light of my new policy (life is too short for reading bad books) I find it important to state that there aren't many books out there anymore where I stop time and again, latest at 90% done (nine-ty!) and ask myself almost constantly "why finish?" - and do finish nevertheless.
Why I did it? Because I appreciate Dean Koontz. I know him to be a very good and entertaining author of dark fiction, and - well, I kept hoping it would get better. And after I w...more
Koontz is dealing with the here and now, on the border between real and science-fiction. Some of his concepts are not easy to grasp but the powerful, enticing and mind-boggling suspense will keep your eyes glued to the pages.
This is a clever story of time travel and romance, of a Germa...more
Comments on the reread:
As is typical of many of Koontz novels, this one starts out with mysterious men conducting experiments of a nefarious nature. A baby named Laura is born, her mother dies in childbirth and she's raised by her loving dad and watched over by a mysterious "guar...more
I was 11 when my cousin gave me this book to read. With the exception of the classics I was reading at the time, it was the first 'adult' book I remember reading and it set me on my path of this genre...I then started blasting through...more
My reviews of Koontz's novels are as formulaic as some of his writing, and this one is not going t...more
This man, during one of his journeys, sees a woman at a book signing event and he is overcome by the strength she has shown in the midst of a life of adversity....more
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more