"His prose mesmerizes...Kontz consistently hits the bull's-eye". -- Arkansas Democrat
Before long Rachel and her new love interest Ben are on the run from a resurrected Eric and men who will do anything to keep Eric's status a secret.
Koontz has always been hit or miss with me and I'm sad to say that this book...more
But I'm making it sound much better than it actually is -- this is one of my least liked works by Dean Koontz. The whole act of reading the book has become something of a quest in itself, of whether I...more
When a brilliant and powerful man with a fear of hellfire discovers a genetic life extension mechanism using experimental rats, he throws all of his resources into perfecting it. Much to his amazement, not only do the genetic modifications extend life but they also resurrect the dead experimental animals. However, once brought back to life, these rat...more
Rachael Leben's request for a quick and clean divorce left her successful husband, Eric, enraged and humiliated. Seething with anger, he stormed off, straight into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Eric is pronounced dead at the scene, but Rachael knows the secrets he's left behind. And when his body disappears from the morgue, she knows that her turbulent marriage is far from over...
Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic...more
In the late 80's and early 90's, I devoured Dean Koontz by the fistful, probably reading 16 to 20 of his books (some of which I actually debated upgrading to hardcover editions) in a 5-year time span before finally burning out on him thoroughly and completely.
Now, as I reread one of these novels every year or two, I wonder what the hell I was thinking? The characters (usually described in terms confined to the card aisle at Hallmark) are virtually the same in every book, the...more
I always enjoy stories with a high level of adventure, where the characters go from one place to another, discovering and exploring new things on whatever quest they’re undertaking. And in that regard, Shadowfires definitely gave me my fill. What made it even better for me, personally, was that I’ve actually gotten to see some of the areas depicted in...more
This novel revisits Koontz's obessesion with secret experiements and genetic tampering. His concerns have not exactly turned out to be prescient. The characters are same basic stock you'll find in any of his work and the...more
In this remarkable book we have a geneticist who has broken the fundamental rule of experimentation - he has administered an untested drug on himself.
His obsession is immortality - and the "drug" he has administered is the formula he and his firm have been working on for longevity.
When Eric Leben (the scientist in question) gets run over by...more
This was written in Koontz's early years, and is also published under the pseudonym of Leigh Nichols. While the villain and heroine are both clearly portrayed withi...more
The main problem with the book is that it's about a hundred, hundred-fifty pages too long. The ending, while satisfying for the most part, is dragged out particularly long, and I feel a lot of the energy was gone at around page 300.
Still, not a bad boo...more
Story and characters were fairly standard, but it was mostly fast paced and entertaining.
What I most liked about the book:
- good chemistry between the protagonists
- convincing cops. This was a highlight for me, as the policemen in suspense novels often tend to be very superficial
- great buildup to the fi...more
Between the two, there are definitely a bit of similarities, namely the use of a megalomaniac character and the use of a crazed science experiment. In this case, the science experiment is performed by Eric Leben, a hell-fearing man who wishes to gain immortality. After he is ki...more
The fact that Eric is smart enough to create something that could potentially stop death, but is stupid enough to test it on himself should have been my first clue about how this novel would go.
I struggled with E...more
So I finally finished this book. For some reason I just felt that I had to. I bought it and all. Anyway... I took it in short doses and made my way through it. It's a new addition with a new afterward by the author, but in checking out the copyright, I see that it's one of his earlier published works from 1987. It was first published under a female pseudonym even. So I thought... hey... Koontz a big-time auther now... this was early stuff. Maybe it shouldn't be representat...more
If you like good horror novels with good character development, I recommend this book.