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Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man--and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting words that challenged Harry Lyon's sanity:

"Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn..."
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1992)
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Gina
This is the first Koontz book I ever read. I read it a loooong time ago. Maybe 10 or 20 years ago. From what I read in other reviews, maybe it is like one of those favorite old movies that is not impervious to time...you watch it years later and the jokes are old, the characters are dorky...but I really liked this book.

The first time I tried to read it, it scared me so much I had to put it down. I think it took me 3 tries to get through it. That said, the 3rd time I was like, "what was so scary...more
Gary Foss
This book is not about what I thought it was going to be about. No sad dragons. ::Sigh::

Sometimes it’s a good thing when a book doesn’t match your expectations. Being caught offguard by a book—when it isn’t the result of a perfidious marketing campaign, or the product of a particularly deceptive cover or dustjacket blurb—can be positive. A book should surprise you. When it’s done well, you get one of the heights of literary accomplishment.

This book does not represent one of those heights. It’s n...more
Giselle
Yes, Mr. Koontz. The 90s are a crazy time full of crazy goings on and off the wall capers. Arguable there was no "moral fiber" no "law or justice" and the youth were obviously "revolting" (in every sense of the word). Yeah. I got it. Wait 'till you get to the ots...

While I always enjoy a good paranormal horror (and Mr. Koontz's are usually top-notch) this one just had me rolling my eyes. Creepiness came from the rare moments when TickTock (our antagonist...worst name for a bad guy ever. It's li...more
Marna
I just love Dean Koontz. His imagination knows absolutely no bounds. He's every bit as weird as I am, which is truly a comfort!

He's a lovely wordsmith, his stories flow so beautifully. I love the supernatural element that frequents his books, mainly because that is a very real part of Life, as far as I'm concerned, and he's not afraid to write about it. This story, in particular, handles the supernatural element beautifully, realistically, and crafts a marvelous story out of some pretty far-out...more
Jim Barton
Don't know what it is with Koontz: some of his books such as Watchers and Twilight Eyes were delightful reads; others are truly horrible. Dragon Tears unfortunately falls under the latter category. This is one of the few books I have completed that I actually regretted reading.

He was really prolific during the 80s-90s, seeming to have something new every time I went into a bookstore (which was quite often for me). Maybe, his apparent reluctance to adjust the flow from the firehose explained the...more
Bethany the Martian
Dean Koontz books are weird for me. I enjoy them, they're easy to read and very formulaic, and I really liked them when I was a teenager so it's nostalgic for me.

Stephen King describes his relationship to stories in the context of relationships- married to a books, an affair with a book. He calls short stories a kiss in the dark. To stretch that metaphor to Dean Koontz books, I would liken them to a coffee date with mediocre coffee and a companion who is only pleasant in short doses.

In Dragon...more
Paul Talbot
Probably the worst of Koontz's books that I've read. The central concept is interesting, and I liked the Tick-Tock character. The problems are that the plot meanders way too much, and Koontz takes some strange time-outs to moralise about subjects he clearly knows nothing about. For example, a rave sequence where he spouts a lot of debunked "facts" about the effects of ecstasy and decries the morality of drugs just before having Tick-Tock brutally mutilate some of the ravers. It seems hypocritica...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This is not one of my favorite Koontz books. The best part (in the opinion of many Koontz fans, including myself) is the portion of the story told through the eyes and voice of a dog. The rave and time freezing scenes are interesting, but overall this is mediocre Koontz. The continual references to the story being told in the nineties "these are the nineties afterall" and blah blah got rather annoying.
Maciek
A pair of detectives and three homeless people are stalked by a vargrant, who utters a haunting warning: "Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn..."

Time runs short, and it soon becomes obvious that the vargrant was no ordinary vargrant. Dangers arise everywhere, and the world changes for the five people: they will do anything and try to understand what is going on, a quest which will lead them to the sanctuary of a new, terrible god...

Dr...more
Tim
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Missy
The Basics

Harry is a cop who prides himself on order and logic and everything being in its proper place. So how exactly is he supposed to deal when he learns that a dangerous and incredibly powerful psychic has set his sights on Harry with the intention of killing him by dawn?

My Thoughts

I’d forgotten how fun Dean Koontz books can be. Mainly because I have a pretty sordid past with his novels. I managed to get enough poorly written ones in a row that I finally gave up. And yet I could never bring...more
Susan
Sep 18, 2010 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: Group read for the GR Koontz group
Sometimes life can be as bitter as dragon tears....

This book is good, solid, classic Koontz. It starts with separate stories that quickly intertwine, with the common denominator of a bad guy who seems to appear differently to different people. There are two cops, partners who are trying to stop the bad guy: Connie, a woman who would really like any excuse to shoot someone and who likes chaos, and Harry, who prefers the order side of law and order.

And of course, there is a dog, a stray called Pri...more
Johnny
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Kim
Classic Dean Koontz novel with all the weird the man can possibly dish up! This was not one of my favorites, only because it was a bit too outlandish for me. And, way too much SCIENCE in the FICTION! His explanations for the weird events the creature/person would cause - too science-y and over my head. I read to be entertained; dare I must actually have to THINK when reading! :) No, really, learning is always good, but - in this case we're talking the physics of space and time. Need I say more?...more
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Dragon Tears Book Review


There are those weird case scenarios in life that you can only imagine would never happen to you. You think that there is only a five percent chance that it could ever happen to you and assume the best, that it is most likely going to turn into someone else’s problem. This I not always the case. Especially in the book, Dragon Tears, by Dean Koontz.

There are two unsuspecting cops that are partners just doing thei...more
Mimi
Mar 01, 2011 Mimi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of scary stuff
Shelves: fantasy, horror, scary
Knowing Dean Koontz's reputation, I was excited to read this story. It did not fail to deliver. It was one that I, personally, could not read alone 'in the dark'. It was very descriptive in parts I'd rather not know about, but that's what makes it all the more interesting and frightening.

I was a little bit disappointed by the identity of the "being". I have this feeling a lot when I read Stephen King books as well.

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It s...more
Kingfan30
I used to love a good Koontz, but this is another one that really did not do it for me (am I growing out of his books?). This one felt a bit preachy at times, yes the world is a terrible place sometimes and people do horrible things to other people, but you don't need to list various crimes. I did not really connect with any of the characters and am still undecided as to if the perspective of Woofer the dog was a good thing or a bad thing. There was an attempt of suspense at the end, but it fell...more
T.
After years of reading this I still get scared. Sometimes I just really marvel at what's happening inside Koontz's head. It must be interesting and (maybe) terrifying to live there. I've been accused more than once of being anti-Stephen King because I'm such a fangirl of Dean Koontz. Why can't I enjoy their works at the same time? There's enough evil and horror in the world to go around, yeah? Besides, I've observed that Koontz deals more with the human nature and our capacity to control/unleash...more
Trent
It's a pulp novel and I've seen copies floating around for years. I finally picked one up and made a mistake. I don't mind a mindless thriller that makes me turn every page. What I do mind is sloppy writing that pulls me out of the story. Dean Koontz adds to this fault his supernatural twist. From page one you know things will turn out in the main character's favor. I didn't care about the cardboard characters. I didn't care about anything in this book. It didn't seem like a work done out of pas...more
Christine
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Lisa
As a writer, Koontz, in general deserves 4-5 stars. From the few of his books that I've read, I've liked his personable style and, albeit ironically, his sense of humanitarianism. I've always sensed the man behind the words. This book itself deserves 4 stars--it was well written, a good read, and had some interesting insights. He did get preachy. No question. Since I happen to agree with what he preached about I look upon it with favor vs dislike. So I am biased there.

The only reason this gets...more
Jesse
I originally read this book upwards of 15 years ago, but had completely forgotten it until I picked it up again...I'd gotten about eighteen pages in before I realized I'd read it before. And looking at it now, in 2014, yes, it is quite dated. Even more dated than many books written twenty years before it. One of the focal points of this story is a world teetering on the edge of the new millennium. Ooh, watch out, Y2K, Mayan calendar crisis, etc etc. It probably carried more weight back in 1993 w...more
Jared
Oh, man. Koontz, you're killing me.
I write a lot. I've written since I was eleven years old, everything from thriller to horror to nonfiction to fantasy, and I'm all the better for it now, more than seven years later. I don't think my writing was very good a year ago, and I'm still not convinced it's that great today. This book, Dragon Tears, reads like it was written by an eleven-year-old kid. Assuming, of course, that I know what an eleven-year-old kid writes like. For instance: random plot tw...more
S.L. Dixon
Ticktock was a pretty great character and the story moved along at a decent pace once the climax appeared on the horizon.
I liked the portions inside the dog's mind, it dragged a little but it was a fun idea for change and as soon as I read the first doggy portion I thought of Petrie from The Land Before Time, so that made me smile...
BUT, I feel like the author attempted to masquerade a fairly short novel for a longer one, by puffing the hell out of it was redundant descriptions.
AND, much of the...more
Mark R.
This book contains one of the most vivid memories of my childhood reading: the fate of a poor raver girl who has, with the rest of her raver friends, been more or less paused in time. While she's frozen, Tick Tock, the monstrous, hulking villain, attacks. I didn't recall when this incident occurred in the book, and I had no recollection of the outcome of the story, but this one particular scene set in my head years ago and has never left.

Dean Koontz has, as you might expect, a nice man and woman...more
Samyann
Audiobook. Suspend reality to follow this race between good and evil. A pair of police officers battle with the unworldly abilities of a deranged psychopath. Dragon Tears, read by Jay O. Sanders, is in the vein of Stephen King, rife with the bizarre. Of note is the character of a dog, absolutely wonderful writing by Koontz. Sanders' voice interpretation is a treat, giving life and personality to the animal.

Just over a dozen hours, Dragon Tears brings together the cops, a few homeless people, and...more
Dan
Jan 22, 2010 Dan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
This is the first Koontz book I've read, and given how popular of an author he is I was a bit let down. The story was merely okay, not bad but it didn't really do anything to distinguish itself either. The characters were pretty predictable, and actually my favorite part of this book was the couple of segments where he wrote from the perspective of a dog... I thought that was really well done and it had me pretty well convinced that really IS how a dog would have thought/acted in the situation....more
Kechelle
Dean Koontz introduces the age old theme of chaos verses order in Dragon Tears employing it in his sensible protagonist Harry Lyon a detective for special projects and his chaotic partner Connie Gulliver. Throughout the course of the novel Connie and Harry struggle with each others ways to hunt down a god like madman known to them only as Ticktock.

I’ve read several of Koontz books now and I struggle to be excited by his work. So many of his concepts and plot devices have been used over and over...more
Joe
Too many times I hear people complain that an author they are reading needs to stop doing the same thing again and again. Then, I will read reviews where someone tried something new, and too many people complain that they should stick with what they are good at.

I have only read one author so far where almost every story is not only similar, but the same basic storyline with different characters. All authors will have similarities between their books, otherwise we would have no way to choose a fa...more
Thomas Nall
This is my first read of this genre. I am glad I read the book, and I am glad I can say that I read a Dean Koontz book. I do not know if I am going to read another one. I don't know if I need this many thrills.

However, I would like to give the book a fairly decent rating, because of the dog "Woofer!" You have really got to be kidding me, this dog is so awesome. And I love the writing from the dog's point of view.

I also thought that the writing was original and creative - not scary, but psycholo...more
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