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Dragon Tears

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,557 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
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 1993)
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I continue to be disenchanted with Dean Koontz. Although I liked this one better than the last one I read (Deeply Odd), it still fell short of the mark for me. My favorite thing in the book was the small portions written from the dog's point of view, they were fun and seemed right on the money. I also liked the musings of Mickey Chan. According to Mr. Chan, a simple bowl of soup illustrates the true meaning of life. His reasoning behind that made me a believer; unfortunately, he breezily admits ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Gina rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
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 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
Gary Foss
Mar 22, 2014 Gary Foss rated it liked it
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
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
Mar 07, 2010 Marna rated it it was amazing
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
Kerstin Lampert
Apr 13, 2015 Kerstin Lampert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: laundromat
I'm crying dragon tears, because Dean Koontz did it to me again!
For the second time (Innocence) I'm thinking this story is going owhere...even though his descriptive prose is like poetry.

Yet, he manages to spool out an intriguing yarn, replete with essayson modern (the 90's) life....homelessness....the drug culture....young adult behavior going to the dogs, etc.

And speaking of dogs. ho would've thought of turning the whol story over to a dog hero?

Bethany the Martian
Apr 10, 2013 Bethany the Martian rated it it was ok
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
Jim Barton
Mar 12, 2011 Jim Barton rated it did not like it
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
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.
Sep 18, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 01, 2011 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of scary stuff
Shelves: horror, fantasy, 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.


It s
Paul Talbot
Oct 13, 2009 Paul Talbot rated it it was ok
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
Jan 22, 2016 FDeroche rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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*** second reading notes *** January 2016 group read ***
California police Dectitives Harry Lyon and Connie Guliver are the 2 main characters showing the importance of partnership and off-duty friendliness. The theme is Harry & Connie are spooked & track a " bloodless" monster/ghoul named "Ticktock" (20 years old). A challenge to Harry and Connie is stop "Ticktock" and in one instance they must escape when he says "you'll be dead in 16 hours, dead by
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...

May 19, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 19, 2010 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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Feb 28, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
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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Jan 31, 2012 Haley Lattie rated it it was amazing
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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
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
Oct 27, 2010 T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2012 Trent rated it did not like it
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
Oct 13, 2010 Christine rated it it was ok
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Asghar Abbas
Jan 07, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A truly frightening book, in more ways than one.
Mehvish Irshad
Jun 12, 2016 Mehvish Irshad rated it it was ok
Opening sentence: Tuesday was a fine California day, full of sunshine and promise, until Harry Lyon had to shoot someone at lunch.

I never know what I am going to get with Dean Koontz.
I have to admit I was taken in by the name of the book expecting a dragon in it, knowing how Koontz likes his paranormal elements, and was sadly disappointed. Reminder to self : do NOT judge a book by it's cover or title.
This is more like a pass-time read which is a shame because I know Koontz can and has produced
Jul 02, 2014 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2014 Jared rated it did not like it
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
Ricardo da Fonseca
O livro conta a história de dois policiais Harry e Connie, que se veem frente a criaturas com poderes sobrenaturais que os perseguem para eliminá-los sem um motivo aparente. Durante a sua busca para eliminar as criaturas antes de que sejam eliminados, eles começam a perceber características um no outro que nunca antes haviam notado. E esse processo de descoberta e empatia cria uma história paralela e secundária à linha principal do livro. A história principal é interessante e deixa o leitor pres ...more
Ella Dominguez
May 26, 2014 Ella Dominguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book fifteen years ago and to this day, the story has stuck with me. I don't recall the fine details, but I do remember the plot and how chillingly creepy and suspenseful the tale was. Mr. Koontz was and will always remain one of my all-time favorite authors.
Trenten Kirsch
Nov 10, 2015 Trenten Kirsch rated it really liked it
Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz is a book that has many turns and mystery. This is a book about a man named Harry Lyon. He had lived in California. He was a very neat kind of guy. He always had to have everything in the right place. He is a soft kind of guy that would never let his job of being a cop bring him down. But then one day in the afternoon he was force to shoot a man dead. And after that a homeless man with bloodshot eyes had told Harry that he only had 16 hours to live. I would recommend ...more
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