Former detective Ethan Truman, who now works as a security chef for the Manheim estate senses great danger that lurks for the actor and his son - Fric.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has stron, and what's more believeable characters (a welcome change from all the cardboards). The plot is griping mixture of suspense and supernatural. Plus there's n...more
If there's one thing Dean Koontz is good at, in my mind, it's psychological writing. Odd Thomas being his only other book I can recall reading, I guess I'd also have to add supernatural to that, as both books have elements of it...more
It's like he has a random plot generator that he uses to fill in the blanks.
Oh and this book would have been TONS better if he had...more
The characters are wonderful. Alone in a rambling mansion, young Fric Manheim is the "invisible" child of famous parents - a quintessential geek that we can all relate to. He is looking for adventure and trying to figure out life without guidance. Ethan Truman as the head of security is haunted by his own demons, but a likable protagonist. His sidekick Hazard provides both plucky comic relief and his own brand of...more
I am a big fan of Dean Koontz. Though formula driven, he has nevertheless tried to create new plots or plot variations in his stories, and some of them have been quite incredible, almost breaking out of the mold, that was defined for all plots, numbered at 24 or so.
And even when his plots may fall under the expected regime, his story telling is quite gripping. And I don't mean to say that...more
Acknowledged as America s most popular suspense novelist (Rolling Stone ) and as one of today s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human. Now he delivers the page-turner of the season, an unforgettable journey to the heart of darkness and to the pinnacle of grace, at once chilling and wi...more
On the negative side, I had to breeze through chapters too rapidly to make...more
At the beginning, this seems to be a book about a crazy stalker, a famous celebrity, and the ex-cop standing between them. Which it is. But as the story unfolds it becomes so much more than that as Ethan finds himself drawn into the...more
One would have thought that a writer as prolific as Koontz – at least two novels a year – might suffer from the odd shortage of ideas. But if anything, the main problem with ‘The Face’ (which is a horribly bland title) is that it just has too many ideas. It is of course always wrong to criticise ambition in fiction, but Koontz doesn’t quite manage to make all these strands work together and so the who...more
Dean Koontz’s novel “The Face” is without a doubt a superb example of storytelling. Changing between the voices of various characters has enabled Koo...more
In The Face, a major portion of the story revolves around a 10 year old boy. Koontz's use of alliteration in relation to the child lends a sense of innocence and fun that leads you to care even more about the outcome of the plot as it relates to Fric.
I especially enjoy the changes in Koontz's characters. T...more
Terrifying, bone chilling and oddly tender at its c...more
Once again, Koontz chooses a villain so evil as to lose all subtlety and complexity. He also relies on a bit of a deus ex machina (or perhaps more accurately a 'diabolus ex machina') that strains the reader's suspension of disbelief to the breaking point (which, in a novel involving ghost angels and phone calls from the dead, is really saying something)....more
I've read Odd Thomas and it was by far his best that I've read. The Funhouse is up there, but this one in particular is a new sort of style for him. Still extreme obsessions with ghosts, but now with a purpose and more of a riddle type book than any others I've read by him.
The only reason it's a 4 rating other than a five is because of his writing. Some of it just doesn't make any sense in his descriptions unless you're speed reading, and THEN you t...more
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more