Seize the Night (Moonlight Bay Series, #2)
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Seize the Night (Moonlight Bay #2)

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There are no rules in the dark, no place to feel safe, no escape from the shadows. But to save the day, you must...Seize the Night.

At no time does Moonlight Bay look more beautiful than at night. Yet it is precisely then that the secluded little town reveals its menace. Now children are disappearing. From their homes. From the streets. And there's nothing their families ca...more
Paperback, 443 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Bantam (first published 1998)
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I read "Seize the Night" before reading "Fear Nothing" simply because I picked it up at Target and didn't realize it was a sequel. I proceeded to read it in one day (staying up into the wee hours) and then spent the next day hunting down "Fear Nothing".

I loved everything about this book. The characters, the setting, the backstory, the dialogue...there was not one thing I would change. I remember sitting there re-reading the scene in the egg room over and over-it was unlike anything I had ever im...more
Not my favorite Dean Koontz book; I found myself getting annoyed with all the analyzing the main character does; it seems that every time anything happens, the narrator goes off into another long explanation which is supposed to be him guessing what is going on and philosophizing about what it all means, etc. This is ok at first but after awhile it gets to be way too much.

Also, the characters didn't seem real to me. I like the idea of having characters who do selfless acts for others, etc. But t...more
Matt Barker
An excellent follow-up to Fear Nothing. I liked both of these books very much, but this one was a bit scarier than the first. Definitely recommended!

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Moonlight Bay, California: a safe, secluded small town that is at its most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name. But now, somewhere in the night, children are disappearing.

When he sets out to find the missing five-year-old son of a former sweetheart, Christopher Snow believes that the lost children are still...more
Nicholas Beck
This is the second installment of the Moonlight Bay series by Dean Koontz. A town on the central coast of California whose secrets may bring the end of the world. This novel is about a man named Christopher Snow who has XP. A condition in which he cannot be exposed to any kind of Ultra-violet light. Meaning throughout his entire life, he only goes out during the night hours and can know the night like someone who lives by day can never understand.

This story starts out with children being taken f...more
I seem to be either really hot or cold with Koontz books. Unfortunately this book was very hard for me to get into. Which is sad, because I loved the first Christopher Snow book, Fear Nothing when i read it several years ago.

Maybe I wasn't in the proper frame of mind when I read this, but there were several aspects to this book that annoyed me. Koontz seemed to have fallen into the Stephen King "let's describe every last detail down to the size of every blade of grass." trap. Plus, the surfer li...more
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In Fear Nothing, Koontz introduced us to Christopher Snow, a 28 year old man who had been born with the bizarre and rare genetic disorder xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). Victims of XP are extremely sensitive to cancers of the skin and eyes, and even momentary exposure to light is cumulative, so eventually could prove fatal. Because of this Chris continually avoids the light of day, and leads the vampire’s life...more
Christopher Hivner
To be honest, this review is only of the first 78 pages because that's all the farther I could read. I really did not like the style Koontz wrote in for this one. The narration of the main character contained so many one-liners and jokey punctuations of his thoughts that it became annoying. I like humor mixed into the story but this was overwritten. It was like Koontz was working out material for his stand-up act.

A small child is kidnapped in the middle of the night and the main character, havin...more
Jul 20, 2009 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a very thought provoking, truly odd story
When I started reading this book I thought it was going to be one that I finished only because I never put down a book once I've started it. The first 100 pages or so were so full of monologue and rambling tangents that I had a hard time getting into the story, or even deciphering what the story was. But then it all started coming together. Very slowly the pace of the story picked up and the rambling tangents (most of them) began to make sense. Turns out they were mostly for character developmen...more
Jason Reeser
Sometimes Koontz is a genius. Other times, he comes close. On this book...not so much. He was really reaching here, going all over the place, as if he took a dozen separate ideas he'd once jotted down and mashed them together for a full novel. Now that means there are some great ideas in here, and some not so great. But none of it really fits together well. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that as he was writing this, his interests or focus switched tracks four or five times. It's too bad, and i...more
Seize The Night is the sequel to Fear Nothing. It was supposed to be a trilogy, but it's been 11 years since its publication and there's still no sign of the third novel on the horizon, despite Koontz nearing the completion of two other series he started in the meantime.

This is a real shame, because the concepts and the ideas he presents in both Moonight Bay novels are much better than both Odd Thomas and Koontz's Frankenstein. Bad writing and cliches aside, the complete series would be much mor...more
Anthony Policastro
In Dean Koontz’s novel, Seize The Night – a Christopher Snow Adventure – Snow suffers from an inherited genetic disorder known as Xeroderma pigmentation, XP. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation, sunshine, incandescent and fluorescent light could cause skin and eye cancer. Thus, he is a nocturnal creature, and I thought that this was a fascinating premise for a character, which reminded me of the vampire craze and chronicles that have inundated literary circles, bookstores, book clubs, and movies....more
Scott Taylor
Koontz again thrilled me with his ability to set a scene and create a true sense of dread. His gift is in putting his characters in situations where they (and you as the reader) feel helpless in the midst of unsettling and spooky circumstances. In this case, the circumstances all revolve around occult happenings in and around Fort Wyvern, the abandoned military base that the main character, Christopher Snow, frequents.

Aside from that, the book is a solid mystery about the disappearance of sever...more
Nicolas Fisher
When you are about to read a person’s book review the first two things that pop in your mind are did they like the book and do they recommend it, my answer would be yes and probably no. The main character in Seize the Night by Dean Koontz is Christopher Snow. Chris also known as “Snowman” by some of his friends is a very smart, aware, patient, courageous , and surf loving person who illegally carries a gun. He has genetic disorder called Xeroderma pigmentosum where contact with light can cause h...more
The direct sequel to “Fear Nothing” is more of a self-contained story than a further delving into the mysteries surrounding the town of Moonlight Bay.

The most fun in reviewing “Seize the Night” is actually anticipating what might happen next in that elusive third volume of this as yet unfinished trilogy. To me this proves that it is indeed a captivating story with very real characters. But since such a review would be riddled with spoilers, I won’t do that.

One month after the events in “Fear Not...more
Dean Koontz is a five star writter, no doubt about that when it comes to his stories they are usually top notch and Sieze the night is no exception.

Sieze the night is the sequal to fear nothing, (which i have reviewed somewhere earlier on my blog) This book was even better than fear nothing, because the storyline was fabulous. There is not really a need to read fear nothing first unless you want to as Dean Koontz explains everything that happened in the first book when the reader needs to know p...more
This is one of Dean's earlier books and is a mixture of horror/sci-fi and crime. The central character, Christopher Snow, has an aversion to light due to a rare genetic disorder so lives his life largely nocturnally. It is during one of these excursions that he finds a friend searching for her missing son. Getting on the trail of the kidnapper, Chris and his super-intelligent dog track him to an abandoned military base where strange experiments were alleged to have taken place. His attempts to r...more
Lisa Rathbun
This follow-up to Fear Nothing brought back Chris Snow, who cannot be exposed to light, and his buddies, Bobby the surfer and Orson the intelligent dog, but for me the story moved too slowly. Action would be interrupted by paragraphs of explanation about past actions or character descriptions that slowed the pace of the plot. I think this was especially frustrating to me because when one is in search of an abducted child, pausing to ruminate on Bobby and Chris's childhood adventures seems especi...more
Jayne Charles
This was an absolute turkey. I heard it was supposed to be the second of a trilogy - never fancied reading the third (if there ever was one) if this effort was anything to go by. Following on from Fear Nothing (which I thought was quite good) this follows Christopher Snow, XP sufferer and night-time wanderer, trying to solve the mystery of some missing children, along with his laid-back surfer-dude pal who talks and acts as though his batteries are running down. The story descended into such dre...more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: There are no rules in the dark, no place to feel safe, no escape from the shadows. But to save the day, you must...Seize the Night. At no time does Moonlight Bay look more beautiful than at night. Yet it is precisely then that the secluded little town reveals its menace. Now children are disappearing. From their homes. From the streets. And there's nothing their families can do about it. Because in Moonlight Bay, the police work their hardest to conceal crimes and silence victims. No ma...more
I reviewed the first book in this series (which will hopefully be a trilogy soon if Dean Koontz gets off his ass and delivers) a couple months ago, and I just finished the second (also on audiobook). They make good audiobooks -- lots of tense action, plus Koontz's rather flowery descriptions and occasionally ridiculous analogies are best enjoyed when spoken aloud (the man is the master of cheesy writing, but I love him anyway).

So if you haven't read Fear Nothing, this book might not make much se...more
It had time travel, what else can I say? I am looking for the 3rd installment of this trilogy, it may or may not have been written but I will seach diligently until I find it. Not all of Koontz's books are for me but the last few I have read have been enjoyable. I do suggest you read Fear Nothing before this one just to get familiar with all of the characters and the situations they find themselves in.
Koontz amazes me again. I usually do not bother to make more than a quick few notes to myself about a book, but I find I always have to change my pattern with this author. While the second in this series had the lag so readers who may have forgotten or did not read book one have to be brought up to speed, it still is incredible. My only fault with the book was that Orson, the dog, disappears in the beginning, and I worried the whole book about him. In the end, all makes sense why that had to be,...more
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Sorry Mr. Koontz. I usually like your books but this one I just could not get into. I got 20% in gave up. Not enough interested me to want to read on or know more about the characters. I frankly got annoyed of reading Christopher talk over & over about himself.
J.S. Bailey
I had a hard time getting into this one (probably because I've been busy working on other things this past week), but once I got about halfway through, the pace really picked up. The ending sort of boggled my mind. But I suppose that should be expected. :)
Second part of a trilogy, after Fear Nothing which was one I loved. Third in the proposed trilogy has not been released yet.

Story of a young man who can only come out at night because daylight will harm him. He lives in Moonlight Bay, where the Navy has done DNA experiments with humans and animals. Young children are being kidnapped and need to be found, probably having something to do with this defunct Naval installation. There are DNA-changed violent rhesus monkeys, time travel changes, villai...more
"Fear Nothing" is the first book in the "Moonlight Bay" series (read it, liked it). "Seize the Night" is the second book (hated it). It's supposed to be a trilogy, but the third has never been written (I think I know why). Time travel, killer monkeys, a crazed priest, genetic mutations, serial killers, government experiments, alternate's all TOO much... crazy, confusing and just plain ridiculous...made worse by the constant "surfer dude" dialog between the main character and his...more
I was surprised that it took me a while to get into this book. I loved the first in the series, and I usually love koontz's characters' tangent thoughts and explanations and descriptions, but for some reason this one took a little while to get my head involved. after about 30 pages, I was again hooked by the characters, the adventure, the wonder that comes from reading a koontz novel. as the book went on, it got harder and harder to put down.

if I could have one valid complaint, it would be that...more
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David H.
Moonlight Bay, California. A safe, secluded small town that is at its most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name. Now, somewhere in the night, children are disappearing. From their homes. From the streets. The police cannot be trusted to solve the mystery because in Moonlight Bay the police work their hardest to conceal crimes and silence the complainants rather than catch the perpetrators. They were long ago corrupted by a greater authority, hidden behind...more
This is the second Chris Snow book, after Fear Nothing, and the character has finally found his own voice. One of my complaints in the previous novel was Chris's lack of a personality: he acted differently depending on who he was talking to. This time, however, he's far more consistent, as are the other characters. Unfortunately, the plot surrounding him is far weaker. Koontz can't decide what to use as the Big Bad, so he throws in a little bit of everything: sociopathic serial killer, genetic e...more
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