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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure, as the lives of strangers converge around a mystery unfolding high in the Colorado mountains—and the balance of the world begins to tilt….

In the stillness of a golden September afternoon, deep in the wilderness of the Rockies, a solitary craftsman, Grady Adams, and his ma
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2009)
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Michelle Matthews-Calloway Greg, I believe it's more so that the creatures started a NEW beginning for mankind right there in Earth's present environment. It's what I call a…moreGreg, I believe it's more so that the creatures started a NEW beginning for mankind right there in Earth's present environment. It's what I call a "quickie ending" - Koontz just basically ended the book instead of expanding and explaining on some of the details. He also could have taken time to wrap up some of the loose ends with a bit more explanation. For example, did the lawyer wind up going to jail? Did his hit man rat him out? Who/what caused his experience in the forest?? What about the guy with the grenade? Was he simply losing his mind, or were those things actually happening? Did Cammy and Grady eventually become a couple?? Too many loose ends were not wrapped up.(less)
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Dec 31, 2013 Maciek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere in California...

-Say Dean, how about a new book ?
-A new book ? eee....but I just completed the last one a week ago !
-Dude if you want to roll with us, you've got to stay fit. James Patterson
releases 4 books a year, and King came back from retirement..the bastard.
-Oh noes ! What should I do ?
-Dude you've been writing for the last 40 years and you ask me that ? I'm your agent, not your muse !
-...right. I have an idea, wait a moment.

(Three minutes pass)

-So you know I devised this new cool
Gavin Troy
Ugh. Usually I can expect Koontz books to be great. This, however, doesn't even come close to his better works. The actual writing style is still excellent, but there is much more to a book than that.
*This book has no plot.*
I mean literally. The publishers obviously recognized this, as the blurb describes the events in the last few chapters. The tagline (Wonder still exists in the world – But not if Homeland Security has anything to do with it) is nothing less than false advertising.

Worse. The b
Dec 03, 2013 Nickole rated it it was ok
This book is CRAP. If you bought it, downloaded it, got it as a gift, save yourself the migraine and gouge your eyes out with spoons now, rather than read this and then be forced to do it to distract yourself from the pain of going past the title page. Seriously, that's where it all goes down hill... stop there! I think Dean Koontz is just banking on his loyal followers because he knows we will faithfully buy whatever he publishes. Well I for one am not going to be fooled by you again Mister! Af ...more
Not even close to as good as classic Koontz, barely as interesting as Life Expectancy. The last four chapters totally jump the shark; and my mediocre enthusiasm was crushed into apathetic disgruntlement. Mr. Koontz, if you wanted to wax philosophic, don't torture us with a less than stellar novel....even better don't couch your ideas in fiction and have your characters speak your ideology.
Feb 09, 2010 Tom rated it did not like it
I am officially done with Dean Koontz! Every couple of years I see one of his books, read it - and remember why it's been years since I've read one.

It took me ~4 hours to read 'Breathless' and even that was too long. The story never really goes anywhere. Halfway through the book there seem to be 3 only marginally related storylines, and then he inexplicably starts two more totally unrelated to the original ones. I kept reading hoping that they would lead to something (or at least tie together),
Dustin Manning
Dec 22, 2009 Dustin Manning rated it it was ok
What a disappointment. I own and love roughly 97% of Koontz's catalog and over the past few years I am becomming more and more displeased with his writing. his characters are still the best in the buisness, no one writes more compelling characters than Koontz. No matter that the bad guys are whole heartedly bad and the good guys/girls are good to the bone (albeit with a shadowy past, but that past ends up being part of why we care for the good guy/girl).
In addition to incredibly detailed yet te
Jun 30, 2010 Rebecca rated it did not like it
I don't know why I keep coming back to Dean Koontz. As his preoccupation with some sort of L. Ron Hubbard-esque blend of aliens and spirituality progressed, I swore that I would stay away.
When I realized that I had bought one of his books that I already owned because its plot and characters were so indistinguishable from all of his other books that I had forgotten it completely, I swore I would stay away.
But I keep coming back. 'Odd Thomas' brought me back briefly, before eventually crushing m
Jed Lamprey
Nov 10, 2010 Jed Lamprey rated it did not like it
Most of the way through, this seemed like a typical Dean Koontz novel - and then at the end, just as I thought I was going to find out what's been going on (Koontz *used* to make sure there was a semi-logical/reasonable explanation for the events of the story) for the past few hundred pages - he does a *MASSIVE* about-face and turns the book into a poorly disguised creationist screed. Worse, all the arguments he tries to make are completely incorrect. Koontz used to do enough research that you c ...more
Nov 20, 2010 Birgit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book will give you exactly what one would expect from a Dean Koontz novel. The good, the bad and the ugly (literally) and how their fates are interlinked with eachother. Strange occurances involving the sudden appearance of mysterious white fluffy creatures. A smart dog, even though this time round it's not a Golden Retriever. And the authors old familiar figurative language.
Even though Koontz had all the right ingredients, he simply didn't manage to put them together in the same engaging w
Apr 10, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm shocked to say that I actually kind of liked this book. I used to be a big Dean Koontz fan. I read Watchers, and Twilight, and many of his books back in the 80s and 90s. Then, I felt like he started writing formula thrillers. They seemed too predictable, and I quit reading his books. This past week, I was desperate for something to read, so I picked this book up at my grocery store, figuring it would be a quick, meaningless book. I was pleasantly surprised. There are too many characters, and ...more
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Dec 04, 2010 Johnny rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
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Mar 25, 2011 Jamie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: absolutely nobody
Truly terrible. I'm typically a big Koontz fan, but I could scarcely recognize his hand in this story... if you can even call it a story. There is absolutely zero plot to this book. I'm not exaggerating here. I wasn't disappointed with the plot -- it simply wasn't there to be had. It's just chapter after chapter of introduction that vaguely alludes to Maybe Something, but Something never comes. You keep reading, figuring he's got to get to the point eventually, right? Wrong!

Don't get me wrong;
Janean Worth
Jan 31, 2013 Janean Worth rated it really liked it
I haven't read a Koontz book in years - but I'm glad I picked this one up. I have no idea why I've been away from his books for so long. As usual, Mr. Koontz's style and story are both top notch!

Breathless has masterfully interwoven subplots, the lives of strangers, all coming together to entangle purposefully in the end. I really enjoyed how detailed the character descriptions were in Breathless.

Another thing I greatly enjoyed about the book is the way that the author writes about animals. I ca
Suspense Magazine
Feb 12, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it it was amazing
You know a book is good when you forget to eat. You know it’s great when you forget to sleep. When you temporarily lose sight of all around you, you know that it is another masterpiece written by Dean Koontz.

“Breathless”, Koontz’s newest adventure is a much too brief glimpse into the lives of several strangers, linked by an invisible thread much greater than themselves. Grady Adams—a powerful and private man—and Camilla Rivers—a deeply damaged healer—are thrust into the epicenter of a changing
Jan 18, 2010 Steve rated it did not like it
When talking to authors I know, I hear frequently of that moment when several seemingly unrelated ideas come together. They become a “perfect storm” of sorts, and often lead to an amazing novel.

Unfortunately, BREATHLESS, by Dean Koontz, doesn’t meld separate ideas into a perfect storm. The result is more like…a perfect train wreck.

Let me state, for the record, that I actually enjoy some the stories that Koontz writes. I can appreciate the transition he made into straight-forward thrillers that h
Rory Williams
Jun 02, 2012 Rory Williams rated it it was ok
This book isn't one story; it's several. That's what kept me reading. I was positive all of these seemingly unconnected lives would revolve around the mystery of the creatures and come together in a brilliant way.

They didn't.

A couple characters see the creatures once, and that's about it. Their stories continue on their merry ways, completely unrelated to anything else. A couple of characters from separate plot lines meet briefly and incosequentially. One of the most interesting plot lines, a ma
Jun 12, 2016 Robjr73 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dean-koontz
Wow..this book should have been titled "Lifeless". Is this really a book written by the successful Dean Koontz? I have this weird rule that if I start a book, I have to finish it. I need to change that rule I think because this one was torture. It truly is horrible. The characters are uninteresting at best. The end is horrific (which is probably the only reason it can be found under Horror in your bookstore). The only possible way you might find bits and pieces of this book interesting is if you ...more
Jan 15, 2010 Jenna added it
Recommends it for: i wouldn't
Ugh. Koontz, what happened? You used to write such good books. Now you're (your) books are lame sauce. Boring. What gives?

(several weeks later...) Ugh, forget it. I can't even finish it.
Jul 22, 2011 Alexis rated it liked it
It was nice, I was really into it! It honestly had me questioning my understanding/belief (they're one and the same, i suppose) of the universe and what can and cannot be.
I was intrigued by a few things- the really cool animalthings, which I had hoped would have some sort of foot in reality, yah know? Kinda part of the reason that everyone loves National Treasure-at least the first one, i cannot speak for the sequels- Obviously the plot is exaggerated and there is no gold, but most of the refer
Jun 13, 2011 Yorkshiresoul rated it liked it
Breathless is the 352nd Koontz has written featuring a single, dog owning man with unusual skills or powers, who meets a pretty, single woman with issues, together they discover something is not right with the world and have to go on the run.

Quite often in my book reviews I have complained about the length of a novel, pointing out that to make more readable it could have been severely pruned (Harry Potter pt.7), or even remained in the author's word processor and never published (Twilight). Bre
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 06, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
Again a book I must move to the top of my to read list and right over to my currently reading list. Why? It's a library book and people have it on hold. I can't lay it aside and read several books ahead of it.

Well, first let me discuss Koontz and his work a moment. My wife was the "horror" fan and it was through her that I tried my first Koontz book some years ago. It was probably Watchers, but I'm not completely sure. There is quite a bit of discussion lately about the "new" Koontz. As it happ
Melissa Rawsky
Great review! Finding this site and that review almost make up for the wasted time reading this. Phew...I thought maybe it was just me. Definitely jumped around more than it should have, but I could cope with that...but THEN I got to the "math disproves evolution" was so laughable; I think I found the source of Dean's misinformation; some guy named Kehr who's a mathematician; seems Woolsey was probably based on him. I read a bunch more if the math vs. evolution stuff, and it's clear ...more
Jan 19, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
As I turned the last few pages I was left with a feeling of ...wha? huh? reread... what??? Can someone plz read this book and explain it to me.
The problem is that there were SO MANY different characters with so many different plots that it was really tough to keep them all straight. With so many characters none of them had any depth or development. As I was nearing the end of the book I was panicking because there were no connections. With so many lose ends and characters floating around I was w
Dec 05, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it
This book is classic Dean Koontz - supernatural elements, wonderfully intelligent dogs, and a strong male lead character. I loved the suspense of the opening - as Grady discovers the "creatures". One of my favorite styles of writing is when the author has three or more stories going simultaneously and then combines them all at the end so you see how all of them pertain to each other. Koontz implements that in this book and it works very well.

I was so glad to read a good Koontz book after the re
Nov 30, 2009 Maicie rated it really liked it
I'm a big Koontz fan but my allegiance is more to his characters than his story lines. His books are full of admirable people who have been to hell and back. And his bad guys are Bad.

I really enjoyed this book.
Jo Anne
Dec 28, 2009 Jo Anne rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Disappointed. Felt like an outline for a Koontz novel. Lots of good stuff there, just not fleshed out as one would expect.
Jan 10, 2010 Ellenjsmellen rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, fiction, mystery
Dear Dean Koontz, Could you please be a better closer? Seriously? Loyal reader, Ellenjsmellen
Dec 27, 2009 Ellen rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Yes. I needed the book equivalent of mashed potatoes after this brutal semester, and I don’t have a problem mixing it up. As a child, my mother never fretted over the comic books I read, because I was devouring classics right along with them. Also, Dean Koontz does not pretend he’s writing the next great American novel.

The writers who irk me are those that produce dreck and try to pass it off as lit-TRAH-chur. For instance, let me assure you Robert James Waller that no man talks on and on about
Heather Bode
Oct 25, 2012 Heather Bode rated it it was ok
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