Synopsis: “Life sucks. Then you die. Or, if you’re Dick Moonlight, first you die and then you live.”
Dick Moonlight is dead.
Really dead this time, now tSynopsis: “Life sucks. Then you die. Or, if you’re Dick Moonlight, first you die and then you live.”
Dick Moonlight is dead.
Really dead this time, now that three President Obama-masked thugs dressed all in black and communicating only with hand-held voice synthesizers pressed up against their voice boxes have beat the life right out of him inside a dark, downtown Albany alley. What are the thugs after? A box. Size, weight, description unknown. They also want him to stay away from his newest and only client: a handicapped nuclear engineer of dubious Russian heritage by the same of Peter Czech.
But then, now that they’ve killed him, Moonlight’s problems seem to be over. In fact, as he undergoes an out of body experience, his soul floating above his train-wreck of a corpse inside the Albany Medical Center I.C.U., he feels pretty damned good. Great in fact. To make death all the more sweeter, his one true love, Lola, is standing by his bedside. With her long dark hair draping her chiseled face and big round Jackie O sunglasses hiding tear-filled eyes, she appears every bit the grieving sig other. Nothing could make the dead-and-gone Moonlight prouder.
But then something happens. Something bad. A man enters into the I.C.U. Some young guy. He takes hold of Lola’s hand, and pulls her into him. Together, the two share a loving embrace over Moonlight’s dead body. Now, what seemed like a peaceful death is anything but. Moonlight wants back inside his body so he can face-off Some Young Guy and find out if his true love has in fact been cheating on him. At the same time, he wants to find out the true identity of those thugs who killed him so he can exact his revenge. No doubt about it, Moonlight needs to live if he’s going to uncover some pretty painful answers and take care of business.
Like a little kid dropping down a playground slide, Moonlight slides right back inside his bruised and broken body. Opening his eyes the white light blinds him. He feels the pain of his wounds and the pain of his breaking heart.
Life sucks, then you die.
But Moonlight rises.
My thoughts: If you haven’t read anything by Mr. Zandri, you should definitely check him out. “Moonlight Rises” is the second book in the series and I regrettably have not read the first one. That will change soon. “Moonlight Rises” is definitely a page turner, and I LOVE the main character, Dick Moonlight. Flawed and likeable, you can’t help but want to root for him. Zandri’s writing is also excellent; fast paced with just the right amount of violence and humor. And even though I haven’t read the first one, the story was whole unto itself and I didn’t feel as if I’d missed out on any details about the characters. If you’re a fan adult crime fiction, definitely put this one on your to read list.
Good novella. Koontz does his usual good job of creating a suspenseful yarn and this novella accomplishes it's true purpose: to entice you to read theGood novella. Koontz does his usual good job of creating a suspenseful yarn and this novella accomplishes it's true purpose: to entice you to read the forthcoming novella about antagonist, which comes out later this month. ...more
Good story! I like alternate history a lot and although the outcome for the doomed ship was the same of course, the fictional account of the murders aGood story! I like alternate history a lot and although the outcome for the doomed ship was the same of course, the fictional account of the murders aboard the ship was very well done.
The descriptions of the Titanic were very well done and the characters were well told too. My only real complaint with the writing (and this is nitpicky) was the overuse of alliteration. Alliteration certainly has it's place, but for me, it's more in kid's books and poetry. Often it took me out of the story a little. Again, nitpicky, but it was hard to find to much fault with anything else.
Glad that it's a series, as I'll definitely check out more of the series! ...more
I picked this one up at the library, and didn't realize it was the third in a series until I was already into it. Not that you necessarily need to reaI picked this one up at the library, and didn't realize it was the third in a series until I was already into it. Not that you necessarily need to read the other two before this one (it wasn't confusing), although it might shed some light on Detective Sejer, whom the series follows.
This was an incredibly dark book, which I like, but I'm not sure if all the character's motivations were 100% believable. It took a while to really get rolling, but once it did, it had some really great moments.
I'll definitely check out the first two for this series. ...more