Was this book self-published? If not, the editor really failed this author. Why, in heaven's name, would you publish a book that made your author look...moreWas this book self-published? If not, the editor really failed this author. Why, in heaven's name, would you publish a book that made your author look like an idiot? The action sequences and dialogue were fine, but the character development was non-existent, the writing style florid and all over the place and the plot predictable and linear. I found the main character as 3 dimensional as a paper drawing and the supporting cast bizarre rather than quirky. I have played computer games with better story.(less)
It takes a lot to make me give a book a 1 star rating. I have tried to write, and I know how hard it is, but this author needed to try a little harder...moreIt takes a lot to make me give a book a 1 star rating. I have tried to write, and I know how hard it is, but this author needed to try a little harder. To be fair I only managed to read the first 100 pages and then I skimmed the ending to see if there were any surprises. There weren't. There are so many things wrong with this book that I almost don't know where to begin. How about we start with the three point of view changes in one page? That's not at all confusing or unnecessary. Then there are the characters that might as well have been named Female Protagonist and Male Protagonist for all of the depth of character development put into them. The large cast of indistinguishable side characters who are defined only by their roles in the "plot" - the money-grubbing, dishonest business owner, the honest, hard-hitting cop, and the evil, anti-social villain. Speaking of the villain, the "author" very carefully points him out in the first couple of chapters just in case you don't want to wait to the end to find out who was going to try to do harm to the cardboard cutouts she substitutes for real characters.
I don't have high standards for Christmas novels. I look for heart-warming, simple stories with only a minimum of writing talent required to keep me from throwing the book away. This one failed to meet even that much. It's going into the first trash can I pass.(less)
I had a friend in Junior High School who would tell me about a book she had read or a movie she had seen by retelling the entire story, including quot...moreI had a friend in Junior High School who would tell me about a book she had read or a movie she had seen by retelling the entire story, including quoting favorite lines of dialog and describing bits of action. By the time she was done, I felt like I knew everything about the book or movie, except why she liked it. The details were there, but the fun was lost in translation.
That's how this book, and the two previous volumes in the series, felt to me. I felt like someone had read a really good book with fascinating ideas, action and characters and stripped away everything that made it interesting and fun and turned it into a tedious summary of what had happened offstage. Most, if not all, of the book felt like an epilogue or prologue for some other, much better, book. I kept wondering where the good book was so I could go read it and quit wasting so much time reading about it instead.
The ONLY reason I finished this series was because I have a really long commute, and I had limited options on my iPod. That, and I'm an optimist and I kept hoping the prologue would end and the real book would finally start. It never did.(less)
This is the first Dean Koontz book I didn't like at all. I didn't like the characters, I didn't like the plot, I didn't like the pacing. I couldn't st...moreThis is the first Dean Koontz book I didn't like at all. I didn't like the characters, I didn't like the plot, I didn't like the pacing. I couldn't stand Rebecca and couldn't see why anyone would care about her. The kids were ok, but didn't think or act like any kids I know. There was no sense of mystery or suspense, just a straight-forward telling of a not very compelling story.
My moment of major disbelief came when Jack is told that his kids are in danger and he decides not to send an officer to protect them because he will be with them. And then he goes off to have sex with his partner! What the heck?? There was no way I could buy into the story after that.
All I can say is that I'm glad Dean Koontz got better and this wasn't the first book of his I had read, because this would have been the last.(less)