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Velocity by Dean Koontz
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Mar 03, 11


Shea Carmona
Velocity Review
Once I started this book, the plot grabbed me right from the beginning and would not let go. Even though it is a plot driven book, the main character is well developed, even though others may not be. It doesn’t make any difference, as it is not the characters that keep you reading, but the ever changing and churning story.

Billy Wiles is a formerly promising writer turned barkeep. He has experienced a goodly amount of tragedy in his life. His parents were killed when he was 14 and his fiancée is in a coma that the doctors say she will not come out of. While Billy appears to be an easygoing, hardworking everyday man, he goes through life with despair showing in every aspect of his life.

One note, however, will forever change Billy's life. It tells him that if he does not take the note to the police, "a lovely blonde schoolteacher from the Napa Valley" will be murdered. The note also, "an elderly woman active in charity work" will, instead, be murdered. These are the two choices for which Billy has been given six hours to decide.

What Billy chooses to do and what follows are the stuff of which nightmares are made. Suddenly, Billy's formerly quiet, prosaic life takes on a new dimension, one in which reality is suspended, as the first note is followed by a series of them. Each note ups the ante, leaving Billy with having to make choices no human being should have to make. The ingenious plot takes the reader on a thrill ride of terror and suspense.
This was a book that kept the intensity pushed up to 11, and was packed full of intriguing twists and turns. Fans of the author will enjoy the book, which changes the perspective on what is really good and what is really evil.


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