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By the Light of the Moon

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  23,266 ratings  ·  814 reviews
Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone) to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly textured, riveting drama, at once viscerally familiar and utterly unique.

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Mass Market Paperback, 460 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Bantam (first published 2002)
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This book might be Koontz's love letter to Stephen King. Not only does he mention Stephen King's works and movies several times, many of the plot points are very similar to ones used by King (I keep thinking Firestarter, but I liked this book better than Firestarter). But, at the same time it is a very Koontz book as it seems like many of his works focus on dark agencies doing dark experiments and the innocent people who get caught up in the middle (i.e. Dark Rivers of the Heart, the Jane Hawk s ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020
I can usually rely on Koontz to be entertaining, especially when he wanders off into fantasy land, and this book ticked all the boxes for me.

The story tells of three characters who are deliberately injected by some kind of mad scientist and then are obliged to go on the run. As they travel they start to discover the effects of their injections and they all react in different but equally amazing ways.

The characters are all likeable, especially Shep, the younger autistic brother. Koontz uses him
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I love reading this book. I've read it four times now and the effect is without exception interesting, frequently astonishing and always positive. It's a beautiful book with a great title - so great that I have the phrase "BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON" tattooed on my right arm. I enjoy the power of positivity which radiates from this volume of literature. The idea that we create our own reality by our thoughts and the difference for good that individuals can make in the world is elaborated on in thi ...more
Aug 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Dean Koontz novel and a thorough disappointment, especially bearing in mind how critically acclaimed a writer he is supposed to be.

The plot is wanting and slow - paced. Koontz is spending far too much time on the thorough and often dragging description of his protagonists' visions, thereby neglecting the advancement of his plot.

Logically speaking, I was unable to understand why "nanobot - implants" would enable anyone to gain the ability to physically fold from one place to a
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Koontzland Group Read - January 2018

This was not the easiest read for me - as any other of Koontz books I've read.

Dylan O'Conner(artist-29) & his autistic brother Shepherd O'Connor(20) are traveling across Arizona to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to a art festival in his SUV.
They cross paths with Jilly Jackson (comedian). They are injected with a unknown drug from a strange Lincoln Proctor (alias Dr. Frankentein), the 3 meet to review what he did to them. Lincoln was chased & killed in Jilly
Diane Wallace
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cryptic read! fascinating,intriguing and an amazing storyline with some well defined and well developed cast of was a non-stop roller coaster ride of virtually thrill action..recommended to everyone (paperback!)
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, audiobook
4 1/2 stars. Two strangers, Jilly and Dylan, become linked when a mad scientist knocks them out and injects them with a strange serum while mumbling about the fact that they'll either go mad or be very much improved by his "stuff". He warns them that sinister killers will soon be after them if they don't hit the road asap. When Jilly discovers that her car, stolen by "Frankenstein" (as they dub him), has been torched with "Frankenstein" still inside she begins to take the dire warnings seriously ...more
Cody | CodysBookshelf
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dean-koontz
Jilly and Dylan are strangers who are both knocked unconscious and injected with a strange substance by a scientist they refer to as Doctor Frankenstein. This chance encounter brings the two together, and they (with Dylan’s autistic brother Shep in tow) are off for a high-stakes adventure as they discover the depths of the supernatural powers they have been granted, and just why this happened to them of all people.

Look, this book is cheesy as hell. It’s Dean Koontz in full-on goofy mode. The pr
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dean Koontz can be described as the Slim Jim of popular fiction. Each one tastes exactly like your last Slim Jim, so you know precisely what you're getting. They aren't really very good for you and when you think about it you might come to a realization that they're mostly crap..but that doesn't stop you from getting another Slim Jim.

"By The Light of The Moon" was written in 2002 and is a classic Koontz chase novel. The story is bananas; Dylan O'Connor and his autistic brother, Shepherd, check i
Dec 16, 2007 rated it did not like it
Kinda boring with a really lame ending.
Nov 06, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story starts out great. 3 characters are brought together by chance and circumstance and injected with an evil substance of God knows what by a mad scientist type of man. They have to do research to find out what they've been injected with and also exactly what is at store in their future. They come to learn that each of them has developed some type of supernatural-like abilities which will come in handy later while dodging reckless gunmen. However, later on the story kind of fizzles out be ...more
Mrs. Shane
Oct 31, 2007 rated it it was ok
IMO, it was just too darn descriptive. I found myself skipping over whole pages of descriptions to get to the actual story (which wasn't too bad in and of itself). It is like the writer doesn't realize we have imaginations and can create most of the stuff he is writing about already in our head as we read the book. I want to try reading something else of his to see if this happens all the time or if it is just in this one. ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
One of my top three Dean Koontz Novels. I have the phrase "By The Light of the Moon" tattooed on my right arm.

I enjoy the dialogue and the mysteries of the unknown. By The Light of the Moon represents many of the ideas I believe including the power of positive thinking and our potential for good.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, g-thriller
Tied with Lightning as my favorite Koontz novel of them all. A bit formulaic, but the ending is so satisfying! A Koontz best.
Jim C
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating 4.5 stars.

This one is a reread for me. The first time I read this book I liked it but it did not blow me away. This time I thought it was terrific. In this one, Dylan and Jillian are kidnapped by a mad scientist. They are injected with a foreign substance and strange things start happening to them. Also, Dylan is responsible for his autistic brother Shep.

For me, the aspect that drives this author's novels are his characters and this book has great characters. One cannot help but be
Patrice Hoffman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was a little slow for me at a lot of points but I enjoyed the journey. This book was classic Dean Koontz. Action/bore/action/suspense/action/conclusion. The problem I have with the book, and some of Koontz other books, is the amount of imagery used that adds nothing to the book. There should not be whole chapters talking about how the hills in a California setting look. It's boring and annoying. ...more
Clinton Sweet
Apr 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Dreadful. About 50 pages of storyline and 300 pages of waffle. Koontz bases his told to death storyline around replaceable, generic characters and some dribbling maniac who repeats incongruous words like "ice" and "cake" in some feeble attempt to write a bestseller. How this formula still works, I don't know ...more
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been putting off reading (or listening to) this book because it's a rather large-ish book and the cover-blurb gave me the impression the themes of this Koontz novel were a bit more fantastical than I generally prefer. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. I enjoyed this book from the start all the way to the finish. Part of that is tribute to the reader of the story. A wonderful performance. Of course, the rest lies with Koontz. He's created a number of characters that I feel I'd really like to meet an ...more
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book has the best opening paragraph I have ever read! Intriguing, mysterious, and fast-paced, it fits the story well. Instantly, you, along with the main characters, are set into a state of confusion. You'll stay there for most of the book, but know that you are in capable hands.

Of all the characters, I loved Shepard the most. However, I was disappointed that we never got into Shepard's mind. Dean Koontz has such a talent for fleshing out marginal and unusual viewpoints (like the dog in Dra
Margo Kelly
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Totally loved this book. It ranks as one of my favorite Koontz books. He uses these incredible metaphors to describe situations and scenes on one page and then on the next page he says something simple like "he was big time dead" - - it's great. Also, this book was supposed to be spooky - but I was laughing out loud at Koontz's humor and I even had to go and read halarious lines outloud to other people around me.

Plus, it a sign of a great author is when he has you laughing on one page, reading
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a ride! This book was fantastic.

Sadly, I could so relate to Jillie (main female character) as I am also a vortex of pessimism.

Ha ha. Will most definitely read again!

I will say it again, "What a great book!"
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz is one of my favorite novels by this illustrious Author. It is about the same length as many of his other works, and is written in that oh-so familiar Koontz style. Driven by the dialogue of the characters, the story unfolds exactly as it is revealed to the characters, allowing the reader the chance to evolve with the protagonists as they explore their new world. About that new world-- yes, this is my SPOILER ALERT-- it is our world, with a few tweaks and ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I've been reading Koontz since I was a teenager, and have always liked his benevolence towards his main characters. He writes about very bad things happening to very good people (which is not to say that they're all saints), and this makes you root for them and despise the villains with all your might.

I really couldn't make myself care too much about Jilly, Dylan or Shep, though. The premise of the story was intriguing enough but halfway through I found myself reading on in the hope that the ini
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*NO SPOILERS* This book does have them constantly on the run, I've been on a streak of reading Koontz books and I'm seeing quite a few trends. Same basic storylines and concepts, using phrases of titles for his future books like velocity, relentless, from the corner of his eye and a lot of other phrases in several books. This book was ok. I'm currently listening to the Audiobook "The Darkest Evening Of The Year." After that I'm going to take a break from Koontz. He was my favorite author but if ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another book I really enjoyed. Koontz can run hot and cold. Some of his books are really great others are....well, not so great. This one is one of the ones I like a lot. My wife liked Koontz (many of the ones I don't care for she liked).

I avoid giving "synopsises" as in some books that in iteslf is a spoiler. So in this one it opens well, the relationship between the two main characters is well done (there are 3 main characters but I refer to the "romantic interest). The story unfolds well and
Jennifer Jones
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting this to end the way that it did. I loved everything about this book! The growing relationship between the characters, the creepiness, the betrayals, and the good morals wound into it. Amazing book! ...more
Tiffany Bryant
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another suspenseful novel. Great book! Had me shaking, yet again, the WHOLE way through. What ever happened to this book i wonder? lol
Chris Matney
I have read several other Dean Koontz books, so my assumptions about By the Light of the Moon were somewhat set by those experiences. Overall, I found this book disappointing.

In thinking about it, this books surprisingly failed in three areas the author usually shines.

First, the characters - Dylan, Jilly and Shep lacked the depth that Mr. Koontz usually brings to his work. They had interesting backgrounds - which were magnified and sometimes awkwardly intertwined by their encounter with nanotech
Tom Pintong
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read so many of Dean Koontz's novels over the years that when I first saw this one in a used book store, I wasn't sure if I had read it previously already, glanced at the first few pages and it didn't seem too familiar so said "oh well, I can always give it to a friend If I already have it." I'm so glad I took the plunge and bought it. The story was compelling, enough so that I hope there will be several sequels a la his "Odd Thomas" series, which I also enjoy a lot. There were lines in the ...more
4-4.5 stars

TBH, the book description gives a good rundown of how the book starts out. The way they were affected was interesting if a bit scary for them. I really liked Dillian, Shep and Jillian and liked seeing them learn to rely on each other, even if the reason it was needed (being on the run from killers) sucked big time. The only reason i didn't rate it 5 stars is because there were a few times I thought things got a bit off track...getting distracted from the main action with stuff that wa
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Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

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