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The Eyes of Darkness

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  28,317 ratings  ·  1,360 reviews
A year after little Danny's death, his mother swore she saw him in a stranger's car... It was a mystery she could not escape. An obsession that would lead her from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the cold shadows of the High Sierras. A terrible secret seen only by... The Eyes Of Darkness. ...more
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published 1981)
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The Wuhan-400 come from Dean Koontz's book, while the '2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will sp…more
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The Wuhan-400 come from Dean Koontz's book, while the '2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe' from other book by Sylvia Browne.

“The Eyes of Darkness” is a science fiction novel published in 1981. It references a fictional “biological weapon” called “Wuhan-400” that was designed to kill people but inadvertently gives one child psychic abilities.

The fictional “Wuhan-400” and Covid-19 have little in common, bar that they both have some association with the Chinese city of Wuhan. The book says of “Wuhan-400” that “Once infected, no one lives more than twenty-four hours” and that its “kill-rate is one hundred percent”, something that is not true of Covid-19, which probably has a fatality rate of around 2%.

The part “In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments." come from different book titled “End of Days: Predictions and prophecies about the end of the world” co-written by Sylvia Browne, and published in 2008(less)
Evan Hammerman I always look at what year a book is written. The copyright for this book is 1981.
I didn't read all of the "front matter" though. It seemed kind of st…more
I always look at what year a book is written. The copyright for this book is 1981.
I didn't read all of the "front matter" though. It seemed kind of strange because the book mentions a lot of nineties stuff. Then I read the book was updated in 1996, so it made sense.
I did like the mention of the dear departed "suicide" victim Vince Foster.(less)

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Edward Lorn
Apr 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Koontz-Alert Checklist (Every Dean Koontz book has at least one of the following things.)

1. Blond lead/love interest - Nope
2. Dog(s) - Yup (thanks Delee!!!)
3. Government conspiracy - Yup
4. Aliens - Yup (in the afterword)
5. Serial or trained Killer - Yup
6. Bougainvillea plant - Yup
7. Sodium-vapor streetlight - Kinda (mercury-vapor)
8. Precocious child - Nope
9. Town gone crazy - Nope
10. Psychic(s) - Yup

Seven outta ten but I must note that the structure of this novel is the blueprint for so many of
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ive just finished the book, I actually read it because nowadays world is dealing with coronavirus and i heard there is some evidence and forecast about coronavirus , well yes there was something and if you want to read those parts just read the 7 last page of the book and don’t waste your time reading the rest of it
Jeremy Bates
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Dean Koontz is one of the world’s best paid author’s (bringing in more than twenty five million annually!), which means everybody who’s interested in books has probably read him–which is why I didn’t choose to review one of his more popular works like Watchers.

Eyes of Darkness isn’t my favorite Dean Koontz book, but it was one of his early ones, which I think is a good place to start with Koontz. If you don’t know, DK fist began writing sci-fi, and was sometimes publishing up to eight books a ye
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
After the media caught hold of the presumed origins of the COVID-19 virus, out came the conspiracy theorists with their tinfoil hats. One rumour that began circulating was that Dean Koontz (writing as Leigh Nichols) penned a 1981 book that predicted the virus decades before. While Koontz denies that Wuhan-400 was a prophetic notion in his piece of fiction, those with too much isolation time seem to be holding firm. Always liking to dive into a controversy, I decided to read this book to decide f ...more
Mar 09, 2020 marked it as dnf-not-my-cup-of-coffee  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Abandoned at 16%. This was my first Koontz and reading it felt like seing a B movie from the 80s: stereotype characters, hilarious horror scenes, cheesy romance in between. Can anyone recommend a better book of his? This one did not convince me...
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Koontz 1981 thriller written under the pseudonym of Leigh Nichols has recently received a lot of attention as it apparently predicted the Coronavirus outbreak, being curious I wanted to know for myself...

So does it?
Spoilers - Yes and No.

It's true that the big reveal at the end is China creating a virus that will wipe out the population and has a 100% success rate and only effects humans, but the fact that this 'Wuhan-400' has different symptoms.
It felt more akin to the conspiracy theorists than
Karl Marberger
Pivots sharply from supernatural horror to spy-like science fiction. No good dialogue, average narrative. Whole thing was pretty meh.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Koontzland - Group Read - May 2019

The book is fast & a great Koontz book.
Danny Evans(son) appears to be killed in Nevada sliding down a mountain in his Boy Scout Troop bus. The NewsReports says the entire Boy Scout troop crashed & died in the mountain.

Successful Las Vegas Tina Evan (mom) meets Elliott Stryker (lawyer) & their love grows.
And after 1 year she believes she sees Danny & messages appear, “NOT DEAD”, “DANNY ALIVE”, etc. She wants to “exhume” his body to prove misconceptions, it is
Nov 18, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
If the kid in this book can crash helicopters and make guns not work with his mind, I submit he could escape from his captors without his mom's help. Also, he could write something less cryptic than just "not dead" on the chalkboard of his room. ...more
Feb 14, 2020 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition

A virus called Wuhan-400 makes people terribly ill … in a Dean Koontz thriller from 1981. How is it that some books appear to prophesy events?
The Eyes of Darkness features a Chinese military lab in Wuhan that creates a virus as a bioweapon; civilians soon become sick after accidentally contracting it
In fact, the one lab in China able to handle the deadliest viruses is in Wuhan and helped sequence the novel coronavirus the world is currently battling
Lorraine Southern
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
26/80, 4 stars ****
Very dated and a lot of fuss about nothing! But it’s Dean Koontz, hence the 4th star - I grew up with his books and, in fact, they’re still propping up my bookshelves all these years later 😀 He’s in the top 5 scary writer genre for me 😉
Finitha Jose
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, mystery
One of my friends suggested this book a while back but I just put it off. Then with the onset of Covid-19, the novel gained an unprecedented popularity and now I can't really keep it aside, right?
The novel started off like a ghost story with Danny's mother seeing her dead son in another car. Well, horror is my least favourite genre along with psychological thriller, so I did have a peek at some of the spoilers. Don't want to waste my brain work finding the criminal only to realise that it only
Oct 02, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark_harvest-own
This hardcover is numbered 378 of 400 copies produced and is signed by author Dean Koontz and illustrator Phil Parks on limitation page.
Vikas Singh
Dean Koontz wrote six novels under the pseudonym Leigh Nicholas. Originally published in 1981 it was the second of the six but it is the sixth and final in the series to be re issued in paperback under hi real name in 1991. The novel received lot of attention in recent pandemic because of its reference to a virus developed as biological weapon named Wuhan-400. Initially he had called it Gorki-400 and the research lab was in Russia. But in the new reissued edition it was changed to Wuhan. Though ...more
Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl
Although I had re-read The Eyes of Darkness in Spring 2019, I decided to re-read again in Spring 2020 due to this Dean Koontz book getting immense social media attention for it's connection to COVID-19. The Eyes of Darkness has 40 chapters - the reference to a world-wide respiratory virus originating in China (Chapter 39) is quite near the end.

The dialogue is pretty bad and often laughable, but the reader must take into account that this novel was first published in 1981, six years before the au

In a coffin.
Under the ground.


“Not dead. It was a denial of Danny’s death. An angry refusal to accept the awful truth. A challenge to reality.”


“I thought I’d put the worst pain behind me. But a month ago I started dreaming about Danny again. The first week, it happened twice. The second week, four nights. And the past two weeks, I’ve dreamed about him every night without fail. The dreams get worse all the time. They’re full-fledged nightmares now.”
- Christi
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Once again Koontz, has no idea how to apply romance into his writing, so he should not even try. It does allow you to skim through those pages however. I'm not exactly sure what I ever saw in his novels as a child because most of them are just really bad, this one is no real exception. Too wordy about things that no one really would care about and the best part of the novel (the discovery) is basically only a few pages. Read nutrition labels if you must read. ...more
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Eyes of Darkness. A title that gave me chills as I inhaled this spectacular, genre busting novel. A government whose role it is meant to be to protect the citizens of their country. They aren’t meant to cover up a catastrophic accident and keep a grieving mother from finding out the true cause of her sons’ demise. This novel is the best example at highlighting that the human condition is the real monsters lurking in the dark. Their penchant for control, devastation and blood thirsty violence ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was quite a simple story. There is a mother who lost her child. She is still grieving. There appears a new love interest on the horizon. He is naturally a former spy/worked in military. Oh a government conspiracy is uncovered. Add to the story a hint of paranormal and we got this book.
It was really average and cheesy, especially the romance part and falling in love in two days.
Nonetheless, I liked it. It was a quick read that truly held my interest. It was written in the eighties and it ha
Just not worth the time and paper, with an utterly lame ending. NEXT
J.S. Bailey
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read, directly leading to my Koontz addiction. :)
Dawn C
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a pretty predictable, trite story of a mother’s fight to save her son whom she has believed dead in an accident for over a year. In fact she was ready to move on, because we all know parents get over the death of a child just like that, when spooky signs start to appear that he is in fact not dead. What follows is a plot with the complexity of a mini golf ball. This book would have been better left and buried in the 1990s where it came from.

I’ve gotta say that the afterword by Koontz wh
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks-read
This book has gotten many negative reviews - so I guess I'm easily entertained because I loved it! I'm a mom so maybe the whole 'grieving mother goes to any extreme to save her kid' thing really appealed to me? Of course, there was the excitement of the chase - typical of so many Dean Koontz novels. There was also the 'weird and unbelievable' aspects to it, but that is why I love to read Dean Koontz! It's amazing to me how he can weave a tale so crazy that when I try to explain what I'm reading ...more
Exciting scifi thriller. I don't see this as a horror genre so if you are reluctant to read, don't be!
I borrowed this book from the library because of "WUHAN 400" bio weapon that everyone was talking about. It's there towards the end of the story and I'm not going to spoil it any further.
Geoff Young
Jan 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I stuck with this one way too long, finally giving up on page 234. The characters are shallow and unsympathetic, their reactions to events often unbelievable. The plot is thin, too many irrelevant details are provided (we don't need to know the ID number the protagonist punches into a computer or the name of a waitress who appears in one scene and only pours coffee), and the dialogue exists for the sole purpose of providing exposition in place of real human conversation.

The chief value of this b
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
AUTHOR Koontz, Dean
TITLE The Eyes of Darkness
DATE READ 06/21/20
FIRST SENTENCE At six minutes past midnight, Tuesday morning , on the way home from a late rehearsal of her new stage show, Tina Evans saw her son, Danny, in a stranger's car. But Danny had been dead more than a year.
GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Fiction/1981/369 pgs
CHALLENGE Good Reads 2020 Reading Goal 121/120;
TIME/PLACE Early 1980's/ Nevada
CHARACTERS Tina Evans/ Producer for d
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not worth the time I spent reading it. And what a DREADFUL ENDING!
I'm not sure I've ever read any of Dean Koontz's books before and I admit I picked this up as it popped up on some list with something about pandemic's. With the current pandemic it caught my attention and I decided I was going to go with it. Ultimately the "pandemic" part of this book is pretty dang minor and I'm not sure whether I'm disappointed or not. People are trying to make this out as some sort of predictive story for Covid-19 as it was written in 1981 and the virus they talk about was c ...more
Diane Lynch
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 2014. I reread it in 2021. I didn’t remember any of this book. Now I will never forget it. The title has changed to Coronavirus, The Eyes Of Darkness Dean Koontz Prophecy on March 14, 2020. I didn’t know about this title change. I read the original The Eyes of Darkness published in 1996.

This book is freaky scary. A mom’s son dies in a bus accident going on a camping trip. That bus of kids died but not because of a bus accident. We lived through this. February of 2020 is in t
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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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