Can an ordinary guy make extraordinary choices in a battle between humanity and unearthly evil?
Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary town—a college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. When a series of strange intuitions leads him to a crime in progress, Joe jumps headlong into danger without hesitatio...more
“Oh, I hope not. You seem so nice.” — Portia
It’s deadly serious as this wonderful little novelette from Dean Koontz begins, but in telling how young Joe Mandel reached that moment in time — so to speak — the narrative is filled with sweetness and charm. There is almost a whimsical tone to Ricochet Joe which is quite refreshing. Joe lives in the small town of Little City, population around twenty-thousand. His life there is pretty good, and he considers himself ...more
By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
This tells about an average Joe that sudden acts strange, unique powers. The sheriff's daughter is with him. What she tells him blows his mind! Time, space supernatural, aliens, parasites, and powers. Twists and turns! Awesomeness.
This was my first experience with a kindle in motion ebook. I wasn't impressed with this aspect. I can see that one day this feature will enhance th ...more
If you have not read The Silent Corner or Whispering Room, I suggest you do though it's not completely necessary. Art Bell had a fantastic interview with Dean Koontz on parallel universes and his own personal experiences with them. I wish it were still available as it would be the perfect supplement to understanding the story. Pardon the cryptic review, but the story is excellent and fascinating in its musing on time and space.
Ordinary Joe becomes not so ordinary. Has no idea where he wants to go in life and then meets Portia and automatically knows that wherever he goes, he'd like for her to be there. Then this book go ...more
Joe is an average college student in an average small town. One day, he starts "ricocheting" around town - meaning he would touch an object and a word would pop in his hea ...more
This is a 95 page short story. It’s fun with new ideas involving good and evil creatures on earth. The end was partially complete. But this story needs to be continued, the powers explained, and justice in the end.
I was disappointed to find that my Kindle Voyage e-reader would not show the “Kindle in Motion” graphics. Apparently that only works on tablets and smart phone apps. The instructions ...more
In Ricochet Joe, Dean Koontz has produced a tightly packed story with heroes you can recognize and love, facing a nameless and repellent evil from Elsewhere. Just as Joe goes from innocence to worldly wisdom in almost the blink of an eye, you will find yourself quite willing to embrace the concepts of malleable space/time and otherworldly evil that appear in this most ordinary of towns. Koontz proves you don’t need an oversized novel to create a believable modern fable with depth a ...more
Standard Koontz fare. Golden Retriever, hero with unblemished heart, a battle between good and evil.
The first 2/3 of the book I was curious about what would happen, the ending was muddled and difficult to follow.
Haven’t been reading very many of DK’s books the last couple years, and I used to be a DK addict. His work has been cookie cutter and boring to me.
Currently on KU Read & Listen.
Cool premise & I followed every step, twist, fall and dive into the unknown. Solid short story with clearly etched characters. If DK decided to flesh this one out into a book, I would be in line to read it. A different take of time, choices & the cost of being chosen. ...more
A nice audio book that draws the reader in and never lets them go. This proves that Mr. Koontz still has the ability to write novels/novellas at the highest levels he has maintained throughout these many years. His style, imagination and sense of plot development has not decreased one word - as is proven in this work. Ending could be a vastly improved, though.
This was an interesting diversion from Dean's current books. The story line is good and, of course, lends itself to many more Ricochet stories. The Kindle in Motion is great. That will open a whole new field of ebooks!! Not as good as the Moonlight Bay stories. We've been promised for ten years to have the third book, but, I think, for some personal reason, Dean won't release it. Meanwhile we settle for stories like this. It is an interesting new direction.
This book "reads" (in quotes, because I listened to it) as if it's a first draft and Koontz was just trying to fulfill a contract commitment. Seriously, he spends more time discussing the aforementioned ice cream soda than he does Joe's being chosen ...more
Not what I expected...
I love Dean Koontz, but this story felt a bit rushed. I would have liked a little more character development and interaction. The ending felt abrupt and left me with a few unanswered questions. I feel this would have been better executed as a full length book, not a short story. That being said, I enjoyed the main characters (Joe and Portia) and would definitely revisit this world if another installment is written!
Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bes ...more