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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  15,054 ratings  ·  1,613 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure, as the lives of strangers converge around a mystery unfolding high in the Colorado mountains—and the balance of the world begins to tilt….
In the stillness of a golden September afternoon, deep in the wilderness of the Rockies, a solitary craftsman, Grady Adams, and his
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2009)
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Michelle Matthews-Calloway Greg, I believe it's more so that the creatures started a NEW beginning for mankind right there in Earth's present environment. It's what I call a "qu…moreGreg, I believe it's more so that the creatures started a NEW beginning for mankind right there in Earth's present environment. It's what I call a "quickie ending" - Koontz just basically ended the book instead of expanding and explaining on some of the details. He also could have taken time to wrap up some of the loose ends with a bit more explanation. For example, did the lawyer wind up going to jail? Did his hit man rat him out? Who/what caused his experience in the forest?? What about the guy with the grenade? Was he simply losing his mind, or were those things actually happening? Did Cammy and Grady eventually become a couple?? Too many loose ends were not wrapped up.(less)

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Jul 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere in California...

-Say Dean, how about a new book ?
-A new book ? eee....but I just completed the last one a week ago !
-Dude if you want to roll with us, you've got to stay fit. James Patterson
releases 4 books a year, and King came back from retirement..the bastard.
-Oh noes ! What should I do ?
-Dude you've been writing for the last 40 years and you ask me that ? I'm your agent, not your muse !
-...right. I have an idea, wait a moment.

(Three minutes pass)

-So you know I devised this new cool
Cody | CodysBookshelf
Jan 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dean-koontz
This book begins in the woods. An ex-Army guy is out for a stroll when he sees something strange, life-changing: two creatures that look like dogs, but with human hands. They seemed to have escaped from a lab, or something. From there unfolds a tale of massive government conspiracy and permanent changes in the natural order of things.

Oh, sorry. If you thought I was describing Dean Koontz’s 1987 blockbuster hit, Watchers, you’d be wrong. It is in fact the setup of his 2009 non-hit, Breathless. Be
Gavin Troy
Ugh. Usually I can expect Koontz books to be great. This, however, doesn't even come close to his better works. The actual writing style is still excellent, but there is much more to a book than that.
*This book has no plot.*
I mean literally. The publishers obviously recognized this, as the blurb describes the events in the last few chapters. The tagline (Wonder still exists in the world – But not if Homeland Security has anything to do with it) is nothing less than false advertising.

Worse. The b
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is CRAP. If you bought it, downloaded it, got it as a gift, save yourself the migraine and gouge your eyes out with spoons now, rather than read this and then be forced to do it to distract yourself from the pain of going past the title page. Seriously, that's where it all goes down hill... stop there! I think Dean Koontz is just banking on his loyal followers because he knows we will faithfully buy whatever he publishes. Well I for one am not going to be fooled by you again Mister! Af ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
September 2018 Group Read

Koontz is the best, but I agree with many reading their comments with this book - too many plots to follow & in addition to Grady Adams & Henry Rouvroy... Additional plots made it more confusing...

Liddon Wallace (lawyer) hired Richard Neems to kill his family but stopped by Simon Northcott?
Tom Bigger, a homeless man who betters his life?
Dr. Cammy Rivers (veterinarian) & Grady with Puzzle & Riddle (woodland creatures) dealing with the Department of Homeland Se
Feb 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
I am officially done with Dean Koontz! Every couple of years I see one of his books, read it - and remember why it's been years since I've read one.

It took me ~4 hours to read 'Breathless' and even that was too long. The story never really goes anywhere. Halfway through the book there seem to be 3 only marginally related storylines, and then he inexplicably starts two more totally unrelated to the original ones. I kept reading hoping that they would lead to something (or at least tie together),
Not even close to as good as classic Koontz, barely as interesting as Life Expectancy. The last four chapters totally jump the shark; and my mediocre enthusiasm was crushed into apathetic disgruntlement. Mr. Koontz, if you wanted to wax philosophic, don't torture us with a less than stellar novel....even better don't couch your ideas in fiction and have your characters speak your ideology. ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-novel, horror
Dean Koontz can write a really great story. I like a lot of his works. Then there are times, like this, where he pens a tale with much promise and then leaves you with an ending that will make most people either frown or wince. I frowned because it was a shitty "mailed in via email whilst I'm in Fiji" ending. I winced because for 75% of the story there is a great potential payout of an ending-but, alas, it turned out to be a Ponzi scheme that collapsed.

Breathless starts well, though vaguely. "S
Oct 13, 2020 added it
Thought Provoking

Great story and well worth the read. A friend of mine and I have been discussing how man came to be. There is so much wonder throughout this book and it was amazing how this book had similar linear ideas. It's spooky, a killing that is unexplainable, and strange unknown animals. I recommend Dean Koontz fans will not be disappointed.
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Suspense Magazine
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
You know a book is good when you forget to eat. You know it’s great when you forget to sleep. When you temporarily lose sight of all around you, you know that it is another masterpiece written by Dean Koontz.

“Breathless”, Koontz’s newest adventure is a much too brief glimpse into the lives of several strangers, linked by an invisible thread much greater than themselves. Grady Adams—a powerful and private man—and Camilla Rivers—a deeply damaged healer—are thrust into the epicenter of a changing
Jun 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
I don't know why I keep coming back to Dean Koontz. As his preoccupation with some sort of L. Ron Hubbard-esque blend of aliens and spirituality progressed, I swore that I would stay away.
When I realized that I had bought one of his books that I already owned because its plot and characters were so indistinguishable from all of his other books that I had forgotten it completely, I swore I would stay away.
But I keep coming back. 'Odd Thomas' brought me back briefly, before eventually crushing m
Dustin Manning
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
What a disappointment. I own and love roughly 97% of Koontz's catalog and over the past few years I am becomming more and more displeased with his writing. his characters are still the best in the buisness, no one writes more compelling characters than Koontz. No matter that the bad guys are whole heartedly bad and the good guys/girls are good to the bone (albeit with a shadowy past, but that past ends up being part of why we care for the good guy/girl).
In addition to incredibly detailed yet te
Jan 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
When talking to authors I know, I hear frequently of that moment when several seemingly unrelated ideas come together. They become a “perfect storm” of sorts, and often lead to an amazing novel.

Unfortunately, BREATHLESS, by Dean Koontz, doesn’t meld separate ideas into a perfect storm. The result is more like…a perfect train wreck.

Let me state, for the record, that I actually enjoy some the stories that Koontz writes. I can appreciate the transition he made into straight-forward thrillers that h
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm shocked to say that I actually kind of liked this book. I used to be a big Dean Koontz fan. I read Watchers, and Twilight, and many of his books back in the 80s and 90s. Then, I felt like he started writing formula thrillers. They seemed too predictable, and I quit reading his books. This past week, I was desperate for something to read, so I picked this book up at my grocery store, figuring it would be a quick, meaningless book. I was pleasantly surprised. There are too many characters, and ...more
Jed Lamprey
Nov 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Most of the way through, this seemed like a typical Dean Koontz novel - and then at the end, just as I thought I was going to find out what's been going on (Koontz *used* to make sure there was a semi-logical/reasonable explanation for the events of the story) for the past few hundred pages - he does a *MASSIVE* about-face and turns the book into a poorly disguised creationist screed. Worse, all the arguments he tries to make are completely incorrect. Koontz used to do enough research that you c ...more
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book will give you exactly what one would expect from a Dean Koontz novel. The good, the bad and the ugly (literally) and how their fates are interlinked with eachother. Strange occurances involving the sudden appearance of mysterious white fluffy creatures. A smart dog, even though this time round it's not a Golden Retriever. And the authors old familiar figurative language.
Even though Koontz had all the right ingredients, he simply didn't manage to put them together in the same engaging w
Janean Worth
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a Koontz book in years - but I'm glad I picked this one up. I have no idea why I've been away from his books for so long. As usual, Mr. Koontz's style and story are both top notch!

Breathless has masterfully interwoven subplots, the lives of strangers, all coming together to entangle purposefully in the end. I really enjoyed how detailed the character descriptions were in Breathless.

Another thing I greatly enjoyed about the book is the way that the author writes about animals. I ca
May 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
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Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl
Sharing didn't have to involve a complete revelation. In fact, the more you shared of the past, the less people saw you for who you were in the now, the more they saw you as who you had been and who you had struggled so long not to be.

Dean's trademark distrust of the government & humor meet ideas of Wonderment. I think this could have been a good book. It has some interesting characters, ideas and of course set in Colorful Colorado. The stance against science ruins the wonder. The book does no
Mar 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: absolutely nobody
Truly terrible. I'm typically a big Koontz fan, but I could scarcely recognize his hand in this story... if you can even call it a story. There is absolutely zero plot to this book. I'm not exaggerating here. I wasn't disappointed with the plot -- it simply wasn't there to be had. It's just chapter after chapter of introduction that vaguely alludes to Maybe Something, but Something never comes. You keep reading, figuring he's got to get to the point eventually, right? Wrong!

Don't get me wrong;
May 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dean-koontz
Wow..this book should have been titled "Lifeless". Is this really a book written by the successful Dean Koontz? I have this weird rule that if I start a book, I have to finish it. I need to change that rule I think because this one was torture. It truly is horrible. The characters are uninteresting at best. The end is horrific (which is probably the only reason it can be found under Horror in your bookstore). The only possible way you might find bits and pieces of this book interesting is if you ...more
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is classic Dean Koontz - supernatural elements, wonderfully intelligent dogs, and a strong male lead character. I loved the suspense of the opening - as Grady discovers the "creatures". One of my favorite styles of writing is when the author has three or more stories going simultaneously and then combines them all at the end so you see how all of them pertain to each other. Koontz implements that in this book and it works very well.

I was so glad to read a good Koontz book after the re
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I love Dean Koontz. Some of his novels are better than others, and this one falls somewhere in the middle. This is a very thought provoking novel, with some very interesting theories and ideas, making it unique. But, there were some characters involved that I just didn't get what the purpose was in putting them in the book. This could also be considered a cautionary tale. Never involve homeland security. Power does go to the head, and can make an otherwise intelligent person stupid. There were a ...more
Dec 16, 2009 added it
Recommends it for: i wouldn't
Ugh. Koontz, what happened? You used to write such good books. Now you're (your) books are lame sauce. Boring. What gives?

(several weeks later...) Ugh, forget it. I can't even finish it.
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Again a book I must move to the top of my to read list and right over to my currently reading list. Why? It's a library book and people have it on hold. I can't lay it aside and read several books ahead of it.

Well, first let me discuss Koontz and his work a moment. My wife was the "horror" fan and it was through her that I tried my first Koontz book some years ago. It was probably Watchers, but I'm not completely sure. There is quite a bit of discussion lately about the "new" Koontz. As it happ
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
It was nice, I was really into it! It honestly had me questioning my understanding/belief (they're one and the same, i suppose) of the universe and what can and cannot be.
I was intrigued by a few things- the really cool animalthings, which I had hoped would have some sort of foot in reality, yah know? Kinda part of the reason that everyone loves National Treasure-at least the first one, i cannot speak for the sequels- Obviously the plot is exaggerated and there is no gold, but most of the refer
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big Dean Koontz fan, but Breathless was a massive disappointment. Even with authors I label favourites, I know there will be books I won’t enjoy, but Breathless was even harder than I thought. In fact, it came close to receiving a one-star rating.

There were plenty of elements introduced at the start of this one, a lot of build-up, and I was eager to see how the pieces came together. I wasn’t loving the story, but I was curious. Then, when the pieces finally fell into place, I was let down.
Melissa Rawsky
Great review! Finding this site and that review almost make up for the wasted time reading this. Phew...I thought maybe it was just me. Definitely jumped around more than it should have, but I could cope with that...but THEN I got to the "math disproves evolution" was so laughable; I think I found the source of Dean's misinformation; some guy named Kehr who's a mathematician; seems Woolsey was probably based on him. I read a bunch more if the math vs. evolution stuff, and it's clear ...more
Rory Williams
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book isn't one story; it's several. That's what kept me reading. I was positive all of these seemingly unconnected lives would revolve around the mystery of the creatures and come together in a brilliant way.

They didn't.

A couple characters see the creatures once, and that's about it. Their stories continue on their merry ways, completely unrelated to anything else. A couple of characters from separate plot lines meet briefly and incosequentially. One of the most interesting plot lines, a ma
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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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