Dean Koontz “What the night knows” Sunday, Jan 30 2011 


In the late summer of a long ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy.

Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, recreating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family—his wife and three children—will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer.

As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.

Here is a ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.

After waiting a month for the release of this I was sorta let down, the prequel Novella ” Darkness under the sun ” was great but this ” what the night knows ” was a big let down.
it was good but not as great as I had hoped I rate it 3 1/2 starrs


Dean Koontz “Twilight Eyes” Thursday, Jan 13 2011 

Slim MacKenzie is no ordinary man. With eyes the color of twilight, he’s been blessed with a psychic gift: premonitions. He’s also been cursed, for Slim can see the monsters hiding among us, feeding on our suffering.

And when Slim joins a traveling carnival seeking sanctuary, what he’ll find is a hunting ground-with humanity as the prey.

I thought Twilight Eyes had a good story line with good characters but I also thought it was way too long. This book would have been better if it had been 150 pages less then the 436 that it is. The first part of the book very good and kept me wanting more but the deeper into it I got the more I wanted it to end, a few times I found myself falling asleep from bordom after a few pages. Koontz wasted way too many pages with filler and in doing so decreased the overall quality of the book. However I still give this book a decent 3 stars

Dean Koontz “From The Corner Of His Eye” Thursday, Dec 23 2010 


His birth was marked by wonder and tragedy

He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams

His story will change the way you see the world

Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

At the age of three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As he copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother counsels him that all things happen for a reason and that every person s life has an effect on every other person s, in often unknowable ways….

Brilliant, At 640 pages “From The Corner Of His Eye” was a fantastic story with a lot of characters from San Francisco to Oregon; Koontz does a great job at bringing all their storys together in the end. I would say this is a must read and that it ranks in my top 10 for sure. A strong 5 stars for “From The Corner Of His Eye”.

Dean Koontz “Life Expectancy” Thursday, Dec 9 2010 


Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers’ waiting room and his dying father’s bedside. It’s a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm’s fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke.

What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson—five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth.

Rudy is all too ready to discount his father’s last words as a dying man’s delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson’s birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly—the unexplained anomal of fused digits—on his left foot. Suddenly the old man’s predictions take on a chilling significance.

What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy’s story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous—a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.

This was an awesome book full or twists and turns and even some laughs. Most books I can guess what is coming next this one caught me by surprise in several places I would recommend this book. Life Expectancy earned a place in my top 5 reads. 5 stars

Hairball remedy and dogs Wednesday, Dec 1 2010 

Ok I am going to make a post on something other than books.

One of our dogs: The oldest one, a very sweet and smart girl has what I call sticky spit and when she licks you it’s kind of like getting jelly on you’re fork, you can’t see it but it gets on everything you touch. She also sheds more than the law allows.

Just to give you an example: we don’t have dust bunnies under our bed or sofa we have dog hair black holes from which no objects can escape not even the occasional beetle or 18 wheeler coach roach. A few times I have found such creature dead and suspended in a softball size clump of shed hair.

These two facts “the sticky spit and the unlawful shedding” cause her and us much grief. When she grooms herself she gets hair stuck in her throat that will send her on a rampage of eating anything in her path in an attempt to force down the object causing what I figure is a tickling or scratchy feeling in her throat.

Once let outside she would devour the lawn gobbling down grass and bushes.
More times than not this happens in the wee hours of the morning when we are sleeping and will be wakened by her smacking or trying to claw the threads for the throw rugs to eat them.

We have found once that she had eaten a size 9 over the calf tub sock and one time my wife had to pull 4 foot of Elastic Adhesive Bandage out of her rectum, you know the colored stretchy stuff the doctors usually puts on you’re arm way to tight when you have to give blood, have a minor wound or get a flu shot.

Here recently she has taken to eating toilet paper off the roll like it’s some kind of never ending treat dispenser to rid herself of this discomfort.
We have tried to give her bread or cheese or bread and cheese but none of this would help her.
Taking her to the vet they would give her steroid shots to stop what they said was an allergy and this would stop her from licking herself as much. This was really a pain in the ass and getting expensive and not at all good for the dogs health in the long run, I asked the vet about giving her hairball remedy the stuff for cats, “That won’t help at all” the vet replied like some chemical in the hairball remedy only reacted to feline genetics.

After several years of this of the frenzied eating rampage and being woke up at 2:30 or 3:00 am to let her out two or three times during the night so she could chomp on all the flowers and shrubs in the yard I got to looking into my own diagnosed treatment of the hairball remedy, It’s basically a petroleum jelly product and will lubricate the throat, esophagus and intestinal track to help the animal pass the hairball.
So I ran to our local petsmart picked up a tube and gave it a try. If I give her a half inch of this stuff once a week she seems to not get the irresistible urge to eat the back yard that accompanies the hairball. Sometimes I just wait until I hear her constant sticky smacking and swallowing that precedes the onset of a night of gluttony then give her the half inch dose and within a few minutes she is all good.
Why on earth did my vet not think this would work and I did is beyond me other than the fact that she wanted to be paid for the vet visits and steroid shots.

She still has sticky spit and if she licks you, you will still feel like one of those fly tape things hanging in some peoples garage but as far as the hairballs go, we and more importantly she do not suffer with them as much as in the past.

Dean Koontz “The Good Guy” Monday, Nov 29 2010 

Timothy Carrier, having a beer after work at his friend’s tavern, enjoys drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. But the jittery man who sits next to him tonight has mistaken Tim for someone very different—and passes to him a manila envelope full of cash.

“Ten thousand now. You get the rest when she’s gone.”

The stranger walks out, leaving a photo of the pretty woman marked for death, and her address. But things are about to get worse. In minutes another stranger sits next to Tim. This one is a cold-blooded killer who believes Tim is the man who has hired him.

Thinking fast, Tim says, “I’ve had a change of heart. You get ten thousand—for doing nothing. Call it a no-kill fee.” He keeps the photo and gives the money to the hired killer. And when Tim secretly follows the man out of the tavern, he gets a further shock: the hired killer is a cop.

Suddenly, Tim Carrier, an ordinary guy, is at the center of a mystery of extraordinary proportions, the one man who can save an innocent life and stop a killer far more powerful than any cop…and as relentless as evil incarnate. But first Tim must discover within himself the capacity for selflessness, endurance, and courage that can turn even an ordinary man into a hero, inner resources that will transform his idea of who he is and what it takes to be The Good Guy.

I really enjoyed this book, fast paced full of action page turner. Not his best work but definitely one of his top 10. I would give this book 5 stars.

Dean Koontz “Lightning” Wednesday, Nov 24 2010 

“A gripping novel” from the #1 New York Times bestselling author-now in trade paperback for the first time.
In the midst of a raging blizzard, lightning struck on the night Laura Shane was born. And a mysterious blond-haired stranger showed up just in time to save her from dying.
Years later, in the wake of another storm, Laura will be saved again. For someone is watching over her. But just as lightning illuminates, darkness always follows close behind.

5 Stars, This was an Awesome book, it covered over 30 years of the character Laura Shane’s life from her birth into adulthood, all the loss of her loved ones by one tragedy or another . Full of suspense a bit of humor and some added Syfi . This is a Koontz masterpiece.

Dean Koontz “The Taking” Tuesday, Nov 9 2010 


On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Niel Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

As hours pass and the rain continues to fall, Molly and Niel listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. Before evening, their little town loses television and radio reception. Then telephone and the Internet are gone. With the ceaseless rain now comes an obscuring fog that transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly labyrinth. By nightfall the Sloans have gathered with some of their neighbors to deal with community damage…but also because they feel the need to band together against some unknown threat, some enemy they cannot identify …

I dont have a lot to say about “The Taking” . So far this is my least favorite Koontz book. Not alot of page turning action or intensity and was more description then anything. this was a hard book for me to finish and seemed like it went on forever.
I rate this a weak 2 out of 5 stars.. Sorry Dean this book didn’t do it for me..

Dean Koontz “Icebound” Tuesday, Nov 9 2010 


A stunning and suspenseful thriller, about humanity’s continuous and sometimes futile battle against nature from one of the most popular and bestselling authors in America.

Conducting a strange and urgent experiment of the Arctic icefield, a team of scientists has planted sixty powerful explosive charges that will detonate at midnight. Before they can withdraw to the safety of the base camp, a shattering tidal wave breaks loose the ice on which they are working. Now they are hopelessly marooned on an iceberg during a violent winter storm. The bombs beneath them are buried irretrievable deep . . . and ticking. And they discover that one of them is an assassin with mission of his won. This is classic Koontz.

With in the first few pages I thought this book was going to suck. As it turned out it was pretty decent. The story line was good as were the characters, its was packed with action and had very few dull moments. was it worth the read ? Yes. was it worth the 6 or 7 bucks ? Sure why not. I would give this a Solid 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Dean Koontz “Darkness under the sun” Saturday, Nov 6 2010 

The chilling account of a pivotal encounter between innocence and ultimate malice, Darkness Under the Sun is the perfect read for Halloween–or for any haunted night–and reveals a secret, fateful turning point in the career of Alton Turner Blackwood, the killer at the dark heart of What the Night Knows, the forthcoming novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

There once was a killer who knew the night, its secrets and rhythms. How to hide within its shadows. When to hunt.

He roamed from town to town, city to city, choosing his prey for their beauty and innocence. His cruelties were infinite, his humanity long since forfeit. But still…he had not yet discovered how to make his special mark among monsters, how to come fully alive as Death.

This was a very good Novella, sort of a Prequel to ” What the night knows ” to be released in December 2010. in all it was 60 pages counting the insert of ” What the night knows ” I enjoyed this read and I am waiting on the release December.

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