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.

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Dean Koontz “Lightning” Wednesday, Nov 24 2010 

Synopsis
“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 

Synopsis

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 

Synopsis

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.

Jack Kilborn’s “Afraid” Thursday, Nov 4 2010 

A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven’s only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom.

I should have posted this before now but you know I never got around to it.
This is a must read, J.A. Konrath aka Jack Kilborn has out done Dean Koontz and Stephen King with “Afraid”. If you are in the mood for a bad ass suspense novel “Afraid” is the book for you. “Afraid” is by far the best novel I have read in years. 5 Stars.

Dean Koontz “Relentless” Thursday, Nov 4 2010 

Bestselling novelist Cullen ‘Cubby’ Greenwich’s book is an across-the-board triumph – except for the vicious, inaccurate remarks by the much-feared, seldom-seen critic, Shearman Waxx, in the nation’s premier newspaper. Cubby knows he should ignore the review. His wife, Penny, a children’s book author and illustrator, knows it. Their brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed ‘Spooky,’ knows it. Even their non-collie, Lassie, seems to know it.
Cubby only wants to get a look at the mysterious recluse whose mere opinion can make or break a career – or a life. But Shearman Waxx isn’t what Cubby expects; and neither is the escalating terror that follows what seemed to be an innocent encounter. For Waxx has ways of dealing with those who cross him that Cubby is only beginning to fathom. Soon the likeable family man finds himself in a desperate struggle with a relentless sociopath. And just when things can’t seem to get any worse, he and those he loves are introduced to the mother of all evil in a character only Dean Koontz could invent: Sherman’s mom.

This is a Great Read I would highly recommand this book, This is one you will not want to put down until you have finished it. The story is good as well as the characters. Dean Koontz has inclueded bits of humor that will make you laugh and smile. I rate this book 5 Stars and second only to Jack Kilborn’s “Afraid”

Jack Kilborn “Serial” Thursday, Nov 4 2010 

Remember the twin golden rules of hitchhiking?
# 1: Don’t go hitchhiking, because the driver who picks you up could be certifiably crazy.
# 2: Don’t pick up hitchhikers, because the traveler you pick up could be raving nutcase.
So what if, on some dark, isolated road, Crazy #1 offered a ride to Nutcase #2?

When two of the most twisted minds in the world of horror fiction face off, the result is SERIAL, a terrifying tale of hitchhiking gone terribly wrong. Like a deeply twisted version of an “After School Special,” SERIAL is the single most persuasive public service announcement on the hazards of free car rides. Beyond a thrilling piece of horrifying suspense, SERIAL is also a groundbreaking experiment in literary collaboration. Kilborn wrote the first part. Crouch wrote the second. And they wrote the third together over email in 100-word exchanges, not aware of each other’s opening section. All bets were off, and may the best psycho win.

I really enjoyed this short story written by Blake Crouch & JA Konrath, If you are looking from a fast read I would recommand this one. You can find a free version of this ebook at Barnes & Noble http://www.bn.com and other sites online. you can also find the uncut version for $2.99. I read the free version and have been tempted to get the uncut version.