A Novel

Book - 2014
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He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance, and nothing less than destiny, has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books,=264 \4 c2014.
ISBN: 9780553808032
Characteristics: 338 pages ;,25 cm.


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Jun 12, 2018

I am a fan of Dean Koontz, but this book should have been 1/3 of the size. His desire to describe things in so much detail detract from the story. An entire chapter describing the deceased family that opened the library where 2 characters meet, with no impact on the plot? Very hard to get through the book. Can't recommend this one.

Dec 31, 2017

What started off as a lyrical story of a boy rejected and tormented by the society, ended up in a completely mind-blowing way. Koontz took his already skilled, captivating and meaningful prose to a whole new level of *what-the-****-have-I-just-read*. This book is not what it initially seems to be. It's so much more than that. It's different from his previous novels - and, boy, you won't believe just HOW different it is! I know it will stay with me for a very long time and I will probably never be able to stop thinking about it.

JCLLeslieN Jan 18, 2017

Great take on an end of the world novel, always love Koontz and his character development, fast pace, and deeper meaning.

Aug 31, 2016

Powerful book. Deep and rich with super suspense. The ending is a knockout. A pleasure to read. I give it 5 stars.

simeonite Aug 11, 2016

I like this book it was very interesting I love how dean Koontz describe his character I loved the ending. Is a good book.

Jun 10, 2016

I love Koontz' writing, & his lyricism & wondrous metaphors imbue this book with a purity & peace that gives hope of renewal for anyone who will only read to its end (and it is not a long book). By far his best work in years, this book just "glows" at the end. It takes quite a bit to move me, but this book did. I recommend it to anyone who worries for the future of our world.

Jul 30, 2015

Years ago when I first discovered Dean Koontz, I read everything he wrote. It's been a while since I read one of his books, I think the last was the Frankenstein series. This one was hard to get through. You can imagine the scene without every blessed detail, but that's Koontz. I always have to have a dictionary handy, because he definitely gives me words I don't know.

eprn Jan 18, 2015

Beautifully written.

Dec 24, 2014

I started reading this book expecting a typical Koontz mystery/spooky story. This book was so morose and slow I had to struggle to get through the first half of the book. I didn't make it to the end. If you are expecting Koontz's typical genre, don't bother with this book. You will either love it or hate it.

Aug 04, 2014

This is my very favorite book of all of his books. The ending was surprising and so perfect that I cried. Koontz seems to be moving away from such horrific scenes and giving us hope for a better world.

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ArapahoeChristine Mar 25, 2017

There was hated among people, but there was also love, bitter envy but also gladness for the future of others, greed but also charity, rage but also compassion.

ArapahoeChristine Mar 18, 2017

Everyone talks about justice, but there can be no justice where there is no truth, and these are times when truth is seldom recognized and often despised.

ArapahoeChristine Mar 13, 2017

Loss can be an incandescent terror equal to any flame.

ArapahoeChristine Mar 06, 2017

The fallow soil of loneliness is fertile ground for self-deception.

ArapahoeChristine Feb 27, 2017

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.

Jul 05, 2016

“Doubt is poison. It leads to a loss of faith in yourself, and in all that’s good and true.”

Jul 05, 2016

"Everyone talks about justice, but there can be no justice where there is no truth, and these are times when truth is seldom recognized and often despised.”

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Jun 28, 2014

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Jul 19, 2014

He lives underground with his face hidden. She lives with wealth but also hidden as she can't be touched. They meet in the library after hours as they both know hidden entries. She is running from a man who wants her. He is just trying to survive. They join forces and while helping each other fall in love.


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