Not Really a Book Review: From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz

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Yes, yes, I know I tend to go on about Dean Koontz‘s books. I just finished From the Corner of His Eye and loved it, as usual. However, the book is sooooo complicated and convoluted, I don’t think I could logically express in writing what it’s really about.

There are many characters in this book whose lives intertwine in very complicated ways. The connection among them all is a Bible story about Bartholomew, one of the least known disciples of Jesus.

The book is filled with evil and murder, quantum physics, faith and love and hope.

If you like Dean Koontz, you’ll love From the Corner of His Eye.

Enough said.

Book Review: Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz

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I never fail to be amazed at the mind-bending twists and turns that each of Dean Koontz‘s books brings. Just when I thought his writing couldn’t get any weirder or stranger, along comes Dragon Tears. The title comes from an interesting Chinese quote mentioned several times in the book: “Sometimes life can be as bitter as dragon tears. But whether dragon tears are bitter or sweet depends entirely on how each man perceives the taste.”

Bryan Drackman is going to rule the world. He is perfect and all-powerful – literally. Able to manipulate time and matter, the twenty-year-old is the ultimate man. His only flaws are that he never really grew up and he has a passion for junk food. Unfortunately, police detectives and partners, Harry Lyon and Connie Gulliver, cross his path and anger him, setting in motion a deadly game that they cannot win. 

Becoming different shape-shifting creatures, Bryan torments the homeless because no one will miss them when he destroys them and they are unlikely to report him either. Who would believe them anyway?

Sammy Shamroe sees the “ratman.” Janet Marco and her five-year-old son, Danny, see a threatening Laguna Beach cop. Woofer the stray dog sees “the bad man.” Connie and Harry see a disgusting giant vagrant. Only Jennifer, the blind, crazy woman in the nursing home, knows the truth.

Eventually all the tormented gather and plan Bryan’s demise. Woofer becomes an unlikely hero.

Lots of action and unbelievable suspense mark this novel. It’s a great read.

Book Review: Breathless by Dean Koontz

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Yes, I know I tend to go on and on about Dean Koontz, but the man’s a genius. After attempting to read two of Peter Straub‘s books and positively dragging through them I gave up.

Luckily I came across Breathless. There is mystery here but not really horror. There is more wonder and excitement. This book took me all of about four hours to read. Yet another book I couldn’t put down.

Strange things are happening. Grady Adams and his dog, Merlin, have two unusual intruders and they are not evil. Dr. Cammy Rivers, the local veterinarian, witnesses bizarre, trance-like behavior in some rescue dogs and in animals on a nearby farm. Henry Rouvroy returns to visit his twin and his wife after many years’ separation and goes berserk.

Cammy and Grady name the creatures “Puzzle” and “Riddle.” They have solid white fur and black hands and feet. Their hands are like primate hands, they are extremely intelligent and curious. They like to be cuddled and are interested in how things work. The dog loves them.

The beautiful beings inspire Cammy to contact two colleagues for advice who, in turn, are compelled to notify the authorities. The Department of Homeland Security brings all reinforcements to inspect these creatures.

What I really like about this story is the element of fantasy that, maybe, could even be real. Who knows?