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Darkness Under the Sun (Novella): A Tale of Suspense [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 is the story of how he learned those things, and of what we might do to ensure that he does not visit us. 

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Dean Koontz:‘A terrific pursuit story … clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting’ Guardian‘There’s surprise after surprise, including a killer finale … a read-in-one-go novel’ Independent on Sunday‘Hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending’ Sydney Sunday Telegraph‘Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler’ The Times‘Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ The New York Times

About the Author

The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 400 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved Trixie.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1418 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (October 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JSMS2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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328 of 338 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Form? November 13, 2010
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During the 80's and early 90's, Dean Koontz was one of my favorite authors. I loved the twists in the original plots, the violence with a purpose, and the characters that just crawled in to your psyche and took up residence. I even named one of my sons after the sheriff in Intensity (Ethan!). Then something changed. He started to write in this self-amusing sing-song prose that he obviously thought was clever and that I found annoying. Annoyed so much so that I stopped reading him PERIOD. I would still glance at the releases, read the reviews, and, being unimpressed by the write up or the subjects (Frankenstein, Really?), I would move on without another thought of reading another Koontz book yet again.

But that all changed recently. I saw this intriguing little novella for my kindle, and after reading the sample, quickly bought the rest of the story. I do mean that I BOUGHT it. Everything, hook, line, and sinker. Trust me, this is the best Koontz in 15 years. I so much enjoyed it, I pre-ordered the new novel based just on this prequel! That is how impressive this story is. I won't ruin it by hashing out the plot and the characters, even as deliciously evil as it is and they are, but I will tell you that you will not be disappointed. Also, I read in a recent interview with Koontz that his villain came to him in a dream, and was so terrifying that he had to write it down and use him in these tales. Talk about inspiration...Fantastic! So will this story have me digging thru the back catalogue and picking up some of those for a second chance? No, but I can see a time again when I will eagerly await the new novel from Dean Koontz and the possibilities it holds.
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127 of 135 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Eerie October 25, 2010
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"Darkness Under The Sun" is a novella which can stand alone, but is related to an upcoming Koontz novel, "What The Night Knows." Included is the first chapter of the novel -- and I'll comment on that as well.

I selected this because I like Koontz. Some novels I like more than others, but I'm a fan. I also think he seems like a great guy in real life, and we both have an affinity for dogs, so I'll always lean toward buying his stuff. The other reason I selected this, about as important as the first, is I love novellas and short stories -- particularly ones with horror or suspense - and I cannot get enough. So, an author I like publishing the type of read I enjoy the most.

What has interested me about Koontz in recent years is the combination of something that's always been a part of his writing and the newer choice to become a little edgier. I think of Koontz as an optimistic writer. His characters, no matter what tragedy befalls them, tend to be hopeful. His protagonists are easy to root for because they believe in common decency and are simply good. That's something that's always been there and hasn't left, but Koontz seems to be willing to allow bad things to happen in a way he didn't used to. Bad things always happened to good people, yes, but there always seemed to be a safety net and, if needed, a full on deus ex machina. (Characters would be saved in ways that seemed a little bit like cheats, but you'd like them so much that you were just glad!) A handful of years ago he didn't save a character and I had to respect that and I think his writing needed that in order to be suspenseful -- the reader's belief that thinks could really do very wrong.

As to this novella, I think he met that burden he set for himself in making it tie into an upcoming book.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I'm glad to see big-name writers like Koontz experimenting with digital-only content. While DARKNESS UNDER THE SUN is, to some extent, a teaser for WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS and a marketing ploy, it's also a great standalone story. And for the price, you can't go wrong.

Think of this as something a step above DVD bonus content. It's not a chapter cut from the book or a behind-the-scenes look at the story, but rather an extension of the upcoming novel, a tale told from another perspective, more like an extra episode of a television show than a deleted scene from a movie. Whether or not you plan on buying WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS, you'll be glad you picked up this novella. I know I am.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Goodish when free March 16, 2011
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
Not my type of book I am afraid, however it is well written and descriptive with Howie the centre to the story and Blackwood the evil character being very believable. For a short story it is OK but covers so much time span that there is little detail of the later events. I believe, but could be wrong, that it is a summary or teaser of a forthcoming book by Dean Koontz and as such should have remained as a free download.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm rather backwards January 6, 2011
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I bought this for my Kindle and then forgot I had it since I still read actual hardcopy books,too. So then I got What the Night Knows in the mail and of course, since I am a huge Koontz fan, sat down and read it straight through. Loved it by the way (reviewed it also if you're interested).

It was only after I finished the novel and read a couple of other reviews that I remembered this novella. I don't think it mattered much in which order I read these. "Darkness Under The Sun" IS a prequel to the novel but it also has some later scenes in it. It was very well done, Whichever order you read it. You should be sure to read it, though, because it contains valuable information not included in the novel that helps you understand some of the background of the story.

To me, this novella was well worth the small price charged and I feel rewarded as a Kindle owner on being able to obtain it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Short!
I wish this had been a novel, instead of a novella. There were too many questions that remained unanswered. However, it's a good, quick read and I'm happy I bought it.
Published 2 days ago by Jack Lyon
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I always love Dean Koontz' books.
Published 5 days ago by Denise DeNomme
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Very good read! I couldn't put it down, read it in an evening
Published 5 days ago by Teena Renken
3.0 out of 5 stars Found it interesting
Although it was a good book, I was thinking it was going to be scarier than it was. I chose Mr. Koontz because I thought he was a author known for scary stories. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jenel Still
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspensful and Evil
At first I would have given it only 4 stars for it suspense,darkness and evil of heart. Yet well balance with the goodness and purity of love. Too bad it a Novella.
Published 6 days ago by Linda Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars beware the raven
Koontz does it again. Howie is another strong character that resides in us all. Strong enough to face the evils of this world.
Published 6 days ago by D. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book liked it Dean is a grate righter
Published 6 days ago by David Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Darkness under the sun
Good book but not long enough to really get into the plot and did not like the ending. Not enough detail.
Published 9 days ago by Longhorn
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
was pretty good predictable
Published 11 days ago by Janice C. Migliore
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Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

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book format please!!
Darkness Under the Sun can now also be found in the back of the mass market edition and the eBook of What the Night Knows.
Nov 11, 2011 by Matt |  See all 4 posts
While the book is open, hit the shift (line going to the left, then up with an arrow) and symbol keys.
Oct 25, 2010 by Annie Rhodes |  See all 10 posts
Where'd the $20 and $10 go?
I never thought about it but your right. My "GUESS" is, he obviously had free run of the sandwich shop, which, "may" have included access to the cash register??? But your right, it's not explained in the book.
Nov 28, 2010 by Calvin |  See all 2 posts
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