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Lightning Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 2003
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Now, Laura is a happily married woman with a somewhat happy life. But that's all about to change, because now someone has come to kill her...and the stranger, her guardian angel, will expose himself for who he really is. Will Laura believe him? Can she trust him? Will he actually keep her safe this time?
Dean Koontz scores yet again. "Lightning" is a science fiction/suspense/romance thriller to top all others. No one writes like Koontz, no one can hope to write like Koontz, and "Lightning" is a perfect example of his craftsmanship. A rivetting novel that'll leave you glued to the pages and wanting more.
LIGHTNING starts off very well. Laura Shane, the protagonist of the book, is one of Koontz' most likable characters, and her remarkably tough childhood makes her very sympathetic. But she changes pretty dramatically in the second half of the book, and becomes more of an two-dimensional action hero.
The second part of this novel is basically one large chase scene with a lot of shootouts. It's reasonably entertaining, but I didn't feel it measured up to the first half of the book.
I also found much of the dialogue in this book to be remarkably unrealistic, especially from the children. There is an eight-year old child in this novel, for example, who talks like a miniature adult. Koontz injects a lot of humor in the dialogue, but much of it seems forced and unrealistic. I like humor in a novel, but I don't like characters that talk like stand-up comedians.
Again, I love Koontz, and strongly recommend books like WATCHERS, MR. MURDER, INTENSITY, ODD THOMAS, VELOCITY, and THE HUSBAND. This book is reasonably entertaining, but I wouldn't recommend it as your first Koontz novel.
Please keep in mind, though, that some people just adore this novel, so it just shows how tastes can differ. The great thing about Koontz is that not all of his books are the same, so you never know what to expect.
In the midst of it all is an intriguing love-story between a mysterious character--who's always at the right place at the right time!--and the lady who is so innocent of her fate. It is about believing in what can be done, and finding the will to change it, however impossible it may seem.
The book is a success in itself, and luminates many fields of science, too. It demonstrates Koontz's fabulous knack at writing great fiction, even if the book isn't one of his longer novels.
If you don't like this book because you listened to it on audio, wrong choice! You have to read the books. It is completely different in your mind. If you're not a regular Koontz fanatic, try this one on for size, and you'll be hooked.
The characters are excellent, the dialogue is fantastic, and the plot is astounding. It divulges the evils of Man, and what we're capable of.
And about the ending? Well, read it and find out!
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Not gonna give out any spoilers but really cool (and surprising) plot. The second half of the book is almost an entirely different story. Read morePublished 3 days ago by John Payne
Not too dark and not too light. Not that supernatural but definitely not mundane.
I like how the story develops over the main character's life. Read more
I continue to enjoy Mr. Koont'z work. His characters are well-developed and the action keeps me glued to the iPad. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey J. Muto
Five months pregnant and bored, I joined a book club. This was the first one I bought. I had never heard of Dean Koontz but because of this first purchase became a lifelong fan.Published 1 month ago by Lisa J. Binkley
I have been reading Dean Koontz books for many years he has yet to disappoint me.
Love his books read them more then once
Too prolix. I mean it just went on-and-on-and-on-and-on. I skimmed thru or skipped huge swathes of the story. Otherwise I'd never have finished it.Published 2 months ago by Fozzetti
HOW is book this old STILL worth $7.99 in Kindle (electronic form)?!?! Wasn't worth that much to begin with, let alone all these yrs later.Published 2 months ago by D. K. Steinshouer