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Moonlight [Kindle Edition]

Keith Knapp
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Life or Death
"Life or Death is a nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. [Michael] Robotham is an absolute master." — Stephen King

Book Description

It began with a power outage. A power outage that went beyond lights and televisions. Clocks stopped telling time. Cell phones no longer received signals. Cars became dead relics that wouldn't start.

As the world around them becomes darker, so do the inhabitants of the small town of Westmont, Illinois. A mysterious and evil presence has taken a hold over the village, making the once peaceful town a place of violence and despair.

A small group of individuals, untouched by this presence, must uncover the mystery of why they remain normal and discover what (or who) is taking control of their town, one soul at a time.

Because the Man in the Dark Coat is out there. Hunting them.

And not everyone can remain untouched forever.

Editorial Reviews


**** (out of 5)

E. E. Sheldon, CA

Watch out Stephen King and Dean Koontz! Your replacement has arrived. Keith Knapp's first novel shows that sci-fi thrillers will continue to excel way past the days of King and Koontz. Knapp is the future of the genre and Moonlight is just the beginning. He is doing to books what M. Night Shaymalan did for scary movies.

Moonlight keeps you hanging on, wondering what's going to happen next with shock and suspense at every corner. Anyone who enjoys a thrilling roller coaster of a journey in his or her reading will enjoy this book.

The character development is extremely well done and you find yourself really knowing and understanding exactly who each person is. Combine this with the way the story is written makes you really feel the different types of fear each individual character feels. Your feelings and fears change as the story moves from one person to the next. However it's not just a good scare but a good, original plotline with great message merged into it.

Moonlight reminds me of "Ladies Night" by Jack Ketchum but not as gory and has more control, depth and direction. However, it certainly is not a book for a young child and I can't quite understand why a parent would let a "kid" read it unless they were raised on horror like I was and are mature enough to handle adult situations. Yes, there is swearing, yes there is gore but it is not over the top. There is no more violence and profanity than you would find in your average NC 17 movie.

I recommend this book to everyone. Even if you do not enjoy the genre this may be the book that changes your mind. It shows you that you don't have to be a member of the geek squad to enjoy supernatural/sci-fi, you may find yourself a fan in the end.

Product Details

  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1432715658
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 30, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00104ZHOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an apocalyptic horror January 28, 2008
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The electricity goes out. Battery-powered devices freeze up. Cars stop dead on the streets. Oh, and most everybody in town is now a member of the living dead, shuffling around the streets and muttering "no more room."

It's kinda like a combo between Stephen King's "Cell" and S. M. Stirling's "Dies the Fire". But different, in that Keith Knapp's "Moonlight" gives us a peek inside the zombies' minds, and he even lets us know why the world is in such a horrible state.

Set in Chicago suburb of Westmont, "Moonlight" is an apocalyptic horror story that shows us what happens when hell runs out of space. Knapp narrates his tale from the perspectives of the zombies, those about to become zombies, and the four "innocents" who must work together to fight the evil monster, the Man in the Dark Coat.

Knapp does a nice job building and portraying his main characters: Jennifer the mayor, John the writer, Heather the cop, Richard the psychiatrist, his wife Lindsay the painter, and Gloria the pregnant receptionist (and surprise: not all of them are innocents). Knapp builds the suspense and the gruesomeness, and ends up with an old fashioned good-vs-evil showdown.

A solid debut by Knapp!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a page-turner! January 31, 2010
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For only 99 cents, you can't go wrong with this zombie tale. Knapp presents a world where the people start to become zombies before they are even dead, which certainly breaks some zombie traditions, and there is a pretty distinct difference between good and evil, where the "mostly-innocent" have to fight a little harder to stay on the good side. He presents us with some interesting ideas, although, it is mostly your typical zombie story.

The interesting question that is proposed: what would we do if all things electronic/electrical stopped working? I do wish Knapp would have gone into the implications of that a bit more, but the focus of this story seems to be more action-oriented, with the philosophical questions left for the reader to ponder on their own time. There is a lot of bad language if that sort of thing bothers you, but hell, who wouldn't be cussing if nothing worked anymore and dead people were after you?

Overall, it's an interesting take on your typical zombie story, complete with lots of gore, surprising character twists, and an ending that may seem a little trite, but is adequate. The build-up to the zombie action is probably the best part.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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For those who don't mind unanswered questions at the end of the book...this is the story for you. If you like to have the story wrapped up in a neat package with almost all the questions raised in the story answered this is not for you.

It is a tale of an apocalyptic event. The power goes off all electronics quit.. cars don't run, phones are dead. A lone man wanders into town and begins messing with peoples minds, turning them in to mindless killing machines that die and revive then die and revive and die and revive...and so on. Out of a small town only a few survive not becoming "zombies" to the "strange man in a black trench coat". This is because of their "innocents" an implied sense of god's will in their survival.

Okay.. to be honest.. I really hated the book. I was going to write a review that would highlight the positive qualities of the story, but I can't, the inconsistencies and incompleteness of the story annoys me so much. I really thought the story was rushed, the story line was platitudinous, it left too many questions un-answered. The whole story felt to me to be just a mash up of Stephen King and Koontz story lines. There were too many main players introduced and not much time spent on building them out as independent entities. The characters were not developed as fully as they should have for a story of this magnitude. I never got a sense of who they were as a person. I defiantly didn't empathize with them, in fact I kept thinking hurry up and die. I really feel this story would have been better if spread out over several books that took time to explain why things were happening and why the good guys were the good guys instead of just implying possibilities and jamming it all into one fast paced gore filled novel.

So.. Yes the book has redeeming qualities if you like jammed pack action, blood, gore, no answer books.

Unfortunately for me.. I don't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up All Night. August 13, 2008
Format:Kindle Edition
First we have a power outage...and I was interested. Then there was a Man in a Dark Coat...and I was intrigued. Add some dead bodies, lots of blood, some gore and some scary situations...and I'm totally hooked. I could not put this book down.

I thought the author did a great job. He introduced the characters and kept them at the front of the story in such a way that the reader became a part of the group rather than an observer. His situations were realistic and the characters were believable. I was impressed the way the author maintained a level of mystery from the first page until the final chapter. The story flowed and every action had a purpose, whether it was done by a living character or a dead one.

The conclusion of this book left me feeling satisfied and every loose end was neatly tied up. When I closed the book, I wished the remaining characters well in their future endeavors, and deep down, I knew they would continue to survive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A neat concept.
I really enjoyed this book. though I find myself lost for words on how to explain it. A nice thriller that has a strange ending. I think the characters are solid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by serenityprower
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was a good read. I'm surprised it was only .99 cents. Although it leaves some questions unanswered it does give enough to safely assume which is good enough in my opinion. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dirtkid
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I found this novel to be fast paced and wonderful. It was a great read and kept me turning the pages faster then I expected. Read more
Published 7 months ago by renee adolphson
5.0 out of 5 stars good
this is well written and has a very good plot. I really enjoyed reading this book, it keep my interest during the whole book.
Published 9 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average zombie tale...
I really enjoyed this story. There were very few typos and that made the book all the more enjoyable. The character development was perfect. Read more
Published 11 months ago by SuperCee
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivated.
Great read. Moved along perfectly. The bad guy was all bad and the good guys were flawed enough to make a great story. Would like to see a sequel.
Published 12 months ago by Charles Parrish
3.0 out of 5 stars good story idea
I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. This book needs editing. There were several grammatical errors and a lot of repetitive phrases. At points the book just seems to ramble.
Published 13 months ago by Gooch
4.0 out of 5 stars What a good read
I was looking for Dean Kootnz and bought this by accident but the true mistake would have been if I recognized it and stopped the purchase. Read more
Published 14 months ago by WillEyeAm
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOOK TO THINK ABOUT
Well written. Holds your interest and you can't wait to turn the next page. Story line good. I am going to look for another book he wrote to read.
Published 14 months ago by Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting,scary
Not my normal read a bit bizarre but once I got into the story I needed to finish it. I would look for something by this author again.
Published 14 months ago by Roger Zahradnik
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More About the Author

Keith Knapp is the author of the horror novel "Moonlight" and the upcoming supernatural-thriller "Coda." He was born in Illinois, where he grew up in the small suburban town of Westmont where the power works just fine and there are no zombies.

He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and three cats.

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