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"One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers.'

"His prose mesmerizes...Koontz consistently hits the bull's-eye."

"A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting."

About the Author

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425238040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425238042
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Moments after a heated arguement in the street with her ex husband, Rachael watches in horror as he is brought down by a dump truck. Just an hour ago, they were sitting in his lawyers office finalizing their divorce, and now he is dead, killed before her very eyes. Though Rachael feels horrified by his death, she feels no grief...sorrow, but no sense of loss. Eric, her ex, was lost to her a long time ago. Feeling a sense of relief, but at the same time a queer unease, Rachael heads home to unwind after her wild day. But the day isnt over...she receives a phone call from the morgue...Erics body has gone missing. Soon events spiral out of control and Rachael is on the run from a stalker...a stalker that looks remarkably like her dead Ex husband.

Shadowfires was, at first, hard for me to get into...the story really stretched the limits of my imagination, but eventually, the tension wound so tight and the story and its characters got so interesting, I was willing to let go and just enjoy the ride. All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I love DK's characters. I think he does an amazing job with his villains...they are so 3 dimensional. Even as Im hating them, Koontz allows you in deep to see a softer side that makes them seem so human. I hated Eric, he was a sick twisted pig, but at the same time, there was a part of me that felt sorry for him as DK revealed more and more about his past and his motivations. Truly, Koontz is brilliant.
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I'm a huge Dean Koontz fan, and I have read almost all of his fifty plus novels. SHADOWFIRES is mildly entertaining, but it really isn't one of Koontz's strongest efforts. This novel was written in the mid-1980s under the Leigh Nichols pseudonym, and I thought it was the weakest book under that name.

SHADOWFIRES is essentially a long chase story, with a man/woman team on the run from a lot of sinister forces unleashed by a genetic experiment gone wrong. Koontz has explored this territory before in superior novels such as WATCHERS and MR. MURDER. If you're new to Koontz, my advice is to read those novels instead of this one.

In the end, SHADOWFIRES is a bit too long and drawn out, and I think Koontz put too many characters in this book. I also found the two main characters to be kind of boring and cookie-cutter. Koontz also spends too much time on description and exposition in this book; I found myself skipping through paragraphs to reach the end.

This is actually a pretty decent book, but I give it two stars when comparing it to other great novels in Koontz's canon. Try those instead -- WATCHERS, INTENSITY, LIGHTNING, FEAR NOTHING, and ODD THOMAS are the ones that most people consider the best.
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I've been a Dean Koontz fan ever since I wondered what else was out there besides Stephen King and picked up Hideaway at the library. And now, I've just finished number 15, Shadowfires.

Since Rose Madder is my all time favorite Stephen King book, you know that I'd have to be intrigued, to say the least, at Shadowfires' summary. Rose Madder is the story of a psychotic murderous husband chasing his wife across the country, whereas Shadowfires is about a nutty, furious husband rising from the grave and hunting his wife down. But I was a little hesitant, seeing as this book is not very highly rated. But then again, Darkfall is rather unpopular among Koontz fans and is one of his best, so maybe this would be the case with Shadowfires, and it was.

Rachel Leben has just decided to divorce her wealthy husband Eric. Eric is a genius who works at a company called Geneplan where he's in charge of the Wildcard project, which he hopes will be used to prolong human lifespans. Eric is obsessed with immortality, for reasons which we discover later on in the story. Eric is furious when Rachel decides to leave him, and in a fit of rage, accidently gets himself run down and killed by a garbage truck. Now Rachel is free to live in peace with her boyfriend, Benny Shadway. Or is she?

As it turns out, Eric escapes from the morgue. Turns out he's been his own guinea pig for his immortality experiment. Still furious with Rachel, he sets out to track her down and slaughter her and Benny. Unfortunately, the experiment has gone horribly wrong and is transforming him into something unspeakable at a terrifying rate.
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"Shadowfires" was another wonderful book in the long line of great Koontz novels, and this one was no different.

We have the story of a woman named Rachel, and her husband, Eric Leben. Eric was a doctor in genetics who was fighting with his wife until he is pushed in front of a bus, by her, and killed. Rachel felt that maybe freedom was at last hers, until hours later, Eric is missing from the morgue, and we learn the awful truth of his secret work.

I felt that this book had action from the very first few pages, and did not stop until the very last word. I was thrilled with the roller coaster of a ride that Koontz took me on, and i could not put the book down once i started on the journey. Koontz makes great use of location, and our fears of within, to give us this great chiller of the experiments of man to be more than human. A definite gem in the Koontz collection, a must have for any collector, and a great place to start for anyone taking a look at his work for the first time. A Masterpiece. My only wish of this book: It should have been made into a movie. -CW
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