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The City: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,305 customer reviews)

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Book Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Dean Koontz is at the peak of his acclaimed powers with this major new novel.

 
A young boy, a musical prodigy, discovering life’s wonders—and mortal dangers.
His best friend, also a gifted musician, who will share his journey into destiny.
His remarkable family, tested by the extremes of evil and bound by the depths of love . . . on a collision course with a band of killers about to unleash anarchy.
And two unlikely allies, an everyday hero tempered by the past and a woman of mystery who holds the key to the future.

These are the people of The City, a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, their unforgettable story is a riveting, soul-stirring saga that speaks to everyone, a major milestone in the celebrated career of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz and a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share.

Praise for The City
 
“Beautifully crafted and poignant . . . The City is many things: serious, lighthearted, nostalgic, courageous, scary, and mysterious. . . . [It] will have readers staying up late at night.”—New York Journal of Books
 
“[Koontz] can flat-out write. . . . The message of hope and depiction of how the choices you make can change your life ring true and will remain with you once the book has been closed.”Bookreporter

Acclaim for Dean Koontz
 
“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good . . . that entertain vastly as they uplift.”Publishers Weekly

“A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. ‘Serious’ writers . . . might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.”—USA Today
 
“Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitely crafted, are the soul of [Koontz’s] work. . . . One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”—The Tampa Tribune
 
“A literary juggler.”The Times (London)


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Praise for The City
 
“Beautifully crafted and poignant . . . The City is many things: serious, lighthearted, nostalgic, courageous, scary, and mysterious. . . . [It] will have readers staying up late at night.”—New York Journal of Books
 
“[Koontz] can flat-out write. . . . The message of hope and depiction of how the choices you make can change your life ring true and will remain with you once the book has been closed.”Bookreporter

Acclaim for Dean Koontz
 
“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good . . . that entertain vastly as they uplift.”Publishers Weekly

“A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. ‘Serious’ writers . . . might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.”—USA Today
 
“Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitely crafted, are the soul of [Koontz’s] work. . . . One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”—The Tampa Tribune
 
“A literary juggler.”The Times (London)

About the Author

Dean Koontz is the author of more than a dozen New York Times No. 1 bestsellers. His books have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, a figure that increases by more than 17 million copies per year, and his work is published in 38 languages. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Anna in southern California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1852 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GQAETIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindness, courage, and soul July 1, 2014
Format:Hardcover
All great cities have a soul. At the age of eight, Jonah Kirk meets a woman who tells him she is the soul of the city made flesh. Jonah calls her Pearl. He introduces the reader to Pearl when, at 57, he starts dictating the book we are reading. Jonah attributes the appearance of new piano in the community center (and thus the beginning of his career in music) to Pearl, whose connection to the supernatural is immediately apparent to the reader, if not to young Jonah.

Despite the supernatural elements that you would expect in a Dean Koontz novel, The City is not the kind of story that Koontz typically tells (a fact that may disappoint Koontz fans). The City is a tale of crime and conspiracy, but I liked it less for its moderately engaging plot than for its cast of fully developed characters. Among other topics, the early chapters of The City recount Jonah's love of his mother and grandparents and his difficult relationship with his (mostly) absentee father. The occasional appearances of Jonah's father build a sense of dread, as do the dreams that sometimes trouble Jonah's sleep. One is about a dead girl named Fiona Cassidy. Another is about Lucas Drackman, who murdered his parents. Not unexpectedly, both figures make threatening appearances in Jonah's life. Perhaps the dreams are prophetic, but prophecies are easily misinterpreted. Still, this is a novel that builds characters more than it builds suspense.

Courage and heroism are among the novel's driving themes. The City reminds us that those qualities are exhibited by ordinary people every day.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Aurania
Format:Kindle Edition
Thank you to Netgalley and Bantam for providing me with an advanced review copy of this title.

This was an odd book for me. For a couple decades, I religiously purchased and devoured every title he published. I fell off the reading wagon some time after I finished the third Odd Thomas book, so it has been a long time since I read Koontz.

The first third of this book did not feel at all Koontzian. It was terribly slow and was almost like an historical novel about music. I almost abandoned it several times. Thankfully, it picked up with when I was about to give up for good.

The story opens with the narrator, whom we learn is Jonah Kirk, having a brief conversation with his friend, Malcolm, who urges Jonah to tell the story of his life - specifically, the dark time in his life. From that point forward, the story is told in first person perspective as Jonah relates events occurring in his life from the time he was 9 to about 11. What I found a little odd is that none of the dialogue sounded like that of a child, but in retrospect it makes sense since the story is literally a late-50s Jonah verbally telling his story to someone recording it.

Jonah is a musical prodigy who comes from a family of musically inclined people. His mother is a gifted singer, and his grandfather a gifted pianist. Unfortunately, the book spends the first third giving a long-winded history of their life before "The Event." (My characterization, not Koontz's). This led to some horribly slow pacing, and while I appreciated that Koontz wanted to move away from his typical formula, it caught me off guard because I went into this thinking I was reading a Koontz book.

Unfair, right?
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71 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern fairy tale June 26, 2014
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Dean Koontz seems to have in recent years decided to redefine what makes him a writer. His stories have always been just on the edge of "out there" with classics like "Watchers", "Phantoms", and "Lightning". When "Odd Thomas" came along, Dean seemed to lean heavily on that vein of writing but still branched out with stories like "77 Shadow Street". Then "Innocence" came along last year and it looked like Dean had reinvented himself again.

In this book, Jonah Kirk meets a woman throughout his life that he names "Pearl". She is there for key moments in his life, guiding him and protecting him. Dean tells us in one of the first chapters that she will one day claim to be the city in human form, watching over her people. This is told in the first 10 pages of the book, whereas it could have been a strong hook for the story if that bit of info had been held back and we'd tried to guess who she was.

"The City" is similar to "Innocence" in many ways. Jonah Kirk (the protagonist in "The City") is no Addison Goodheart (from "Innocence") but they are similar in that both are painted as basically good men in harsh circumstances. But where "Innocence" was flawed in constant back-story flashes throughout, "The City" seems more flawed in constant foreshadowing. A chapter will end with something like "And that was the first time I saw her. The next time I saw her my life would be in danger." or something similar, as if Dean was saying "I know this is starting slow, but stick with me because there's some good stuff coming." And true enough, the book does eventually pick up.

Is it as good as "Innocence"? Not to me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully Saint Odd will reKindle (I made a funny lol) my appetite for...
I don't know what happened to the Dean Koontz of old but this one was a big let down. With all the hype this book received, I was ready for non-stop, can't put it down Dean Koontz. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by KevinHimes
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Was this really written by Dean Koontz. I know it has his name on it but . . . . Boring!
Published 17 hours ago by Donald Madison
5.0 out of 5 stars A light in the dark
I think Mr. Koontz has just gotten better and better at telling the story. I love the light that he lets shine through the darkness. This story has plenty of both. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Rochelle
2.0 out of 5 stars Least favorite Koontz book
I found nothing at all enjoyable in this book. I am glad I didn't pay for this book because it is terrible. This is without a doubt my least favorite Koontz book.
Published 1 day ago by David S.
5.0 out of 5 stars WoW!!!!
As Always.... Riveting and Beautiful. Another breathtaking gift from an amazing author. Thank you Mr. Koontz. It's Always a true pleasure to read your works.
Published 1 day ago by angela winn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story as usual. Love dean Koontz!!!
Published 1 day ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ANOTHER HIT BOOK . JUST WHAT YOU EXPECT FRON KOONTZ
Published 1 day ago by charles payne
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not the best read I've ever had
Published 1 day ago by Robert D. Roeder
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read, Almost like Odd Thomas!
Published 1 day ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Gggggggvv
It really kept me in the book!! Great read!!! Would recommend this book to everyone that like to stay on their toes
Published 2 days ago by Janice Kennett
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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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