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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425224864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425224861
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I also found the ending to be too abrupt.
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A very fast read, just pulls you right in and keeps you turning pages hour after hour.
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One of the things I like about his books is that you wonder could it really happen.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Davis on July 11, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dean Koontz is an author of recurring themes: in most of his books, children play a prominent role. The love of a parent for a child is part of this, and The Eyes of Darkness, while flawed, aptly depicts the length a mother will go to find a child. Tina Evans, former Vegas showgirl and now a theatrical producer, lost her son Danny in a auto wreck in the mountains. Although she has put her life back together professionally, she hasn't begun the process of letting go personally - in fact, Danny's room is still as he left it. Tina's decision to rectify that is interrupted by strange phenomena: a chill in the air, messages written on his chalkboard (`NOT DEAD'), and objects moved in his room lead her to investigate exactly what happened during the fateful camping trip that ended in tragedy. However, by reopening old wounds, she also attracts the notice of a secretive government agency (is there any other kind in these stories?) who is determined to hide the truth. There's also a little romance for Tina in the person of Elliot Stryker (what a perfect name for a book like this!), a lawyer who is, of course, well trained in self-defense. One of the nice touches is Tina's former husband, a real jerk who is shallow and self-centered, and, you could argue, gets exactly what's coming to him. The ending is a bit abrupt, and in the Afterward, Koontz relates that this is an early novel, which answers a lot of questions - this story doesn't have the depth of his later work. Still, it is a good summer read, and does hold your interest.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anon on June 11, 2000
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This is the Koontz I love--this is the Koontz that wrote Intensity, not Fear Nothing. Why can't he always right this well? The premise is a staple to Koontz--a government science lab and the results of their expierements. The result is a strong novel of suspense and horror set in vegas and packed with emotion. This is the first "adult horror" novel I ever read and I still think it is a particularly good one. It is the book that helped me bridge the gap between Young Adult and Adult years ago (no, not R.L. Stine... I started reading the better end of YA Fiction early on.) The story opens with a mother still grieving the loss of her son a year ago in a scouting accident; after thinking she sees him in a car, strange things start to happen which point to the possibility that he's still alive.
A good read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By coachtim on August 12, 2001
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"The Eyes of Darkness", originally written under Koontz' pen name of Leigh Nichols, has been updated and tweaked somewhat to fit a 90's audience. The story remains the same and the plot ("Mother searches relentlessly for son she believes is still alive") is easy to follow. As with most Koontz books, there is the right amount of suspense, romance and humor. He really IS a wonderful storyteller who is adept at creating believeable and likeable characters.
My only criticism is with the plot's dependancy on the paranormal to keep it going. Telekinesis, hypnotism, and permonitions all play major roles in this novel. I guess I would rather have seen a more "reality-based" plot. I think the same story could have basically been told, but in a more believable manner. On the other hand, if you're a true believer in the world of the paranormal, you'll absolutely love "The Eyes of Darkness".
For those of you who are Koontz fans you'll no doubt find this another typical terrific "read". (If nothing else, it's an extremely quick read!) For those of you trying Koontz for the first time, I would recommend some of his later, more polished works. ("Strangers", "Watchers", "Mr. Murder", and "Shattered" are just a few of his absolute best, in my humble opinion!)
Koontz remains one of the most reliable and prolific authors in our country today. You know when you pick up one of his books it will be well-written with great characteriztion and a terrific story. "The Eyes of Darkness" is no exception!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2003
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I love a good bone chiller but this certainly was not it. This reminded me of a summer read a young teen would enjoy. The book was actually too easy to read. I guess I like a little bit more of a challenging book that keeps you guessing and makes you think. It starts off as a story of a mother's hope of the possibility of her son being alive then explodes into this action adventure and then science fiction. A lot of it was plain out ridiculous. Especially, when the son is sending his mother messages telepathically.
The end of the book was a simple ending compared to all the action going on. It was almost like the author couldn't make up his mind how he wanted to write his book. The book was a quick read that's what I did like about it but kept hoping it was going to get better. Of course, my favorite read is "Lovely Bones", and so reading this afterwards may have spoiled it for me. This book was not a well written book. I was very disappointed
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
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I have always wanted to read a novel that had it "all". One that is fast passed and exciting, with a hint of romance and mystery. I finally got my wish when I found this book. Koontz did a great job of relaying a very complicated plot. A young boy, Danny, dies in a terrible bus crash. Well, at least that is what everyone thought. A year later, he comes back and tries to let his mom know what she had suspected all along, he wasn't really dead. Using the themes of hope and heart over mind, Knootz instantly makes his readers empathize with the characters. I found myself unable to put the book down because I cared so much about what was going to happen to and with the characters. I definitely urge anyone who can read to do so with this book. It is a must for everyone.
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