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The Mask Hardcover – Large Print, April 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753159538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753159538
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,275,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 400 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved Trixie. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Liked the book right up to the end- when it didn't.
jean
I'm a Koontz fan...I can't claim to have read EVERY book of his, but I have read quite a few, and this was far from his best.
Amazon Customer
Also, the book ended too abruptly,It was wrapped up in 10 pages.
Daniel Vullo

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Vullo on May 3, 2005
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I did enjoy THE MASK alot, this was a good eerie novel dealing with reincarnation, it seemed obvious in the beginning, but like any Koontz novel the obvious lies within the unobvious, and when we are finally allowed to look outside the box, we are shown a bigger picture than originally thought. I did enjoy the supernatural element, but The Mask did have a few flaws that kept it from greatness: One being, that Koontz, never really explains the supernatural element that was tipping off the main charactors; were the spirits good or bad? Also, the book ended too abruptly,It was wrapped up in 10 pages. We never know the fate of the charactors, did they live happily ever after? But over all I'll try to stay positive and The Mask is a good early novel for Koontz.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 16, 2005
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I'm a Koontz fan...I can't claim to have read EVERY book of his, but I have read quite a few, and this was far from his best.

The concept was brilliant - a girl with no memory essentially falling into the lap of a couple trying to adopt a child, yet beneath the surface of the girl lurks something malignant and totally out of character with what everyone normally sees.

The execution of the book was somewhat poor, and the tension was, for the most part lacking. Perhaps more noticeable for those more familiar with his more recent novels was the lack of depth of his characters. In, say, By The Light Of The Moon or The Face, you really understand and come to care about the characters. In this book, however, they seem more like cardboard cutouts that are moved around to facilitate the author's needs. The ending was pretty abrupt also, and given how he had dragged everything else out, the incomplete and sudden end was sadly disappointing.

I don't want to give you the impression that it was the worst book ever written, but if you're wanting to read Koontz for the first time, I'd suggest a better one (such as the two I mentioned earlier).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
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From all the books i have read so far, I think none of them can come close to this magnificent piece of story telling. The mask is about reincarnation, and without giving too much of the story away, an ancient rivalry that goes back through the years. Very chilling and well written and as always, Koontz uses his knowledge of the real world to make the story stand out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Arechaga on August 7, 2000
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The plot was weak - the writing was good. I haven't read a lot of his work, but I am impressed with his skills. If you like koontz, read some of his other stuff first.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By stephen lambert on April 17, 2003
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I would have to say as an avid Dean Koontz novel enthusiast, I would have to say that this novel is not one of Dean Koontz's best works. In the previous novels by Koontz you are indulged in the book as soon as you begin to read it. It took me a while to get into this book but as soon as the book started to pick up and get exciting it was a good book overall. However just as the book was starting to get exciting the book came to an abrupt end which was very disappointing.
The Mask begins with a couple in an adoption agency and they are discussing the possibility of adopting a child. The story drags on for the first 50 pages of the dialouge exchanged between the couple and the agent for the adopting agency. This is the point however that Dean Koontz is able to work his magic just as you are about to put the book down due to boredom the action begins. Just as they were about to leave the agency lighting strikes through the window causing mass confusion and excitement. I'm not going to further elaboarate on this scene due to the fact I don't want to spoil the surprise.
As the Tracys continue to live their lives after the adoption agency incident strange things begin to happen. Their once normal house is all of the sudden hampered by a constant hammering sound as if someone is trying to knock their house down. Also they see a suspicious I guess it could be described as an aporition that has frequented their back yard.
The real trouble begins when Carol is driving to work one day and when out of nowhere a girl walks out in front of Carol and Carol hits her with her car sending her flying into a ditch and what Carol beleives to be a permanent state of amnesia
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thriller Lover VINE VOICE on January 17, 2007
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I love Dean Koontz, and recommend many of his novels without reservation. THE MASK, however, is pretty bad. It's slow paced and lacks the fine character development that Koontz displays in his later work. The two main leads are "goody two shoe" type characters and possess almost no flaws. I didn't find them particularly believable or interesting.

The final 50 pages of THE MASK are relatively action-packed, but you have to slow through 250 pages of boring setup to reach that excitement. The ending is limp and inconclusive, which made me feel like the whole book was a waste of time. This was one of those stories where I felt the underlying concept had enormous potential, but the execution was lacking.

THE MASK was an early Koontz novel, written in 1980 under the name Owen West. My advice is to skip this minor effort, and focus on Koontz' stronger work, such as PHANTOMS, WATCHERS, LIGHTNING, INTENSITY and ODD THOMAS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darren Jacks on August 28, 2002
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I don't know what some of the people who reviewed this book read? 1 or 2-stars?
Granted, it wasn't DK's BEST book, but it was still an enjoyable read about REINCARNATION? Who expects a horror novel (okay maybe it's psychological horror)to be realistic? U read to get away for a while and forget the "REAL WORLD."
This was a very good DK book that I gobbled up. It is quite good, but I'll agree not his best. However, it is a well told story and has sympathetic characters!!
One of his earlier works!! A MUST-READ for "Koontz-ite's."
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