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4.0 out of 5 stars Is it possible for a human to really have "Innocence" as a character trait?, December 2, 2013
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SPOILER ALERT: Some feel that I have put a spoiler in the review, so please be aware of this.

In a world that is spinning out of control with a plague that is possibly going to end civilization as we know it we come across some humans who are so different that they frighten those who come in contact with them. Well, OK, frighten is to soft of a word, they scare to death anyone who sets their eyes on them, so much so that they turn people so violent that they attack with the intent to kill and sometimes they succeed.

In contrast to the human being there are "others" whom appear as either they are "clear" or "fog." These beings that are clear and fog seem to be from another world. They are not able to be seen by most humans, as a matter of fact there are only a few "Special" humans that can see them. Even fewer understand who they are and what their purpose is.

In the woods, away from any city a baby is born, Addison. On the occurrence of his birth he is so hideous that the mid-wife and her daughter want to kill the child immediately. But Addison's mother stops them. Even so, Addison is doomed to live a life of solitude. Anyone who sees him or gazes into his eyes is driven to want to immediately kill him.

Then eight years later a young girl, Gwyneth is born. She is not hideous, she in fact is perfect, beautiful, wondrous. But her mother dies in child birth and her father finds that there is something different about her. She is driven to a life of solitude just like Addison, but not because she is hideous.

In eighteen years the two will stumble upon each other and discover something that they didn't think would ever be possible for them, Love!

But what is interesting is that they are both born of innocence. They are so pure and naive and innocent that they are the complete opposite of mankind. All humans when they are born have a sin nature, this is passed down from Adam and Eve because of the fall in the Garden of Eden. But Addison, Gwyneth and a hand full of others are special, they don't have this "sin" nature. How can that be?

They are also able to see the "clears" and the "fogs." Why is that? What is the purpose of their lives? Why are they drawn to each other? What possible good can come out of the solitude that they grew up in?

This is a novel about good and evil. It is a novel about how satan and his demons so permeate our society that they destroy everything that they touch. The corruption is so vast that we are being driven towards the modern day Sodom and Gommorah. The only problem is that the destruction won't just be too Biblical Cities from the past, the destruction is possibly going to be all of mankind.

Would God truly do that? Can anyone survive?

Koontz writes in a style that is gripping and frightening. He will draw you in. He will make you cheer for the good and hate the evil. He will bring you to despise his treatment of some of the characters in the book. Why do the good have to die? Why can't good people triumph? Why do the evil people triumph? Or do they.

Oh, and then there is Koontz little jab at Apple Corp. as being the ultimate symbol of corruption and evil. I don't know if that was his intention, but it was pretty pointed. OK, maybe not evil, but for sure it is the symbol of mankind's materialism.

All in all this is an interesting read. You may ask why I didn't give it five stars? Well, I'm not sure, it just didn't seem to bubble totally to the top, but it was good and fun to read.

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Initial post: Jan 19, 2014 12:35:05 PM PST
ccjs says:
why do you have to be a spoiler?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2014 5:36:57 PM PST
I didn't think I put any spoiler in the review. I don't tell you how it ends, also each reader will have their own opinion about what the writer means by all of his word pictures throughout the story.

I'm sure you will enjoy the book and that it shouldn't have been spoiled for you by this review.

I will apologize to you though since you felt that it spoiled it for you. That was not my intention or desire and I am sorry for messing up your ability to enjoy the read.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 9:14:57 AM PST
Sorry, but I agree with ccjs that this review contains too many spoilers. The slow revelation of events, and the unfolding of Addison and Gwyneth's nature made the last 1/4 of the book amazing. Regardless, a remarkable story that you will all enjoy. (I just finished it last night -- had to stay up way longer than I meant to once the pace started accelerating rapidly.)

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 6:55:13 PM PST
KellyLDub says:
I actually appreciated your review as it gave me more than a vague concept of what the novel is about, without ruining the mystery and beauty of the story. I was on the fence about purchasing this book until I read your review, and I am glad I went ahead and purchased it. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2014 6:58:48 PM PST
You are most welcome. If people read the book they will realize there are no spoilers. Thank you for your kind comment.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 7:40:19 PM PST
Patman says:
I just finished this book, and I can't agree ... you would have spoiled things for me. To alleviate the possibility of reducing another's enjoyment when you review a book or movie, put "SPOILER ALERT" at the top if you MIGHT have a spoiler.
Or you can just be inconsiderate. Your choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2014 2:17:02 AM PST
Muhsketchy says:
Nicely put Patman. Putting a spoiler alert at the beginning of your review Pastor Dan won't change anything you wrote. What it will do, in addition to being considerate, is give people the option of deciding whether or not they want to take the chance of reading your review before the book.

There is also that minor detail that anyone who believes your review contains a spoiler, without an alert, is probably going to vote the review unhelpful. Spoiler alert sounds like a win-win situation to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2014 3:27:19 AM PST
OK, folks the review is adjusted to state SPOILER ALERT at the beginning.
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