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Breathless Hardcover – November 24, 2009
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- Publisher : Bantam; First Edition first Printing (November 24, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553807153
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553807158
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.41 x 1.13 x 9.53 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #894,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Intertwined within the chapters are a couple other shorts. The only one with some intrigue and promise involves a pair of twins. This seems to be headed somewhere. But, alas, it really doesn’t. All stories are rather tedious, which is a shame. The plot holds a good deal of potential, yet it doesn’t really build on it.
The Kindle edition is at around 90% before things finally begin to come together. Since the book ends at 95%, you can imagine how rushed the ending is. Its so rushed there are parts which never come together. There are unanswered questions. As for the strange creatures? The quasi explanation is poor. Its one of the worst endings you will encounter.
One asks why this was written in the first place. Its so disjointed and nothing really gels. My suspicion is it was submitted and published to fulfill a contractual obligation. If that’s the reason Mr. Koontz, shame on you for cheating the readers with this drivel.
Pass on this and please do not waste your time.
The experience of the average citizen is very different from that of a police officer, investigaor, prison guard, or prosecuting attorney. Evil exists and Mr. Koontz looks directly into its icy heart.
But great good also exists - true compassion, self-giving, sincere faith. And this is the realm that the author likes to concentrate on while creating the conflicts that give his books such power, dynamism, and suspense. But Breathless goes a step beyond, a leap beyond, really, in introducing a theological construct of striking originality. What if an astonishing proof were given to humankind that a benevolent Being did indeed exist? It's a proposition so intriguing that its effects would be nearly limitless, perhaps ushering in a new age of light. To watch Mr. Koontz create the characters and weave the events of such a strikingly original story is to watch imaginative genius.
Priests and clergymen, of which I am one, are endlessly trying to convey the fathomless love and beauty of the Creator and his constant efforts to draw us to him. The author accomplishes this with such creativeness and subtlity that I am indeed breathless.
It wasn't a bad book, but it was just OK. Nice quick read.
I was quite surprised to learn that Darwinian evolution is a debunked theory with no evidence to support it, information supported and proven by "chaos theory". Who knew!
Enjoy Koontz? This is a must read, but if you've never experienced this writer's work, this would be a good one to start with.
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This book, sadly, has none of that.
The blurb promises "a pursuit of hair-raising suspense" as the characters go on the run. What suspense? The "on the run" part means that they hike uneventfully through a forest, have a somewhat staged and short meeting with a killer (completely unrelated thread) and then drive a short while; when the bad guys storm up to them, they then almost immediately (within a page or so) lay down their guns and pursuit is suddenly over before it began. This completely lacks all the twists and turns of other Dean Kootz "on the run" books and left me feeling cheated.
Then you have the fact that the two of the three sets of characters are almost completely unnecessary to the plot - Henry has no impact on the overall plotline (except for one staged meeting towards the end where the results of that meeting don't impact the main characters or change the plotline) and he is not connected to the theme of the novel (the strange characters). Basically, this thread is just padding. The tension caused by the"possible supernatural" element in the Henry thread fizzles out when the answer is less than supernatural and, in my opinion, not all that believable.
Then the Tom Bigger thread does connect in with the strange creatures BUT Tom never meets or has an impact on the main characters and so again this is just padding.
Of the two main characters, Cammy is well-drawn and her background impacts her actions; so far, so good. With Grady, however, Dean Koontz gives him an army background and you think - great, he's going to use his army skills whilst on the run. Wrong. The "on the run" part is over so quickly that Grady has no need to use these skills.
And finally, there is the central premise of the novel: the strange furry creatures. Without spoiling this for new readers, just say that the book doesn't really explore their purpose - their arrival in the world is not going to stop wars, famine, drug addictions, poverty etc. They're sweet and nice and adorable and all that, but at the end of the book I was left wondering what all the fuss was about and what they would achieve.
All that being said, I liked the character of Gammy, I liked the characters of Puzzle and Riddle and, as always, Dean Koontz has got a readable style.
A disappointed 2-3 stars.
An exciting storyline, well written, with feeling
About how a couple of people fool the American Department Of Homeland Security
But I'll say no more because it's easy to spoil the story for other readers
This is a good place to start if you are new to Koontz!!