- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; 1st edition (November 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553807153
- ISBN-13: 978-0553807158
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 585 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Breathless Hardcover – November 24, 2009
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Bestseller Koontz (Relentless) delivers a hard-to-classify stand-alone set near the Rocky Mountains that will appeal more to fans of his Odd Thomas books than those partial to his Hitchcockian thrillers. While out for a walk, reclusive Grady Adams and his wolfhound, Merlin, spot two white furry animals as large as midsize dogs and as quick and limber as cats that aren't like anything previously known to science. The sudden arrival of these mysterious creatures out of the blue appears to be linked to several other baffling phenomena. Meanwhile, a sadist, Henry Rouvroy, tracks down his identical twin, James, and kills him and James's wife in order to assume his brother's identity. After the murders, Rouvroy is unsettled by evidence that the dead have not stayed dead. Koontz's cryptic dedication to Aesop (twenty-six centuries late and with apologies for the length) may hold the key to what's going on, but readers are likely to find the moral of this peculiar tale, if there is one, obscure. (Dec.)
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The endearing golden retriever heroine of The Darkest Evening of the Year (2007) and the real-life golden retriever star of A Big Little Life (2009) acquire a male peer in Koontz’s new novel, an Irish wolfhound named Merlin despite the fact that, unlike his female colleagues, he does nothing magical. He’s also not one of the protagonists, though he’s the faithful friend of four of them: his master, his vet, and two creatures entirely new under the sun, who, adorably child-sized, big-eyed, and furry, seem at first closer akin to him than to humans but turn out to be genetically indistinguishable from Homo sapiens. The pair, dubbed Puzzle and Riddle by Merlin’s people, arrive simultaneously with thousands more pairs of their kind all over the globe—and just in time. For, in Breathless, as in many previous Koontz novels, this old world’s in a helluva fix. But this time, Puzzle, Riddle, and their kin may set things right. At any rate, the creatures’ arrival immediately triggers one outstandingly good development: an angry drunk sobers up and lightens up enough to seek out the parents he’s long been estranged from; en route, he thwarts a heinous criminal. Furthermore, because the newcomers are considerably more than they initially seem, they effect more good, including their own escape from Department of Homeland Security detention. A first-rate first-alien-encounter yarn. --Ray Olson
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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 chose this book as a kickstarter, having been an avid Dean Koontz fan. I liked his method of Introducing individual characters, and spends a chapter familiarizing the reader with them.
I was a little disappointed with the conclusion of one key character, and felt Dean could've developed a deeper storyline with them. In summary, I would recommend this book as the overall story was very entertaining and held the readers attention.
"Breathless" starts out with great possibilities and again stirred in me hope of going back to the "old Dean Koontz" style of writing where he spends considerable time making "masterpieces" of fiction. Unfortunately, my hope was dashed too soon as it too ended up reading not only as a rush job to finish it but also as an author that loses his idea so just grabs at anything to complete the novel.
I can't help but feel Mr. Koontz has spread himself so thin with his comic books that he can no longer devote the time it takes to write good novels. It is interesting that his websites state fans are praising his new books, though they are not listed. Perhaps he should read the reviews here and at other websites not paid for by him if he wishes to have honest opinions from those who have been providing him with a living through purchasing his books.
I no longer will purchase his hard bound books as his novels no longer rate spending that kind of money. From now on I will wait for the paperbook version which is cheaper. However if his writing continues to deteriorate, then I will actually wait for them to appear in thrift stores for 50 cents each, which is closer to what I would have valued both "Frankenstein #3" and "Breathless" at, well maybe a dollar.