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From the Corner of His Eye Hardcover – December 26, 2000
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Horrormeister Koontz looks heavenward for inspiration in his newest suspense thriller, which is chock-full of signs, portents, angels, and one somewhat second-rate devil, a murky and undercharacterized guy named Junior Cain who throws his beloved wife off a fire tower on an Oregon mountain and spends the rest of the novel waiting for the retribution that will surely come. But not before a series of tragedies ensues that convince Junior that someone or something named Bartholomew is out to exact vengeance for that crime and the series of other murders that follow.
Bartholomew's own troubles begin with his birth, which transpires moments after his father is killed in a traffic accident as he is taking his wife to the hospital, and continue with the loss of his eyes at the tender age of 3. Young Bartholomew has visionary gifts, though to his mother, a nice lady who's renowned for her pie-making abilities as well as her sweetly innocent nature, he's just a particularly smart kid who can read and write before his second birthday. Eventually, Bartholomew regains his sight, Junior Cain gets his comeuppance, and fate conspires to bring love into the Pie Lady's life, reward the faithful, and put a happy ending on this genre-bending tale. Koontz will no doubt rocket right to the top of the bestseller list with this inventive, if somewhat slower-paced, read. --Jane Adams
From Publishers Weekly
The premise behind Koontz's new novel is the same that buoyed Michael Crichton's TimelineDthat there exist multitudes of alternate universes, each varying only slightly from the next. Whereas Crichton used the idea to generate high adventure, however, Koontz employs it to create powerful emotion tinged with spiritual wonder. That emotion, which rocks characters and will shake readers, marks this as one of Koontz's most affecting novelsDand he's written a lot of them. But there's else in this fitfully suspenseful, sprawling story of good vs. evil that will leave readers wishing Koontz would make better friends with his delete key. Above all, there's the villain, Junior Cain, whose opening homicidal act will shock readers like ice water on the spine. Koontz enlivens dashing Junior with lots of neat touchesDe.g., he develops psychosomatic afflictions (vomiting, boils) after each killDbut Junior seems built from the outside in, more a pile of tics than a full-fledged human. On the side of good, the characters are more engaging, especially two psychospiritually gifted children and Thomas Vanadium, the magic-working priest-turned-cop who gets on Junior's case like a pit bull. Vanadium's lust for justice will galvanize readers, as will the trials and triumphs of the children, particularly the boy, Bartholomew, who Junior seesDin one working out of Koontz's theme of the interconnectedness of all lifeDas his mortal enemy and seeks to destroy. The potency of that theme and Bartholomew's wisdom in the face of personal tragedy provide the novel with great uplift, in spite of its wildly convoluted story line and excessive verbiage. (Dec. 26) Forecast: Note the pub date: Koontz has the week after Christmas all to himself. Plans include major ad/promo, 12-copy displays, simultaneous BDD Audio and Random large-print edition and, most importantly, a preview excerpt in each copy of the mass market of False Memory, on sale one month before. Like Koontz's other novels, this will be a serious bestsellerDperhaps even a #1.
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The characters are people you'd like to call friends - or at least the "good guys" are. His antagonist is written in such a way that you journey through his perception of the world and himself, showing what a warped view the "bad guys" truly have. And the journey is one in which you are at once engaged in the story, and awestruck by how Koontz brought together this interwoven world. As a writer of many areas myself (academic, fiction, nonfiction) I am always in deep respect of Koontz's storytelling, but this one in particular is impressive.
This is a thinker's book, but it's entertaining. It's a suspense-filled journey, with a heartwarming narrative at it's heart. It's a great way to spend as many hours as it takes you to read, but as I'm proof, it's equally magnetic in drawing you to return time and again. I always wait a year or two, but I'm always surprised and come away with something new.
I think you'll enjoy the journey within these pages... and remember, He's always watching, from the corner of His eye.
But as happens sometimes in such tales, Dean Koontz created a villain so nastily clever and devious that in the end his villain outfoxed Mr Koontz himself! :-) So, in order to get rid of him -- which no police officer of any description would have been able to do -- Mr Koontz, in a way of speaking, pulls a rabbit out of a hat ... (Oops, Mr Koontz!) Also, a fault of both King and Koontz, Dean Koontz has a tendency to ramble on and on sometimes, so much so that the author intrudes upon his own story. So yes, I did skip some of these rambles ... They were extraneous to the riveting tale.
There are many, many characters involved in this book, but the main character seems to be Barty (Bartholemew), who was born after a tragic event. Most of the events take place when Barty is 3, and it had been discovered very early in his life that he is a prodigy, someone destined for much greater things. At the same time he was born, a little girl is born during another tragic event, and she has ties that are yet unknown to some of the charcters in this book. On that same day, you find out who the villain is and meet another character, Tom Vanadium, who has connection to some of these other characters as well.
The story basically strolls along for the first 400 or 450 pages or so with a few suspenseful moments, some surprises, and some sadness as the story begins to bring all that you have read together brilliantly with even more surprises, more suspense, and more sadness. But reading those last 170 to 200 pages is why I gave this book as good as review as I did. This book makes you think & wonder if some of what you read is possible or not.
If you get this book, be prepared for a long read, but when you finally get to the end, well, thats for you to find out.