- Hardcover: 477 pages
- Publisher: Knopf; 1st trade ed edition (November 9, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679425241
- ISBN-13: 978-0679425243
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 275 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spencer Grant is on the run from a nameless, violent government agency. His goal is to keep away from his pursuers long enough to find the woman he met the night before, who appears to be their real target. Spencer has no idea why they want to kill Valerie Keene, but his brief acquaintance with her has convinced him that the killers have no good reason for wanting her dead. With his game but fearful dog, Rocky, Spencer leads the killers on a frustrating chase. By the end of the story, Spencer must confront his own personal demons as well as the bizarre sociopathic agent leading the hunt. The government's activities-especially the incredible surveillance techniques that Koontz, in an afterword, claims are currently being used-help create an atmosphere of intense paranoia and fear. This superb suspense novel will surely delight the author's many fans.
--A.M.B. Amantia, Population Action International, Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
It's just another chase thriller, and Koontz's style (so to speak) hasn't improved, but this is his most interesting opus in a long while. That's because it's afire with Koontz's indignation over the heavy-handed manners of federal law enforcement in crushing the Branch Davidians, slaughtering the family of hapless white separatist Randy Weaver in 1992, and seizing the assets--all of them--of those merely associated, whether rightly or wrongly, with illegal drug transactions. Koontz thinks federal cops are out of control, and he paints a picture--colorless and two-dimensional, to be sure--of a U.S. only a few weeks in the future in which a secret agency is bent on becoming an invisible government in the service of a moralistic, powermongering, wealthy bureaucrat who did not hesitate in killing his own son when the young man threatened his clandestine empire-building. The actual protagonists here are a cop with a past and the bureaucrat's son's widow, both of whom are physically and technologically intrepid. Their antagonists are a complementary pair: the secret agency's principal hit man and a brainy blond bombshell who secretly monitors Las Vegas for the agency. Intriguingly, Koontz's neofascist villains are not radical right-wingers but "compassionate" liberals. The hit man, for instance, moonlights at helping the "suffering"--a paraplegic and his wife, an upper-middle-class business couple whose enterprises have foundered in a recession--by putting them out of their misery. With lead. This bland-looking sociopath also spouts environmental awareness, patronizes New Age healers and mystics, and memorably receives spiritual restoration from a TV image of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Expect this yarn to be denounced as right-wing alarmist trash by some, hailed as a libertarian warning by others, and, like virtually everything Koontz writes, read by millions. Ray Olson
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This big brother is watching you tale begins with a chance meeting between a man and a woman in a bar and from there takes the reader on a ride to hell and back. From power mad no-name governmental agencies run by insane killers to two people and a dog in a pedal to the metal flight across the country to avoid capture and certain death, Dean Koontz gives us one of his best thrillers, only this time there's no supernatural element, just a great story of conspiracy and greed along with a little romance. This novel easily demonstrates what Dean can do with a different genre than his usual scary stuff. If you haven't read it, by all means just dive in. And if you've already enjoyed it, maybe, in light of today's social networking media frenzied society, you just might want to read it again. For me, his newest books haven't measured up to this level of quality.
I'm going to say that I liked reading the actual book better because I found that I could "skim" past some of the mumbo-jumbo that tends to bog you down. I bought the Audio Book for my wife (while she recuperates from EYE surgery) and we are finding that it's more difficult to keep "tuned-in" to the PLOT while Dean laboriously and tediously describes every needle in every haystack. that's the only reason it gets a "4" instead of a "5".