- Hardcover: 281 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Books; Book Club Edition edition (1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425104346
- ISBN-13: 978-0425104347
- ASIN: B000NSGI1Y
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 305 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The reader here does a great job of keeping all the voices different. Between Chase and "The Judge", things could have gotten muddled, but he really puts great emotion into the story. The story was originally part of a larger collection, and I'm not sure why Brilliance Audio only released this rather than the whole thing, but I'm glad to have it.
It's not Dean's best work, but I would easily say it's from one of his peak writing periods as far as quality goes. Not one to miss!
Mr. Koontz has for many years been writing stories that capture the attention and imagination of his audience. In fact, the first "horror" book I ever managed to read was The Door to December. I happened to get the Door to December for free at the public library in the small city of Sierra Vista, AZ. I picked up up for my mother as a joke since she REALLY enjoyed reading Stephen King. At that time I absolutely hated horror/suspense books, but unfortunately I was out of books to read and enjoy, so I decided to pick up that book and read only a chapter or two so I could say in all honesty I gave the author a chance and make fun of my mom for reading such garbage. A hour later I was so engrossed in the story my mom had to drag me out of her bedroom (the only place in the house quiet enough to read) and over to the table to at least try and eat something. After another hour passed I finally finished reading the book. I couldn't put it down!!
Now, as for this book called Darkfall, it is (I think) one of Mr. Koontz's best stories. The writing itself is written in such a way that young adults/older children can read it, but the story line is amazing. Mr. Koontz has an amazing ability to pull his audience into the world he created. If and when he comes out with a new book, you had better watch out because I intend to be the first person in line to purchase a copy of his latest work.
The story feels dated and the writing predictable, simplistic and cliche. It must be one if koontz's earlier works.
The characters are cliched in appearance, actions and vocabulary. This makes them simple, boring and incredibly predictable in an already extremely predictable plot. Our hero(s) are beautiful and flawless both in appearance, integrity and avtion even when they aren't, even when they do something questionable, they are written as if they are shining examples of humanity.
For a very glaring example, our main character hero, single father policeman, doesn't do anything when his children are threatened if he doesn't "back off". He gets a call threatening horrible torture and death to his children if he doesn't stop investigating. Does he call his kids or the relative they are staying with? No. Does he go to them? No. Does he call the police? No. He goes to work. He tells his boss who offers to take him off the case. He refuses. Does he call his kids then? No. Does he request police protection? No. Does he even request a policeman to check on them? No. He decides that since they are at a relative's house, they are safe. And so does nothing except continue investigating. WHAT?? How is this logical? How can he possibly believe they are safe without even calling someone? Then, he is done at work. He THINKS about going to his kids. DEBATES where to go. Does he go to his kids? No. He goes to his lover's house. Oh, yeah, and there is a horrible snow storm going on that has resulted in abandoned cars on the roads. He has not once called to inquire yo hid children's safety. I found this ansolutely redicilous. I can't stand when writers include children as some plot device to give our hero (supposedly) something to agonize over, to be threatened for the purposes of (attempting and failing) to create suspence and cruelty, include children with such an utter lack of reality, real responsibility or realistic emotional involvment, actions or reactions. This plot device in Darkfall read as silly to me, and had the opposite effect as intended. This is a big example of what the whole book suffered from. Characters either existed in a non-reality only to stretch logic and normalcy to further the struggling plot or characters reacted in inhuman/uncharacteristic ways to further the same simplistic and laboring plot.
However, Koontz has always had a way with words, often poetic, and his descriptions can be vivid and fantasic. The bad guys, though over the top in the case of Darkfall, seem truly evil. And I enjoy how he writes children, and Darkfall is no exception. The book was interesting enough that I finished it, but it will be going to the Goodwill and will not become a part of my library.
Darkfall seems to have gotten several bad reviews. This puzzles me greatly. This is a very entertaining book. No, it is not his greatest work. If I had to name his greatest book, I couldn't do it. They are all unique and special in their own way. It is a shame he did not continue a series with these two cops. I think they would make a great continuing story.
What I hate about Dean Koontz is the fact that when I start reading one of his books at bed time I usually lose a night's sleep. This book starts slow but once it gets rolling, you can't put it down. Darkfall cost me a whole night of sleep and the following day to recover.
If you haven't read a Koontz novel, be prepared for an extrodinary experience.