- Hardcover: 351 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (January 12, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399133194
- ISBN-13: 978-0399133190
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.3 x 6.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 962 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Laura Shane leads a troubled life: she is orphaned, nearly molested twice and loses one of her closest friends in a tragic accident, all before her 13th birthday. Even worse events would have befallen Laura if not for the mysterious guardian angel who periodically appears with a bolt of lightning to miraculously rescue her. The "angel," Stefan, is in fact a time traveler who rides the "lightning road" through time to follow Laura throughout her adult life; unfortunately, Stefan himself is being chased through time by a pack of equally mysterious villains, and their pursuit of Stefan and Laura spans the second half of the novel. The secret of the lightning road provides an intriguing mystery early on, but once it is revealed midway through the book as a complicated hybrid of borrowed science-fiction and political-thriller conceits, the narrative runs out of ideas. In the lightning road, Koontz has created the kind of sci-fi puzzle whose convoluted logic must be explained at every turn, and the momentum of the central, fairly standard chase suffers thereby. The drama of an innocent bystander forced by events to run for his or her life is familiar to Koontz readers, but this time he leaves out a vital ingredient; while his evil predators are often his most interesting characters (as in this year's Watchers, or the earlier Whispers), the villains of Lightning tend toward cliches. The reader senses that the author got too caught up in the trick of the lightning, and inadvertently stole the thunder from the rest of this potentially intriguing tale.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
On the night of Laura Shane's birth, a stranger appears from the lightning to prevent her delivery's being botched by an alcoholic physician. Throughout Laura's childhood the stranger reappears at times of danger. He protects rather than threatens, yet menace seems to follow him. Thirty years later another storm flashes and the stranger collapses, shot, at Laura's door. Now Laura protects her erstwhile guardian from mysterious hunters. He reveals that he and the hunters are time travelers. Laura, quick-witted and brave, leads the way to a bloody showdown. The paradox in time travel's tampering with history provides an interesting twist in this gripping thriller by a popular writer. Literary Guild selection.A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington,
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Dean Koontz again shows his mastery of his unique category of fiction. This time the protagonist is a woman and there is no dog in this one. His perspective is always fresh and exciting. Suspenseful and exciting this book is recommended for Koontz fans and those who want to give his work a try.
The story deals a lot of darkeness of humans, as you will know Stefan, Laura's angel really is! And alos is the book about the dark forces of nature and time, and what Stefan must prevant these dark humans are about to do with some kind of dark power.
The book really has good characters. But I do agree that Koontz makes his children talk more like adults, but I've read worse dialouge. Koontz really does give you some surprises, really at the climax. Lightning is a must read of any Koontz fans who haven't or thinking about picking this book up and read (or upload it through your kindle).
When had I decided to write this review (I don't review most books I read, honestly)
I, A) knew that I HAD to do so for LIGHTNING and B) knew that I couldn't really properly express my appreciation for this book ... without giving too much away!!
The most salient reasons for considering this one of the very best books I have EVER read are contained in elements that, if written here, may give some things away that are best discovered by the reader him/herself.
I now find myself in the hellish position ... of trying to decide which Koontz book I like better, "Watchers" or "Lightning!" :-)
Of course there's Koontz' Odd Thomas series (book "1" and book "3" most specifically), his novel, Life Expectancy, The Face and others but, for me, at risk of sounding egotistical, LIGHTNING feels sort of like ... I don't know, like "it was written for me" as it's so along my wavelength in so many ways!
Here is one instance where 5 stars, the limit here, just won't do...
Unfortunately, her guardian's interest in her draws attention from his enemy, who works to harm or kill Laura for no other reason than that her guardian seems to care for her. Well, and because he just likes killing people.
After meeting her guardian, Stefan, a lot of the story so far is explained, but the explaination just lets you understand all the possibilities for more danger in the future.
Read the editorial review. It says it all, except that the story doesn't run out of ideas halfway through. It just expands into even more possibilities and picks up steam.
Lightning is a suspensful time travel romance novel of the highest quality.
This is a time travel tale in the best sense. They're always my favorites.
This is going on my shelf to read again later.