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Phantoms Hardcover – March 1, 1983
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But (and I really mean: this happens with several of their books) it's as if they reach a point where they're not sure where to take their story to: how to end it believably.
I always feel that their books should be edited to be slightly shorter. Although the slowly-unravelling end was scientifically clever, I could eventually no longer suspend my disbelief ... This creature or creatures, or millions-of-years old "thing", was simply too implausible. If this had happened in a science fiction story playing out on an alien planet ... yes, it might be better. Here, on Earth, it was all a bit much.
However, I do like Koontz and I did finish the book. If you have a lively imagination (I do have it too!) you will enjoy it. Even if the last part is a bit hard to swallow.
They are finally able to contact the police from another town to come help them and the government sends in a biological disaster team to assist. The only clue to the murders is the name Timothy Flyte written on a mirror. Timothy is a scholar who wrote a book about The Ancient Enemy who is a mythological creature whose existence is the speculative cause of mass vanishings of life during ancient history.
Timothy is summoned to the town and an investigation begins to determine the cause of the deaths and missing people....
This story is one of the creepiest and most spine chilling books I have ever read. Dean Koontz can create some terrifying images in his books and this story is a masterpiece of horror. The Ancient Enemy is a sentient creature of immortal age with supernatural powers of survival and predatory capability.
This is one of my favorite books and it is one of the stories that got me addicted to reading Dean Koontz. If you like scary stories then this is the one for you!
with a bang after 85-90% of the book is done by making some predictable & bogus ending when it could've been GREAT! Thankfully, that wasn't the case here and it definitely didn't disappoint. Actually, it kept getting better and better! Love this author and love this book!
There are scenes of extreme gore, so be wary.
Spoiler: doesnt it take hours if not days for bacterium to do their thing, eat and replicate on a large scale? I would think that simply using soap/detergent would have been far more devastating to an oil based creature, especially one with no bones. Horror and sci-fi rarely get the science correct. Not a deal breaker just annoying. The ending went on for quite a while, and a little too cliche for me.
Now if he'd just learn a bit about guns. Lol