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- Print Length: 448 pages
- Publisher: Headline (November 22, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 22, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009W32ZLI
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Phantoms: A chilling tale of breath-taking suspense Kindle Edition
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“First-rate…scary and plausible.”—Publishers Weekly
“Gruesome and unrelenting.”—Stephen King
“Stunning. Phantoms is an instant classic.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Koontz has outdone himself.”—Philadelphia Daily News
More Praise for Dean Koontz
“Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.”—The Seattle Times
“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....‘Serious’ writers...might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone.”—Associated Press
“In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz...is among these artisans.”—Suspense Magazine
“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times
“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
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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!
According to one reviewer who said "It took 200 pages to get to the monster," yes, that is true. But damn, does it ever build up to the monster. You don't know what the monster is, or what it's going to look like, or how it did what it's done.
I tried to imagine what the "monster" would be. Boy, was I thrown for a loop. It's quite original, and it ties into certain "facts" about history--mass disappearances. It's actually one of the most creative "monster" concepts I've ever read; and yes, it has a Lovecraftian feel to it. In fact, the word "Lovecraftian" is actually written in the story.
If you love a good monster story that feels real, and could presumebly happen--hell, if you love a good scare, period--stop reading my review and read Phantoms. You won't be sorry.
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!
Now if he'd just learn a bit about guns. Lol
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Jenny Paige, a doctor and her sister Lisa drive back home into the small mountain town of Snowfield in Northern California, to find the entire population has vanished. Vanished, that is, apart from a few mutilated bodies that are lying around, and judging by the expression on their faces, killed before they had time to register what had come to kill them.
The build up is so extraordinarily good that I kept expecting it to dwindle out somewhere in the middle. It didn’t. Koontz ability to keep the tension racked up is astonishing; the steadiness of tension and dread never lets up. It’s not just a roller coaster of a read, it’s actually like being on the roller coaster. You know what’s coming next…and yet you don’t….You want to know what’s coming next…and yet you don’t.
When midway he introduced more characters, I thought it might just diminish the flow of horror, but even though they are all fundamentally different to the mainstream characters, and have a relatively complex interaction with them, it only served to keep the story alive instead of holding it back.
It’s one of his earlier books, written in the days before he had his well know love affair with super intelligent golden dogs - it has mystery, horror, gore, suspense, mythology, quasi religious undertones, science, and also draws on actual mysterious disappearances that have occurred throughout the centuries. It’s definitely up there with my other two favourite Koontz books: the mighty ‘Watchers’ and the soulful ”Odd Thomas’.
I have to say I would have liked the ending to be a little different, but that took nothing away from my enjoyment of it. The irony was not lost.
If you love a good down to earth horror story and coupled with maybe a few good old down to earth nightmares, then this is for you.
It seemed an effort to read at times as I felt the story often just plodded along & I was losing interest.
I really loved some of the descriptive narrative about "The Ancient One" & highlighted some brilliant passages that did keep me reading. Would recommend 'Phantoms' as a good read to fill a quiet & rainy weekend but not a book to save for reading as a main attraction regardless how busy or quiet your weekend is, weather permitting.
Interesting theory & story line that produced some amazing passages that I found thought provoking & it did make me question certain beliefs & preconceived notions I held on several topics Mr Koontz entwined very successfully & factual content is well researched & documented.
Do as I did - read 'Phantoms' & don't just write it off.
Very well written book and had me on the edge of my seat during many chapters. Phantoms definitely falls under the horror section for me and had me near scared to turn off the lights when going to bed. I have a very imaginative mind and this definitely made it go into over drive.
After reading a lot of 'one-off' Koontz novels back in the day, I read the Odd series (then the Frankenstein series) in sequence over the past couple of years. I really liked those two series so decided to revisit a couple of my earlier favourites and picked this and 'Servants Of Twilight'. Yes, I still have the paperbacks, but I'm increasingly reading on a large screen e-reader these days due to my ageing eyesight, so I dropped the paperbacks at a charity shop and bought Phantoms for my Kindle reader.
After that intro, you probably don't need me to tell you I liked it again. Yes, its not as good as Odd or Frankenstein. Yes, as others have noted, its very 'Unknowable Cosmic Eldritch Horror', but nothing wrong with that ................. and, yes, I still like it.
And the electronic formatting is fine.