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Shadow Fires Hardcover – Large Print, August, 2001
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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 Paperback edition.
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Rachel Leben, a quiet, unassuming woman, steps out of the courthouse after her divorce hearing, only to be accosted by her ex-husband, Eric. Not wanting her fair share of Eric’s millions has left him humiliated and seething with anger.
When Eric storms off, and into the oncoming path of an oncoming truck, she thinks she’s free from him…until his body disappears from the morgue.
Eric had a secret, many secrets, that his partners and a shadow branch of the government would kill to obtain.
As usual for a Dean Koontz book, this was incredible, the kind that keeps you up at night, turning the pages. I love the blend of genres, science fiction, mystery, suspense, horror and a bit or romance.
This author has a knack for keeping tension exceptionally tight with compelling interactions between characters. You are given a front row seat where you are pushed/pulled into Eric’s world. At first, he is everything you’d love to find in a villain, then, as the story progresses and you learn more of his history, understanding gives way to mixed feelings. Dean Koontz is a master storyteller. Absolutely incredible.
The POV did switch back and forth quite a bit without space or other indication, but with the style of writing – even that wasn’t off putting.
This whole story feels unnecessarily padded, like it was a novella (or even a regular novel) stretched into something more than it was ever meant to be. There are two many unnecessary characters here, and far too much back story going on. Rachel and her killer ex-husband, Eric, then we add Rachel's new boyfriend with the secret past, Ben. Now add Anson Sharp (Ben's arch-nemesis) and his complacent sidekick, throw in a couple of cops hounding the case, and you have far too much going on. If the story had focused on the three main characters and given us Sharp as a little mixer, this would have been better. Instead, Dean never seems to miss a chance to send the characters off on some multiple page interior monologue or detailed back story that ultimately drags down the action to a crawl. You can literally skip several pages at a time and find the same character still going on and on about something or other.
If you are familiar with Dean's other works and know he is a great writer, you can read this lesser effort. If this is your first look at one of his books, please skip it or you'll give up on his as a writer and miss some great novels like "Tick Tock", "Innocence", and "The Face".
Originally published in 1987 under a pseudonym because it was felt that the name Dean Koontz meant very little to the reading public. This ancillary story is explained in the new afterword in the current edition published under his own name after many years. It is certainly very interesting to read about a young Dean Koontz, struggling author!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who might enjoy a story about the hubris of man and his remarkable ability to screw things up because he doesn't see the consequences of his experimentation clearly,and merely does it because he can without regard to whether he should do it or not.
The story was interesting and I could tell it was some of his earlier writing. The characters were interesting although some were not as developed as others and the ending was rather abrupt. I gave this 4-stars although it really should be 3.5 because I did make it all the way through but I ended up skimming parts since not much was happening and nothing essential to the plot was included.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. The description of this book wasn't that great. It didn't really depict what was going to go down in this one. Although, there were several sections of this that I enjoyed and even laughed at. It just sort of fizzled out for me. Mainly because Koontz has to describe every last thing. I understand why it paints a pretty picture but at points it was so annoying. I think it actually detracts from the book. I heard somewhere that once you've made a sale stop selling it. I feel like all the description really ruins the flow.
The descriptions in this one became so repetitive and annoying. It was sort of the same thing over and over again. Eric's changing. Rachael didn't really seem real. I'm not sure who was supposed to be the main character. When this one ended I was glad. It wasn't like some of his other books that I have enjoyed. I didn't get this one.