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Ticktock Hardcover – 1997
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"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."—The Times, London
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"Koontz is a master at maintaining mystery and suspense."
-- Library Journal
"Dean Koontz writes page-turners, middle-of-the-night, sneak-up-behind-you suspense thrillers with a supernatural twist ... He touches our hearts and tingles our spines."
-- San Francisco Chronicle
"Dean Koontz is a master storyteller ... always riveting."
-- The San Diego Union
"Koontz's characters are fallible, complex, and human."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Koontz's writing is flawless."
-- The Denver Post --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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I hate romance novels but adore love stories, like this one. I give it only four stars because it did get a little lame once it got going about the doll he found on the porch. Honestly though I don't think this was so much about the doll anyways. I love the story that unfolded with tommy and del. I think Koontz is a just a hopeless romantic :) many of his leads are reminiscent of his earlier works. But of course all writers usually lead back to their old stuff anyways.
Either way, I highly recommend this book. If you can over look the silliness of the doll you get a great love story, also love how he throws in the E.T. stuff. I like seeing he's not afraid to step in either direction easily talking about something spiritual, biblical, or about the unknown.
I feel alot of the older reviews are far too harsh about this book, I say take a read for yourself and you'll find it's not even half bad as some would say.
Icebound is a departure from Koontz's horror genre. This is strictly a techno-thriller. The action is nonstop--never a dull moment, and all very, very well done. It is about a group of scientists who are carrying out an assignment in the arctic...very believable scenario, I might add. As a result of severe weather storm conditions and sub-oceanic quakes, a large chunk of ice breaks off and they find themselves stranded on an iceberg upon which they had implanted explosives scheduled to go off in 12 hours. There are no American ships that can rescue them because of their distance and the severe weather. Only a Russian sub on a clandestine mission is close enough and has the ability to possibly rescue the team of scientists.
The stories of the men, especially the submarine captain, make you really care about the outcome. Although Koontz, in his afterword, is humble enough to diminish his technological detail as compared with a Tom Clancy, I found the whole thing so real that I was there! I love submarine adventures and to me, this numbers with the best of them.
Noteworthy is the graphic detail of what it must be like to work in such an extreme environment. The descriptions of the arctic and the weather conditions are awesome. Even the death scene where one man dies through drowning is so realistic I could imagine vividly what it felt like to die this way.
On top of the natural perils they face, there is a one twisted mind with them who is obsessively determined to commit murder. This portion of the story is also very well executed.
In short (I should have said this some paragraphs back!), I can find nothing negative to say about this story or writing style. I read it at breakneck speed because it was so riveting. I heartily recommend this book to not only Koontz fans but to anyone who enjoys a techno-thriller.
If you're looking only for a supernatural horror story, this is not the ticket. But...if you love Koontz's immense talent and want to read an exciting thriller, have at it!
Tommy Phan is a successful novelist of detective stories. Unfortunately, his Vietnamese mother doesn't see quite it that way. She feels that he is turning his back on his Vietnamese roots, as he has Americanized his name from Tuong to Tommy. He also did not wish to become a doctor or work in the family business, as did the rest of his brothers. Tommy is living the American dream, which his mother simply will not accept.
One evening, shortly after returning home, his doorbell rings. When Tommy answers it, there is no one there. He does, however, find a homemade rag doll on his porch, which bewilders him, as he cannot imagine who would leave him such a thing. Taking the doll into his home, the doll's stitches start popping, and so the fun begins.
It is a little more fun than Tommy bargained for, and he flees his home with something evil in pursuit. Ultimately, he runs into Deliverance Payne, a beautiful seemingly intuitive blonde waitress, who gives him a hand in evading his demonic pursuer. She is certainly more than a sum of her parts and is not what she initially seems. Let the games begin! Tommy's life will simply never again be the same.