This is the story of a guy who gets caught in an assassination attempt and has to do everything he can to avoid it.
Praise for Dean Koontz: ‘There’s surprise after surprise, including a killer finale … a read-in-one-go novel.’
New York Times Book Review ‘Fast-paced and dark ! Koontz knows we live in a world where evil delights in justifying itself ! Classic literature that deserves a place on the bookshelf beside Orwell’s 1984 and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.’
California Literary Review ‘Koontz is writing right where popular culture swells into something larger, just as it did for Homer, Shakespeare, and Dickens. He’s got the gift.’
Australian ‘Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.’
Denver Post ‘Koontz achieves a literary miracle ! stunning physical description, unique turns of phrase.’
Great Book! A true page turner! It was action packed, funny, very very funny!
Ok, my enthusiasm shows. I never thought I can actually read a book by Dean Koontz as he is generally a writer targets men as a main market.
But even though I was not in the target audience, I loved the book. It’s a story about how a misunderstanding brings two people together in a race for staying alive.
The hunter is a sick pervert (what he said he wanted to do with the poster made my guts turn). But it’s so fast paced, technological, spy like. It’s a cat and mouse game when both the cat and the mouse are equally smart.
Will not tell more since there are so many spoilers but instead, give a few quotes which left me laughing:
“What do you do for exercise?”
“That burns up calories, does it?”
“I’m not going to start shooting but if he opens fire on me, I’d like to have some option besides throwing my shoes at him”
Favourite scene: all the dialogues
Least favourite scene: the ending. It felt like not even the author knew a way out from the psycho and had him shot down?! Come on! (sorry about the spoiler)
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About the Author
When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in 38 languages. He has sold 400,000,000 copies, a figure that currently increases by more than 17 million copies per year.
Twelve of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list (One Door Away From Heaven, From the Corner of His Eye, Midnight, Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Intensity, Sole Survivor, The Husband, Odd Hours, and Relentless), making him one of only a dozen writers ever to have achieved that milestone. Fourteen of his books have risen to the number one position in paperback. His books have also been major bestsellers in countries as diverse as Japan and Sweden.
The New York Times has called his writing “psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune said Koontz is, “at times lyrical without ever being naive or romantic. [He creates] a grotesque world, much like that of Flannery O’Conner or Walker Percy … scary, worthwhile reading.” Rolling Stone has hailed him as “America’s most popular suspense novelist.”
Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University), and his first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. His first day on the job, he discovered that the previous occupier of his position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and Koontz was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. He wrote nights and weekends, which he continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, his wife, Gerda, made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: “I’ll support you for five years,” she said, “and if you can’t make it as a writer in that time, you’ll never make it.” By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of her husband’s writing career.
Dean Koontz lives with his wife, Gerda, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever, Trixie, in southern California.