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Midnight - Dean Koontz

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Author: Dean Koontz / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      06.04.2012 13:36
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      A very decent thriller frrom an author I suspect has since begun to lose his way......

      Midnight is another very early thriller from modern mass market author, Dean Koontz, and ranks high up amongst many of his finest works to date. Many of his more recent efforts have begun to be a little predictable and more than a little disappointing, so it is good to revisit this author's work back when he was at his peak.

      The story focuses around a set of five characters all caught up in events happening in the small town of Moonlight Cove over a period of about forty-eight hours.

      Sam Booker is an undercover F.B.I Agent sent in to investigate a series of deaths that his superiors believe to be part of an ongoing conspiracy. In a matter of just a few months, the death rate in Moonlight Cove has risen dramatically and, with a hell of a lot of those bodies being cremated, any chance of further Forensic investigation has been rendered null and void. But soon after he arrives, Booker quickly determines that his presence has already been discovered and finds himself embroiled in a game of cat and mouse as he seeks to avoid the local authorities wishing to silence him before he can discover the truth.....

      Eleven year old Chrissie comes home from school early only to find her parents in the midst of some kind of perverted bodily transformation. Locked in the closet until assistance can arrive, she learns that she is due to also be "converted", transforming her into whatever her parents have become. Desperate and scared, Chrissie makes her escape out into the night pursued by both her parents and their new friend, Tucker. Except her parents and Tucker aren't quite the same any more......something about them has changed, and not for the better, and Chrissie knows that if she is caught it will only be bad news for her! Scared and alone, she seeks help but is no longer sure who she can trust......

      Tessa has come to Moonlight Cove because she doesn't believe her sister committed suicide and is frustrated that the body was cremated before it could be independantly examined. But soon after arriving at the Cove, she is forced to flee her Motel room and escape into the night when fierce and unnatural creatures break down her door and attempt to attack......

      Meanwhile, Harry Talbot, a disabled Vietnam Vet, spends all his time examining events going on around him in the town from the safety of his apartment using a high powered telescope. He knows something is wrong on the streets and is partially responsible for alerting the F.B.I but even he cannot grasp the true horrors of what is happening in Moonlight Cove.....

      Finally there is Loman Watkins. Loman is the town Sheriff and one of the changed. He knows exactly what is going on in Moonlight Cove but has started to suspect that it is not all for the best as he was promised and that the man behind it all has started to lose control. But can he help bring his town back to normal before he too loses control or is it already too late.......

      Like I say, this is among Koontz's better works and is a proper, tense thriller with some great moments and some truly terrifying scenes. It loses a star for the trite and cheesey ending but otherwise is a study in how to write a really good horror-thriller. It far surpasses anything he has written in more recent times and remains one of my favourite Koontz novels of all time.

      And if you have never experienced any of Dean Koontz's writing before, then this is an excellent place to start with a strong plot, believable characters and a whole lot of tension from beginning to end!

      Honestly, this author rarely gets as good as he does here and you would be well recommended to check this out long before investigating any of his more recent novels......

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      17.11.2008 17:10
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      Genetically modified humans go mad!!!

      In this novel Dean Koontz once again investigates the use (or mis use) of genetic engineering and whether or not we are going too far in trying to perfect humanity and improve our physical and mental abilities.

      The book opens with the death of a jogger on a beach on a foggy evening. The attackers are unknown creatures. Later a woman arrives in the town to investigate the death of the jogger, her sister, since she was not happy with the official cause of death. What she uncovers is far worse, and more terrifying, than she ever expected. on her journey she meets a troubled FBI agent, a vietnam vet trapped in his flat due to his injuries, and a local girl terrified by what has happened to her parents and what they intend to do to her. The townsfolk, including the police have undergone improvements, transforming them into New People, but there is a problem with the process and some have started to regress to there more basic instincts were there is no right or wrong.

      Follow our heroes as they try to discover what's happening in Moonlight Cove, how they can prevent it from spreading before they are converted themselves.


      This is another excellent book from Dean Koontz, I found it hard to put down. Lots of twists and turns, and surprises as our heroes do battle with the New People of Moonlight Cove. Very well written, with likeable characters, well worth reading.

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