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★★★☆☆

“507 page paperback. ”

Written on: 03/05/2008 by zoodemon (33 reviews written)

Good Points
Simply written.

Bad Points
Laboured character backstories.

General Comments
507 page paperback.

this is the first Dean Koontz book i've read, which i picked up due to it having favourable reviews elsewhere.

It soon became clear that it wasn't going to be a deep or thought provoking piece of writing, dropping itself into the popular fiction category would seem just. Not my ideal read but you can't tell till you pick it up.

After i'd encountered the main characters and a fairly basic plot, i found myself wanting to skim through the clumsy character history's that littered each new subplot. I understand their purpose, building the personal conflicts and jeopardies for suspense, but they were just too blocky in their construction. A lump of character history everytime before you'd even got accustomed to their name. It also slowed up the story and made the action scenes seem shorter, failing to hold their tension in the process.

It's really very basic writing, everything is written down on the page leaving little room for your imagination to get involved. You know exactly what's going to happen and who will live and die, which makes the story feel contrived and rather weak.

On the plus side, it's fairly consistent, has likeable main characters and some good suspense scenes. It's popcorn fiction, if you like an easy read that won't test you at all, it's an ok book.

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