Any “Dean Koontz” Readers Out There?

intensityIf ever I have been a “fan” of anyone, Dean Koontz is the one. I could read this guy 24/7 without blinking an eye. Most of his books I read in a single day because once started I cannot put them down. One of the first of his books that I read was “Intensity” which gives new meaning to the word. If you can read this book without setting it down, or even go to sleep, you are better able to control yourself than I. It may have taken all night for me to read that book, but nothing else had my attention for that whole night. Below is a portion of the “About the Book” from the Dean Koontz web site:

“Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, twenty-six, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend’s family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed “homicidal adventurer,” Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse or limits, to live with intensity. Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit.”

HideawayAnother of Koontz’s books to grab my immediate attention was “Hideaway” which felt slow as I started but suddenly it grasp me by the head and told me to read. I was not able to put it down either. The “About the Book” from the Koontz web site:

“He was clinically dead after the accident—but was miraculously revived. Now Hatch Harrison and his wife, Lindsey, approach each day with a new appreciation of life…shadowed by his glimpse of death.

Something has come back from the other side. A terrible presence that links Hatch’s mind to a dangerous psychotic. A dark force of murderous rage that hides within us all…”

I love to read. I can easily fall into one of Koontz’s books as his storylines are so vivid in description that you almost see yourself in the story. His characters are believable and in your mind you have no difficulty seeing them play their roles from page to page. Some of his stories follow a similar path for a bit. Like the “Odd” series. All of his books that have “Odd” in their title appear to center on a character of “boy scout” quality. Many of his books have dogs included in the story and some of the dogs are even ghosts. Speaking of ghosts, Elvis Presley visits some of his stories as a ghost. A number of Dean Koontz’s books have made it to film. Check out the clips below:

I collect Dean Koontz books. I actually have most of his works, only missing a few. Or, so I thought. Apparently Mr. Koontz wrote a handful of books under other pen names, which I have yet to read. I guess the reason for my writing on this topic, is my own morbid curiosity. Are you a Dean Koontz fan? Have you ever read Dean Koontz? Would you like to discuss any of Dean Koontz books? Feel free to make comment. I will try to promptly respond to your input

2 thoughts on “Any “Dean Koontz” Readers Out There?

  1. I very much liked Koontz’s early stuff, such as _The Bad Place_. After _Intensity_ he became didactic and somewhat messagey, and, although his work remains creative, I can no longer endure him shoving messages down my throat. If he wants to write polemics he should write polemics, not disguise them as fiction.

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