Koontz's current best-seller relates the story of two Southern California police detectives who track down a demonic serial killer with paranormal abilities. The work is well-suited to audio, and fans of Koontz should enjoy this exceptional production. Jay O. Sanders is simply superb. All characters (even Woofer, a dog who plays an important role) are fully voiced. One of the characterizations--the golem--is so strikingly different from Sanders's "normal" voice that it's difficult at first to recognize that it's still Sanders speaking. This is a long production, but the pace never flags, and Sanders is consistently excellent.
Unabridged Edition - 8 cassettes - 13 hours play timeRead by: Jay O. SandersCan Koontz write a bad novel? He can write some not as good as some of his others, but never a BAD one.This particular Koontz audio sorta reminded me of other Koontz books. In this one, he has a good story idea, that of having a 20 year old with supernatural powers trying to rid the world of people he himself, felt didn't belong. Sorta sounds like SUPERMAN! I think Koontz did an outstanding job in making the apparitions scary enough, without getting too morbid. I liked the narrative by a DOG especially well. I'm a dog lover, and if my dog could think and talk, this is what I imagine him to be able to do. It's hard to guess what is causing the terrifying beasts to appear, or to determine who is behind their appearance. Maybe you can guess! This isn't my favorite Koontz novel, but it "listen-worthy".I think you'll enjoy it - it's long enough to take you through a whole week of commuting!Wiley Coyote
It was a slow read in a lot of places but it was good and cute and funny also.
It has nothing to do with dragons but it has a lot to say about fairy tales and the creatures in them. It was a very good book even if slow in places.
Every time I think Dean Koontz has written his best book, I read another one and like it even more than the one I read before. Dragon Tears may be my all time favorite Koontz book with the possible exception of Fear Nothing and Odd Thomas. A great story, very very suspenseful, and characters you really care about and root for. Plus a great dog. This book has it all. I highly recommend this one for any Koontz fans.
This is one of those books, that you will either like it nor not, I just made it through it. I got to listen to it by Audible books since I didn't have time to actualy sit down with the book on my self, I listened to it in the car on long trips. When you hear it read to you it's not bad, but it is redundent. Tick Tock is just something that seems to be something the author brought from his other book. The ending was quick, but painful really.
I say if you have the time and patience pick it up. If not, get the audibile version for your ipod and take it for a run, at least it is more entertaining that way.
Interesting book which gives a different take on what a demon could do. I liked that Koontz gave the dogs perspective because I am a dog lover. For those familiar with Tick Tock in other Koontz books, this one also has a Tick Tock in it. If any horror fans have not tried this one its a good read.
This book was a bit scary... I don't normally read scary books, so some might not even flinch @ the scary parts in this book, especially if you like that sort of thing. It was NOT gory just suspense mainly. Kind of eery and creepy. All in all a pretty good read. I loved the dog in the book, He just cracked me up.
This book was so good that I couldn't put it down. Very good. i love how all of his books have a lot of mysterie that makes you think about how they are going to excape. Wondrful book thought I would let someone else ejoy as much as I have.
I loved this book. The story was very true to the author's style without being too closely modeled after his other works. I felt I had a good understanding of the characters. I hated the villain, I felt bad for the victims (but not so much that I felt like I couldn't relate to them) and I was pulling for the heroes all the way. I spent at least one sleepless night reading this book. Very suspenseful and a good read but not so scary that you'll be looking around the corner for Ticktock
While again, the scenario isn't exactly believable, Koontz still pulls it off. And with finess. I think the most valuable part of Koontz's writing is his characters. Without that- the plots, the themes, the evil dwellers, would do nothing for us. But giving us characters to love & care about & even characters that we love to hate- make the reading memorable & enjoyable.
Scary, scary book. Street people are menaced by a giant; one knows him as the ratman, the other as a hobo. He threatens them with death at dawn. They called him Ticktock because that's how he announces himself. He has to be stopped, but what is he? What powers does he actually have? Couldn't put it down.
Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. His partner urged him to surrender to the chaos of life. But Harry believed in order and reason. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man - and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting words that challenged Harry Lyon's sanity . . .
"Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours... Dead by dawn... Dead by dawn... Dead by dawn..."
Harry and Connie are L.A. homicide detective's ala the "Odd Couple." Harry is obsessively neat, and Connie is a messy dirty Harry type. Both characters are tracking a serial killer who brutalizes women. Harry's life takes an unexpected turn, when he encounter a strange hobo who tells him "Tick Tock You'll Be Dead By Dawn," thus begins a 12 hour Odyssey wherein Harry, Connie, and a rag-tag group of homeless pit their wits against a psychic serial-killer with a God-Complex.
A startlingly original masterpiece of suspense from a number-one New York Times best-selling author. Tuesday was a fine California day, full of sunshine and promise, until Harry Lyon had to shoot someone at lunch. From that first sentence, Dragon Tears explodes across the page with the excitement, chilling suspense, emotion, and deeply drawn characters that have earned Dean Koontz enormous worldwide popularity. Police detective Harry Lyon is a perfectionist who likes his condo immaculate, his suits well tailored, and his homicide files typed error-free. To Harry's dismay, his partner, Connie Gulliver, embraces chaos, urging him to "get in touch with the rhythms of destruction." But when Harry and Connie have to kill in the line of duty, the ensuing surreal nightmare makes Connie's cynical world view seem all too accurate. That same afternoon, a hulking street person prophesies that Harry will be dead by dawn, then self-destructs before his eyes. As twilight falls, Harry glimpses strange creatures in the shadows, and finds his rational world transformed into a place of bizarre surprises and unimaginable dangers. As dawn ticks closer, Harry is caught in a whirlwind of terror that threatens to sweep away not only him but Connie and everyone he loves. The San Diego Union has called Dean Koontz "a master storyteller... sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting." Never before has that judgment been truer than in the vastly entertaining, enormously satisfying Dragon Tears.
Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. His partner urged him to surrender to the chaos of life. But Harry believed in order and reason. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting word that challenged Harry's sanity. Tick, ticktock, You'll be dead in sixteen hours Dead by dawn Dead by dawn dead by dawn
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Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. His partner urged him to surrender to the chaos of life. But Harry believed in order and reason. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man-and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting words that challenged Harry Lyon's sanity...."Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours...Dead by dawn....Dead by dawn....Dead by dawn...."
I thoroughly enjoy Dean Koontz and will pick up anything he writes and found this story to be compelling and a page-turner.
A very interesting 'villian'. Best part of this book, was that part of the book was written from a dog's perspective. Sounds silly on the surface, but it worked extremely well, and added a lot to the story.
From Publisher's Weekly:Playing police logic against the supernatural, Koontz ( The Bad Place ; Night Chills et al.) delivers fairy-tale horror in the form of a detective thriller. In southern California, police detective Harry Lyon and his partner, Connie Guliver, find themselves hounded by a golem who appears in the shape of a towering vagrant. Called Ticktock because he grants his victims only hours to live, the vagrant has tremendous physical power, a taste for gruesomely described violence and the ability to stop time and rearrange reality. Koontz romps playfully and skillfully through this grown-up enchantment, dealing out such motifs as a talking dog and taking potshots at recognizable pop culture: e.g., the book's epigram is a Garth Brooks lyric, and during a killing spree the murderer yells out titles of Elvis Presley songs.
Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. His partner urged him to surrender to the chaos of life. But Harry believed in order and reason. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man - and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting word that challenged Harry Lyon's sanity...
"Tticktock, tickto,. You'll be dead in sixteen hours... Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn.
Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. His partner urged him to surrender to the chaos of life, but Harry believed in order and reason. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man, and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting words that challenged Harry's sanity . . . Ticktock, ticktock, you'll be dead in sixteen hours, dead by dawn, dead by dawn . . .
This was a pretty good book. I got it right when it came out in paperback as I am a huge Dean Koontz fan. However, I just moved in to a new apartment and well, my book collection had to be cut down. So take it off my hands and enjoy!