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Subject: Life After Koontz
Date Posted: 10/14/2008 8:24 PM ET
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I'm a huge Dean Koontz fan and I still have a long way to go to achieve my quest of reading every suspense/thriller he's written since Shattered, but I'd like to stick an alternate author in there once in a while. Plus I'll eventually run out of Dean Koontz books at some point.

Even though there will only ever be one Dean Koontz (see how big a fan I am?) which author would you suggest that writes similar suspense/thriller type stories and perhaps has the same relaxed writing style?

As an example of what I mean by Koontz's relaxed writing style, I was never able to get into Stephen King because to me it's like reading the dictionary. Too much uninterupted wordy exposition for me.

Thanks for your time and suggestions.


Subject: Hi Thomas
Date Posted: 10/15/2008 4:16 PM ET
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  Have you ever tried James Patterson?  Koontz is also one of my favorites. I have everyone of his books and only hated one (Icebound). I don't like his stories as well, but he is a good writer.  Just trying to help.

Have a great day, Christa


Date Posted: 10/15/2008 9:59 PM ET
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Koontz is also a favorite of mine. Try F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack novels. The first one is The Tomb. I think there are over 13 of these books. They are very good and I think you'll like his writing style.
Date Posted: 10/16/2008 11:52 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions!

I'll look into them.


Bob P. (Desorow) - ,
Date Posted: 10/18/2008 3:55 AM ET
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I too am a big Koontz fan...as well as Greg Iles

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 6:59 PM ET
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I have read most of Dean Koontz's books, and also don't enjoy Stephen King(too wordy)  Someone on PBS suggested Brian Keene and I love his books as much as dean koontz's.  I've only read three so far but they are all fast paced and very well written.  I have more of his on my wishlist.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 7:15 PM ET
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Oh yeah.... The only Stephen King book I did like was Cell.  It was much better than his other books.  Not as wordy and fast paced.

Subject: Repairman Jack series by F.Paul Wilson
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 8:52 AM ET
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Im a big Dean Koontz fan also. I agree with Cindy about F. Paul Wilsons Repairman Jack series. I was hooked when I started reading the first book, makes you just want to find out whats going to happen next with Jack...Wilsons an amazing writer.
Date Posted: 1/17/2009 9:28 PM ET
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just posted a lot of koontz books if anybody is looking for some

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 9:17 PM ET
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It's funny that people don't like King but like Koontz.  That is certainly how it started out for me but now Koontz seems to be writing just like King.  He does not grab you by the throat the way he use to.  I dislike them both now.  It is a novel by novel coin flip.  I have discovered several writers that I think remind me of the older Koontz.  Here are a few:  Bentley Little, Brian Keene and F. Paul Wison are excellent choices as well as Edward Lee.  Well, maybe not Ed Lee but I love his books!



Date Posted: 3/28/2009 1:31 PM ET
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I am also a big Koontz fan.  He is my absolute favorite.  I would suggest Preston/Child or King.  I have a few on my shelf if you want to take a look.