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By the Light of the Moon
By the Light of the Moon
Author: Dean Koontz
Dylan O'Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. He's on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious "doctor," injected with a strange substance, and told that he is...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553582765
ISBN-10: 0553582763
Publication Date: 11/4/2003
Pages: 496
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3.8 stars, based on 463 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Very suspenseful, not scary. Enjoyable read.
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Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America post-September 11: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good; that celebrate the common man and woman; that at their best entertain vastly as they uplift. His latest is one of those best, exciting and deeply moving, shorter than usual and also less prone to the overwriting, the flood of similes and metaphors, that sometimes overwhelms his storytelling. As usual for Koontz, the novel opens at full throttle: a mad doctor invades a motel in Arizona, injects both itinerant artist Dylan O'Connor and struggling comic Jillian Jackson (strangers to one another) with an unknown substance that, he says, is his life's work and will have some unknown effect, then warns them to flee before his enemies kill them; soon after, the doctor is slain by heavily armed assailants. The rest of the story is an extended chase, as Dylan and Jillian, along with Dylan's high-functioning autistic brother, Shep, dart around the West, only steps ahead of the assassins. Within hours, the effects of the injections materialize: Jillian experiences portentous visions-a flock of birds, a woman in a church; Dylan is overcome by the need to rush to the aid of people in distress (among others, in an intensely poignant scene, an elderly man searching for his missing daughter); and Shep learns to teleport himself and others. (Interestingly, Koontz bases the science behind these developments on nanotechnology, the same mechanism used by Michael Crichton in his just published Prey, an object lesson in how two writers can take the same premise and generate two very different yet excellent novels). The novel's only flaw is its abrupt ending, contrived probably to allow sequels-a probability that Koontz fans, but also anyone else who reads this novel, a predestined bestseller and rightfully so, will applaud.
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Another Dean Koontz quick read with all the elements of suspense he is famous for.
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Koontz never disappoints! A fast escape novel with lots of action.
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I haven't found a Koontz book that I didn't like. This one is no exception. I felt like I couldn't get to the next page fast enough. It really had me gripped from page one!
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reviewed By the Light of the Moon on + 18 more book reviews
This is a wonderful thriller. This is one of Dean Koontz's best.
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An ok read. Good for the airport or the beach.. the plot was interesting, but neither the story, nor the characters stick with you after reading. Goes onto my "forgetable fiction" list. Maybe if you were a dia-hard koontz fan this might have more appeal. All in all it's a good distraction, but doesn't have a lot of meat to it.
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I have not been a fan of Dean Koontz. That said, I got this book to keep in my personal library, and have read it twice now. It's that good!
In a world that is starving for "the right thing" to be done, and visible, this book gives us a glimpse of how it could (?) be... I know that nano-bots are a real thing-if they could do this, wow!-and have great promise for the future. Mr. Koontz gives us one plausible scenario.
WAY worth reading.


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