Book Reviews of Midnight

Midnight
Midnight
Author: Dean R. Koontz
ISBN-13: 9780425118702
ISBN-10: 0425118703
Publication Date: 11/1/1989
Pages: 480
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 176 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Liked this book and how interesting it was, I couldn't put it down! Keeps you on the edge of your seat!!
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A good but not great Koontz novel. A little bit over the top with monsters that evolve in too many ways. The general premise goes a little too far behind the reader's willingness to disbelieve. But no problem turning the pages.

3 stars out of 5.
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In this chilling tale, Koontz seamlessly combines our most primitive boogeyman-type fears with the more modern fear of what unlimited technology wielded without ethics can bring. I can't give it enough stars.
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Great read - I enjoyed it!
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Horrorfic !!!
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This is one of Koontz's earlier bestsellers and is more of a straight-up horror novel than his current offerings but it's a great classic evil-corporation turning nice townspeople into flesh eating monsters tale that I enjoyed re-visiting very much.
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I much prefer Koontz' suspense novels to his horror and this one leans more to horror, not as much to my taste; still with Koontz it's ALL good.
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very suspenseful, true Koontz
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Another impossible to put down thriller from best-selling Dean Koontz!! Loved it, just like every one of his books
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Good horror book by a great horror writer with some good plot twists.
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Library Journal
Four people are the last hope of Moonlight Cove, because one by one the rest of the citizens are changinginto boogymen, werewolves, mythical creatures, or something entirely new. They are the New People, willing victims of a seductive experiment in chemically induced evolution. They can transform their bodies at will and eliminate unproductive emotions, like grief and compassion. In fact, the only instinct left to the New People is self-preservation, and their only emotion is fear.
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VERY good, suspenseful, classic Koontz.
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This is the only book by Koontz that I have every read. I chose it from the description on the back and while I do not agree with the LA Times that it was âbone chillingâ it was a good read. The basic premise of the book is that small town of Moonlight cove is having an issue with its citizens dying. In a town with no unusual deaths in 20+ years the FBI gets involved after they find out about 12 accidental deaths and suicides, but find that the actual number is closer to 20.

Four people join together, each with a piece of the puzzle that is Moonlight cove. A eleven year old girl, a wheelchair bound vet, a grieving sister, and an undercover FBI agent. They have until, you guessed it, Midnight, to get out of town.
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Futurologists led by a weasely mastermind have invaded Moonlight Cove, a sleepy lagoon town in Northern California sort of like Bodega Bay where Hitchcock's THE BIRDS took place. The entire population of the little town has become a race of guinea pigs that New Wave Technologies can play with like a puppeteer a bunch of puppets. What's worse, they don't even know what's happening to them.

Men at the top are covering up a rash of mysterious deaths that have been occurring all over the village, but the FBI is on the case and has sent in their top agent, a man with secrets of his own, to uncover who or what is behind the murders. They suspect a serial killer, but the truth is far worse. This man, Sam Booker, blends in easily with the lackluster villagers, and yet when night falls he finds that he is the prey, and they become predators. It's all part of a scheme to advance human consciousness and to upgrade humanity to a new level, but inevitably there are drawbacks to any utopian scheme. In this case, a certain percent of the lab "rats" become monsters!

Others drawn into helping Sam include the lovely Tess Lackland, whose poor sister died in Moonlight Cove, and little Chrissy, whose parents have changed beyond recognition as a result of New Wave's consciousness altering drugs. An appealing VietNam vet has a handicap but that doesn't stop him for entering the ultimate battle between good and evil. Of course it all begins at . . . midnight! Dean Koontz has written many skillful bestsellers and this is one of his signature titles.
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Edge of the seat reading. Will keep you up at night.
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The citizens of Moonlight Cove, California, are changing. Some are losing touch with their deepest emotions. Others are surrendering to their wildest urges. And the few who remain unchanged are absolutely terrified--if not brutally murdered in the dead of night...
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Great book! Very scary read.
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!! THE BEST FROM ONE OF THE BEST !!
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Koontz at his best. I just got done reading this. It kept me up all night! It's suspenseful right from the beginning and keeps you hooked all of the way through. Koontz' characters are diverse and as a reader I was able to connect with each of them on at least some level. If you have never read a Dean Koontz book before, I recommend starting with this one, Lighting, or Watchers. Once you read either of these, you'll be hooked for life!

- Thank you,
Jorge (Dean Koontz collector since childhood)
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Classic Koontz!
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This was a very scary tale. Sent chills down my spine and had me turning on some lights in the house.
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I really enjoyed this book.
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One of my all time favorites. Koontz is one of the best when it comes to mixing horror, fantasy and wonder all in one story. You will love it!
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good book.. not one of his best but still a good one..........
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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author! Can't find this book. Did I mail it off already??
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Reviewer: Kevin Killian (San Francisco, CA United States) -

Futurologists led by a weasely mastermind have invaded Moonlight Cove, a sleepy lagoon town in Northern California sort of like Bodega Bay where Hitchcock's THE BIRDS took place. The entire population of the little town has become a race of guinea pigs that New Wave Technologies can play with like a puppeteer a bunch of puppets. What's worse, they don't even know what's happening to them.

Men at the top are covering up a rash of mysterious deaths that have been occurring all over the village, but the FBI is on the case and has sent in their top agent, a man with secrets of his own, to uncover who or what is behind the murders. They suspect a serial killer, but the truth is far worse. This man, Sam Booker, blends in easily with the lackluster villagers, and yet when night falls he finds that he is the prey, and they become predators. It's all part of a scheme to advance human consciousness and to upgrade humanity to a new level, but inevitably there are drawbacks to any utopian scheme. In this case, a certain percent of the lab "rats" become monsters!

Others drawn into helping Sam include the lovely Tess Lackland, whose poor sister died in Moonlight Cove, and little Chrissy, whose parents have changed beyond recognition as a result of New Wave's consciousness altering drugs. An appealing VietNam vet has a handicap but that doesn't stop him for entering the ultimate battle between good and evil. Of course it all begins at . . . midnight! Dean Koontz has written many skillful bestsellers and this is one of his signature titles.

Recommended, especially if you want to lose a good night's sleep!
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Strange deaths have occurred i picturesque Moonlight Cove, an idyllic northern California coastal town-"the edge of paradise" to some but increasingly the edge of sheer terror for others. Certain residents harbor a secret so dark it could cot even more lives-in and beyond Moonlight Cove.
Tessa Lockland coes to town to probe her sister's seemingly unprompted suicide. Unusually hopeful and unfailingly optimistic, Janice was hardly the sort to take her own ife. In exploring the circumstances of her deth, Tessa comes harrowingly close to the secret of Moonlight Cove...and in the process places her own life in jeopardy.
Sam Booker, haunted by ghosts of his own, is another town newcomer. A federal agent operating under cover, Sam has been sent to Moonlight Cove after the formal FBI investigation failed to discover the truth behind the mysterious string of deaths. He's faced terror before, but nothing he's encountered has prepared him for the crippling fear that seizes him in Moonlight Cove.
Chrissis Foster, an eleven-year-old whose family lives on a ranch in the hills north of town, is on the run from her parents. They are not the same loving people who raised her, they've changed. Darkness dwells in them now. And they are bent on instlling that darkness in their daughter.
Henry Talbot, a wheelchair-bound veteran, lives with his faithful dog, Moose. From his windows, Harry has seen things he was not meant to see, things he can scarcely believe. If the wrong people learn all he's witnessed, neither Moose nor Harry's skill with a rvolver will keep the two safe.
In Midnight, these four will be drawn together to make a stand against the swiftly descending darkness that may soon bring endless night to Moonlight Cove.
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A real page-turner!!
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Loved it!
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a page turner
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My favorite Dean Koontz book!
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Great book! I'm only getting rid of my books because of a need for space since moving to my new apartment. Unfortunately, I have to part w/ some of my books. I hope if you order it, you enjoy it.
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New York Times Bestselling Author!
"A triumph"- The NewYork Times
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The citizens of Moonlight Cove, California, are changing. Some are losing touch with their deepest emotions. Others are surrendering to their wildest urges. And the few who remain unchanged are absolutely terrified--if not brutally murdered in the dead of night...
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Four citizens of Moonlight Cove are left . . . still untouched by the inhuman experiment of computer genius Thomas Shaddock. They must escape Moonlight Cove and expose the evil--before they face a fate more tortuous than death . . . and as inevitable as midnight.
"Displays the author's abilities at full throttle!"--Publishers Weekly.

From the Publisher
In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise." Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.
Tessa Lockland comes to town to probe her sister's seemingly unprompted suicide. Independent and clever, she meets up with Sam Booker, an undercover FBI agent sent to Moonlight Cove to discover the truth behind the mysterious deaths. They meet Harry Talbot, a wheelchair-bound veteran, who has seen things from his window that he was not meant to see. Together they begin to understand the depth of evil in Moonlight Cove. Chrissie Foster, a resourceful eleven-year-old, running from her parents who have suddenly changed and in whom darkness dwells, joins them. Together they make a stand against darkness and terror.





From The Critics
Library Journal
Janice Capshaw, running alone on the beach late at night in the quiet town of Moonlight Cove, is stalked and brutally killed by blood-hungry creatures. Her sister Tessa comes to investigate the reported "suicide" and barely escapes from her motel when murderous hunters come to slaughter the guests. Taking refuge in a brightly lit launderette, she encounters Sam Hooker, an FBI agent investigating the mysterious deaths of a group of labor organizers. He has just uncovered a plot to transform all of the residents of Moonlight Cove into "new" people before midnight the next day. Together with 11-year-old Chrissie Foster and Harry Talbot, a wheelchair-bound veteran, they set out to stop the out-of-control genetic experiment set in place by Thomas Shadduck, the amoral owner of a high-tech firm. Despite his cheerful tones that do little justice to the dark atmosphere of the book, J. Charles gives a satisfactory reading. This is one of Koontz's best horror tales; with plenty of scares, a suspense-filled plot, and appealing characters, it is recommended for fiction collections. Janet Martin, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Pinehurst, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Four people are the last hope of Moonlight Cove, because one by one the rest of the citizens are changinginto boogymen, werewolves, mythical creatures, or something entirely new. They are the New People, willing victims of a seductive experiment in chemically induced evolution. They can transform their bodies at will and eliminate unproductive emotions, like grief and compassion. In fact, the only instinct left to the New People is self-preservation, and their only emotion is fear. And they want the rest of humanity to join them. Popular author Koontz ( Watchers , Lighting ) has again delivered a gripping horror thriller with well-drawn characters and plenty of suspense. Literary Guild selection. A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington, D.C.
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A real page turner.
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One of my favorite by this author.
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The citizens of Moonlight Cove, California, are changing. Some are losing touch with their deepest emotions. Others are surrendering to their wildest urges. And the few who remain unchanged are absolutely terrified (if not brutally murdered in the dead of night). Four unlikely survivors face a terror beyond the darkest realms of human nature.
-from back cover
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I'm not a big Koontz fan, so I haven't read this, but my friend tells me it is a very good read.
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Citizens of Moonlight Cove, Cali are changing. Some are losing touch with their deepest emotions. Others are surrendering to their wildest urges. And the few who remain unchanged are absoutely terrified if not brutally murdered in the dead of night.

4 Unllikely survivors confront the darkest realms of human nature
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Good Condition.