Book Reviews of Shadow Fires

Shadow Fires
Shadow Fires
Author: Dean R. Koontz
ISBN-13: 9780425136980
ISBN-10: 0425136981
Publication Date: 6/1/1993
Pages: 391
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 251 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
Another great read by Dean Koontz?

While reading this I had the odd feeling that I was reading Koontz pretending to be Koontz. I know that makes very little sense but it is the overall impression I got from the book.

It's a good read with plenty of action and somewhat likeable characters. Perhaps that is where my odd feeling comes from. Usually I find myself liking and even identifying with the characters of his (Koontz) stories, this one was different. The chacters felt very "cardboard cutout" and I often felt the urge to scream at the utterly predictable and even ignorant things the characters did and said. The dialog in this book is HORRIBLE and often completely misplaced when applied to the situation(s) the characters are in.

This is definately a must read for any Koontz fan for the concept alone.
I would hope that this book is not an introduction to his work for new readers.

Bleh....
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Helpful Score: 4
Excellent story! I couldn't put this one down. I highly recommend this re-released Koontz book, formerly released under the pen name, Leigh Nichols (the fifth and final novel written under this pen name).
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Helpful Score: 2
this was previously released under Koontz's pen name Leigh Nichols... genetic engineering gone wrong... pretty good, but not one of his absolute best...
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Helpful Score: 1
One of Dean Koontz's early books. Previously published under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols. Suspenseful. A combination of science (genetics) gone wild and the supernatural with emphasis on the former.
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Another of Dean's earlier efforts, from back when he wrote powerful, suspenseful thrillers with realistic characters that you actually cared about and an ending that wasn't so sweet it made you gag. Unlike the pablum he writes now. ::sigh:: I wish he'd never had that aneurysm, or whatever it was that made him into Mother Theresa...
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This book is by far the best Koontz that I have read. Hauntingly believable (for me at least). I had to force myself to put it down and go to bed, but couldn't go to sleep because my heart was racing. Highly recommended read.
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This was one of the earlier Koontz novels that I somehow missed in my youth. It tells the tale of a genetic genius named Eric who after an ugly argument with his soon to be ex-wife Rachel, dies in an accident. But he doesn't stay dead for long. . .

Before long Rachel and her new love interest, Ben, are on the run from a resurrected Eric and men who will do anything to keep Eric's status a secret.

Koontz has always been hit or miss with me and I'm sad to say that book was more of a miss. I'm a big fan of monster books, particularly zombies, but this book focused more on the action (which usually bores me), was filled with mostly unlikable characters and the dialogue was not believable.

Koontz should also stay far away from any attempt at a love scene. When Rachel and Ben finally give in to temptation Koontz describes their happy ending as "Ben emptying copious measures of himself into Rachel". Funny? Yes, but also very creepy when you think about it which I'd rather not!

Anyway, now that I'm completely off track, I'll just end this by saying that I would've enjoyed this more if Koontz had focused more on the changes his "monster" was going through and spent less time on the chase scenes. It would've helped too, if he'd spent less time agonizing about every thought and motivation passing through the dull men's heads (Ben and his nemesis whose name escape me).

I probably would have enjoyed this more when I was a bit younger because now that I'm old and grouchy I don't seem to like much of anything!
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Eric Leben is a brilliant rich scientist. He's not a nice guy though and after an encounter with a garbage truck is dead. His wife, Rachael, who had decided to settle on next to nothing in their divorce settlement suddenly inherits his company. The government knows what Eric was working on and wants his secrets and everyone who knows about them. When Eric's corpse disappears from the morgue, the people who know about his secret project start disappearing.

This one will catch you on page one and keep you fascinated until the very last page.
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One of his good ones...I thoroughly enjoyed it, and that's all I'm going to say!!
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Typical spooky Koontz. If I remember correctly, this is the one where a man turns into some sort of monster and rapes women. Hmm.
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This is a very good read.
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Rachel's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and relieved, Rachael had nothing left to fear. Until Eric's body disappeared from the morgue - and Rachael was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband...
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I loved this book! It is Dean Koontz at his best.
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Very good read
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Not one of my favorite Dean Koontz books, but it is a gripping well told story. It took me a while to wade through it and it is definetly one of his darker novels.
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Good scarey story of husband who died and comes back to chase his wife across states. Always enjoy Dean Koontz books. only 1 reader of this book in excellent condition.
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I really enjoyed reading this book.
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Not one of Koont's best but still worth reading. I read it a long time ago and couldn't really give much detail except for the intro...

Rachael's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and relieved, Rachael had nothing left to fear..until Eric's body disappeared from the morgue - and Rachael is stalked by someone who looks just like her ex- (dead) husband.
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Good Book
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Imagine from the point of view of a woman whose husband is struck down in a traffic accident just as she is starting what might have been a messy divorce...Now imagine his body disappears from the morgue and you start to see someone who looks like him...Good suspense, Good Koontz!
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A scary, modern-day Frankenstein story. After being killed in a traffic accident, a man is able to resurrect himself and stalk his ex-wife. Great read... another Dean Koontz classic.
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ISBN 0425136981 - Koontz is an author who has always walked a weird line for me, with ISBN 0425098648 Night Chills a prime example. His writing tends to be great, and his sex scenes tend to be abberant, making me wary of his books. Shadowfires straddles the same line, but with far more finesse than Night Chills - there are sex scenes which are somewhat repulsive (and to go into greater detail would give away too much) but Koontz includes a more "normal" sex scene between hero and heroine that balances it out a bit.

Talk about an acrimonious divorce... Eric is a self-made man, obsessed with youth, money and all things Eric. Rachel is on the way to becoming his ex-wife and to finding out that she's in a no-win situation. Eric is angered that Rachel has the nerve to reject him by seeking divorce but that's only the half of it. He's also prepared to drag her through bitter court proceedings to fight her for his money - and her willingness to settle for very little only inflames him further. This is just another rejection and Eric is not going to take it lying down.

When he's mowed down in the street by a garbage truck, right in front of Rachel, that whole "not going to take it lying down" thing takes on new meaning. His body goes missing from the morgue and while everyone else is wondering how they could lose a body, Rachel is sure she knows the answer. It's not possible, but it's true nonetheless: Eric is coming after her.

I was rather surprised to find myself wanting to skip pages, not because they weren't good but because the suspense was periodically unbearable! Koontz's characters are superbly written, with even Eric earning some sympathy and understanding from the reader.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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I hated this book!!!!
It was really good at first, then, the husband starts turning into something unheard of. If your into Sifi
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great Koontz read....his writing is smooth....with many twists and turns...one of those "can't put it down" type books that makes you immediately look for another Koontz novel to follow it ...
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Dean Koontz is the best there is...read ALL his work!
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Rachael's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and relieved, Rachael had nothing left to fear. Until eric's body disappeared from the morgue-and Rachaelwas stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband...
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Anyone liking Dean Koontz style of writing will love this book.
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Rachael's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband.She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed bypure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous Shocked and relieved, Rachael had nothing left to fear. Until Eric's body disappeared from the morgue- and Rachael was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband.
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Definately not one of his best....It brought to mind Pet Semetary by Stephen King. But it was no where near that calibur. And that's dissapointing, because I am a Koontz fan, really.
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Very good. Kept you going from page 1 to the end. As usual, with Koontz books, very strange.
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Rachael's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then in the heat of the moment, Erick was struck down in a traffic accident....
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I'm a huge Dean Koontz fan and this story did not fail to live up to his quality of story telling. I couldn't put it down!
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Typical Koontz!
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A good read. Basic Koontz.
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Rachael's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and releived, Rachael had nothing left to fear. Untill Eric's body disappeared from the morgue and Rachael was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband.
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This book was amazing!!
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I love Dean Koontz and I loved this book. It was very bizarre!
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Rachaels request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric is struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and relieved, Rachael had nothing left to fear. Until Erics body disappeared from the morgue - and Rachael was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband.
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Dean Koontz being Dean Koontz