Time is running out for Jimmy Tock, the reluctant and adorable hero of this book. I fell in love with Jimmy and his unconventional family, who look at life with insight, humor, and a great deal of trepidation as five darkly predicted dates loom closer and closer. And just when you think you have everything figured out, Koontz pulls the rug out from under his readers yet again, leaving us gasping in shock, horror, and laughter - but not necessarily at the same time. There is no other writer that can make me shiver and sputter at the same time.
Rudy Tock paces between the ICU where his father lies dying and the maternity ward where is son is about to be born. At the very moment of his fathers death, his son is born. In the short minutes before his last breath Josef Tock predicts the very birth, weight and five days of in the future of his grandson.
The Tocks proceed for the next 20 years as a normal American family, then in his 20th year the first of the five predictions comes true and the Tock family is changed forever.
This is a page turner, and edge of the seat, mindlessly eat your popcorn, I wish this was a movie, kind of book. A must read for everyone. The suspence and twist and turns and the huge suprise toward the end is simply spine tingling.
I abolsoutely LOVED this book. My boyfriend and all his friends love Dean Koontz books, and they got me hooked! Jimmy, the main character, is so likable and relateable, I was rooting for him the entire time; all the while being in the grips suspense. Dean Koontz is a genius!
I was pleasantly suprised by this book. I went into it thinking that Dean Koontz is darker than what I normally like, but I found myself laughing out loud in a lot of places in this book. I loved it and can't wait to read more by this author.
This novel is an excellent work of fiction writing. Not only has Koontz created extremely believable characters out of characters that otherwise should be ridiculous, but he puts the reader into the world through vivid description without sacrificing the exciting thrill of the plot that unfolds throughout the story.
I was endlessly impressed by the quality of the writing in addition to the quality of the story.
An excellent read for anyone looking for an intense, action filled thriller with just the right amount of comic relief.
I highly recommend this novel.
Wow! This book totally blew me away. Best Koontz book I've read yet, and I thought Odd Thomas would be a tough act to follow. I may have to pick up a copy of this book for own PC bookshelf so I can let hubby and all my other non-BC friends read it too. :)
Great character development, suspense, the kind of book I didn't want to put down. At times, I was so anxious to know how a particular situation would turn out that I'd find myself skipping ahead a couple of chapters, and then immediately scolding myself for doing so. Screw going to bed! I must read a few more chapters so I can see how this part turns out! LOL
Though it contained plenty of suspense, it was also a love story in a sense, not a romance, but so many parts of the book, and particularly the end, gave me the warm fuzzies--the kind that bring tears to your eyes. I guess touching is the right word, as the story touched me on so many levels. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it held me in thrall. An excellent read indeed!
Dean Koontz is the master of creating characters that people fall in love with. And then making their lives a living hell.
Jimmy Tock has to live his life knowing the exact dates when he will suffer greatly. Preparing for those days is impossible. All he can do is fight.
!! ANOTHER GREAT STORY BY DEAN KOONTZ !! IF YOU HAVE READ HIS BOOKS THIS IS ANOTHER ONE YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS. IF YOU HAVE NOT, YOU WILL ENJOY ADDING ONE OF THE BEST WRITERS TO YOUR GUARANTEED PAGE TURNER AUTHORS.
This is the first Dean Koontz book that I read and after reading this book, I will try and read more! The author cleverly weaves a story of Jimmy who is giving a glimpse into the future. His uncle, at Jimmy's birth, predicts five horrible days that will happen to him. How Jimmy makes lemonade out of lemons is the true story of the book. I could not put this book down!
This is so good, that I've ordered more of his books! I love the way the characters in this book face the bad things in their lives with humor - something I can relate to. Humor in a terrible situation keeps one grounded.
Koontz is at is again. Jimmy Tock was warned at his birth that he will have to face 5 terrible days in his life, the last during his thirtieth year. This is the story of his life and those 5 days. Not the best Koontz story but an easy and enjoyable read.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Right before a child is born, his grandfather predicts 5 fateful days on his deathbed. Along with those 5 days he gives uncanny details about his grandson's birth to the child's father. After that the story takes off. It is somewhat predictable but that does not take away from the story. There is suspense, wit and madness all balled into one. I totally recommend this book.
I stopped reading this guys a few years back. His endings, to me, were terrible. Thought Id try him again and found this book very very good. It turned out to be a real page turner. Kept me always wanting more. Very well thought out story.
I read this book in two days, not unusual for me and any Koontz' book. I enjoyed it, but I did find it different. I found the family witty and charming, however I knew from the beginning who the bad guys were.
Much better than many of his others. Any book where clowns are the villains just seems to make an intuitive sense. Warped kind of world where this bizarre story has a certain verisimilitude. One caveat, however, is the main character and his perfect family. One thumb up, one stuck down throat, I guess.
My opinion: One of Koontz' more involved and detailed books -- really goes into the characters. A great read for Koontz fans.
From Publisher Weekly: His narrator is Jimmy Tock, a pastry chef in a Colorado resort town. On the day he was born, Jimmy's dying grandfather predicted five future dates that would be terrible for Jimmy; he might have mentioned, but didn't, the birth day itself, which sees a mass slaying by a bitter, deranged circus clown in the hospital where Jimmy is born. The bulk of the narrative concerns the first terrible day, about 20 years later, when the vengeful son of that clown takes Jimmy and a lovely young woman, Lorrie Hicks, hostage in the local library, with an eye toward destroying the town; Jimmy and the woman live to marry, but will they and their family survive the four subsequent terrible days? Like most of Koontz's novels, this one pits good versus evil and carries a persuasive spiritual message, about the power of love and family and the miracle of existence. As such it deals with serious, perennial themes, yet with its steady drizzle of jokes and witty repartee, it does so with a lightness of touch that few other authors can match. Koontz is a true original and this novel, one of his most unusual yet, will leave readers aglow and be a major bestseller.
This is vintage Koontz. A suprise at every turn. If your not s Koontz fan you must try this for a sample. If you are a follower of Koontz you will enjoy his truly exceptional writing skills and his limitless imagination.
This is a great book. I love Dean Koontz.
Prepare to be enchanted.
Before he died on a storm-wracked night, Jimmy Tock's grandfather predicted there would be five dark days in his grandson's life - five dates whose terrible events Jimmy must prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year, the last in his thirtieth. What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five critical days? What challenges must he survive? The path he follows will defy every expectation and will take all the love, humor, and courage he possesses. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days his world turns us a mystery both dangerous and wondrous.....
A great combination of wit and suspense. If you've ever been put off by any of Koontz's more frightening works, give this one a try. There is some murder and mayhem, to be sure, but you'll also get a good look at Koontz's sentimentality and sense of humor.
I'm a big Dean Koontz fan, and have to say this book didn't do it for me. The characters were likable, the story was sweet, but it seemed too formulaic. I kept waiting to be surprised, but it never happened. There are many other Koontz books I would recommend over this one.
it had been a long time since i have read anything by this author,and i am left wonderingy why? this book was wonderful.Jimmy Toc's life lives under a cloud of 5 days that terrible things that will happen to him,as told by his grandfather at the time of his death and the exact same time of Jimmy's birth.
the author takes one on a wild ride thru Jimmy's life and loves. if i say too much more i would ruin it. just know that this is a fast,fun read.
On the night that Jimmy Tock is born, his paternal grandfather, Josef, is in the same hospital, dying of a stroke. A storm rages outside as Jimmy's father, Rudy, moves between the expectant father's waiting room and his dying father's bedside. At the peak of the storm, Josef suddenly sits up in bed and, though aphasic since his stroke, regains his ability to speak. He describes in very particular detail his baby grandson — Jimmy — who is at that moment being born in another ward. Then, with great urgency, he imparts five dates to Rudy, five dates in the life of Jimmy. Although Josef is not entirely coherent, he makes it clear as he dies that each of these dates will be a dark one in the life of his grandson, a day of terrible events for which Jimmy must prepare himself.
All the particulars Josef has provided about his infant grandson prove to be precisely accurate, solidly establishing Josef's bona fides as a deathbed clairvoyant. What terrifying events await Jimmy Tock on those five days in his life? The first is to occur in his 20th year; the second in his 23rd year; the third in his 28th; the fourth in his 29th; the fifth in his 30th. LIFE EXPECTANCY unfolds over the course of these five shattering days, as the breathtaking narrative picks up Jimmy at each of these crisis points in his life and carries the reader along on a thrilling journey that defies all expectation, along a twisting, terrifying, and ultimately triumphant course that only Dean Koontz could devise
Absolutely awesome and the first Koontz book I ever read... which got me hooked! I loved this one a lot and the twists and turns and creepiness were just awesome!!! GRAB IT NOW! It's well worth the read. I'd give it an A+
I love Jimmy Tock and so will you! Here's a review from Dean's website and I couldn't agree more!
"A master storyteller and a daring writer... he gives readers bright hope in a dark world.... Life Expectancy pits good versus evil and carries a persuasive message, about the power of love and family and the miracle of existence... Koontz is a true original and this novel, one of his most unusual yet, will leave readers aglow."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review.
I have read every book written by Dean Koontz, and I must say that, in my opinion, this is by far his best work. This book literally kept me on the edge of my seat! It was fun, scary, entertaining, beyond belief at times, and a completely memorable and satisfying read. I can't recommend this book highly enough!
Jimmy Tock, born to a happy family, must navigate thru a deathbed prediction of 5 terrifying events between his 20th and 30th. birthdays.
Terror entwined with humor with all the twists of a mountain road. Another terrific tale from Koontz.
Before he died on a storm-wracked night, Jimmy Tock's grandfather predicted there would be 5 dark days in his grandson's life-5 dates whose terrible events Jimmy must prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his 20th yr, the last in his 30th. What terrifying events await Jimmy on the 5 critical days? What challenges must he survive? The path he follows will defy every expectation and will take all the love, humor and courage he possesses. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the 5 days his world turns is a mystery both dangerous and wondrous....Life Expectancy...enjoy it while you can.
My husband rates it between 3-4 *s b/c of it's variation of plot from Koontz's familiar Man, Single-Mom, Kid, Dog plots. Although Koontz is not my husband's favorite author, he does like the genre and has read most of his titles, and thinks this is one of the better.
Dean Koontz never fails to intrigue and captivate a reader with his sense of urgency and intricate twists and mystery in story telling. Another masterful script that does not disappoint those fans of his works.
Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storms fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke. What he says befor he dies is that there will be five dark days in life of his grandson-five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twenty-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth. Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact Jimmy would be born with syndactyly-the unexplained anomaly of fused digits-on his left foot. Suddenly the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance. What terrifying events events await Jimmt on these five dark days? what nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crises points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crises he faces, he will move closer to a fate he never cuold have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must acomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wonderous-a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.
Before he died on a storm-wracked night, Jimmy Tock's grandfather predicted there would be five dark days in his grandson's life - five dates whose terrible events Jimmy must prepare to himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth yeat, the last in his thirtieth year. What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five critical days? What challenges must he survive?
Before he died on a storm-wracked night, Jimmy Tock's grandfather predicted there would be five dark days in his grandson's life-five dates whose terrible events Jimmy must prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year, the last in his thirtieth. What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five critical days? What challenges must he survive? The path he follows will defy every expectation and will take all the love, humor, and courage he possesses. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days his world turns is a mystery both dangerous and wondrous.