Book Reviews of Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy
Life Expectancy
Author: Dean Koontz
ISBN-13: 9780553804140
ISBN-10: 0553804146
Publication Date: 12/7/2004
Pages: 416
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 423 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
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!
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Helpful Score: 3
This is my absolute favorite book of Dean Koontz's. The humor intertwined with the tension is fantastic!
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Helpful Score: 2
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!
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Helpful Score: 2
If you like Dean Koontz, this one won't let you down. All of the predictible Koontz elements are there and make you feel at home, but the twists will keep you reading.

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Helpful Score: 1
One of Koontz best. Surprising and not at all Stephen Kingish like some of his books. Loved it.
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Great read, was sad it was over so fast!
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A roller coaster of a novel filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten novels. A story of five days in a young man life and how he discovers life.
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One of my favorite Dean Koontz
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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.
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It's been several years since I've read Dean Koontz. I was pleasantly surprised by the humor that mirrored the gloom and doom in the story line. Great plot twists, great story.
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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.
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Good book. It gets you in and keeps you going pretty well. It's not a book that you can't put down but it is a good read.
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Loved it
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This is a great one.....very humorous dialogue between the two main characters and a great plot (one that hasn't been done before!) One of my favorite Koontz books!
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Koontz is working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriously with some of the deepest themes of human existence: the nature of evil, the grip of fate and the power of love.
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Very captivating book; hard to put down. A "must read" for Dean Koontz fans!
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This is a quick read that kept me entertained throughout. I thought it was a great book.
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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.
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I *loved* this book. Best Koontz ever. Full of humor, suspense, and all kinds of twists and turns.
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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.
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Scarey.....and exciting.
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A grandfather's prophecy of five dark days in a boy's life comes true, but how?
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Good Koontz, interesting.
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Great read, great tempo. Hard to put down. Koontz never disappoints!
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Good, entertaining read. Koontz's writing style has improved dramatically over the years.
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Excellent. The best Koontz I've read in awhile.
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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.
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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.
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This is one of my favorites by Dean Koontz! There is some humor thrown in besides the regular dose of thriller.
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I believe that this is his best to made me laugh it made me gasp. something new at each turn.
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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.
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Book in great condition, never read so i can't tell you too much about it. Hardcover, with papersleeve, does have a bit of wear on the papersleeve but not much. By Dean Koontz
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I liked this book, it made me laugh some, and had some surprises. Maybe just not enough for me. Just wasn't quite as scary as I thought it would be.
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One of his best!