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)
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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