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Lightning

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

An amazing book. Dean Koontz shows off his formidable skills as a story teller.

My Mom let me read this book (after she read it first) when I was twelve years old. This was back in '89. I've been, like a lot of people who've reviewed this book, a loyal Dean Koontz reader ever since. For sentimental reasons, because this was my first book of his, it...
My Mom let me read this book (after she read it first) when I was twelve years old. This was back in '89. I've been, like a lot of people who've reviewed this book, a loyal Dean Koontz reader ever since. For sentimental reasons, because this was my first book of his, it still ranks as my favorite. This story has everything. Dean Koontz created characters that have endured over all the years. I can still recite the cast and lines from memory after all this time. Mostly because I've re-read it dozens of times, literally. This period of time, for me, represents Dean Koontz best writing. I'm still loyal after all these years and I still read all of his new books as soon as they come out. However, his novels from the 80's and early 90's are the ones I always go back to when I'm looking to pass the time with a good book. They are as comfortable as being around a good friend. Lightning started it all for me. Thank you Dean Koontz.

posted by Country_Boy9 on July 11, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Eh...

I haven't read many Koontz books, but so far from what I've read they've not been as good as I thought they would be. First I read the Taking, which I'll admit was interesting, but seemed to stall half way through. Next I read the Husband, which I liked a lot. I tried t...
I haven't read many Koontz books, but so far from what I've read they've not been as good as I thought they would be. First I read the Taking, which I'll admit was interesting, but seemed to stall half way through. Next I read the Husband, which I liked a lot. I tried to read "In the Light of the Moon" after that, but found that after about 70 pages I was bored out of my mind, and I just couldn't find the spirit to finish it (And usually I don't mind boring reads). So after quitting that book I decided to give one of his older books a try. I heard great praise for this one, people called it his best. So naturally when I saw it for a dollar at a garage sale I picked it up. The first 200 pages were awesome. They told the tragic story of Lauras life, the characters were vivid and believable, and they were mysterious, you wanted to read on, you wanted to find out why the "angel" had picked Laura in the first place (BY THE WAY, SPOILER'S AHEAD!!!!!!!!)When Koontz described Lauras father you knew he was a kind loving man, when he wrote of the orphanage and the eel you were disgusted, you grew attached to the character. The height of the goodness of the book was when Laura married the awkward Danny, you could really sense love there, it was smart and clever. (AGAIN, SPOILERS!!!!) But when Danny died it all went down hill from there. Perhaps by the 250th page the book is nothing but shoot-outs and complicated time travel jargon from there on. As soon as Danny dies, Koontz seems to take the heart and wonder out of the story, turning it into nothing more but a shoot-out piece of fiction. And the secret to Laura and her importance with Stefan? Absolutely nothing, It turns out that Stefan is just a time traveler (from Nazi Germany of all places)who, when jaunted back in time, encountered Laura signing her books in a store, and fell in love. That was probably the biggest upset of the book itself, how Laura had no destiny (Unless you count as helping kill the nazis as destiny, which Stefan did the most of anyways.) In the first could hundred pages you feel like she's mystic, important in the future of the world, but really she wasn't. After the 200 pages it all turns into a big overwinded bore-fest, and I never thought a shoot out could be boring, but Koontz makes it that way. What I've found with the other books by him which I've read (which isn't enough to givve up on him entirely) is that he can very easily get bogged down in the details, instead of keeping it simple, he tells everything, the type of plants at the sight, the temperature, everything (By the end of this book I was so tired of hearing about plants and the desert). Instead of concentrating on the story alone, Koontz seems to try and squeeze every little detail out of everything, in the end the action is very minimal, but is described in way to much detail. The thoughtfullness and care for the characters were totally abandoned after the infamous apex of the book. Characters that I used to like seemed cardboard to me. The whole time travel thing seemed worn out, and the loopwholes in his explanation of it were huge (That of course is common in all time travel literature, but was ridiculous in this particular case). But there were good things about the book, besides the first two hundred pages (after the overblown action sequence occupying most of the middle) the rest of the book wasn't terrible. The last thirty pages are okay, the ending is a happy one.

posted by Adrian12 on February 15, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    My First Koonz Book

    The description on the box said science fiction. The first quarter of the book was character development. Every guy was portrayed as a potential sexual predator. I was beginning to think this was a 'chick flick' type of story and I almost gave up on the book. Then the scifi part kicked in and the story got better and really interesting. The hints in the early part of the book were explained in segments. Just when you think things get explained, more information is added that moves the story in unexpected directions. I'll try another Koonz book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    To all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Blazinflame

    *pads in with wounds from yesterdays battle*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    V

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Pineclaw

    Drags himself to a sheltered cave at 'cave' res 3 &#8369€

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    Posted November 22, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    John

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Page turner!

    Love koontz. Great read don't pass it up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    This book did not disappoint.

    I had read "Cold Fire" from Dean Koontz previously, and while i thought he was an excellent writer, I hated the way that one ended. It kept me from reading anymore of his books until now, when i decided to give "Lightning" a chance. Wow. I'm glad I did. This book was full of action, intrigue and a bit of romance. it played out like I would picture a movie did, and was extremely well-written. While Dean Koontz does get a little too involved in desription sometimes, and the ins and outs of the time travel got a little confusing, this was a page-turner that I couldn't put down until the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Firekit

    Aw...you're the first kit...AGAIN...but then, I'm second again...

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Recommend

    Not one of his best, but still held my interest. Time travel, changing destiny, intriguing ideas. Great storyline and plot. Slow at times but a good read never-the-less.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

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    I like this book a lot: Lightning, by Dean Koontz. A girl is res

    I like this book a lot: Lightning, by Dean Koontz. A girl is rescued by a stranger whenever she is in danger. One day the stranger shows up on her porch unconscious and in desperate need of her help. There's a cool twist about who he is and where he comes from. This is very suspenseful and imaginative, it draws you in right at the start and never lets go. All the characters are written well, from Laura's beloved father, to her husband Danny and son Chris, to best friend Thelma, to the mysterious stranger, that we just end up loving them all. The action is tight and involving, the poignant moments of girlhood and life-long friendship and love are touching and the ending is satisfying. Koontz has not done anything before or since as well as he does this book. A completely entertaining and exciting read, you won't want to put it down until you're done.

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

    Great Read

    I had never read one of Dean Koontz' books before but this was recommended to me. I was pleasantly surprised and will be reading other books by this author. It really held my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Very good. Hard to put down.

    I thought this was a good book that was difficult to put down. I really like his style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2005

    Electric

    My best friend had told me to read this book after she told me it was her favorite. I was reluctant to read it at first, but I loved it. It was so gripping and very unique. It was a little boring in the beginning, but it picked up pace after awhile. I think this book is underrated and needs to be read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2004

    I loved this book

    I loved this book, it was the first book ive read my by him and it got me hooked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2000

    good book!

    this book was not my best that i read from koontz but it sure is a one of my best.I really liked the chase scences that are in it.

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