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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Staggers at first, but recovers

    Having once again fallen away from reading for pleasure, I made a New Year's resolution to get back in the habit. So the first thing I did was pick up some books by my two favorite authors: Christopher Andrews and Dean R. Koontz.

    "Shadowfires" is actually an older Koontz book, originally published under a pen name. And as I read it, it showed, in both good ways and bad. It was definitely a Koontz book, but it was rougher and more raw than his later works.

    "Shadowfires" starts with a bang, shooting us into the action in less than 10 pages. Unfortunately, after such a promising start, the story then stalls out for a while. As a rule, I have no problem letting a mystery unfold, but this is one of those cases where one of the main characters (Rachael) has FAR more information than the other characters, OR the reader. So for about 100 pages, we are treated to frustrating, tight lipped silence from Rachael as she rushes from situation to situation, with her love interest, Benny, in tow. And when she finally spills her guts, the revelation is easily predicted.

    Eventually, the plot regains its feet, and from there Koontz is back in his element. The story is equal parts horror, thriller, conspiracy, science fiction, and cautionary tale. We're treated to Koontz's same old characters, the man and woman with terrible histories who find life and love together, but I've come to accept that. The villain's motivations are deep, disturbing, and sadly realistic in their way. What starts as a simple and not very exciting premise grows into something much more.

    One of Koontz's rougher, less polished elements here is a tendency toward repetitious descriptions. Something will be described from one character's point of view, and then a few pages later, it is described again (in much the same way) from another point of view, and THEN it happens again a few pages after that. I'm fine seeing the same elements from different points of view (Christopher Andrews does this, and very well), but having the texture of a monster's skin described as being scaly over and over and over got monotonous.

    But still, Koontz pulls it all together for a very satisfying ending. For the first 100 pages or so, I had feared I might have to give Koontz no more than 3 stars (or worse), but by the end, he proved himself once again, leaving me feeling that this was a 4 star effort after all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    Dean Kootnz did it Once again

    I've personally read many of Dean Kootnz books, and almost every one of them is fantastic. In shadowfires he portrays each character ever so richly, and everything is precise. Whoever that one guy is who said this book sucked is obviously not interested in the type of books Kootnz writes...this one was the same like all the others, wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Koontz always delivers.....never disappoints!   Good page turner

    Koontz always delivers.....never disappoints!   Good page turner!  Enjoy!

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Recommended if you're used to Dean Koontz!

    As usually another strange book from DK, but I like his weird stuff. This kept me going page after page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Great mutant book

    I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was great. I really felt sorry for Eric and what he went through in his childhood. N it kinda add up to why he wanted to stay young. But the scariest part of the whole book was when he was in Rachel trunck of her car. Just waiting. N he was all mutated and stuff..,...whoa!!! CREEPY moment lol.But the ending was great, I think Ben and Rachel will make a cute couple. I am so happi for them. I think this book was well written and very sci fi like. But it had some dead spots. But othr then that great book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    A page turner!

    I thought this was a great book and had its own originality and overall it was very interesting in a savage sort of way

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