The Eyes of Darkness [NOOK Book]

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A mother’s greatest wish—or worst nightmare—comes true when she finds hints that her dead son may still be alive.
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Overview

A mother’s greatest wish—or worst nightmare—comes true when she finds hints that her dead son may still be alive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101525364
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 62,266
  • File size: 367 KB

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.


Biography

He is one of the most recognized, read, and loved suspense writers of the 20th century. His imagination is a veritable factory of nightmares, conjuring twisted tales of psychological complexity. He even has a fan in Stephen King. For decades, Dean Koontz's name has been synonymous with terror, and his novels never fail to quicken the pulse and set hearts pounding.

Koontz has a lifelong love of writing that led him to spend much of his free time as an adult furiously cultivating his style and voice. However, it was only after his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse while he was teaching English at a high school outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he had a real opportunity to make a living with his avocation. Gerda agreed to support Dean for five years, during which time he could try to get his writing career off the ground. Little did she know that by the end of that five years she would be leaving her own job to handle the financial end of her husband's massively successful writing career.

Koontz first burst into the literary world with 1970's Beastchild, a science fiction novel that appealed to genre fans with its descriptions of aliens and otherworldly wars but also mined deeper themes of friendship and the breakdown of communication. Although it is not usually ranked among his classics, Beastchild provided the first inkling of Koontz's talent for populating even the most fantastical tale with fully human characters. Even at his goriest or most terrifying, he always allows room for redemption.

This complexity is what makes Koontz's work so popular with readers. He has a true gift for tempering horror with humanity, grotesqueries with lyricism. He also has a knack for genre-hopping, inventing Hitchcockian romantic mysteries, crime dramas, supernatural thrillers, science fiction, and psychological suspense with equal deftness and imagination. Perhaps The Times (London) puts it best: "Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."

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Shortly after graduating from college, Koontz took a job with the Appalachian Poverty Program where he would tutor and counsel underprivileged kids. However, after finding out that the last person who held his job had been beaten up and hospitalized by some of these kids, Koontz was more motivated than ever to get his writing career going.

When Koontz was a senior in college, he won the Atlantic Monthly fiction competition.

Koontz and Kevin Anderson's novel Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son was slotted to become a television series produced by Martin Scorsese. However, when the pilot failed to sell, the USA Network aired it as a TV movie in 2004. By that time Koontz had removed his name from the project.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Koontz:

"My wife, Gerda, and I took seven years of private ballroom dancing lessons, twice a week, ninety minutes each time. After we had gotten good at everything from swing to the foxtrot, we not only stopped taking lessons, but also stopped going dancing. Learning had been great fun; but for both of us, going out for an evening of dancing proved far less exhilarating than the learning. We both have a low boredom threshold. Now we dance at a wedding or other celebration perhaps once a year, and we're creaky."

"On my desk is a photograph given to me by my mother after Gerda and I were engaged to be married. It shows 23 children at a birthday party. It is neither my party nor Gerda's. I am three years old, going on four. Gerda is three. In that crowd of kids, we are sitting directly across a table from each other. I'm grinning, as if I already know she's my destiny, and Gerda has a serious expression, as if she's worried that I might be her destiny. We never met again until I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We've been trying to make up for that lost time ever since.

"Gerda and I worked so much for the first two decades of our marriage that we never took a real vacation until our twentieth wedding anniversary. Then we went on a cruise, booking a first-class suite, sparing no expense. For more than half the cruise, the ship was caught in a hurricane. The open decks were closed because waves would have washed passengers overboard. About 90% of the passengers spent day after day in their cabins, projectile vomiting. We discovered that neither of us gets seasick. We had the showrooms, the casino, and the buffets virtually to ourselves. Because the crew had no one to serve, our service was exemplary. The ship dared not try to put into the scheduled ports; it was safer on the open sea. The big windows of the main bar presented a spectacular view of massive waves and lightning strikes that stabbed the sea by the score. Very romantic. We had a grand time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Axton, Brian Coffey, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe
    2. Hometown:
      Newport Beach, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Everett, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    A reviewer

    One of Koontz best a very good book. Koontz outdoes himself this time. A story about Love lose, and finding it again. It's got it all Love, Action and Suspense. I loved it, I recommend it to anyone. If you like Koontz books or just Suspense this will blow your mind. you will never guess the out come. It takes you from Vegas strip to the mountains out side Reno Nevada. Tina Evens a mother that has lost her son finds out the truth about her sons death and falls in love with cool guy that saves her but threw the hole book. It's also got some super natural stuff going on which makes it very suspenseful and scary book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    One of his greatest

    I thought that this was one of the greatest ones that he has written. I didn't want to ever put it down. It is worth the time to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    My first dk experience

    I read this this book in my apt during my first month living there. Big mistake. Huge. Do not read this if you get scared easily. It had me terrified if those bumps in the night, you know the ones.... but this is also the book that made me break up with stephen king to begin my lifelong love affair with dean.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

    A must read book

    This book is about a mom whose young boy went on a camping trip. Something big happens and she can't believe it. She blames it on herself. She goes on an adventure to fix it. It is very action packed, mysterious, and suspenseful. I like how he explains why she blames herself, how he intertwines the story with suspense, and how she is going to fix it. He did a great in this book describing key moments in this book. He also did a great job of keeping this book interesting, I usually get very bored of books very fast. He kept me interested in the book the whole time and I had no intention of setting it down for one minute. It was one of the best books I have ever read in my entire lifetime. Overall I would give this book probably about eight or nine out of ten.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    Loved It!

    I loved this book! I finished in in only a few days. It is gripping and hard to put down. Any mom that loves a good heart gripping thrill should read this book.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

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    pretty good...

    This is one of Koontz's first novels, written originally under a pen name. It's definitely not up to par with his latest works but it wasn't bad either.

    A mother looses her son to a tragic accident while he's on a scouting trip in the Nevada mountains. A year later and she's coping....until two words show up on her dead sons chalkboard. NOT DEAD. Lots of mysterious paranormal incidents occur that lead the mother and her new flame on a hunt to uncover what has been covered up and to discover why.

    The Eyes of Darkness was a good story but it didn't have enough depth. Why the events occurred was explained but the how part was left a mystery. The characters were very cardboard with very little background. If this was written by the Koontz of today I think it would make a great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Ahhhh!! Dean Koontz

    It's Dean Koontz. What else can I say. The suspense and the turn arouond ending are pure Koontz. This mother will leave nothing unturned to find her son, even when the evil ones are out to stop her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    Loved it!

    This was one of my favorite Koontz book! This book had me from the beginning, I finished it really quickly. This book is about a Mother who has lost her son to a mountain adventure accident, she get's divorced because of it and the childs room remains the same way it was when he went missing. The bodies of this accident were never found so it leaves you with skeptic thoughs about whether or not he is really gone. This story goes on to unravel a secret about her son and the secret is more than you can imagine. You'll enjoy this one but becarefull you might not want to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    This was one great book!

    I have read almost all of Dean's books. Many are very good, and this was right up there with the best. The story starts slowly, with the usual in depth character development that Koontz is so famous for, then really takes off. Once it gets going it never stops. I couldn't put it down once the action started. Fast paced and on the edge of your seat chases and twists. You are left with an ending that left me a bit teary eyed because you felt so good how things turned out. I would highly recommend this book as it is one of Dean's best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    Only Koontz

    Only Koontz could come up with such a tale of horror and the twists of fate that envelopes his characters. A great read that will have you intrigued and terrified.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    My first Koontz novel--Amazing book

    The Eyes of Darkness was an amazing book. I just picked it up one day, to have something to read, and fell in love with Koontz's work. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes to read: Koontz fan or not. I do wish the ending had a little more closure...but that's my only complaint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    The best Koontz I've read!

    Mystery, action, suspense, a little romance. Typical Koontz, but this story is the most intriguing one I've come across so far. I ended up reading it out loud to my family on a long car trip.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

    I have been a fan of Dean Koontz for years and this is the 6th book I have read so far. I have 13 more of his sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I could not put this book down. The mother in me wanted so bad for Tina to find her son I read until my eyes hurt. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    The best Sci-fi thriller!

    This book had a good mixture of all the things essential to make a book great. Suspense, action, romance, and Science Fiction. All the people who like these genres will LOVE this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    What an amazing book

    This book is so good I could read it over and over and over it is about a mother who loses her son on a camping trip or a field trip for something. But it has a twisted ending that I am NOT going to spoil. The mother's name is Tina her boy is name is named Danny. And when he dies his mother goes into his room and every time she goes in there, she sees scrawlled on his chalkboard " not dead "

    This book is amazing it has a twisted ending, and is very detailed!

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    It was and alright book

    It was ok, I've read better books by Koontz so I was just alittle disappointed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Great book

    Entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    From the author of 'sudden disappearance'

    Koonts shines in this novel. Very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2003

    EXCELLENT

    this is a really good book once you start reading it you will not wanna put it down.. You will be on the edge of your seat till you get to the end and once you have done and read it u will wanna read it over and over again..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    THE BEGINNING TO A GOOD THING!!!!

    This was the first book I read by Koontz and definitely has not been the last. He has a way of keeping you on the edge of your seat with suspense.

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