The Servants of Twilight

The Servants of Twilight

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by Dean Koontz
     
 

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A strange old woman descends upon Christine and her six-year-old son in an ordinary southern California parking lot and makes violent threats. Suddenly Christine's only son is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They want to kill him . . . and they are everywhere!

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A strange old woman descends upon Christine and her six-year-old son in an ordinary southern California parking lot and makes violent threats. Suddenly Christine's only son is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They want to kill him . . . and they are everywhere!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Previously issued as a paperback original under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols, this is one of Koontz's better thrillers. Single parent Christine Scavello and her young son Joey find themselves confronted by a madwoman, Grace Spivey, who fancies she discerns the Antichrist in Joey's cherubic visage. Spivey is the charismatic leader of a religious cult whose fanatic members do her every bidding, including murdering the little boy, and everyone who stands in their way. After the police fail to provide adequate protection, Christine turns to private detective Charlie Harrison, whose business and home are soon firebombed by the cultists, and two of his men murdered, even as he finds that he is falling in love with Christine. The narrative moves along briskly until the last third, at which point a frantic chase sequence goes on too long. Nevertheless, this is a better than average adventure with supernatural overtones. The possibility of Joey's actually being the Antichrist is a deftly handled (and unresolved) tease. (March)
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Praise for Dean Koontz

“A great storyteller.”—New York Daily News

“A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

“One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers.”—The Macon Telegraph & News

“Koontz is brilliant.”—Chicago Sun Times

“Koontz barely lets the reader come up for air between terrors.”—The Washington Post

“Koontz’s skill at edge-of-the-seat writing has improved with each book. He can scare our socks off.”—Boston Herald

“Koontz’s imagination is not only as big as the Ritz, it is also as wild as an unbroken stallion.”—Los Angeles Times

“First-class entertainment.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“An exceptional novelist…top-notch.”—Lincoln Journal Star

“Koontz is an expert at creating believable characters.”—The Detroit News and Free Press

“Koontz does it so well!”—Baton Rouge Morning Advocate

“Koontz’s prose is as smooth as a knife through butter and his storytelling ability never wavers.”—Calgary Sun

“Koontz’s gift is that he makes his monsters seem ‘realer,’ and he makes the characters who fight [them] as normal as anyone you’d meet on a street.”—Orlando Sentinel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425121252
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1990
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Dean Koontz

“A great storyteller.”—New York Daily News

“A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

“One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers.”—The Macon Telegraph & News

“Koontz is brilliant.”—Chicago Sun Times

“Koontz barely lets the reader come up for air between terrors.”—The Washington Post

“Koontz’s skill at edge-of-the-seat writing has improved with each book. He can scare our socks off.”—Boston Herald

“Koontz’s imagination is not only as big as the Ritz, it is also as wild as an unbroken stallion.”—Los Angeles Times

“First-class entertainment.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“An exceptional novelist…top-notch.”—Lincoln Journal Star

“Koontz is an expert at creating believable characters.”—The Detroit News and Free Press

“Koontz does it so well!”—Baton Rouge Morning Advocate

“Koontz’s prose is as smooth as a knife through butter and his storytelling ability never wavers.”—Calgary Sun

“Koontz’s gift is that he makes his monsters seem ‘realer,’ and he makes the characters who fight [them] as normal as anyone you’d meet on a street.”—Orlando Sentinel

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Newport Beach, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1945
Place of Birth:
Everett, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
Website:
http://www.deankoontz.com

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The Servants of Twilight 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 56 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic read. Dean Koontz remains one of my favourite writers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this one years ago, and just got done reading it again. It was as great as I remembered it being. I highly recommend to anyone that likes suspenseful novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz always gives us the best in his books and this one keeps up that tradition. The Servants of Twilight should be one of the first on the reading list of all those who love a good mystery with a twist. From the first page to the last, this book will have you in its clutches. Dean Koontz is one of my all time favorite authors because when you are looking for something good to read you know he is going to give it to you.
Lucidreader More than 1 year ago
The Servants Of Twilight by Dean Koontz was a very good thriller. It showed just how evil a "so-called" religious fanatic group can be. You'll cheer for the good guys and curse the bad. And finally see what happens to the villain at the end. Does this "fanatic" get what she really deserves or? Does good overcome "evil." (And to whom?) I highly recommend this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was good. wasn't a fave but good. kinda hard to follow in places
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book snatches you from the first page and doesn't let go until the end. I've read it at least three times, and each time it doesn't lose it's effect. Koontz's best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written and fast paced. Christine is a single mom taking care of her six year old son. When a group of religious fanatics start coming after her and her son claiming he is the anitchrist Christine with the help of a police detective have to protect and save her son from death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book!! It really makes you wonder what is going to happen. He makes it seem like what he has written in this book is real. You wont want to put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Despite the fact that it is farfetched and tries too hard to be realistic. This is not a type of novel that is usually expected and enjoyed of Dean Koontz. I would recommend this book to be read, but not expected to be anything near his best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book! Poor little Joey is being relentlessly pursued by a wacky cult that is convinced he is the antichrist, and that is willing to engage in kamikaze attacks in order to kill him. They're obviously a collection of real losers with questionable backgrounds and habits, but... As the book progresses your hatred and doubts about the cult gradually diminish until their claims are at least on equal footing with those of the mother. This shift was well done, especially after you more carefully consider the detective's and mother's backgrounds, so that a situation that seemed so clear at first changes so radically. The bat attack (the formulaic Koontz bird attack) was quite memorable. The book's theme is much like 'The Omen.' The book's a little older and less intense than his newer style, but is certainly exciting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read about 18 of Dean Koontz's books and this is definately one of my favorites. It will keep your interest until the end and you'll think about it when you aren't reading it. This book has such great description and detail, you can see what's going on in the story inside your head. If you haven't read this yet then you're missing out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Dean Koontz best masterpieces. I've read much of his work and this is definitly in the top 5. It may start off slow, but it quickly picks up pace. Koontz is one of the few authors who can hold a candle to Stephen King. This review might not say to much about the book cause its been awhile since I read the book, so I may be shooting from the hip.
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I hate the cursing in all forms!!! Get rid of that, and it would deserve 5*.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another book by Koontz that I became quickly invested in. Maybe it was the mother bear instinct in me or maybe the characters were just that easy to know, regardless of why I know that within a chapter or two I was hooked. This was a book that kept me guessing. There were many times that I found myself feeling a certain predictability building and then out of know where I realize how I had gone completely down a wrong path. Without spoiling anything I do want to say that the ending wasn't for me. I can't put a finger on exactly why but when I finished the last sentence I turned the page expecting to see something.. anything. But there wasn't anything. Not to say that it ruined the whole book but it just felt incomplete - although I supposed another book could be brought into the picture now to build off of it. Definitely glad I read it.
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rothgar More than 1 year ago
Alhough an old premise with the "Anti-Christ" theme, Mr. Koontz added the twists sufficient to make the story telling new. Roger
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Great book. Classic Koontz.