The Servants of Twilight [NOOK Book]

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A crazed woman, her faithful followers, and their target: your child. One mother experiences a fear beyond her wildest nightmares in this terrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.


A strange old woman descends upon Christine and her six-year-old son in an ordinary southern California parking lot and makes violent threats. ...

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Overview

A crazed woman, her faithful followers, and their target: your child. One mother experiences a fear beyond her wildest nightmares in this terrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.


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! Previously published by Pocket under a pseudonym. (Occult/Horror) Ctn Qty/25.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101543283
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 55,420
  • File size: 533 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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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent

    This was a fantastic read. Dean Koontz remains one of my favourite writers!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    One of my favorites

    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.





    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    I really enjoyed this book! Enjoyable and hard to out down. Another excellent book by Dean Koonts

    Excellent

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Another great read from Dean Koontz

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    Excellent adventure!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2005

    weird

    it was good. wasn't a fave but good. kinda hard to follow in places

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2003

    One of my favorites!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2009

    The Servants of Twilight

    The title of my book was The Servants of Twilight and Dean Koontz wrote the book. I believe that Dean Koontz purpose for writing is to inform the readers that there is a God out there. In all of his books he has God play a big part in what is happening, and makes the reader think about God the entire book. I don't know why he wrote this book. Maybe to show that God is in everything that we do. He had many events that took place that only could have happened in the book with God's help.
    I would think that his intended audience would have to be anybody that is a teenager and up. I would say this because the book is all about murder, and have some very gruesome scenes in it. Also it has a message in about God in it. I think he choose this group, because they would be the age that he would be able to get his point across. People that were younger wouldn't be able to comprehend what he was trying to say.
    The main character is the narrator, and she is a mom trying to take care of her kid from a religious group. She is important because she protects her kid from the people who want to kill him. She goes on the run, and is the mother figure in the story. Without her the kid would never have survived, and would have never been able to live a normal life after the event was done.
    He pretty much made this life it was real life. It was made in modern time, and was pretty much had no future things going on. All the weapons used were normal guns nothing from the future, and the characters had to deal with real life situations. So to me I believe that this could happen today in a town anywhere that there are people like in the book.
    I don't really connect with any of them at all. I haven't ever been shot at, and never have had to go on the run from somebody. I never have had to protect my kid or anybody as a matter of fact. Pretty much I don't relate to any of them, I just like that the story is very real.
    I think so, as I said in a paragraph above I thought he wanted to get the point across that God was in everything we do. I can see it in his story and I can see that has a good relationship with God. So to me yes, he did get his point across.
    All of his other books are somewhat like this one. They all have God in them, and usually there is a murder in the book. There are usually the good people who have to go on the run and hide from certain death. Making the books hard to put down, and very fun to read.
    The title pretty much says what the story is about. The title is "The servants of Twilight". The whole book is about a religious group that thinks twilight is coming, and the kid is the antichrist. They want him dead before he can rule the world for a thousand years. I think that anybody should read this book. I found it to be a page turner, and I didn't want to put it down.
    I would give this book 5 star. I thought that Dean did a great job making it so interesting that I never wanted to put it down. I also liked the message he was trying to get across. He is my favorite author, and this has to be one of his best books for me. At least its one of my favorites.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    pretty good

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    Delving too deep

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2002

    One of his best!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    Cleverly accomplished shift in viewpoints.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2000

    Awesome!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    The Best Suspenseful Stalking Book Ever

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Twisty Action

    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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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Recommend it very much!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Well done

    Great book. Classic Koontz.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    nice story

    Another good read by Koontz. Got right into the story line and this one is quite action packed. Only thing that I thought was funny wondered when it was written because they had no cellphones so it was like cellphone?!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Almost ordered....AGAIN

    I was getting ready to order this book when it hit me...I think I already have this book. Sure enough I did in my library. It was first published in 1990. Shame on u barnes n noble. You should advise your customers of the first publish date. Unless it is your intention to deceive?
    Neverthe less it is fantastic read. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Goodbook

    Definately a good read! Not a usual Dean Koontz book....I enjoyed the thriller/romance.....my favorite! I hope to see more of these.

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