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Shadowfires
     

Shadowfires

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by Dean Koontz
 

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A marriage ends in tragedy, forcing a woman to confront her husband's shocking secrets in this suspensful thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Rachael Leben thought she had let her successful husband off the hook. But her request for a quick and clean divorce—and a lot less money than she was entitled to—only

Overview

A marriage ends in tragedy, forcing a woman to confront her husband's shocking secrets in this suspensful thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Rachael Leben thought she had let her successful husband off the hook. But her request for a quick and clean divorce—and a lot less money than she was entitled to—only enraged and humiliated Eric. Seething with anger, he stormed off, straight into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
 
Eric is pronounced dead at the scene, but when his body disappears from the morgue, Rachael’s not surprised. She knows the secrets Eric left behind. And knows that her marriage is far from over...

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Dean Koontz

“Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.”—The Seattle Times

“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....‘Serious’ writers...might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone.”—Associated Press

“In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz...is among these artisans.”—Suspense Magazine

“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times

“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101078969
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
75,679
File size:
699 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

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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Shadowfires 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Book_Reader_222 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much in one book!! Horror, action, romance, Scifi.
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Wow. A lot has changed since I was last on. This is the most the clans have ever interacted! It's great, but at the same time, not so great. How's the clan?
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Meh... we need more members! But we're at hawkclan about to fight right now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Koontz always delivers.....never disappoints!   Good page turner!  Enjoy!
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Great book
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DeanKoontz-Fan More than 1 year ago
As usually another strange book from DK, but I like his weird stuff. This kept me going page after page.
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Megan Flores More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. As it states in some of the other reviews dean koontz went into a lot of detail but for the most part i loved it and would read it again if i could find it. I lost it in my move :(
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