The Vision [NOOK Book]

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With more than 200 million copies of his novels sold, Dean Koontz is an undisputed master. And in The Vision, he once again displays the talent that led the Chicago Sun-Times to call him "brilliant"--and the San Diego Union-Tribune to praise his "always riveting" writing and his "wonderfully fiendish" plots.

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Overview

With more than 200 million copies of his novels sold, Dean Koontz is an undisputed master. And in The Vision, he once again displays the talent that led the Chicago Sun-Times to call him "brilliant"--and the San Diego Union-Tribune to praise his "always riveting" writing and his "wonderfully fiendish" plots.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440620966
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/15/1986
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 77,261
  • File size: 681 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 May 18, 2004

    suspensful and unpredictable

    Koontz provides another great thriller for the reading world. He writes of a clairvoyant named Mary Bergen that helps police officers on murder cases. She is asked to help on a case of a serial killer and after he is caught, he eerily says her name as he dies. Another case falls into her lap as soon as the last one is over, but there is something different about this case. This new case is strangely connected to her in a way that she can not describe. Mary fights her way through attacking animals and frightening, painful visions of upcoming murders as she tries to find the killer and understand what happened to her 24 years ago. The only problem is that she is scared to find out the truth to both of the problems. This book takes unexpected turns and leaves you wanting more after every page. The best part is that the killer isn't revealed until the very end of the book. I recommend this book to all koontz lovers or anyone looking for a good thriller.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Theres no putting this book down...

    I am not a big fan of reading but I love books with suspense, mystery and horror. "The Vision" by Dean Koontz was an awesome book that a "non-reader" like myself could thoroughly enjoy no matter how much they might think they hate reading. This book kept me on my toes until the very end. It comes to life so much that while your reading in your quiet room, any noises you hear turn into the bad guys coming to get you and the only thing you can do is keep reading for that is the only way to be rid of them whether they are killed or captured. I suggest this book to anyone who enjoys reading suspense horror stories that capture you from the cover and make you become apart of the long journey and don't let you go until you stay for the ending.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    Great book!

    It started off great and ended great. Some parts of this book actually made me cringe. I usually dont like to read a book if it starts off slow, but this starts off in the middle of a scene. Its amazing. I didnt want to put this book down. If you are thinking about reading it, I strongly recommend it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2002

    The Best Of I've Ever Read!

    The Vision was a very intresting book. This was the second book I've read by Dean Koontz, now I won't read any other auther. This book was well written, and for the first time ever, a book, disturbed me. If you've read this book, then you know what I'm talking about, but if you don't, I must recommend you do read it, it'll keep you on the edge of you seat the whole time, you wont want to stop reading!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2001

    Spine Tingling!

    This was the first book I have ever read in my whole life. I could not put this book down til the very end! It keeps you wondering what's going to happen next until you read the whole book. I think Dean Koontz is a wonderful author. I just finished reading another one of his books 'The Funhouse', which was also a thriller!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2001

    Good book

    This was one of those books that keeps you reading and reading. You kept going through page by page because you never knew what to expect next. Interesting ending, worth the read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    Thrilling!!

    I hate to read and for me not liking it I sure could not put this book down. I was addicted. It always kept you hanging and wondering until the last page.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2000

    6 YEAR FAN

    ahhh....I HATE WHEN HIS BOOKS HAVE TO COME TO AN END. AGAIN I READ HIS BOOK TO FAST. I REALLY ENJOYED THE VISION. I UNFORTUNETLY HAVE A BAD HABIT OF PEAKING AT THE LAST 4 PAGES!!! THAT'S HOW GOOD THIS BOOK WAS, I KNEW THE ENDING, AND THE MIDDLE WAS STILL GREAT!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    GOOD, BUT NOT GREAT

    THE VISION definitely keeps a reader's interest. I've read most of Koontz's books and this one is NOT one of his best. To his credit, THE VISION is one of his earlier writings. The plot involves a clairvoyant woman who assists police in finding murderers. Then suddenly she becomes involved in finding a serial killer and everything starts getting weird. I knew who that killer was one-quarter of the way through but I finished reading it anyway.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    This is one of Koontz' earlier works that I missed the first tim

    This is one of Koontz' earlier works that I missed the first time around. It is representative of his earlier works and was thoroughly enjoyable, even though it is not of the higher standards represented in his later works. It did remind why I started
    reading him as the characters, especially Mary Bergen, are sympathetic and interesting and the plot is engrossing. I orginially got hooked on Koontz more for his charater development than the actual stories and this book does not disappoint in that regard. I recommend it to all Koontz fans who may have missed it, and to anyone who likes a good thrller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Superb!

    Well...Koontz did he, he gave me a nightmare! What a great story...the ending is so disturbing it actually gave me a nightmare. LOL I won't be forgetting this book any time soon. I HIGHLY recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Great

    I loved this book and is one of my favorites! Great plot and well developed charecters, great late at night cuddle in bed with tea and doors locked kind of book. The ending definently kept me guessing and totally didnt see it coming! Great book and highley recommended for teens and up or just lovers of dean! By the way im only 12 ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2009

    ilovebooks

    This book was amazing, and I loved it because the characters were so immense and creative, and the plot was spectacular. This book may be very disturbing to any one who does read this book, and does not believe in psychics.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2000

    Angry gulls, angry bats, angry slasher, gentle psychic.

    Since this is one of Koontz's older works, it has a tiny bit less suspense and interest than I'm used to, but it's still good. Normally Koontz novels jump between 2-3 different scenes and leave you hanging at the end of each chapter, but this one is much more continuous, and stays at 1-2 scenes. The 'mental connection' aspect will remind you a lot of 'The Bad Place' or 'Hideaway,' and the standard Koontzian bird attack occurs not once but twice, and will remind you of 'The Servants of Twilight.' As usual, there is a little girl threatened with rape, terrible bloody violence, Southern California settings, Hell, and the supernatural. The hints about the killer's identity are so obvious that it makes you wonder if there will be anything more surprising than your natural prediction. Don't worry: there is! Koontz is much too clever to give you your expected outcome. This twist, plus a scene that could have been stolen from 'The Birds' makes me think Koontz was heavily influenced by Alfred Hitchcock at the time he wrote this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    The Twist!

    Was not expecting the ending...very good and not disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Not Koontz best

    I dont think this is Koontz best book but still a great read!

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

    Did Koontz really write this???

    This book was nothing like the usual books produced by Koontz. Slow moving, little character development, no hearthumping developments & most noteworthy, the complete lack of the descriptive prose that Koontz has perfected. Although I own every book Koontz has ever written, I am grateful that I borrowed "The Vision" from the library.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Great

    Enjoyed

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    Exciting!

    A Koontz best! I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn't put this book down. Recommended reading to any Koontz fan.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Disappointing, flat

    Usually I enjoy Koontz' novels. I could have skipped this one. While the concept of a day in the life of a neurotic clairvoyant was interesting, I thought I was in a James Patterson cookie cutter summer read. The construction was not clever; the obvious red herring Koontz used -- Max's cut finger - was not convincing. The writing devices weren't strong or compelling. The brother's character was not developed sufficiently early in the story - there were no big clues about him; or maybe that was what the author intended. Who knows? The heroine's lavish life style lacked substance, and the murders lacked impact. This was one tedious read. Using the element of sex also fell flat. It didn't add any value to the story except to tell that Max ostensibly cared for the beleaguered heroine. An interesting note was the reference to Dr. Rhine; maybe alluding to Dr. Sally Rhine Feather of the Rhine Research Center in NC? Thank goodness Harry Bosch is out there.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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