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Wilderness (Short Story)
     

Wilderness (Short Story)

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by Dean Koontz
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With this darkly intriguing original e-short story, Dean Koontz sets the stage for his masterly new novel of mystery, suspense, and strange wonder—Innocence.

 
“The world is a machine that produces endless surprises and mysteries layered on mysteries.”

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With this darkly intriguing original e-short story, Dean Koontz sets the stage for his masterly new novel of mystery, suspense, and strange wonder—Innocence.

 
“The world is a machine that produces endless surprises and mysteries layered on mysteries.”
 
Addison Goodheart is a mystery even to himself. He was born in an isolated home surrounded by a deep forest, never known to his father, kept secret from everyone but his mother, who barely accepts him. She is haunted by private demons and keeps many secrets—none of which she dreads more than the young son who adores her.
 
Only in the woods, among the wildlife, is Addison truly welcome. Only there can he be at peace. Until the day he first knows terror, the day when his life changes radically and forever . . .
 
Acclaim for Dean Koontz
 
“A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself.”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. ‘Serious’ writers . . . might do well to examine his technique.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“[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
 
“Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.”USA Today
 
“Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitely crafted, are the soul of [Koontz’s] work. . . . One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”The Tampa Tribune
 
“A literary juggler.”The Times (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804178617
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
30
Sales rank:
53,222
File size:
3 MB

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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, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

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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Wilderness (Short Story) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I thought it was good, I didn't realize it was just an intro to a full novel. Probably shouldn't be sold as a short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Protagonist—Koontz is a master story teller. So, of course, his protagonist is a very solid person. You have a feel for him within two pages and he acts according to the personality Kootz established. Antogonist—This is one of my favorite parts of the story. This is another solid character. Koontz not only makes him bad, he give the character a reason to be bad. The character makes sense. Sitution—Here’s where Koontz is one of the best, if not the best. He establishes a mystery and then an evergrowing tension. Resolution—Here’s where I find Koontz lagging a bit, but it’s really a matter of taste. The resolution is good. I prefer a darker resolution at least some of the time. Koontz tends toward a lesson about life and a positive ending. But, as I said, liking or disliking this is a matter of taste. Overall—You will be entertained, and there are thought provoking ideas in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great way to introduce Addison, the main character of the upcoming Innocence breaking December 10th. Wilderness is richly description, adventuresome, and sad all at the same time. I can hardly wait what will be in store for Addison and the other characters in the upcoming Innocence. Thanks for the teaser Mr. Koontz!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short prequel to Innocence has me eagerly awaiting the release date. Koontz has always managed to develope incredible and unlikely heroes- especially when it comes to children. In this prequel we are introduced to a bright and hopeful 8 year old Addison. Addison manages to maintain his goodess despite a horrible childhood and some type of disfigurement that has people around him try to hurt or kill him. He develops a friendship with wolves, which I hope will continue on. Addison comes into contact with a horrific and evil man and it will be interesting to see what kind of role this hunter will play in the book.
cruizingsusan More than 1 year ago
True Dean Koontz style, great characters and locaton. You want to know more about the main character and why he has to hide from others. In reading - you feel that you are right there with him as your heart beats faster feeling his terror! I Can't wait to continue on with this story in INNOCENCE. Wow, well worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Koontz style the reader is drawn into the world of innocence with the shattering affect of evil. I look forward to reading more. I agree however with another reader that this should not have been sold as a short story if it is indeed an intro to a full novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful insight of someone seen as different.
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One night you were born. It was a: <p> &starf If you choose Male, go to next res. <p> & starf If you choose Female, go to fly res one.
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AngelShep More than 1 year ago
WILDERNESS sneaks up on you; drags you in; munches on your mind and then releases you with a sense of wonder and a pat on the butt that says "go in peace."
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