The City

The City

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The City: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters you love, villians you hate, a wonderful story well told, The City is a fast enjoyable read. Like most of Koontz's work it has an overall message of hope and a reminder that life and most people are good. This is one I will re-read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book. I found it more character driven than plot driven. The characters are vivid and memorable. I found myself caring for them. I always enjoy the mystery of Dean Koontz books. This one relied on this less than it relied on character development, but it's still very much worth the read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I appreciate the lengthly reviews when the overview is completely lacking. I need a bit more info to make sure I'm not paying for something I've previously purchased. Those pesky re-releases cost me money! So please stop being so snotty with your complaints. It you don't want to know so much, don't read it... move on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the.most lovely books I have ever read. May we all.have the beauty and grace described as only Mr. Koontz can. Wonderful characters.
TomHarrington More than 1 year ago
I have read just about every novel that Koontz has written. And I have enjoyed just about everyone of them but this was a first for me - I gave up on this book and donated it to the library. I just couldn't take how slow it was developing. I become very accustomed to Koontz's books being very gripping and a page turner, chapter after chapter. However after weeks and weeks of reading this book I just couldn't take it anymore.  - Sincerely, a very devoted but disappointed  fan   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all Dean Koontz works, but this was disappointing. The characters are great, but the story itself fell flat. I found myself finishing it because I kept hoping the story would redeem itself. It did not. If you are new to Koontz, pick any other book of his before this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always admire his depiction of charactors and storytelling expertise. Even though this story is rich in soulful content, I can't help but say it lacked the imagination  I'm addicted to. This narrative is still well written but not what interests me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow. I kept reading hoping it would get better but never did. Too wordy. I've read Dean koontz before and the description sounded interesting but by chapter 34 I put it down. A waste of money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a little slow moving till halfway through, but stick with it, it's worth it! Gives flashbacks to important historical times in our country,and speaks to the soul of ANY city and the blending of good AND bad people in them. It is different from Koontz's usual, but I took a little more meaningful feeling from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a slower book then usual for koontz...however, still incredibly engrossing...character driven, and beautifully written..i felt fulfilled and ended the book with a smile on my face..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book disappointing and not up to koontz' typical story telling abilities. The cover was illustrated beautifully and pulled me in but had nothing to do with the story. This was very boring to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Dean Koontz. I usually love everything he writes but not this one. I liked the characters but the story is just so very slow.
barrycol More than 1 year ago
Only got half way through and gave up.
dee329 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to have the story continued. I liked this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Dean Koontz does a great job writing, so good that you get emotionally into the book. It is a a little different than some of his other books, I think a bit more heartwarming. And I am glad that he touched on Japanese interment camps, I bet there are a lot of Americans that don't even know that happened in our country, you never hear about it. I have read a lot of his books and this one is up in my top 3 and I will probably read it again it was so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant Novel! Another great story by Dean Koontz.
Adventurer-in-print More than 1 year ago
This story keeps you spellbound to the last page. If you have read any of his other books you will love this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such an unexpected yet delightful story! Kudos to Koontz from writing from a Black man's perspective set in the civil rights era. This story is touching, realistic and hopeful and you are the better for reading it. I loved it!!
ShibaInu_Dallas More than 1 year ago
This was undoubtably one of the best modern quasi horror, suspense novel I have read in a while. The story unfolds at a quiet pace slowly building to a terrifying climax that was nothing short of brilliant. This was so well done that I sat on the review for about a week, not entirely sure what to say other than Wow.… I generally don’t like stories that make me cry, but this one was so filled with hope that despite tragedy the sentiment of “this too shall pass” kept me reading. I love historical fiction and this book takes us to the heart of the counter revolution of the 60s and 70s. But this tale is not one of protests, and riots, though those happen viewed through t.v. or newspaper, but one told through music, and a family of African American Musicians. The story is a sort of memoir from the point of view of Jonah Kirk looking back on his life and three important years as the first page states, “When I was eight, I would meet the woman who claimed she was the city…” So this story is both about Jonah, but also the City, and the folks who live within her. It is also a story about what connects us to others, and what makes a community.…The good and the bad. There is an element of magic and mystery that threads through the whole novel and through it all there is music. Mr. Koontz threads a fictional family through very real history and does it with perfect pitch. This offers a magical, mysterious, terrible, horrible, murderous, wondrous look at life in The City. And Yes, I did pre order a signed copy of the book. That is how much I liked it!
RandeeBaty More than 1 year ago
I am not typically a Dean Koontz reader. In fact, I think I’ve only read one other book by Dean Koontz, it was years ago and I don’t even remember what the name of it or what it was about. When I saw The City on Netgalley, I decided to give him another try. Apparently, this one is not the usual Koontz offering. The City is the story of Jonah Kirk, a 10 year old African-American boy who lives with him mother, his father having deserted them. It’s told in hindsight when Kirk is in his 50’s and I think the style works really well. Kirk is visited by a woman that no one else meets and she gives him little looks into what the future holds. He also has dreams that seem to foretell events. She miraculously provides him with a piano which he has phenomenal talent for just as his grandfather, who is a piano man, did. His mother is a singer and the family life revolves around music. One of the most touching parts of the book is his friendship with an older Japanese man in his building who becomes his ally as events start to unravel. There’s a murderous psychopath, a woman who likes to set off bombs, a true believer in The Cause and Jonah’s criminal father as the cast of bad guys. From what I’ve read from other people, a Koontz book is usually some type of creepy horror story. This is not a horror story. It definitely has some creepy elements and I enjoyed those but, at least to me, it’s not scary. The whole thing has more the feel of walking through a dream. While there are plenty of bad guys to go around, the feeling of softness, love, friendship and gentility dominated the book. Maybe that’s why some Koontz fans are disappointed with it. I loved it. It was showed the best and worst of humanity in a well-told tale. Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
It's very difficult for me to pin point why I enjoy Koontz's writing so much, but I thoroughly enjoy every book of his that I have read.  It's the way he turns a phrase, and seven words are actually better than one word in his writing.  He takes simple thoughts and makes them sound profound. He makes me think with just the simplest statements.  For example, in THE CITY, he says numerous times, "no matter what happens, everything will be all right in the end.".  For most people's belief systems, this is very true, but I never thought of it in such a straight forward way. THE CITY is basically the coming of age story of a young African American boy, Jonah Kirk,  born in the late 40's.  He tells his life story around the events of the day.  He's a musical prodigy from a musical family.  Though his father had left the family when Jonah was very young,  circumstances happen where his father's actions actually have a profound affect on Jonah's life. It's difficult to say any more about this story without giving spoilers, so I'll just say that Koontz still remains one of my favorite authors and I think that it's definitely worth any serious reader's time to enjoy the style and stories of Koontz.  I listened to this on Audible which I believe enhanced this story because it seemed as though Jonah was actually talking about his own life. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story. All the heros of this tale were very well developed. I like the message that all the news is not bad news - it's only that it's reported on so much and so repeatedly.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book
PatAK More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with those others who said they were disappointed with this book. It just wasn't as good as Koontz's usual great novels. The characters were fine, but I got a little lost at some points and it just didn't keep me that interested.