I love Dean Koontz. He has the power to suck you in with his stories in a way most authors can’t, so I was “breathless” to pick up this audio book. Here’s the plot summary from the back of the book:
In the stillness of a golden September afternoon, deep in the wilderness of the Rockies, a solitary craftsman, Grady Adams, and his magnificent Irish wolfhound Merlin step from shadow into light…and into an encounter with enchantment. That night, through the trees, under the moon, a pair of singular animals will watch Grady’s isolated home, waiting to make their approach.
A few miles away, Camillia Rivers, a local veterinarian, begins to unravel the threads of a puzzle that will bring all the forces of a government in peril to her door.
At a nearby farm, long-estranged identical twins come together to begin a descent into darkness… In Las Vegas, a specialist in chaos theory probes the boundaries of the unknowable… On a Seattle golf course, two men make matter-of-fact arrangements for murder… Along a highway by the sea, a vagrant scarred by the past begins a trek toward his destiny…
In a novel that is at once wholly of our time and timeless, fearless and funny, Dean Koontz takes readers into the moment between one turn of the world and the next, across the border between knowing and mystery. It is a journey that will leave all who take it BREATHLESS.
I liked the storyline of the two animals, especially the names-Puzzle and Riddle. Through Koontz’s descriptions I could almost picture the exotic new species. That’s where my like for the book ended.
The storyline I especially hated was the story of the twins. I didn’t see how it connected to the other stories except as a way to depict evil. It was never fully explained. I just know the guy was crazy as hell, tripping out like he was experiencing the side effects of diet pills. Also, the ending just didn’t have that grand finale that I’m used to reading with Dean. There was no real climax. I definitely wouldn’t put this book in the same category as my beloved Odd Thomas series. I’d rate this one a B-. If you’ve read it and hated it, don’t give up on Koontz. He’s an amazing writer but this time he just missed his mark.