Can an ordinary guy make extraordinary choices in a battle between humanity and unearthly evil? Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary towna college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. When a series of strange intuitions leads him to a crime in progress, Joe jumps headlong into danger without hesitation. In the aftermath, he wonders about the uncanny impulse that suddenly swept over him. Until new friend Portia Montclair, the strangely wise daughter of the local police chief, explains to him what sent him ricocheting around town like a crazy pinball. Portia tells of another reality, a reality more thrillingand terrifyingthan Joe ever imagined. Timeless, elemental forces of good and evil have come to the quiet town of Little City: a cosmic entity capable of infecting human beings, and the seeker who has chosen Joe to find it. To stop the malevolent invader, this average Joe must be braver than he ever thought possibleand face the hardest decisions of his life. ...
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Ricochet Joe Reviews
A thoughtful quick read
Some seem to find Koontz easy to hate. I've always been entertained by his book. Never knew anything about this one because it was never advertised but it was an enjoyable quick read.
The author has a fascination with the whole time/space/eternity/infinity thing. This is the second or third book where he tries to explain it in layman's terms. He did a better job in the second Odd Thomas book, but he manages to get the point across fairly well here. Overall a good read!
Ricochet is right!
If you have not read The Silent Corner or Whispering Room, I suggest you do though it's not completely necessary. Art Bell had a fantastic interview with Dean Koontz on parallel universes and his own personal experiences with them. I wish it were still available as it would be the perfect supplement to understanding the story. Pardon the cryptic review, but the story is excellent and fascinating in its musing on time and space.
This is a mildly entertaining little thriller. It has a pretty good premise, but the whole thing seemed a bit under cooked. The problem isn't that it's short; I love short fiction, but for a short story or a novella to work, I think it has to have one really interesting twist, thought, or a character who springs vividly to life, or just a bunch of laughs (nothing else is necessary if a book makes you laugh). There's nothing like that here. Koontz goes from point A to point B without any twists o ...more
Of Course There’s A Golden Retriever
A phenomenal short story by Dean Koontz that includes all of Koontz’s magical story elements; love, mystery, death, magic, pondering life and its meanings and of course; a golden retriever.
My rating: Two and a half stars
Not what I expected...
I love Dean Koontz, but this story felt a bit rushed. I would have liked a little more character development and interaction. The ending felt abrupt and left me with a few unanswered questions. I feel this would have been better executed as a full length book, not a short story. That being said, I enjoyed the main characters (Joe and Portia) and would definitely revisit this world if another installment is written!
The story was too short, but I really liked the moving pictures idea.
Reads like notes for a YA novel that was never fleshed out.