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Lightning by Dean Koontz

Lightning (original 1988; edition 1989)

by Dean Koontz

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Authors:Dean Koontz
Info:Berkley (1989), Paperback, 368 pages
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Lightning by Dean Koontz (1988)



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OK for Kootz I liked the twist about the origin of the time travel near the middle, it was a fun surprise. ( )
  Ghostoverlord | Nov 28, 2015 |
I'm a bit disappointed in my first Dean Koontz novel. I know he's a very popular writer and I chose to read Lightning from all the rave reviews it got, plus I'm a fan of time travel novels. He does know how to write good action scenes, but for me, this book missed the mark.

I found the set up way too long, taking up a good 40% of the book. There was a lot of details of Laura Shane's life that I found extraneous, if not outright boring. His use of humor wasn't really welcome either and it continues throughout the story. He does a good job of mystifying you with the guardian's appearances. Once the big reveal happens, you do have to suspend your belief quite a bit. Then the last part of the book is basically one long shoot-em-up chase scene. Hard to keep the level of excitement going, but Koontz does a pretty good job at this.

Also, he explains the technicalities and paradoxes inherent in time travel relatively well.

His characterizations are just okay for me and I found they really didn't hold my attention as I might have liked. The dialogue for the eight year old son was totally unbelievable.

So this book was okay as light entertainment, easily forgettable beach reading. I might try one more Koontz book just to be sure of my opinion.. ( )
  Zumbanista | Oct 10, 2015 |
Interesting thriller about time travel. First half of book was a bit tedious, long in set-up. Second half quickened the pace. ( )
1 vote starkravingmad | Jun 27, 2015 |
I almost rated it 4 stars because it got really good at the end, but I disagree with many who seem to think this is his best work. The plot was very intriguing, but to me did not compare with his Odd Thomas series. The characters here, unlike with Odd Thomas, felt underdeveloped and often annoyed me. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
I read this because my husband is a huge Koontz fan, and I'm a huge Time-Travel fan. I admit it was an exciting and interesting read, fairly intelligent. I still do *not* like thriller stuff, nightmare stuff, like child predation. I don't expect to become a Koontz fan that's for sure - however if you already are, I'm sure that this is one you'll enjoy. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
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The wailing of a newborn infant is mingled with the dirge for the dead. --Lucretius
I'm not afraid to die.  I just don't want to be there when it happens.  --Woody Allen
Roller coast: 1) a small gravity railroad...with steep inclines that produce sudden, speedy plunges for thrill-seeking passengers. --The Random House Dictionary
To Greg and Joan Benford.  Sometimes I think that you're the most interesting people we know.  Then I alwas take two aspirin and lie down.  But the thought persists.
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A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years.
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A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery.

Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?

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A bolt of lightning brings a blond-haired stranger into Laura Shane's life. But is he the guardian angel he seems? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?

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Laura Shane's guardian angel, a mysterious stranger whose presence is heralded by a flash of lightning, saves her from various calamities. When lightning strikes twice, terror starts. The third time is worse!

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