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Seize the Night by Dean Koontz
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Seize the Night (original 1999; edition 1998)

by Dean Koontz (Author), Keith Szarabajka (Reader)

Series: Moonlight Bay (2)

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Poet Christopher Snow, a man who cannot stand daylight, teams up with his genetically engineered dog, Orson, to investigate the abduction of children in Moonlight Bay, California. The children are believed to be prisoners in an army base populated by intelligent animals, produced by scientific experiments. Snow and Orson penetrate the base to search for them. A sequel to Fear Nothing.… (more)
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Title:Seize the Night
Authors:Dean Koontz (Author)
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Info:Random House Audio (1998), Edition: Unabridged
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Seize the Night by Dean Koontz (1999)

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Review: Seize The Night by Dean Koontz.

This is one of Dean Koontz memorizing supernatural harrying stories. At first I thought the story was strange with only one character in the story but not long after there were two characters and I understood that Dean Koontz was creating a brilliant plan to slowly draw the reader into the supernatural events of the story layer by layer. As I read I realize that he also created the huge factory building for his characters on the same layer by layer levels for some of the supernatural happenings.

The more I read the more I wanted to keep reading. I enjoyed the combination of horror, sci-fiction, and humor that fulfilled this book. Dean Koontz is also one of those great writers who can take creative imagination to the extreme. The main character, Chris Snow has a rare skin cancer that he needs to stay away from bright lights and outside daylight but the disability does not hold him back from doing things.

The story starts with Chris out riding his bike at night with his dog running beside him and just happens to witness someone kidnapping a small child. Chris chased the person but he and his dog lagged behind but he had a feeling where the person was headed. Chris headed for the close down factory in search for the child. Once inside the building strange things started happening and doesn’t stop until the reader turns the last page… ( )
  Juan-banjo | Mar 20, 2021 |
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  fmc712 | Feb 18, 2021 |
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Title: Seize the Night
Series: Moonlight Bay #2
Author: Dean Koontz
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Paranormal/Thriller
Pages: 482
Format: Digital Edition

Synopsis:


It has been a month since the events in Fear Nothing. Chris Snow is just chilling in Moonlight Bay, waiting to see if the end of the world will come quickly or slowly. He's out bicycling one night when he meets an old flame. She lost her husband 2 years ago and that very night her 6 year old boy has gone missing. Chris begins to track down the kidnapper and ends up at the Wyvern Base. He has a run in a psycho who tries to kill him and then in the process of leaving, has another encounter with the Troop. Also, Orson the dog has gone missing during the initial attack on Chris. While hiding from the Troop, he's rescued by his surfer friend and they continue the hunt for Jimmy. They find a room that appears to take them somewhere else and they appear to see things that have happened in the past. They barely escape with their lives when some kind of monster infects a past researcher and they're stuck with him. Thankfully, the “time machine” brings them back before they get axed.

Once home, before daybreak, Chris and Bobbie are confronted by the police and told to ignore everything, as “Higher Ups” are taking care of it. Considering the past track record of these “Higher Ups”, Chris and Bobby decide to ignore the cops and keep on looking for little Jimmy once night falls. They are told that the retrovirus burns itself out as the victims implode psychologically (ie, suicide) and that there are humans with natural immunity. Humanity is saved from the devastation Chris's mom let loose. Hurray. They still have to find Jimmy and some other children who have gone missing.

Chris, Bobby, Sasha (Chris's girlfriend), Mungojerrie (an intelligence enhanced cat) and some others all had to Wyvern to rescue Jimmy and the other missing children. Mungojerrie detects that the kids are beneath the time machine room and the machine is running while they make their rescue. Bobby is killed by security from the past and everyone sees into another dimension and a being comes through. It turns out that a murderous psycho who has been groups of children over the last 2 years is the head of the Mystery Train project and he wants to go to the other world so he can kill to his hearts content. It would appear though that he has tried to open a door to hell and something gets through. The group meets themselves on the elevator and Chris grabs Bobby and takes him with them. They escape and the time machine goes nuts. They watch it un-make itself, thus undoing the whole project but they still remember it.

Turns out the murderous psycho is still alive but now working on another project. Chris vows to stop him again and they all live happily ever after.

My Thoughts:

This was much more paranormal than the previous book. That just had a retrovirus turning everyone into bestial creatures who were just slathering to kill, pillage and rape. Here, the Mystery Train is a time machine only it turns out to “sidewise” in time and bad things have happened, hence why the project was shut down.

This book was only 48hrs and my goodness did Koontz pack in the thrills and chills. He's very descriptive and I have to admit I wanted to skip it all but his descriptions really set the mood. Very atmospheric writing and downright creepy in place. I really liked it.

I also liked how Koontz unabashedly talks about the spiritual and how it is just as real as anything “scyenze” today can try to explain. In one paragraph Chris the main character is talking to his friend Bobby and Bobby says:
“That doesn't bother you like it does me, 'cause you've got God
and an afterlife and choirs of angels and palaces of gold
in the sky but all I've got is broccoli.”

It is kind of silly but it really got across the hope I have as a Christian. It's refreshing and encouraging.

I think the only thing I didn't really care for was how open ended the book was. Yes, the Mystery Train project is revealed, the retrovirus appears to be either burning itself out or a cure quickly on the way but with the whole Tornado Alley project throwaway line and the revelation that the murderous child burning psycho is still alive and working, well, it came across as Koontz leaving the door open for more books if he needed it. He didn't have a definite “This Is the End” like he did for Odd Thomas.

And that reminds me of the only other nitpicky thing I can blab about. The recycling of ideas. Depending on how things continue in this vein, I might end up having to read these books a bit further apart than I have been. Time machines, evil materialized, calm and rational head character, creepy and spooky looks into a horrible dimension or the future, it all is extremely familiar. Now, Koontz does a fantastic job of not making the stories (so far) clones of each other but I'm leery of the same ideas being used in different ways. We'll see what the future holds.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased and the taut thrill of reading this was just what my brain needed.

★★★☆½ ( )
1 vote BookstoogeLT | Mar 8, 2019 |
I loved Dean Koontz when I was younger...in fact I still love Dean Koontz. However, I couldn't really connect with this book at all. The characters were OK, but I felt the story dragged for a lot of the time, then the denouement was like a freight train rushing at you. Because of this it felt unbalanced and left me a little flat at the end. I started reading this not knowing that it was a sequel, and I agree with some other reviewers that it doesn't really matter as it fills in the necessary gaps for you. It's not going to put me off reading Koontz's books again, but I suppose not every book can be as good as others...

I am glad the dog survived though... ( )
  peelap | Feb 3, 2019 |
mystery thriller
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life. And thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
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This second Christopher Snow adventure is dedicated to Richard Aprahamian and to Richard Heller, who bring honor to the law-and who so far have kept me out of jail!
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Poet Christopher Snow, a man who cannot stand daylight, teams up with his genetically engineered dog, Orson, to investigate the abduction of children in Moonlight Bay, California. The children are believed to be prisoners in an army base populated by intelligent animals, produced by scientific experiments. Snow and Orson penetrate the base to search for them. A sequel to Fear Nothing.

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