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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's Odd Apocalypse.Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone) to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly textured, riveting dramaBONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's Odd Apocalypse.Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone) to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly textured, riveting drama, at once viscerally familiar and utterly unique. Author of one #1 New York Times bestseller after another, Koontz is at the pinnacle of his powers, spinning mysteries and miracles, enthralling tales that speak directly to today’s readers, balm for the heart and fire for the mind. In this stunning new novel, he delivers a tour de force of dark suspense and brilliant revelation that has all the Koontz trademarks: adventure, chills, riddles, humor, heartbreak, an unforgettable cast of characters, and a climax that will leave you clamoring for more. Dylan O’Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. He’s on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious “doctor,” injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life in the most remarkable way. Then he is told that he must flee--before the doctor’s enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police. Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life...and straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery--and wondrous discovery. It is a journey that begins when Dylan and Shep’s path intersects with that of Jillian Jackson. Before that evening Jilly was a beautiful comedian whose biggest worry was whether she would ever find a decent man. Now she too is a carrier. And even as Dylan tries to convince her that they’ll be safer sticking together, cold-eyed men in a threatening pack of black Suburbans approach, only seconds before Jilly’s classic Coupe DeVille explodes into thin air. Now the three are on the run together, but with no idea whom they’re running from--or why. Meanwhile Shep has begun exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior. And whatever it is that’s coursing through their bodies seems to have plunged them into one waking nightmare after another. Seized by sinister premonitions, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to crime scenes--just minutes before the crimes take place. What this unfathomable power is, how they can use it to stop the evil erupting all around them, and why they have been chosen are only parts of a puzzle that reaches back into the tragic past and the dark secrets they all share: secrets of madness, pain, and untimely death. Perhaps the answer lies in the eerie, enigmatic messages that Shep, with precious time running out, begins to repeat, about an entity who does his work “by the light of the moon.”By the Light of the Moon is a novel of heart-stopping suspense and transcendent beauty, of how evil can destroy us and love can redeem us--a masterwork of the imagination in which the surprises come page after page and the spell of sublime storytelling triumphs throughout....

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by the light of the moon Reviews

  • Diane
    2019-05-14 21:44

    Cryptic read! fascinating,intriguing and an amazing storyline with some well defined and well developed cast of was non-stop roller coaster ride of virtually thrill action..recommend (paperback!!)

  • Clarice
    2019-04-23 21:49

    This was my first Dean Koontz novel and a thorough disappointment, especially bearing in mind how critically acclaimed a writer he is supposed to be. The plot is wanting and slow - paced. Koontz is spending far too much time on the thorough and often dragging description of his protagonists' visions, thereby neglecting the advancement of his plot. Logically speaking, I was unable to understand why "nanobot - implants" would enable anyone to gain the ability to physically fold from one place to another. Koontz's characters remain utterly on the surface. Jilly's annoying attributes and Koontz's forced humour at times render this book unbearable, and at some point I considered myself unable to finish the story. The most pathetic part of the book remains the (thankfully) rushed ending, when - over a nice glass of wine - our protagonists announce their aim to become something akin to superheroes and vow to fight evil whenever they are faced by it, thus enabling Mr Koontz to produce a sequel. Please spare us!

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    2019-04-22 01:48

    I love reading this book. I've read it four times now and the effect is without exception interesting, frequently astonishing and always positive. It's a beautiful book with a great title - so great that I have the phrase "BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON" tattooed on my right arm. I enjoy the power of positivity which radiates from this volume of literature. The idea that we create our own reality by our thoughts and the difference for good that individuals can make in the world is elaborated on in this amazing story.

  • Fred
    2019-04-21 21:40

    Koontzland Group Read - January 2018This was not the easiest read for me - as any other of Koontz books I've read.Dylan O'Conner(artist-29) & his autistic brother Shepherd O'Connor(20) are traveling across Arizona to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to a art festival in his SUV.They cross paths with Jilly Jackson (comedian). They are injected with a unknown drug from a strange Lincoln Proctor (alias Dr. Frankentein), the 3 meet to review what he did to them. Lincoln was chased & killed in Jilly's white Cadillac by 10+ men in black Subaru's.Shep's "folding foresight" warnings from the "present to the past" allow them to escape constant chases from these men. Shep's crazy riddles (ultra ray, infra Ray, violet Ray, etc.) creates stress between Dylan & Jilly when meeting but they grow closer as she begins to accept Shep.Shep's "folding foresight" allows him to see from the "present to the past" to avoid danger of their past lives. Present 2/12/2002 to past 2/12/1992 - 20 year-old Shep of the present can talk to 10 year-old Shep to see the horror of past.Shep's riddles - "Ice, Ice, Ice" - continue to help escapes. "Rat, Mole, Mr. Toad" - "Shep is Brave" before assassins attack?Once Shep takes Jilly's foresight of danger "up there" to stop 3 gunmen in a church from killing a bride & groom with their own assault rifle "butts", Jilliy miraculous stops the 3rd gunman "up there" & vanishes before anyone seeing her?The end shows Shep has the supernatural "folding foresight" power - traveling to The Past that "exists" from his Present?Lincoln Proctor role needs more description in my review?*No first read description in my 2015 read*Koontzland - Group Home

  • Bark
    2019-05-19 02:45

    4 1/2 stars. Two strangers, Jilly and Dylan, become linked when a mad scientist knocks them out and injects them with a strange serum while mumbling about the fact that they'll either go mad or be very much improved by his "stuff". He warns them that sinister killers will soon be after them if they don't hit the road asap. When Jilly discovers that her car, stolen by "Frankenstein" (as they dub him), has been torched with "Frankenstein" still inside she begins to take the dire warnings seriously. Dylan, an artist traveling around the country with his autistic brother Shephard, advises Jilly to join them on a mad ride away from the ominous, as yet unseen, baddies. And thus begins their life altering road trip.The book, although a suspenseful road trip into the darkest corners of hell, shines because of its characters. Thirty year old Dylan has been the sole caretaker of his younger autistic brother Shep ever since their mother died tragically ten years earlier. Dylan is a kind soul who is eternally patient with his sometimes difficult brother and loves him unconditionally. His life has been shaped around caring for Shep and initially he's almost too good, too patient, and too kind to be believed but as the book progresses he becomes less of a saint. His transformation will change him in ways that shock, appall and amaze him. I found his character the most emotionally compelling. Jilly is a quirky comedian whose good humor hides a dark past. She travels with a houseplant named Fred (I kid you not) in lieu of a man. She and Fred have many enjoyable one-sided conversations and Jilly prefers his company to that of a real man. And then Dylan, a panicked and very bossy Dylan, comes into her life and instantly gets on her last nerve. Their initial sparring adds a bit of lightness to the tense plot but once they realize they've been altered by the "serum" and that they're truly on the run for their lives they learn to get along (and begin to like and respect each other) and the plot takes on a much more somber tone.The story takes place over the span of what I believe is little more than 24 hours. But in that short time span these three characters lives will forever be changed. The "serum" gives them strange, awe and fear inspiring abilities and forces Dylan and Shep to face a very dark moment in their past that they've done their best to put behind them. It's creepy, and moving and continually takes unexpected twists into dark corners. The pace is fast though Koontz has a tendency to be a little too long winded and overly descriptive but I've come to expect this when I pick up a Koontz novel and it's sort of comical and comforting all at the same time.I read this as an unabridged audiobook and the actor did a fine job. He had a strong, compelling voice that didn't set me to snoozing and he didn't do any of those cringe-worthy falsetto female voice performances that grate on my nerves. I always knew when Jilly or Dylan or Shep were speaking. The only downer? There's no famous Koontz dog character here! Instead we get Fred the plant. And Fred has about as much personality as, well, a houseplant. About halfway thru the story he's stuffed in the trunk never to be heard from again. Poor Fred, we hardly knew ye.By the Light of the Moon was interesting, suspenseful and filled with characters I enjoyed and it made my stressful ride to work something I *almost* looked forward to.

  • Maciek
    2019-05-04 22:08

    Dean Koontz can be described as the Slim Jim of popular fiction. Each one tastes exactly like your last Slim Jim, so you know precisely what you're getting. They aren't really very good for you and when you think about it you might come to a realization that they're mostly crap..but that doesn't stop you from getting another Slim Jim."By The Light of The Moon" was written in 2002 and is a classic Koontz chase novel. The story is bananas; Dylan O'Connor and his autistic brother, Shepherd, check into a hotel on their way to one of Dylan's art shows. There they are assaulted by a mad scientist who injects Dylan with "stuff" and escapes, fearing people who are chasing him to destroy his "life's work". Another hotel guest, Jillian Jackson, a travelling comedian is assaulted by the same doctor and injected with the same stuff. Shortly after, Jillian meets with the O' Connor brothers, they all witness the mad doctor exploding in his suv, and from that moment on they're on the run from the guys who were chasing the doctor and at the same time began to experience the effect of their injections.The best thing about this novel is the fact that it moves along at a breakneck pace. Opening with Dylan's assault, the action never slows - instead it picks up, as the "stuff" begins to play its part. I've seen an interview with Koontz where he states that he wanted to write a book where the heroes would always be on the run, and this is it. Koontz makes you turn the page to see what happens next - and that's what we all expect from him, don't we?The characters are pretty much standard Koontz, though they're nowhere as irritating as some of his creations - I'd even say they're sympathetic. The standard strong male figure (Dylan), accompanied by a witty female (Jillian) and are accompanied by Dylan's autistic brother, Shep. Koontz took a risk by writing an autistic character; however Shep doesn't slow down the story, instead only adds to the suspense. How do you run from evil killers when your autistic brother doesn't want to go from one place to another? Read and find out.Another pleasant factor is that the narration follows only Dylan and Jilly exclusively. Koontz likes to switch the narration by moving frequently between a large cast of characters, some of whom are completely uninteresting. Not so in this case; Dylan and Jilly are on the run from the same evil and it's an interesting perspective to see how the same events look through the eyes of both characters.The biggest flaw of the book is, traditionally, the ending. Koontz loves to write himself into a paper bag and then come out with some retarded solution to get his characters out of trouble( look, it's a bi-WHAM!). However, the ride preceeding it is really interesting and captivating enough, and at some points even touching so let's forgive old Dean this one time. We wanted a thrill ride; we got it."By The Light of The Moon" is not one of Dean Koontz's most popular novels, but it's certainly one of the most fast-paced. If you're in for a long drive/flight and you have this book you might consider packing it with you, as I think it will make your journey much more pleasant. It's one tasty Slim Jim.PS. The Bantam edition has a beautiful cover. Even if you don't like the story you have to admit that the cover is gorgeous.

  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    2019-05-17 21:06

    Jilly and Dylan are strangers who are both knocked unconscious and injected with a strange substance by a scientist they refer to as Doctor Frankenstein. This chance encounter brings the two together, and they (with Dylan’s autistic brother Shep in tow) are off for a high-stakes adventure as they discover the depths of the supernatural powers they have been granted, and just why this happened to them of all people. Look, this book is cheesy as hell. It’s Dean Koontz in full-on goofy mode. The prose is as purple as a corpse in rigor; Jilly and Dylan are pious pissholes who spend most of the book bemoaning the fact that they are so pure, so moralistic, in a world gone to hell. And Jilly is a take-no-crap comedian: the reader is reminded of this on every other page. So why the four stars? Well . . . I had fun. I had a lot of fun. The mystery at the core of this story is one of Koontz’s most intriguing — who is the strange man with the needle, what is it he created, and why does it alter its victims so drastically? The narrative takes place over twenty-four hours, and the pace never lets up. Koontz doesn’t ramble too much here, but when it does it isn’t as much of a chore to read as it is in some of his latter day releases. I didn’t want to put this book down once I’d begun, if that says anything.This is a Koontz novel. You know what you’re getting. If you’re looking for a bit of brainless, cheesy fun with lots of gun action and wonky science, you could do much worse.

  • Diane Wallace
    2019-05-12 21:07

    Cryptic read! fascinating,intriguing and an amazing storyline with some well defined and well developed cast of was a non-stop roller coaster ride of virtually thrill action..recommended to everyone (paperback!)

  • Dale Campbell
    2019-04-28 03:01

    Kinda boring with a really lame ending.

  • Jason
    2019-04-29 20:01

    This story starts out great. 3 characters are brought together by chance and circumstance and injected with an evil substance of God knows what by a mad scientist type of man. They have to do research to find out what they've been injected with and also exactly what is at store in their future. They come to learn that each of them has developed some type of supernatural-like abilities which will come in handy later while dodging reckless gunmen. However, later on the story kind of fizzles out because every time the author develops a jam for the characters or a tough situation they just seem to solve it by the snap of their fingers..Kaput..Over. I don't have a problem suspending disbelief but I found the childish solutions and happy-sappy endings to be a little more than I could fathom. There is no doubt that Dean Koontz is a master of suspense and story-telling but I feel some of the scenes should have been condensed to avoid getting glazed-over eyes and that the intensity of the story faded later on in the book. The book would have been far better if the author had cut out some of the more frivolous parts and stuck to the compelling story that started at the beginning of the book.

  • Mrs. Shane
    2019-05-23 03:49

    IMO, it was just too darn descriptive. I found myself skipping over whole pages of descriptions to get to the actual story (which wasn't too bad in and of itself). It is like the writer doesn't realize we have imaginations and can create most of the stuff he is writing about already in our head as we read the book. I want to try reading something else of his to see if this happens all the time or if it is just in this one.

  • Jim C
    2019-05-22 23:53

    Actual rating 4.5 stars.This one is a reread for me. The first time I read this book I liked it but it did not blow me away. This time I thought it was terrific. In this one, Dylan and Jillian are kidnapped by a mad scientist. They are injected with a foreign substance and strange things start happening to them. Also, Dylan is responsible for his autistic brother Shep.For me, the aspect that drives this author's novels are his characters and this book has great characters. One cannot help but become attached to the autistic boy and his relationship with his brother. The banter between Dylan and Jillian provide laughs. Even scenes with Shep provide humor but also evoke sympathy as his condition takes center stage. It wouldn't be a Dean Koontz novel if we did not have the supernatural occurrence or the chase between evil and good. We have both and both contribute to a real fast pace throughout the whole novel. The chase is riveting but is also the reason why this book doesn't receive the full five stars. We have the villain but for the majority of the book the villain is never clearly defined. This might be the only flaw of this book.This is a terrific book that has both action and well thought out characters and relationships. We have the the good versus evil concept while our heroes and heroines make sacrifices. Readers will definitely connect with the characters especially Shep who is memorable.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-11 21:44

    I have been putting off reading (or listening to) this book because it's a rather large-ish book and the cover-blurb gave me the impression the themes of this Koontz novel were a bit more fantastical than I generally prefer. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. I enjoyed this book from the start all the way to the finish. Part of that is tribute to the reader of the story. A wonderful performance. Of course, the rest lies with Koontz. He's created a number of characters that I feel I'd really like to meet and get to know. He's created at least 3 in this book. And that's one of the differences in this book from many of his others, in my opinion, typically you only get one character of tremendous value. Here there are 2 main characters, Dylan and Shep, and Jilly is practically a 3rd main character. You get to know all 3 very well. Dylan and Shep a tad moreso than Jilly. This book was so good, I'm seriously hoping Dean chooses to continue their story(ies) in some way. If you like quality characters you get to know, vividly sculpted scenes, and a bit of the fantasciencefiction of the type Koontz is known for, "By the Light of the Moon" will surely please.

  • Mickey
    2019-05-21 20:59

    This book has the best opening paragraph I have ever read! Intriguing, mysterious, and fast-paced, it fits the story well. Instantly, you, along with the main characters, are set into a state of confusion. You'll stay there for most of the book, but know that you are in capable hands.Of all the characters, I loved Shepard the most. However, I was disappointed that we never got into Shepard's mind. Dean Koontz has such a talent for fleshing out marginal and unusual viewpoints (like the dog in Dragon Tears and Thomas in The Bad Place). I was practically salivating to read Koontz's take on the autistic Shepard's thoughts and impressions. Still waiting. *Sigh*Still, this is one of the Koontz's best books. It has all his best trademarks. It is written with such love and grace towards the characters. It has the witty, flirty repartee between Dylan and Jillian. Its overall message is redemptive and life-affirming.Highly recommended

  • Margo Kelly
    2019-04-24 00:42

    Totally loved this book. It ranks as one of my favorite Koontz books. He uses these incredible metaphors to describe situations and scenes on one page and then on the next page he says something simple like "he was big time dead" - - it's great. Also, this book was supposed to be spooky - but I was laughing out loud at Koontz's humor and I even had to go and read halarious lines outloud to other people around me. Plus, it a sign of a great author is when he has you laughing on one page, reading faster on the next page, and crying on yet another page.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thanks Dean Koontz!

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-30 23:05

    Another book I really enjoyed. Koontz can run hot and cold. Some of his books are really great others are....well, not so great. This one is one of the ones I like a lot. My wife liked Koontz (many of the ones I don't care for she liked).I avoid giving "synopsises" as in some books that in iteslf is a spoiler. So in this one it opens well, the relationship between the two main characters is well done (there are 3 main characters but I refer to the "romantic interest). The story unfolds well and I think you'll enjoy it. I did.

  • Clinton Sweet
    2019-05-04 22:52

    Dreadful. About 50 pages of storyline and 300 pages of waffle. Koontz bases his told to death storyline around replaceable, generic characters and some dribbling maniac who repeats incongruous words like "ice" and "cake" in some feeble attempt to write a bestseller. How this formula still works, I don't know

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    2019-05-13 23:46

    One of my top three Dean Koontz Novels. I have the phrase "By The Light of the Moon" tattooed on my right arm. I enjoy the dialogue and the mysteries of the unknown. By The Light of the Moon represents many of the ideas I believe including the power of positive thinking and our potential for good.

  • Allen
    2019-05-18 22:09

    By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz is one of my favorite novels by this illustrious Author. It is about the same length as many of his other works, and is written in that oh-so familiar Koontz style. Driven by the dialogue of the characters, the story unfolds exactly as it is revealed to the characters, allowing the reader the chance to evolve with the protagonists as they explore their new world. About that new world-- yes, this is my SPOILER ALERT-- it is our world, with a few tweaks and fiddles thrown in. The main characters are a small-time female comedian, an autistic 20 year old, and his older brother/caretaker. In addition, the antagonist is a textbook psychopathic evil doctor, bent on world destruction and power and some such thing. He injects this ragtag cast with a golden serum, altering their physiological and psychological make-up in stunning ways. Essentially, they become man-made superhumans. The main character, Dylan O'Connor, faces a similar situation to another famous "gifted" member of our race: Peter Parker. Though the connection may seem dubious, allow me to explain: Both Peter and Dylan struggle initially with the morality of their decisions, and both of them overcome their initial moral conundrum through the help of a family member. Dylan sets himself apart through his actions, and survives not through his own cunning, but also through the help of his brother and newly found friend. Which, it is to be noted, is the true moral of this story: sometimes, it is necessary to rely on your friends to get things done that you can't do by yourself. Humility indeed is stronger than pride.

  • Jonathan
    2019-05-08 02:07

    I've been reading Koontz since I was a teenager, and have always liked his benevolence towards his main characters. He writes about very bad things happening to very good people (which is not to say that they're all saints), and this makes you root for them and despise the villains with all your might.I really couldn't make myself care too much about Jilly, Dylan or Shep, though. The premise of the story was intriguing enough but halfway through I found myself reading on in the hope that the initial excitement would return. It didn't, really. I can still tell you about Koontz stories I read 10 or more years ago, but having read By The Light Of The Moon less than 2 years ago, not much has stuck in my mind, except for some less than positive things. The ending, for example, was just too perfect. The way it all assembled together was way too serendipitous to be believed (yes, even within the context of people with super powers granted by nano-something-or-another).If you want a good story about people discovering their hidden powers and being persecuted, you really should read Strangers instead - now that is Koontz at his best!

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-04 19:47

    Wow! Wow! Wow! What a ride! This book was fantastic. Sadly, I could so relate to Jillie (main female character) as I am also a vortex of pessimism. Ha ha. Will most definitely read again! I will say it again, "What a great book!"

  • Shamesdean
    2019-05-05 22:00

    Never read this. Your brain will never forgive you.

  • Tiffany Bryant
    2019-05-12 03:54

    Another suspenseful novel. Great book! Had me shaking, yet again, the WHOLE way through. What ever happened to this book i wonder? lol

  • Chris Matney
    2019-05-12 23:51

    I have read several other Dean Koontz books, so my assumptions about By the Light of the Moon were somewhat set by those experiences. Overall, I found this book disappointing.In thinking about it, this books surprisingly failed in three areas the author usually shines.First, the characters - Dylan, Jilly and Shep lacked the depth that Mr. Koontz usually brings to his work. They had interesting backgrounds - which were magnified and sometimes awkwardly intertwined by their encounter with nanotechnology. But, they never came to life. You didn't care about them, and they never really jelled as a group. Sure, they had lots of witty banter and one-liners (Jilly is a comic after all), and there was some kindness - but I always had the feeling that as soon as the adventure was over, they would walk away from each other without a second thought.Second, the writing in the book is not Mr. Koontz's usual tight prose. I actually winced at his desperate, descriptive metaphors and over-used cliches. I have no explanation for this, but I put the book down several times in the first hundred pages just to clear my head. SPOILER ALERT FROM HERE ON:Finally, once you can travel through space and time, there really isn't any tension in the plot. Now, you are reading a superhero novel. From the red tunnel scene onward, the ending is obvious - the Justice League will be born. Shoot 10,000 bullets - no 100,000 bullets into the house, Superman is not going to die. Ughh.So, while I can endorse Mr. Koontz's other novels with some enthusiasm. I'm going to recommend a pass on this one to all but his most devoted readers.

  • Tom
    2019-05-11 00:53

    I've read so many of Dean Koontz's novels over the years that when I first saw this one in a used book store, I wasn't sure if I had read it previously already, glanced at the first few pages and it didn't seem too familiar so said "oh well, I can always give it to a friend If I already have it." I'm so glad I took the plunge and bought it. The story was compelling, enough so that I hope there will be several sequels a la his "Odd Thomas" series, which I also enjoy a lot. There were lines in the book I want to use as quotes for how I view life, so eloquently written and expressed that I felt like in awe that someone could put forth how great life can be sometimes, without making it pandering, avoiding touches of religious overtones or menial cliches that already bombard our senses on a daily basis. Without giving away anything about the story, the best way I could describe it is "What would you do if you believe in the decent goodness of people, and could help others, even at great cost to yourself?" I hope if ever confronted with this question in a setting like Mr. Koontz's characters, that I will respond in a way his characters would approve of. Definitely one of his best novels ever, in my opinion, and one of the better books I have read this year. If I have any complaints, it's that I wish there had been more of the story to read, to get to know even more about the characters, and more adventures. Here's hoping for volume 2.

  • Malinda
    2019-04-29 03:55

    4-4.5 starsTBH, the book description gives a good rundown of how the book starts out. The way they were affected was interesting if a bit scary for them. I really liked Dillian, Shep and Jillian and liked seeing them learn to rely on each other, even if the reason it was needed (being on the run from killers) sucked big time. The only reason i didn't rate it 5 stars is because there were a few times I thought things got a bit off track...getting distracted from the main action with stuff that wasn't pertinent or if it was got dragged on for too long. This didn't happen often (goodness knows I love Koontz's writing) but it did a bit. Other than that I thought the story was great and the growing camaraderie between the trio was something I loved. This was a very enjoyable story. I liked the characters and the way they came together and bonded, first over shared danger and then later in support of a mission to do good. I also liked how it ended. There were some things left a bit unresolved but it is more in the way that leaves it open for you to imagine the good things their group will do in the future. I'd definitely recommend this story. :D* note - I listened to the audio version of this story. The narrator did a really good job.

  • Billy Maise
    2019-05-10 21:55

    First of all, great title. Great cover, for that matter. It almost has this aura of mystery and creepiness when you look at it. That's a good sign that you're about to read some tasty tripped-out Koontz material. Then, you get to the first paragraph, and you find out that this guy named Dylan gets mugged and injected with an unknown substance by some random wacko. But instead of elaborating, there's this whole intro scene in a diner. Koontz decided (wisely, I might add) to feed the reader a succulent slice of suspense which ups the intensity ten-fold. And that's just the first chapter. Then there's psychic powers and chase sequences and a big conspiracy and all kinds of weird. The book just gets more and more spooky until the very end, which concludes in a big explosion of classic Koontz eerieness. Incredible.

  • Selu
    2019-05-21 00:05

    By the Light of the Moon is one of the last book Koontz has written that I truly love and look forward to reading every year; it's also read by Stephen Lang, which greatly rates the audiobook over other forms. Regardless of my star-rating and personal enjoyment of the novel, let me warn that this is not a very good book unless you really enjoy the characters, because the characters are about all that Koontz has working well. While this book is average in length for a newer Koontz novel, it could have been a 100-pages shorter and not lost any story, but Koontz figures why use one word when you can use three, why use one simile when you can use two and then tack on a metaphor. The writing can be trying but I tend to giggle when I run across it now instead of it irritating me.

  • Paula Hebert
    2019-05-13 19:41

    reading this book was like visiting old friends. one of personal favorites of koontz writing, we follow the adventures of two brothers, one autistic, and a young woman, after their encounter with a certified mad scientist. sometimes frightening, sometimes hysterically funny, it's a great adventure with witty dialogue and unforseen plot twists. you can read this one without nightmares. I really loved the characters.

  • Patrice Hoffman
    2019-04-26 22:48

    This book was a little slow for me at a lot of points but I enjoyed the journey. This book was classic Dean Koontz. Action/bore/action/suspense/action/conclusion. The problem I have with the book, and some of Koontz other books, is the amount of imagery used that adds nothing to the book. There should not be whole chapters talking about how the hills in a California setting look. It's boring and annoying.