Breathless

Breathless New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure as the lives of strangers converge around a mystery unfolding high in the Colorado mountains and t

  • Title: Breathless
  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • ISBN: 9780553807158
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure, as the lives of strangers converge around a mystery unfolding high in the Colorado mountains and the balance of the world begins to tilt In the stillness of a golden September afternoon, deep in the wilderness of the Rockies, a solitary craftsman, Grady Adams, and his 1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure, as the lives of strangers converge around a mystery unfolding high in the Colorado mountains and the balance of the world begins to tilt 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.

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    1. Somewhere in California-Say Dean, how about a new book ?-A new book ? eee.but I just completed the last one a week ago !-Dude if you want to roll with us, you've got to stay fit. James Pattersonreleases 4 books a year, and King came back from retirement.e bastard.-Oh noes ! What should I do ?-Dude you've been writing for the last 40 years and you ask me that ? I'm your agent, not your muse !-right. I have an idea, wait a moment.(Three minutes pass)-So you know I devised this new cool story about [...]

    2. This book begins in the woods. An ex-Army guy is out for a stroll when he sees something strange, life-changing: two creatures that look like dogs, but with human hands. They seemed to have escaped from a lab, or something. From there unfolds a tale of massive government conspiracy and permanent changes in the natural order of things.Oh, sorry. If you thought I was describing Dean Koontz’s 1987 blockbuster hit, Watchers, you’d be wrong. It is in fact the setup of his 2009 non-hit, Breathless [...]

    3. Ugh. Usually I can expect Koontz books to be great. This, however, doesn't even come close to his better works. The actual writing style is still excellent, but there is much more to a book than that.*This book has no plot.*I mean literally. The publishers obviously recognized this, as the blurb describes the events in the last few chapters. The tagline (Wonder still exists in the world – But not if Homeland Security has anything to do with it) is nothing less than false advertising.Worse. The [...]

    4. This book is CRAP. If you bought it, downloaded it, got it as a gift, save yourself the migraine and gouge your eyes out with spoons now, rather than read this and then be forced to do it to distract yourself from the pain of going past the title page. Seriously, that's where it all goes down hill stop there! I think Dean Koontz is just banking on his loyal followers because he knows we will faithfully buy whatever he publishes. Well I for one am not going to be fooled by you again Mister! After [...]

    5. Not even close to as good as classic Koontz, barely as interesting as Life Expectancy. The last four chapters totally jump the shark; and my mediocre enthusiasm was crushed into apathetic disgruntlement. Mr. Koontz, if you wanted to wax philosophic, don't torture us with a less than stellar novel.even better don't couch your ideas in fiction and have your characters speak your ideology.

    6. I am officially done with Dean Koontz! Every couple of years I see one of his books, read it - and remember why it's been years since I've read one. It took me ~4 hours to read 'Breathless' and even that was too long. The story never really goes anywhere. Halfway through the book there seem to be 3 only marginally related storylines, and then he inexplicably starts two more totally unrelated to the original ones. I kept reading hoping that they would lead to something (or at least tie together), [...]

    7. .Suddenly, Simians!would've been a much better title for the book. There wouldn't even need to have been any story. Suddenly, there were sentient simians is about all you need to know about the book.Alternatively, The Mary Sue Monkeys might also be acceptable. I think this one takes the cake. THE worst DK book I've read yet. Your Heart Belongs to Me and The Darkest Evening of the Year should be proud; though they're still awful, awful things, I could almost say I'd rather reread either of them, [...]

    8. I don't know why I keep coming back to Dean Koontz. As his preoccupation with some sort of L. Ron Hubbard-esque blend of aliens and spirituality progressed, I swore that I would stay away. When I realized that I had bought one of his books that I already owned because its plot and characters were so indistinguishable from all of his other books that I had forgotten it completely, I swore I would stay away. But I keep coming back. 'Odd Thomas' brought me back briefly, before eventually crushing m [...]

    9. What a disappointment. I own and love roughly 97% of Koontz's catalog and over the past few years I am becomming more and more displeased with his writing. his characters are still the best in the buisness, no one writes more compelling characters than Koontz. No matter that the bad guys are whole heartedly bad and the good guys/girls are good to the bone (albeit with a shadowy past, but that past ends up being part of why we care for the good guy/girl). In addition to incredibly detailed yet te [...]

    10. I'm shocked to say that I actually kind of liked this book. I used to be a big Dean Koontz fan. I read Watchers, and Twilight, and many of his books back in the 80s and 90s. Then, I felt like he started writing formula thrillers. They seemed too predictable, and I quit reading his books. This past week, I was desperate for something to read, so I picked this book up at my grocery store, figuring it would be a quick, meaningless book. I was pleasantly surprised. There are too many characters, and [...]

    11. This book will give you exactly what one would expect from a Dean Koontz novel. The good, the bad and the ugly (literally) and how their fates are interlinked with eachother. Strange occurances involving the sudden appearance of mysterious white fluffy creatures. A smart dog, even though this time round it's not a Golden Retriever. And the authors old familiar figurative language.Even though Koontz had all the right ingredients, he simply didn't manage to put them together in the same engaging w [...]

    12. Most of the way through, this seemed like a typical Dean Koontz novel - and then at the end, just as I thought I was going to find out what's been going on (Koontz *used* to make sure there was a semi-logical/reasonable explanation for the events of the story) for the past few hundred pages - he does a *MASSIVE* about-face and turns the book into a poorly disguised creationist screed. Worse, all the arguments he tries to make are completely incorrect. Koontz used to do enough research that you c [...]

    13. When talking to authors I know, I hear frequently of that moment when several seemingly unrelated ideas come together. They become a “perfect storm” of sorts, and often lead to an amazing novel.Unfortunately, BREATHLESS, by Dean Koontz, doesn’t meld separate ideas into a perfect storm. The result is more like…a perfect train wreck.Let me state, for the record, that I actually enjoy some the stories that Koontz writes. I can appreciate the transition he made into straight-forward thriller [...]

    14. I don’t know whether it’s because I’d been waiting almost six months to read this novel or what, but I expected more out of “Breathless”. All in all it’s a cool “what-if” story, where two never-seen-before animals enter the lives of our main characters; and that’s actually all that can be said about the plot without giving anything away. But even while Koontz tries harder than in his other recent novels to give these characters more background, he still falls short of what long [...]

    15. I haven't read a Koontz book in years - but I'm glad I picked this one up. I have no idea why I've been away from his books for so long. As usual, Mr. Koontz's style and story are both top notch!Breathless has masterfully interwoven subplots, the lives of strangers, all coming together to entangle purposefully in the end. I really enjoyed how detailed the character descriptions were in Breathless.Another thing I greatly enjoyed about the book is the way that the author writes about animals. I ca [...]

    16. Truly terrible. I'm typically a big Koontz fan, but I could scarcely recognize his hand in this story if you can even call it a story. There is absolutely zero plot to this book. I'm not exaggerating here. I wasn't disappointed with the plot -- it simply wasn't there to be had. It's just chapter after chapter of introduction that vaguely alludes to Maybe Something, but Something never comes. You keep reading, figuring he's got to get to the point eventually, right? Wrong! Don't get me wrong; usu [...]

    17. Wow.is book should have been titled "Lifeless". Is this really a book written by the successful Dean Koontz? I have this weird rule that if I start a book, I have to finish it. I need to change that rule I think because this one was torture. It truly is horrible. The characters are uninteresting at best. The end is horrific (which is probably the only reason it can be found under Horror in your bookstore). The only possible way you might find bits and pieces of this book interesting is if youre [...]

    18. You know a book is good when you forget to eat. You know it’s great when you forget to sleep. When you temporarily lose sight of all around you, you know that it is another masterpiece written by Dean Koontz. “Breathless”, Koontz’s newest adventure is a much too brief glimpse into the lives of several strangers, linked by an invisible thread much greater than themselves. Grady Adams—a powerful and private man—and Camilla Rivers—a deeply damaged healer—are thrust into the epicente [...]

    19. I've read practically every book by this author and this one is by far my favorite. I have it in every format and also read each format.The title describes my experience perfectly. I left this book feeling a sense of wonder and hope. I was also wowed by how the author put those emotions, those feeling into words.Pure magic. That's what this story is!

    20. Ugh. Koontz, what happened? You used to write such good books. Now you're (your) books are lame sauce. Boring. What gives?(several weeks later) Ugh, forget it. I can't even finish it.

    21. Again a book I must move to the top of my to read list and right over to my currently reading list. Why? It's a library book and people have it on hold. I can't lay it aside and read several books ahead of it. Well, first let me discuss Koontz and his work a moment. My wife was the "horror" fan and it was through her that I tried my first Koontz book some years ago. It was probably Watchers, but I'm not completely sure. There is quite a bit of discussion lately about the "new" Koontz. As it happ [...]

    22. It was nice, I was really into it! It honestly had me questioning my understanding/belief (they're one and the same, i suppose) of the universe and what can and cannot be. I was intrigued by a few things- the really cool animalthings, which I had hoped would have some sort of foot in reality, yah know? Kinda part of the reason that everyone loves National Treasure-at least the first one, i cannot speak for the sequels- Obviously the plot is exaggerated and there is no gold, but most of the refer [...]

    23. Great review! Finding this site and that review almost make up for the wasted time reading this. PhewI thought maybe it was just me. Definitely jumped around more than it should have, but I could cope with thatbut THEN I got to the "math disproves evolution" lecture was so laughable; I think I found the source of Dean's misinformation; some guy named Kehr who's a mathematician; seems Woolsey was probably based on him. I read a bunch more if the math vs. evolution stuff, and it's clear to me, jus [...]

    24. This book isn't one story; it's several. That's what kept me reading. I was positive all of these seemingly unconnected lives would revolve around the mystery of the creatures and come together in a brilliant way.They didn't.A couple characters see the creatures once, and that's about it. Their stories continue on their merry ways, completely unrelated to anything else. A couple of characters from separate plot lines meet briefly and incosequentially. One of the most interesting plot lines, a ma [...]

    25. Breathless is the 352nd Koontz has written featuring a single, dog owning man with unusual skills or powers, who meets a pretty, single woman with issues, together they discover something is not right with the world and have to go on the run. Quite often in my book reviews I have complained about the length of a novel, pointing out that to make more readable it could have been severely pruned (Harry Potter pt.7), or even remained in the author's word processor and never published (Twilight). Bre [...]

    26. As I turned the last few pages I was left with a feeling of wha? huh? reread what??? Can someone plz read this book and explain it to me.The problem is that there were SO MANY different characters with so many different plots that it was really tough to keep them all straight. With so many characters none of them had any depth or development. As I was nearing the end of the book I was panicking because there were no connections. With so many lose ends and characters floating around I was worried [...]

    27. This book is classic Dean Koontz - supernatural elements, wonderfully intelligent dogs, and a strong male lead character. I loved the suspense of the opening - as Grady discovers the "creatures". One of my favorite styles of writing is when the author has three or more stories going simultaneously and then combines them all at the end so you see how all of them pertain to each other. Koontz implements that in this book and it works very well. I was so glad to read a good Koontz book after the re [...]

    28. I'm a big Koontz fan but my allegiance is more to his characters than his story lines. His books are full of admirable people who have been to hell and back. And his bad guys are Bad.I really enjoyed this book.

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