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Thursday, March 17, 2011


TITLE: Breathless
AUTHOR: Dean Koontz
NARRATOR: Jeffrey Cummings
PUBLISHER: Brilliance Audio
DATE OF PUBLICATION: November 12, 2009
FORMAT: Unabridged OverDrive WMA Audiobook (8 hours, 8 minutes)
GENRE: Suspense, Mystery, Thriller


#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.


Who wrote this?? I am a die-hard Koontz fan, and this is the first of his novels that I have read that didn’t “feel” like his.

I love Koontz because his plots are plausible, always involving some kind of psychopath that is playing psychological mind games to terrify his victims. This book is not at all like that. I didn’t even find it particularly suspenseful. The book is more sci-fi than anything.

The beginning of the book was very confusing with six different storylines. They do, in the end, come together but I found it hard keeping track of all the different people (one of the downsides to listening to audiobooks is that you can’t easily flip back and forth in the book). The main character, Grady Adams, is going out for a walk with his Irish Wolfhound, Merlin, and they spot two furry animals as large as dogs but as nimble as cats that aren’t like anything previously known to science. The sudden arrival of these creatures seems to be linked to other strange phenomena.

I kept waiting for the “action” to occur, but it didn’t happen. I did not feel totally captivated by the story, as I usually do with Koontz. For me, this but was just “ok”. This is a more recent novel, although nothing like Velocity which was the latest Koontz novel I read in January which is much more like his earlier works.

I hope that this is not the new Koontz! I’ll go back to reading his older novels. 

MY RATING: 2 stars (this is the lowest rating that I have ever given, and it saddens me to give it because I'm such a Koontz fan)

This book qualifies as:
#17 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge
#11 for my 2011 Audio Book Challenge
#11 for my 2011 "Whisper Stories in My Ear" Challenge
#2 for my What an Animal Reading Challenge IV


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