Shadowfires

Shadowfires

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Overview

Rachel''s request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and relieved, Rachel had nothing left to fear. Until Eric''s body disappeared from the morgue—and Rachel was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband…Shadowfires

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491517604
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,130,806
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 400 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved Trixie.

Hometown:

Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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Shadowfires 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Book_Reader_222 More than 1 year ago
Having once again fallen away from reading for pleasure, I made a New Year's resolution to get back in the habit. So the first thing I did was pick up some books by my two favorite authors: Christopher Andrews and Dean R. Koontz. "Shadowfires" is actually an older Koontz book, originally published under a pen name. And as I read it, it showed, in both good ways and bad. It was definitely a Koontz book, but it was rougher and more raw than his later works. "Shadowfires" starts with a bang, shooting us into the action in less than 10 pages. Unfortunately, after such a promising start, the story then stalls out for a while. As a rule, I have no problem letting a mystery unfold, but this is one of those cases where one of the main characters (Rachael) has FAR more information than the other characters, OR the reader. So for about 100 pages, we are treated to frustrating, tight lipped silence from Rachael as she rushes from situation to situation, with her love interest, Benny, in tow. And when she finally spills her guts, the revelation is easily predicted. Eventually, the plot regains its feet, and from there Koontz is back in his element. The story is equal parts horror, thriller, conspiracy, science fiction, and cautionary tale. We're treated to Koontz's same old characters, the man and woman with terrible histories who find life and love together, but I've come to accept that. The villain's motivations are deep, disturbing, and sadly realistic in their way. What starts as a simple and not very exciting premise grows into something much more. One of Koontz's rougher, less polished elements here is a tendency toward repetitious descriptions. Something will be described from one character's point of view, and then a few pages later, it is described again (in much the same way) from another point of view, and THEN it happens again a few pages after that. I'm fine seeing the same elements from different points of view (Christopher Andrews does this, and very well), but having the texture of a monster's skin described as being scaly over and over and over got monotonous. But still, Koontz pulls it all together for a very satisfying ending. For the first 100 pages or so, I had feared I might have to give Koontz no more than 3 stars (or worse), but by the end, he proved himself once again, leaving me feeling that this was a 4 star effort after all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've personally read many of Dean Kootnz books, and almost every one of them is fantastic. In shadowfires he portrays each character ever so richly, and everything is precise. Whoever that one guy is who said this book sucked is obviously not interested in the type of books Kootnz writes...this one was the same like all the others, wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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gma2lana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wasn't a bad book, took me a bit to get interested, then it moved pretty quickly. I like most of Koontz older books, and this one did not dissapoint.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a word: corny. This is the sort of story that B-rate horror movies are made from.
Spiceca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not one of Koontz best works. The story, and I do like the unnatural and weird, was incredibly far fetched. If it had been presented as something that was just out there it would have been better. However, the whole story line was based on a scientific line and it made it even that more incredulous. Specifically, the villain in the story shouldn't have been able to remain as coherent as presented and I felt like it was just a cat and mouse story at the end of it. On top of it (even though I did not read them in chronological order)- Mr. Murder revisits a similar story line and was much better executed and believable. Shame on the use of the same plot device twice.
melydia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(unabridged audiobook read by Jonathan Marosz): As Rachel and Eric leave the offices of their divorce lawyers, they are arguing viciously about the settlement. Eric gets so angry he storms off directly into oncoming traffic, where he is killed by a garbage truck. After the initial shock wears off, Rachel gets incredibly paranoid and hangs out with her boyfriend Ben, actively not telling him things. When Eric's body disappears from the morgue, her paranoia becomes a reality: Eric's not really dead! It gets a little silly from there, blending unlikely genetic theory with bizarre theology on the afterlife. It's a chase story through and through, with Ben and Rachel spending the bulk of the book not telling each other things while fleeing Eric, the local cops, and the feds. Koontz is usually good for quirky characters having bizarre adventures, but this time he was a little short on the adventure part. It was really nothing more than one big chase scene, that didn't even tie up the majority of the issues it raised by the end (namely, the consequences of the characters' actions, the mental waffling over which had been a big part of the plot). So yeah: dig Koontz, not so big on Shadow Fires. (Interestingly, this is the last novel he wrote using a pseudonym. Maybe that should have been a clue.)
Jthierer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting premise about a man who decides to tamper with his own genetic material to cheat death was marred by subpar writing. I could definitely have done with about half of the gooey relationship between the oh-so perfect hero and heroine.
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hate superlatives, but I must say this is one of the best horror stories I've read. It was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good way to catch up on Knootz books I didn't know he wrote!
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So much in one book!! Horror, action, romance, Scifi.
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Wow. A lot has changed since I was last on. This is the most the clans have ever interacted! It's great, but at the same time, not so great. How's the clan?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meh... we need more members! But we're at hawkclan about to fight right now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Koontz always delivers.....never disappoints!   Good page turner!  Enjoy!
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Great book
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DeanKoontz-Fan More than 1 year ago
As usually another strange book from DK, but I like his weird stuff. This kept me going page after page.
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Megan Flores More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. As it states in some of the other reviews dean koontz went into a lot of detail but for the most part i loved it and would read it again if i could find it. I lost it in my move :(
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