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 mystery. That night, 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 to her door all the forces of a government in peril.
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
It appears in this novel that Dean Koontz has had several ideas of stories that won't quite make an entire novel, but if he throws them all in together, well, he'll be able to tie them together, won't he just? Not exactly... There are four plots going on here. The actual, real plot involves an ex-war veteran and his dog discovering two animals in the woods. Animals, that sound rather a lot like sifaka lemurs (but they're not, they're something new, something extraordinary and very cute). They're appealing enough for me to draw them, actually... Anyway these creatures manage to bring together the ex-war vet and a genuine vet. But don't go expecting romance, cos you won't find any. So, these creatures then become known to Homeland Security and things start to turn to custard. It's a great idea for a plot, could have been expanded and turned into a real nail-biting thriller like the Koontz of old. But it's not. Three other stories are running alongside - a psychopath invading his twin brother's life, a man hired to kill a woman and child and a scarred beggar. None of these apparently have anything to do with the creatures and the eventual attempt at a tie-in will disappoint you. Koontz has some pretty stupid, sketchy science and a conclusion that will have you yawning. I'm not sure what's happened to his writing - his earlier books have kept me up into the wee small hours and although churned out at a rate of knots had amused me. This one... Well, I struggled to finish it. In fact I almost threw it down in disgust when I heard his explaination for the the creatures. What a cop-out.
Review: BreathlessUser Review - Goodreads
I think the many reviews here basically have the right idea. Koontz is a mid-level writer of speculative fiction, leaning toward 'mysterious' or 'slightly supernatural' tales, but has stayed away from ...