Several of his books have also been adapted into feature films and television miniseries. The night she was born, a freak lightning storm struck, the likes of which hadn't been seen in years. Although her mother dies in childbirth, Laura learns to be content with her father, until the day that a junkie robs their convenience store and takes him from her forever. The commute will fly by with this one! Today, he lives in Orange County, California, with his Wife, Gerda. The new afterward at the end was especially enjoyable. Why does he keep appearing in Laura's life? When his wife offered to support him for five years while he tried to make a go of being a writer, he was free to kick-start what would become a long and impressive career.
Things just worked out a little too well. Lightning is one of the great novels written by Dean Koontz that turned me into a life-long fan of his literature. Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary town - a college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. Dean Koontz went from being the quintessential struggling writer to dominating the suspense thriller genre with works in the fields of , , , and. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere — the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. I dropped it to 2 because I usually give a 3 to better books. Not all of his books are great but this one gets me.
He wrote evenings and weekends while working as an English teacher. I am the One, the all and the only. Most Koontz fans rank this as one of their favorites by him. I have re-read it about 10 times. Other than that- I was completely enthralled in the storyline and it kept me up reading a few times because I didn't want to put it down.
Years later — another bolt of lightning — and the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Portia tells of another reality, a reality more thrilling - and terrifying - than Joe ever imagined. I've read it twice now. It is highly recommended for the sci-fi fan and the literary critic alike. That would be a spoiler.
Until new friend Portia Montclair, the strangely wise daughter of the local police chief, explains to him what sent him ricocheting around town like a crazy pinball. The idea of Time Travel is on the edge of Sci-Fi and reality. But the premise still earns the book an overall 3 stars, because, well. A celebrated author of widely-varied suspense thrillers, he graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and did a short stint as an English teacher before becoming a bestselling author. It has time travel, romance and adventure.
Laura Shane always knew something was odd about her. My wife really liked this book, I didn't care so much for it. Is he Demon or Savior? My one beef is the ever tidy ending it had. Laura and Stefan may you live forever. Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space? A mysterious blonde stranger saves her from the drunken doctor attempting to attend her delivery.
In the aftermath, he wonders about the uncanny impulse that suddenly swept over him. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? Riveting story and wonderful narration by Christopher Lane. Much of Koontz's early work was in the form of short fiction. Highly recommend this book as a way to get started with Koontz if you haven't yet. His books are published in thirty-six languages, and his worldwide sales top 450 million copies. Got stuck on it, and the ending was good, it just took forever for the plot become more intense.
But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. I found myself entirely bored and disappointed that it really had nothing to do with the horror genre. He was hardly an overnight success, but his long list of works is evidence of his popularity and longevity. Wow, proof that you should always look beneath the obvious!. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse.