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77 Shadow Street [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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Heart-stopping thriller from the master of suspense. Bad things are starting to happen at the Pendleton, an eerie building with a tragic past.

The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill, a palace built in the late 19th century as a tycoon’s dream home. But its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide and mass murder. Since being converted into luxury apartments in the 70s, however, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents – among them ex-marine Bailey Hawk, songwriter Twyla Trahern and her young son Winny – the Pendleton is a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten.

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. It seems that whatever drove past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again.

As nightmare visions become real, a group of extraordinary individuals hold the key to humanity’s destiny. Welcome to 77 Shadow Street.

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Praise for Dean Koontz:

‘A terrific pursuit story … clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting’ Guardian

‘There’s surprise after surprise, including a killer finale … a read-in-one-go novel’ Independent on Sunday

‘Velocity hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending’ Sydney Sunday Telegraph

‘Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler’ The Times

‘Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ The New York Times


Praise for Dean Koontz:

‘A terrific pursuit story … clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting’ Guardian

‘There’s surprise after surprise, including a killer finale … a read-in-one-go novel’ Independent on Sunday

‘Velocity hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending’ Sydney Sunday Telegraph

‘Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler’ The Times

‘Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ The New York Times

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1160 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (19 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S9PNDW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear... 1 Mar. 2013
As a new convert to Dean Koontz I have very recently read 'The Husband' and 'Intensity' and really enjoyed both, in fact I'd go as far as to say that Intensity is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. And that despite the fact there is hardly any dialogue. It takes an exceptional writer to be able to do that and maintain momentum. It is simply superb. So I bought 77SS with high anticipation and was sorely disappointed. I can't believe it has been written by the same author. Too many characters, a stereotypical haunted house on a hill, daft, disjointed story, repetitive storytelling and silly creatures. Just couldn't get into it and gave up half way. I speed read to the end and it didn't seem to pick up. I wouldn't care I normally only buy bargain books generally no more than £2 but I paid more for this. However, I'm prepared to give him another go as everyone is due a duff book and have started 'The Good Guy'. And so far, it's back to the Dean Koontz I like...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Porridge for The Eyes. 1 Oct. 2012
Being a reader of Koontz novels for well over 20 years now, I picked up a second-hand copy of 77SS to see what all the fuss was about. Countless reviews slated just about every aspect of the writing / story, and so I thought I'd see for myself - keeping an open mind of course.
I sadly have to agree with what many people have already commented on the book - too many characters, too much whizzing back and forth, and quite simply - too many pages of unessessary 'dragging out' storyline text.

Where I was once impressed with Koontz delivery of describing a location in a way I could clearly see in my mind's eye; in 77SS I found location descriptions to be repeated constantly throughout the book to the point of thinking to myself - yes, I already know that - you already told me about the walls & ceiling on the last page.
I can't help but feel that Koontz simply gave himself a very limited arena with which to write about - not to mention filling 470 pages with attempting to describe 'one' event in the place (in great detail).

I can't say much better about the story I'm afraid. The idea of a building going through some type of time-shift phase has been done before - only much much better. Take Graham Masterton's 'The House That Jack Built' as an example. Much better story, simple plot and so far ahead of 77SS that you can still smell the warp engines' residue.

I would normally get through a Koontz novel in 2-3 days with the likes of Phantoms or Watchers; I even thoroughly enjoyed Breathless - with 77SS it was almost a 3-week assault course. After every pick-up and covering 20 or so pages I felt I had learned enough about grey slime and things in walls to do me; and after realising the story was going nowhere fast it would be put down again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bitterly disappointing 31 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If I didn't know any better, I would have thought someone else had written this book. At the risk of sounding crass, it was complete and utter crap. I read it through to the bitter end and felt so cheated. I have admired Dean Koontz' writing for many years, got my son hooked on his work and to have something like this even published under his name is a travesty. Do not bother.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but never Indispensable 28 Feb. 2012
Oh for the days when Dean Koontz wrote with a ceaseless rigour and a haunting rhythm and an 'R' in between his two names. In those days a new book by the author was an event and a welcome one at that; nowadays he seems to churn them out and they can fail to enthuse and to enthral and are often flabby and flaccid.
At least this is not yet another book about Odd Thomas and there are some gripping passages of prose. This is far more than a haunted house/hotel/apartment block novel with a time travel twist added to the mix. However,unlike earlier tomes such as Watchers and Night Chills this book does not grip and it never seems to entirely engage the reader or to move into top gear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By David
Too many characters, all of which you won't care about, not one jot, intermingled with no sense of consistency and every four page sub-chapter ending on a cliffhanger. Obvious exposition and lack of suspension of disbelief kill the story. Nobody is terrified or seems the least bit disturbed by the unfolding events and there's just the right mix of intellectuals and scientists present to explain everything. Immediately. Despite no evidence to back up their wild speculation.

Koontz does the mind of the serial killer well - better perhaps than most crime writers - but here the obligatory killer is a damp squib and absent for most of the story. Attempts are also made to include a blind protagonist and a child with autism, both of which are so clumsily executed or wasted I found myself embarrassed on Koontz's behalf. The story jumps so eratically from one point of view to the next, you'll forget (and won't care) whose story you're now reading. Some characters are so similar they are almost indistinguishable, while others are so outlandishly unlikely (the girl whose parents were killed by lightning) and so incredibly pointless (the radio show hosts who spend most of the book in a cafe) you just won't buy into any of it.

Koontz is the king of horror, so I refuse to award any less than two stars. I can forgive him his brick-sized books with his own name displayed above the title, sometimes gilded and embossed, but more often than not just presented in tasteful sans-serif. I can forgive him the lack of flair and style his books display in their cover art and blurb - the publishers are probably to blame anyway.
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