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By the Light of the Moon [Mass Market Paperback]

Dean R. Koontz
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31 May 2003
Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone) to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly textured, riveting drama, at once viscerally familiar and utterly unique.

Author of one #1 The New York Times bestseller after another, Koontz is at the pinnacle of his powers, spinning mysteries and miracles, enthralling tales that speak directly to today’s readers, balm for the heart and fire for the mind. In this stunning new novel, he delivers a tour de force of dark suspense and brilliant revelation that has all the Koontz trademarks: adventure, chills, riddles, humor, heartbreak, an unforgettable cast of characters, and a climax that will leave you clamoring for more.

Dylan O’Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. He’s on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious “doctor,” injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life in the most remarkable way. Then he is told that he must flee—before the doctor’s enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police.

Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life...and straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery—and wondrous discovery. It is a journey that begins when Dylan and Shep’s path intersects with that of Jillian Jackson. Before that evening Jilly was a beautiful comedian whose biggest worry was whether she would ever find a decent man. Now she too is a carrier. And even as Dylan tries to convince her that they’ll be safer sticking together, cold-eyed men in a threatening pack of black Suburbans approach, only seconds before Jilly’s classic Coupe DeVille explodes into thin air.

Now the three are on the run together, but with no idea whom they’re running from—or why. Meanwhile Shep has begun exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior. And whatever it is that’s coursing through their bodies seems to have plunged them into one waking nightmare after another. Seized by sinister premonitions, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to crime scenes—just minutes before the crimes take place.

What this unfathomable power is, how they can use it to stop the evil erupting all around them, and why they have been chosen are only parts of a puzzle that reaches back into the tragic past and the dark secrets they all share: secrets of madness, pain, and untimely death. Perhaps the answer lies in the eerie, enigmatic messages that Shep, with precious time running out, begins to repeat, about an entity who does his work “by the light of the moon.”

By the Light of the Moon is a novel of heart-stopping suspense and transcendent beauty, of how evil can destroy us and love can redeem us—a masterwork of the imagination in which the surprises come page after page and the spell of sublime storytelling triumphs throughout.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (31 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553582763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553582765
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,387,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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In By the Light of the Moon artist Dylan O'Connor is driving through Arizona with his autistic brother Shepherd, and decides to catch up on his sleep in a motel. But (as Hitchcock demonstrated) motels can be dangerous places, and Dylan is soon tied up, gagged and being pumped full of strange fluid by sinister doctor. At the same time, comedian Jillian Jackson is watching her career feebly played out against a succession of down-market comedy joints. All her dreams of changing her life are torpedoed when she, too, becomes a victim of the deranged scientist, who steals her car. Then begins a lunatic chase, involving the doctor and his victims, and the surfaces of reality quickly become very insubstantial.

As the plot suggests, Koontz's new book is quite unlike anything he has written before (or, for that matter, unlike anything by his contemporaries); the highly ingenious plotting is matched by some beguilingly off-kilter characterisation and a breathtaking pace that allows for little pause. One can only admire this writer's refusal to repeat himself: a phenomenon all too rare with so many other thriller writers simply recycling the same old material. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


'Perhaps more than any other author, Kootz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America post-September 11: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good; that celebrate the common man and woman; that at their best entertain as they uplift' Publishers Weekly 2/12/02 (Publishers Weekly)

'It's a tense, fast-paced read, full of humour, drama and shocks' Yorkshire Evening Press 15/1/03 (Yorkshire Evening Press) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will Drive You Mad 24 Aug 2010
Bought this in the audio format having enjoyed a number of previous Dean K. books in that form. Found it enjoyable for about the first 2 hours. After that the constant repetitions of Shep started to get on my nerves, until they became nearly unbearable. I suspect that this is worse in the audio form that the written. Am hitting the 11 hour mark and Shep has just said "ice" for about the 200th time. Don't go near the book in audio or you will finish smashing your computer or mp3 player or whatever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this story 4 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This was my first Dean Koontz book and it certainly won't be my last. I hadn't known what to expect from him. I had for some reason thought his books were horror but this book clearly isn't. I'd describe it as a supernatural thriller.

The plot was quite bizarre but chugged along at a fairly quick pace. The writing was exceptional. The amount of beautifully quotable prose was staggering. There were also a huge amount of laugh out loud moments and I can remember getting very emotional at one point and blubbing a bit. Not because of anything sad, just from how some of the relationships between certain characters change. Any book that can hit my emotions like that gets a thumbs up from me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Dean Koontz success 14 Feb 2014
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A real page turner. This story has you glued to the plot from the start. Koontz will have you on the edge of your seat throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always the best 19 Sep 2013
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I get really impatient waiting for new books to come out, I pre-order when I can so I don't miss any, this is a really lovely story and I read it when it first came out so this is my 2nd time, and really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller/suspense 23 May 2013
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As ever another great novel from Dean Koontz, the story is compelling. And he has a great imagination and can write in the most amazing way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!! 5 Nov 2011
I loved this book. Dean Koontz just rocks. I loved Dylan and Shep, and found myself wanting the perspective to change quickly back to Dylan, rather than Jilly.

The ending was a bit fast, however, with a bit of a cheesy "save the world" concept. I really wanted more. I even started trying to read a lot slower i read too fast :P) just to make the story longer.

I did notice they there seemed to be a few...what can I call them...blips? Not very noticeable, but I did get slightly confused at some points, as they seemed to be a void of a reaction by one of the characters to a particular action...(am really trying to not let spoilers go I can't remember a proper example).

I do love Koontz style of having an entire book about, in this case : 18 hours...Other books i've read have been about 2 days, or just 24 hours. It's quite amazing that. Though I did sort of think at one stage, that a few days had passed but then one of the characters said "yesterday" and I was shocked. I love the style but sometimes you can doubt the believeabilty of it. Really? So much in so little time?

And I am confused about the "folding" part of it...well, in particular, how the hell did Jilly get the hang of it???? I was so confused when she suddenly stated she was amazed about the sense of reality...then folded across the church by herself. :S

In fact, I think Dean Koontz made a few mistakes with Jilly. I think that is where he did the blips, the voids : Jilly. So, I think he preferred Shep and Dylan, and ended up rushing a few Jilly parts of some scenes.

And seriously, get together! Though, later, I did think 18 hours of madness (however mad and long it seemed) wasn't long enough for a relationship, I suppose... I was waiting for something to occur in that sense though.

I really loved Shep and Dylan. Such epic characters.

Overall : the book just rocks. Get it. Seriously.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! 16 Oct 2003
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This is the first book I have read by Dean Koontz and it left me wanting more of the same. I have allways been a fan of Stephen King and no other author has come close to his literary genius untill now!
Dean Koontz has created a masterpiece whose characters are deep and true to their nature. Koonts ia able to explain the supernatural phenomenon so well that even the most sceptical of people will instantly believe it.
I reccommend this to anyone with a sense of adventure or with a depth of nature, as you will surely be able to empathise with these characters.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! 29 July 2008
This was my first Dean Koontz novel and a thorough disappointment, especially bearing in mind how critically acclaimed a writer he is supposed to be.

The plot is wanting and in contrast to some of the earlier reviewers I have to say slow - paced. Koontz is spending far too much time on the thorough and often dragging description of his protagonists' visions, thereby neglecting the advancement of his plot.

Logically speaking, I was unable to understand why "nanobot - implants" would enable anyone to gain the ability to physically fold from one place to another.

Koontz's characters remain utterly on the surface. Jilly's annoying attributes and Koontz's forced humour at times render this book unbearable, and at some point I considered myself unable to finish the story.

The most pathetic part of the book remains the (thankfully) rushed ending, when - over a nice glass of wine - our protagonists announce their aim to become something akin to superheroes and vow to fight evil whenever they are faced by it, thus enabling Mr Koontz to produce a sequel. Please spare us!
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