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Phantoms [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
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A chilling tale of horror and suspense

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Yesterday Snowfield, California, was a charming little town basking in the golden afternoon sun. Today it is a place of nightmare. An ancient, awesome force has spirited away almost the entire population of the town and left the bodies of those remaining bizarrely disfigured. What hope can there be for the few still left alive...?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425181103
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (22 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W32ZLI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,715 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best horror book I've read! 14 Aug 1999
By A Customer
It was a while ago that I read this book but I remember it being the best horror book I've ever read. It really gripped me from the first few pages and I just felt compelled to keep reading. The story was enough to send a chill down you're spine while you read (unlike other horror books I've read). All in all I highly recommend this book to horror fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FanTasTic 13 Mar 2001
By A Customer
I saw the film and without realising i bought the book. If i thought the film was creepy, the book is terrifying. Koontz's descriptions makes you feel as if you are there or if he's is telling the story from experience. If you like horror and want to try a Koontz book then this should be the first you try.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read 10 Oct 2004
IF you're a fan or horror and suspense, this book has got the lot.
What has happened to the town of Snowfield? Why has half the town vanished, and the remaining souls found dead in bizarre circumstances. ??
A gripping read that forces you to turn that next page. A well written horror that stabs at your fears and leaves you feeling rather alone and "venerable" in the house after you have put it down.
When books leave me with an after effect like this, I know I have be thoroughly entertained and my mind suitably messed with.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-the-top horror, Koontz style 7 July 2005
"Writing PHANTOMS was one of the 10 biggest mistakes of my life, ranking directly above the incident with the angry porcupine and the clown, about which I intend to say nothing more."
- author's afterword, US paperback edition
Although Koontz wrote several books under pen names in the interim, PHANTOMS was the first book under his own name since WHISPERS. Since the publishing powers-that-be squawked whenever he produced a book differing from the previous book's perceived genre, he deliberately attempted a very different book from WHISPERS here. Ironically, PHANTOMS shackled him to the horror genre label for years to come.
PHANTOMS was meant to be an over-the-top horror story, with a full-blown monster but with a scientific explanation for everything that takes place. (Good luck working *that* out before the Big Exposition Scene, though.) Whether or not there are supernatural aspects to the monster, there are definitely scuzzy human villains littering the landscape. To crank up the tension, the story takes place in a very compressed timeframe once the action begins.
Drive-in totals (as Joe Bob Briggs, movie reviewer extraordinaire, would say)
- Small town? Check.
- Everybody missing except a handful of main characters? Check.
- Dismembered, mostly missing bodies, with occasionally body parts artistically planted where the characters have just passed through to add that special "we're being watched by a psycho" touch.
- Romance subplot, being Koontz.
Mind you, a lot of that would also apply to JURASSIC PARK, which didn't seem to be hurting any the last I knew. Still, if you read this one alone on a dark night, don't come crying to me if you can't sleep. You've been warned.
Not my cup of tea, but tastes differ.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phantoms: Genuinely scarey 10 Sep 2002
I never used to read much until I was given a huge pile of books from a friend who was going to throw them out - even then I didn't get round to reading any until one night nursing Insomnia I decided to read one - starting with Phantoms, I've got to say I loved it from the word go. Straight into the action and truly terrifying. I felt a bit stupid at first but it really is scary. However the ending isn't all that fascinating as the rest but still good. Full of twists and puzzles I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a god horror novel - well its got me started anyway!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly chilling read. 28 Jun 2004
I've read horror on and off for years and I can't say that many horror books manage to scare me. This book is different. Koontz delivers characters that you actually care about, with depth and feeling and places them in a nightmare that has you wondering what could happen next and hoping that they will make it.
He is a wonderful writer and this is well worth reading even if horror is not your usual genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There are characters, and there are characters.. 8 April 2014
By Deckard
Sisters Jenny and Lisa Paige, two sisters, return to Jenny's small hometown of Snowfield, California only to discover no one alive. The few bodies they find are either mutilated, or reveal some strange form of death. Something appears to be lingering in the darkness, on the end of all the telephones, and very quickly the truth begins to unfold. I don't really understand People slating Phantoms for being cliched and derivative, when there are far more glaring issues with it. I thought the plot was decent, it jumps right in, and rolls along nicely and the actual detail of it is written well with some nice evocative description. The problems come as soon as there's a requirement for tension, suspense and horror and within about five pages the whole thing self destructs.

For starters, Koontz falls into really lazy, matter of fact descriptions: "she felt terrified", etc. Secondly, there's zero sense of pace to any of the suspenseful moments, some of these are just terribly written (for example, the bit where Lisa discovers what is in the ovens at the bakery. She screams, then points, then there's a paragraph of description, punctuated by what she was actually screaming at). It's all so laboured and drawn out, it destroys it's own shocks. Then there's the characterisation. What an absolute masterclass in how not to write characters. The 14 year old Lisa, after an initial introduction, descends entirely into the role of "I'm here to ask questions on behalf of the reader", and "please bounce another theory off me" where she suddenly behaves entirely like an adult whilst Jenny appears to become whatever the author requires at that moment. A doctor by profession, she also has detailed knowledge of crime scene investigation, ballistics, cooking, telephone engineering, and elementary astrophysics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another great read !
Published 21 days ago by Sara Coghill
5.0 out of 5 stars A good horror
This was certainly a true horror but still one that was thought provoking by challenging belief systems and what really could be the truth underpinning religions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Elizabeth Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
This is one book I just couldn't put down! Another typical dean Koontz, I will never tire of his books.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class easily followed story
I would recomend this book to any Sci Fi Lover.

Fantastic imagination.

Never knew what was going on for ages it had me enthrawld
Published 2 months ago by Peter Wiltshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean at his best.
Fabulous plot, kept me riveted to the end.
What was it?
Where did it come from?
What did it want?
Read the book and you'll find out!
Published 3 months ago by Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars Phantoms, a exciting twist to Watchers?
Dean Koontz is one of my favourite horror writers, I find his books easier to read than Stephen King as Koontz seems to make a point to keep is plots quiet neat and relatively... Read more
Published 3 months ago by katherine taale
5.0 out of 5 stars phantoms
I haven't fin the book yet but even after the first few pages I was hooked. As always Dean Koontz. Has come through once again.
Published 3 months ago by Sally Bowkett
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I've only read 2 Koontz books before Phantoms. The Strangers I immensely enjoyed but Shadowfire disappointed me, so I began this book with a hint of scepticism. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Verity Hadley
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit pradictable but not a bad time filler
dean koontz is a good writer ,this is not one of his best but still a good time filler
Published 5 months ago by stephen wildman
4.0 out of 5 stars A
As ever, never disappointed, Another good read from one of my fav authors of the moment. Always a nice twist
Published 5 months ago by Noura4eva
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