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Twilight Eyes [Paperback]

Dean Koontz
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17 Jun 1990

Slim MacKenzie knows what they are, what they do - and how they hide in human form. He is blessed - or cursed - by twilight eyes. He can see the diabolical others through their innocent human disguise. He's already killed one of them And he'll kill again...

But even the grave won't hold them...

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (17 Jun 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747235171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747235170
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,576 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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Chilling...superbly scary! -- "Los Angeles Times"

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They're out there. Lurking. Waiting. Feeding on human suffering, fiendishly plotting their ultimate triumph

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Slim Mackenzie can see through to the evil core of some of the humanity peopling the world with his twilight eyes. The truth is they really do not like humans and have a diabolical strategy to bring misery to real people and decimate as much as humanity as possible. Far as Slim is concerned, there are no choices - his only option is to fight fire with fire, but he is far outnumbered. On top of that, they begin to recognise him as the threat he is and will not let him carry on this crusade unchallenged....... If you can only read one book by Koontz in your life, make it this one. Even though it's a dated book, in comparison to say False Memory, Koontz seemed to be at the absolute peak of his imaginative and storytelling prowess as an author. This book is simply off-the-hook and a must read. No superlative language can truly do it justice. Wonderfully conceived plots and convincing characters people Koontz best book to date and that is saying a whole lot.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This story is superb. After reading several of his earlier books I was sure I knew what to expect, was I ever wrong! Fantastic plot, gripping, intense and unmissable. Read this and scare the hell out of yourself. Is your horrible neighbour a goblin? Read this and find out............
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE VERY BEST BOOK HE HAS WRITTEN 31 May 2001
I won't bang on about the plot, as that would spoil it, but if you like Koontz as I do, this is as good as it gets. It is imaginative, exciting, and very good at getting you to care for the people in the story, so much so that it is the one book that I long for him to write a sequel to, so I can find out what they are doing now. Five stars +++++
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, haunting although not his very best 16 Oct 2010
This is not one of Koontz's best books, there are jarring cliches and technical failings throughout but that doesn't matter. Twilight Eyes is a nostalgic book, set in 1964, the year of Kennedy's death, and has a haunting melancholy for a lost time of certainties, a world beginning to fracture with the Bay of Pigs. Carl Stanfeuss is a 17 year old boy on the run, going by the name of Slim MacKenzie because he killed his Uncle Denton with an axe, believing he could see through his Uncle's skin and see inside another evil creature, that he calls goblins. He breaks into the Sombra Brothers Carnival at night looking for work, and encounters another goblin sabotaging the dodgems, he kills this creature but when he comes to dispose of it the creature is gone. He joins the carnival as a caller and falls in love with his boss, and finds he is not alone in seeing the creatures that pass for human. As the Carnival travels to the mountain town of Yontsdown Slim finds himself in a nightmare world where the figures of authority, police, judges, clergy, are goblins and that something terrible is being created.
I love this book because of its place in my own personal history, I read it as a teenager and it soothed the sorrow inside of me. I may not have been aware of goblins as such, but they can be read as a metaphor for the evil within humanity and its potential for horror, balanced against the courage of people who cannot just stand by and let even unkindness be the dominant force in the world, let alone terror and pain and fear. It set me on a hard but worthwhile path, that standing by is not an option, however tempting that may be.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange, exciting, and deeply appealing. 23 Feb 2001
By A Customer
When I was reading this book, I had contradicting thoughts about it. Sometimes I was extremely impressed, sometimes deeply disappointed. To get the worst out of the way, let me state the disappointing factors first: Dean Koontz needs to read 'The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes' and take a good look at the chapter labeled 'Don't Lecture Your Reader'! I cannot totally attack Koontz though, because sometimes the information he lingers on is important for the story, but for God's sake be brief because it disrupts the flow of events!
Now this book is about a gifted young man who can see the evil presence lurking beneath a human disguise. This evil is a physical being - not something of spiritual nature - 'goblins' as he calls them. He stalks them, kills them, and he can also see the misery that they had brought over the earth. Like in all of Dean's books, the story is enhanced by several very real, very compelling characters. And as usual, you'll love and admire the characters. You'll be surprised too, because things will be turned upside down quite a few times, which is what makes this book exciting.
I wouldn't say that it is particularly very scary. It is gripping, yes. Thrilling, yes. Even bizzarre. But not enough to classify it as horror. It can be slow at times, which is why it occured to me to give it 4 stars instead of 5, but the way it ended made it worthy of more than 5 stars. It takes a very emotional turn and suddenly you may find yourself so tuned in that time and place seize to exist. I was touched so deeply by this story, deeper than many of the other books I have read for him.
Dean is also a great thinker. In a way, he carries a message in this book that is close to saying that he wished he could blame all the misery in the world on the 'goblins'. That we, humans, cannot be entirely blamed on the destruction of our world... wishful thinking of course, but an idea on which he built this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Dean Koontz 13 Nov 2013
By Jax UK
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and have read all his books. This one, along with Tick Tock, Watchers and Strangers are the best he has written and can be read over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Well what can I say very different as you expect with Dean koontz, bit far fetched but then you start to wonder and that is scary good read took a little while to get going but... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars very good!
also one of my favourite Koontz books which I read 2 times. First time was the best when I was teenager, reread it some years ago but was still good. Read more
Published 13 months ago by laros76
5.0 out of 5 stars i will still read this book over
this is a book i go back to time and time again it is a good story and keeps me entertained
Published 15 months ago by sandra ward
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked on Koontz
I kept that rating as 3 stars as I have not read this book yet.
I recommend it for anyone who read Dean Koontz collections including Odd.
Published 16 months ago by E. Ashie-Neequaye
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book!!!
Have read this book multiple times in paper back so just had to down load to my kindle. Brilliant book, Stephan King eat your heart out
Published 18 months ago by J. Blacknell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
I read this many years ago and always remembered the story but forgot the name and author. When I found it again recently I had to have it so I could read it again. Read more
Published 18 months ago by lisa bridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
If you like ~Dean Koontz works, You will Love this book Gripping me from the start well done Koontz. :)
Published 19 months ago by John Jacobs
1.0 out of 5 stars Twilight Balls
Unless it's set on another planet or different reality, a fantasy story only works when there is some semblance of plausibility. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Brian_OWC
5.0 out of 5 stars Koontz at his best!
The is a fantastic read, fast paced and entralling. The story of a young man and his fight against a race of goblins that hide in human form, that only only he can see, so he... Read more
Published on 30 May 2011 by Glosblue
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea - shame about the subplot
'Twilight Eyes' is a mixed bag of a novel. On one hand it gives you a great central premise of a man called Slim Mackenzie who can see demons that pose in human form. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2006 by Sam Tyler
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