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Winter Moon

Winter Moon [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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"America's most popular suspense novelist."-- "Rolling Stone Don't miss the latest thriller by Dean Koontz: From the Corner of His Eye "Viscerally exciting ... An extended, tense tour de force ... An expertly crafted, ornate suspenser ... Koontz fans will love it."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review) And his other Bantam bestsellers: False Memory Seize the NightFear NothingSole SurvivorIntensityDark Rivers of the HeartIceboundTicktock

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In this powerful novel, the tension builds to a stunning climax

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (6 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,763 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Eerie thriller let down by its ending 10 Jan 2006
Dean Koontz has a style of writing that you either like or hate with a passion. He brings a flowery nature to his prose and tackles thriller and horror elements from a more genteel angle than many other authors.
It is with this style that Koontz explores the nature of aliens and how they would react with a peaceful Montana ranch in 'Winter Moon'. The story starts with two separate elements - a cop recovering from a vicious shooting in LA and an aging Montana recluse who believes mysterious things are occurring on his land.
This is not one of Koontz's fastest books - in fact it’s pretty pedestrian for the first 2/3. However, the way in which the tension slowly builds makes it one of the most effecting books I have read for a long time. The very nature of what is alien really inspired me and gave me more chills than the average monster of the week.
However, this is not to say that 'Winter Moon' does not have its faults. The last third is pacey but very poor descending the book into near farce. The characters you cared for are still there but the outcome seems unsatisfactory. It is for this reason that the book is average and I feel that for many it would be even worse as its slow pace could put many people off. One for Koontz completists only.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UP THERE WITH THE BEST 2 Sep 2008
I have read almost all of Dean Koontz's books and rarely been disappointed, although some of the more recent efforts have fallen below Mr Koontz's usual superlative standards.
'Winter Moon' is among my favourites. The character development is strong, the settings are evocative and beautifully scripted, and though the alien premise is not novel it is imaginatively drawn and raises some profound questions. I don't mean that this book is preachy. Far from it. The suspense is edge-of-the-seat stuff and Mr Koontz's descriptions as usual elevate the reader from his/her armchair into the world that's being created.
This isn't a horror story in the true sense but is certainly sci-fi, and it's sci-fi just as I like it.
If you haven't read Dean Koontz before, this is a good place to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cop Story Turns Into Science Fiction! 8 Jan 2007
By Scottish Dave VINE VOICE
Jack McGarvey is an LA cop. He has lost one partner already, Tommy, through the crime wave that seems to be sweeping the city. His new partner Luther dies during a shootout. During the shootout Jack is badly injured but saves the life of a woman by killing the gunman. For the remainder of part one of the book we learn about Jack's rehabilitation after his shooting and how he and his family (wife Heather and son Toby) become disillusioned with life in Los Angeles. Their disillusionment is compounded by the fact the gunman was a cult film director and Jack is painted by some as the villain.

Also in the first part of the book is a story about Eduardo who lives on a range in Montana. He has lost his wife and son and is quietly living out his last few years. However, increasingly strange things are happening on his ranch. Strange noises and lights come some nights. Animals are possessed with the purpose of watching him. He eventually comes across some sort entrance to another world/spaceship. What worries him is what has come out of that spaceship.

Part two of the book sees Jack and his family move to Montana full of hope and excitement about their new life. Things start well with Toby getting a dog and the neighbours being very friendly. A big change from Los Angeles. However, they also encounter the aliens and they have to battle for their lives.

Koontz really gives you a feel for a place. Los Angeles is full of 1980's cynicism - crime is rife and the law is not respected. A different picture is painted on Montana - rural and in many ways quite idyllic.

The characters are very strong in this book. With is clocking up almost 500 pages you really get to know Jack and his family along with Eduardo.
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1.0 out of 5 stars You need to read something better than this! 3 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Unbelievably poor! This is the only Koontz book I've read and I couldn't be more surprised by how bad this book and this writing style is! Cliche upon cliche. - The 'evil' is coming. Oh no, the phones are dead! Lets get out of here. Oh no the cars won't start. And look, a giant snow storm is starting so we can't leave! - And pages and pages of (supposed) tension building with all the character opening doors and turning round to find..... guess what..... NOTHING behind them. Is this the best Koontz can do. Not an original idea on a single page.
Tiresome vague attempts to describe the indescribable with ineffective similies and repetitive (breathtakingly repetitive) and long winded reminders of the chracters former lives in 'cess pool' of LA. I got to the end with a feeling of relief. Relief that I won't ever read another one of these dreadful books.
A 12 year old could come up with a better story!
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Every time I read this book, I feel the compassion for the characters, their situation and outlook on life. I can only say it's a GREAT story, and so well written, love it. Not a bad thing to say about it 10/10 Every time. Recommend it all types of readers, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just love Dean 29 April 2014
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Just love anything by Dean Koontz and am building a collection to read whilst on holiday - so haven't read this book yet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Excellent, unputdownable. I started reading slower as I did not want this story to end. Highly recommended. I can't wait for the next one.
Published 4 months ago by Christopher J Meadows
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Read
I always enjoy Dean Koontz's stories. I love the writing, the style, the characters, the dialogue and of course the plot. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Julie Elizabeth Powell
3.0 out of 5 stars good until the end
good start , interesting plot , could not put it down , but a bit of a cop out ending ,which to be honest was a little disappointing.
Published 13 months ago by mark s
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
I'm a big fan of Dean Koontz and so far this is one of his best stories yet. His writing style is brilliant yet simple to read and understand. Read more
Published on 6 July 2010 by Victoria Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars average
Well, I'm afraid to say, I like supernatural, paranormal and magic but not aliens, so this one left me feel a little doubtful whether I liked it or not. The start was great. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2008 by Macca
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but padded out
I enjoyed this Dean Koontz book but felt that it was very padded out. The chapters of Edwardo could have just been written as a prologue and there are a lot of chapters during and... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2007 by marky77
4.0 out of 5 stars Good scare!!
Though not one of his most complex books, 'Winter Moon' is nonetheless a first-rate thriller, with enough scay moments to keep you reading all through the night.... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2002 by Danjal Jannik Nyberg
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