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Terror plot with a fairy tale end.
on 10 December 2014
I had my doubts about this book, but I am glad I have read it. It is a story of a very touching friendship between a talented boy and a Japanese man, which they formed in challenging circumstances. The slightly unusual twist was that we view the events through the boy's eyes, and the boy is African-American.
Koontz did introduce some supernatural elements into the book, but it is less a supernatural story and more a story of decent hard -working people having to deal with a group of terrorists, one of whom is the boy's father. There are charming details thrown in , like a diminutive Japanese lady and her rescue dog playing detectives, or the Spirit of the City presenting the Community hall with a new piano for the boy to play on.
It is probably not the best plot ever, but it is interesting and most characters are well defined. Bad guys dangle in the air a bit. I couldn't shake off the feel that I am missing something about the chief baddy Fiona.
Despite the boy is left disabled after a bomb explosion, the story has a fairy tale ending. I must confess I quite enjoyed it, being tired of pretty ubiquitous gloom endings of the genre. So cheers to good endings!