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Dark Rivers of the Heart
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2005
This was the first book that I ever read by this author. Since then I have read nearly all his work.
This is a huge story with lots of characters and strangely, I can remember all of them. Even the "walk on" characters of the bad guys' victims.
It has high tech gadgets, conspiracy, a psycho, a beautiful woman in distress, the hero to help her, and of course the faithful dog that nearly always appears in Koontz's books.
A book you will never forget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 5 April 2009
I enjoyed this book by Koontz, but only gave it 3 stars as, while very exciting and suspenceful in places, I found its length made it feel tedious in places and I was quite sick of the story by the end. Also, while I loved the hero's of the book (Spencer, Valerie and of course Rocky), I didnt think the villians were up to the usual Koontz standard. Eve had very good potential but sadly her charcater was underdeveloped, despite the 720 page length. I also felt the character of the black policeman (I just finished the book and dont remember this name..) was totally unnecesary and seemed to be added two thirds of the way through for no reason at all.

The books starts out very good with many twists as Spencer Grant - accompanied by his dog, Rocky - go in search of a mysterious woman named Valerie Keene, who Spencer met at a bar and instantly took a great attraction to - both her looks and her personality.

A sociopath called Frank, who works for the government is after Valerie - and now Spencer - for reasons that we do not yet know.

Very good if you are new to Koontz, although could be very sameish if you have read his books before as it is very similar to several of his others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
to look at the amount of reviews & overall scores you'd think that mr.koontz never misses,in fairness this is the case with most popular writers but too often its hype.not so with this one, the DEA do indeed have the power described in this novel.

the way the protagonists lives are ripped out from under them is chillingly believable and this helps to rack up the tension. there is fine attention to detail that far from slowing things down simply adds to the reality of the story, though its the collection of characters here that keep things on the boil, even in his weakest efforts koonts' ability to paint a believable psychopath is always top notch and that's especially true here.

If you're new to his works and have only read the last few of his works you may have been wondering what all the fuss was about,well add this beauty to your basket & wonder no more,he's at the top of his game here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2000
This was my first introduction to Koontz's work and subsequently I have tried to read everything he has written. He covers all ranges of dark deeds from psychotic murderers to corruption in government and invasion of privacy taken to hideous extremes. I found myself staying up until the early hours of the morning and not wanting to go to sleep before reading until the end. When I eventually finished I felt a real sense of loss for the characters in the book as the descriptions were so vivid. A warning if ever there was one for the escalating loss of personal privacy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 1999
This is an excellent book well grounded in today's technology and US politics. While the characters may get a bit lucky at times, the plot is just far enough this side of fantastic to keep you hooked and believing. I like the departure from the mystic/pseudo-science which is usually a feature of this genre. A definite Koontz classic - I wonder if there'll be a movie (please let it be better than "Intensity" was!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 1999
Dean Koontz's finest (in my opinion anyway). The story holds to all the usual Koontz traits, ie. someone gets into trouble with an unknown source and then falls in love with the begrudging accomplice. This one differs in that the book is even more engrosing than usual and has some amazing hi-tech gadgets included in the story. In short if you havn't read it, why??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 1999
I thought this was a highly entertaining read, on a par with other good koontz titles like "Strangers" and "Mr Murder". If you like to be kept guessing and enjoy a fast moving read or if you like koontz then this is a book for you. I especially liked the inclusion of some fascinating technology in this book, i felt koontz got it spot on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2009
Having just purchased a signed 1st edition of the book, I just thought I would add my 2pence worth...

The best thriller I had read a the time (mid 90s) and a gripping one at that, also its larger than most of his novels which gives the story and characters much more depth.

Would be perfect as a Blockbuster movie adaptation.
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on 5 February 2015
It was basically a boring book which is amazing as it was packed with exciting situations. The trouble was I could not get interested in the main character. There was way too much stuff about how he used omputers and unfortunately now it all seems so old hat.

Also some if not all the situations were pretty unbelievable and I do not like to have to uspend credibility completely. Can you really believe an SUV could be swept miles and miles for hours down a flooded river without turning over or letting in water? I have known a car with just a slightly dented door go through a car wash and it didn't just trickle, it "poured in like a waterfall".

The villain said once he could not believe all this had taken only 48 hours; I couldn't either, I seemed to have been there for weeks!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2000
Dean Koontz intermingles Big Brother paranoia, modern technology and true love into a book that has to be read to be beleived. Lonely Spencer briefly meets an amazing woman and for the first half of the book discovers why the authorities want her dead. Then they meet and the rest of the book absolutely flies. It is hard to put into words how spiritual, how exciting, how horrific this story is, but it is a book I have read at leat half a dozen times now and it still stuns me. You HAVE to read this book.
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