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Winter Moon
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2010
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. With other authors, they tend to get carried away with big words and endless sentences that seem to run on and on with metaphors that run into other metaphors and so on. By the end of some sentences you lose track completely. With Dean Koontz it's all clear-cut, and easy to follow, rather like watching and absorbing an incredibly detailed film.

This book was a real page turner. On one hand you've got the worries and dangers of L.A and in the other you've got the dangers of the deep, dark wilderness in Montana. The stark contrast between the man-made dangers of L.A and the other-worldly, spooky dangers of the Montana wildnerness is really well done.

The imagination that went into the book - the storyline, the imagery, the descriptions - make this, in my opinion, one of his best books I've ever read. If you love horror and deep-thinking and you love that fear of the unknown, then this book is definitely for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 8 January 2007
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. The scene with the gunman at the beginning of the book is tense and really plunges you head first into the book. The length of the book isn't a problem - you don't feel pages are there unnecessary.

The introduction to the alien through the racoons is very creepy! Later as more about the alien is revealed this creepiness lessens but the fact that dead bodies are used as "puppets" makes you squirm quite a bit!

The ending is satisfactory but fairly predictable.

Overall a very solid Koontz book. The beginning in LA especially grips you along with the initials encounters with the possessed animals Montana. Perhaps part two of the book unfolded a bit too predictably but it is still a most enjoyable read.

Although not up there with his very best it is a very good read and is one of the few in print Koontz books that crosses into the science fiction genre.

8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2015
Only a writer as skilled as Dean Koontz can get away with sticking to the same formula from book to book. A stoic, everyman hero with a lovely, plucky wife/ girlfriend. A brave, quirky little son with some hidden special ability and of course a noble golden retriever. Saying all of that, Winter Moon is fast moving, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 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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VINE VOICEon 23 August 2007
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 after Jacks injury which I felt were unneccesary and, were they in a movie, they would probably have been covered in a montage.

I liked the fact that this book was quite origional for Dean Koontz in the fact that it was very different (especially the ending) to his other books in the fact that it deals with the supernatural.

As usual with a Koontz book the charactors are likeable, it can be hard to put down in places and, of course, one of the main charactors has a pet dog.

Recomended to Koontz fans because the theme of it is a nice change from the usual.
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I always enjoy Dean Koontz's stories. I love the writing, the style, the characters, the dialogue and of course the plot. This was no exception with both gory and psychological horror, but not for the sake of it. I don't like gore but this author's stories demand it in places and it's done extremely well.

Not as many typos/spelling mistakes/grammatical errors as the recently read Whispers, but I was still amazed at the amount considering those expensive and smug eyes that continually put down independent authors - errors being one of the reasons.

However, a fab read, leaving Dean Koontz my all time favourite storyteller.
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on 15 August 2008
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. The usual 2 stories that have nothing in common make you want to read on. The relationship between the members of the family is touching and dealt with with a good dose of humour (I wish my family were like that!). But the denouement was just a little bit unbelievable and OTT for me.
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on 28 May 2014
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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on 15 January 2015
The book started in one direction moved into what seemed an unrelated journey then pulling the two together entwined and writhed together seamlessly ,
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