- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harper (8 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007349149
- ISBN-13: 978-0007349142
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Dean Koontz:
‘Odd Thomas is certainly a page-turner – this is a read-at-a-sitting novel – with a terrific final twist’ Observer
‘A terrific pursuit story … clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting’ Guardian
‘There’s surprise after surprise, including a killer finale … a read-in-one-go novel’ Independent on Sunday
‘Velocity hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending’ Sydney Sunday Telegraph
‘Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler’ The Times
‘Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ The New York Times
About the Author
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. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he lives with his wife Gerda, their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.
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Top Customer Reviews
Firstly I found this to be a very strange novel, not the story, but the way it has been written. Early in the book three separate plot lines are introduced, there is the main plot, a guy and his lady friend who find two strange fluffy creatures in the woods, they are typical Koontz characters, both are incredibly nice people with tragic pasts. They also have a very nice dog. A second plot line involves a psychotic killer, and a third involves some guy out gambling in casinos. Halfway through the book another couple of sub plots are introduced, involving an alcoholic hermit / tramp and another psychotic killer. Now you would assume that all of these different story lines are somehow going to gradually link into each other as the story progresses, some of them do eventually, although in a very limited way, and some literally don't link in at all. My only assumption is that most of these side plots were put in as padding by Koontz who didn't have enough material for the main plot. Having said that without the sub plots there would be no menace or nastiness to the book at all, it would simply be a story of fluffy cute animals running around.Read more ›
Clearly, the author has some very strong opinions with respect to governmental agencies, defense attorneys, elected officials, and so on. The author makes his rants part of the story but, somehow, it feels like...well...rants by a survivalist or far right wing ideologue of some kind.
Still, the story does have some steam. It revolves around two strange, white furred creatures that come to earth and are discovered by a reclusive man who lives with his Irish wolfhound in rural Colorado. So, this does grip the reader's imagination. After all, what are they? What do they want? Why are they here? Unfortunately, the reader will never really know.
Add to this the fact that that the characters, while initially intriguing, seem to be one dimensional. They are either god's angels on earth or the devil's spawn. There is no in between. Thematically, the book seems to be about good and evil, but it never really finds its groove.
Still, none of these shortcomings are what eventually torpedoes the book. It is the race to the finish line and the unsatisfying end to the story that does it in. A reader may endure some of the shortcomings along the way to the finish line but will feel decidedly cheated by the rushed feel of the ending and the lack of some rhyme or reason as to why some characters were included in the first place. The book has an almost nonsensical ending that is decidedly unsatisfying.
I am a fan of the author, so I was quite disappointed and let down by the turn the book took, as I know that the author is capable of delivering more than he did. In the final analysis, I did not like the book.
I enjoyed reading Breathless because it felt like 4 different stories, some only vaguely linked, some not linked at all. I liked trying to guess how they would be linked. I was disappointed by the weakness of the links, or absence thereof, but still, it was a fun ride.
The pseudo-scientific mystery of Breathless is the discovery of two strange creatures in the woods. We are left wondering, are they aliens? Genetic experiements? Or what? And good old Dean Koontz does not let us down with his fascinating explanation. Unfortunately, he kills off the novel soon after the revelation, just as all sorts of possibilities open up.
Breathless is not a thriller; it's more of a thinking novel, seemingly written to provoke philosophical and scientific debate in the way that Michael Chricton used to. I don't think Mr. Koontz will ever achieve that with his novels, but he will always entertain and fascinate.
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This book opened with a lot of promise, kept it going through 400 pages of quality suspense, drama, hints of romance, and speculative philosophy mixed with metaphysics, but dropped... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Greggorio!
as he started writing for children. does he expect us to believe in fluffy talking animals in this day and age of war and terrorism his writings not very realitic. c. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Peter Morgan
Such a moving story. Initially, not sure how the number of random characters would link. However, the way they are towards the end is sheer brilliance. Read morePublished on 20 May 2015 by Andy
Well that was certainly different.
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Out in the middle of nowhere, central USA, a man is walking his dog when he encounters 2 creatures neither he or... Read more
Great item. As described and was well packaged and swiftly deliveredPublished on 21 Mar. 2015 by Duane