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This extraordinary book is the most compelling I have ?read? for ages. It is poetic in its intensity and descriptive power, the use of alliteration and graphic imagery painting a canvas so rich that one feels intimately involved with the characters as they embark on their remarkable journey. On the surface this is a physical journey, fleeing unknown killers after having been injected with a mysterious substance by a desperate scientist without conscience. As they travel, the journey becomes one of self-discovery for each of them, and their altered condition begins to forge three disparate characters into a single force.
One of the most touching aspects of the story is the love and devotion of the older man for his autistic brother. Surely the author must have first-hand experience of dealing with someone in this labyrinthine state, with all its unpredictability, ritualistic behaviour and spontaneous richness of expression. This young man lifts the story from simple thriller to something other: a rich character study, and the heartwarming reality of the ultimate triumph of love and vulnerability in a dark world.
The throwing together of a man and a woman into the darkness of a dangerous and unpredictable night might have tempted a lesser author to introduce a romantic element. In my opinion, this would have reduced the impact of the book, and brought it down to the lowest common denominator of so much modern fiction. This author disproves the axiom that ?sex sells books? and resists such a temptation, merely hinting at the possibility of such a relationship in the future.
This novel is an allegory of the way in which one handles adversity, both internal and external. The rain falls alike on the just and the unjust, but it is how one deals with it that determines the outcome, both in one?s own life and in the life of others.
A remarkable book, penned by a writer has an obvious love for words, and a great command of the English language. Highly recommended!
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Well read but overall a mediocre story. Too many metaphores which distract from the overall story line. Koontz is a decent writer which he has shown with his Odd Thomas books but this is not one of his above average works. The always present religious undertones in his works is too overt in this one and seriously detracts from the story.
This book has many characteristics. It's humorous, dramatic, sci-fictional, exhilirating. This book is highly reccomended so put it in your cart today! Dylan O' Connor's brother is a very humorous, traumatic, and very smart. I've read it twice already and it never get's old. By the way, this is my dads profile and I'm only 12, and I LOVED this book. If you're looking towards something more realistic, i reccomend Life Expectancy. My very favorite book ever.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
My first Dean Koontz book was an accidental read many years ago and I couldn't believe that I had avoided him as an author for so long. I have to say that he is indeed a strange writer but his books strike a note with me that I find addictive. I would rank this book as definitely one of the best that I've read. It is sweet and endearing in the love of one brother for another and in the development of friends thru trust.
I've found that Koontz writes on the cutting edge of possibility and that is without a doubt interesting and a little scary in the possibilities. This book has a lot of those possibilities peppered in it.
I think I used to avoid his books because I thought they were horror books. I couldn't have been more wrong. I agree with another reviewer saying that if you only read one Koontz book, this one should be it.
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