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Darkfall [Mass Market Paperback]

Dean Koontz
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Feb. 6 2007
A blizzard brings a city to a standstill-and ushers in an evil that defies imagination.


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Swift, entertaining...a classic race to the rescue. (Publishers Weekly)

A master storyteller. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers. (Macon Telegraph & News)

About the Author

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Darkfall May 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dark Fall focuses on two main characters. The first is a man from Jamaica named Baba Lavelle. Lavelle has come to New York City to get revenge on a Mafia family who was responsible for the death of his brother. Lavelle is a bocor, which means that he specializes in voodoo involving the black arts.
Four corpses have been found and they are all high ranking officials in the Mafia family. This is where the second character of the story comes in. Jack Dawson is a cop who has been working the case. All four bodies appear to have been bitten to death, and they were all behind locked doors and most of the time under security. Jack and his partner Rebecca cannot figure out what is killing these men, or how it is being done.
A lot of people that have read Dark Fall have called it one of Koontz's weaker books. In my opinion, this book has gotten a bad rep and is extremely underrated. The book drags you in from the first page and keeps you there until the very end. The amount of terror and suspense this book brings is amazing.
Jack Dawson is a very likeable hero, and you will find yourself rooting for him form the very beginning. He not only has to deal with Lavelle, but also for growing feelings for his partner. Koontz does a great job developing the romance between Rebecca and Jack.
Over all this is one of the best books that Dena Koontz has written. Few of these books have brought the kind of terror and suspense that Dark Fall does. After I finished reading Dark Fall, I kept asking myself why people do not like this book. It packs a scary and suspenseful story with outstanding characters. Ignore this book's reputation and give it a shot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz--Darkfall (1984) May 23 2004
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One of Dean Koontz's first works, his immaturity and indecision as a horror/suspense writer is fairly evident in his 1984 project "Darkness". As winter envelopes the city, several mutilated, chewed bodies turn up in less than a week. Detective Jack Dawson takes on the case with his partner, Rebecca Chandler, only to realize the horror that they have gotten themselves into. At first they think they are searching for a mysterious serial killer, but they soon begin to hear strange noises in the venilation systems and in the plumbing.
As "Darkness" unfolds, Dawson and Chandler find themselves up against hidious creatures that do not die and do not stop their pursuit to wipe out the entire city. As both become more involved with the supernatural presence that is governing these horrific monsters, Dawson must not only stop the beasts, but save his family in the process.
Fairly cliched "monster mash" romp that is neither that intriguing and certainly not believable. Those who enjoy voodoo and superstitution will find this Koontz work much more appealing, while those who search for novels that grab hold from the initial page, swallows the reader with its heartfelt sincerity, and touches the soul with an incredible finish should definately check out his later work. Not one of his better efforts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Correction May 13 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Actually, underrated, in this book the female lead who is also Jack's partner and lover is Rebecca, not Amy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Underrated March 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Darkfall focuses on two main characters. The first is a man from Jamaica named Baba Lavelle. Lavelle has come to New York city to gain revenge on a mafia family who was responsible for the death of his brother. Lavelle is a Bocur, which means that he specializes in Voodo involving the black arts. He uses his powers to call upon Gremlin type mosters that travel through the ventilation systems. They travel in packs, and can get into rooms hidden behind lock doors. Four corpses have popped up and they are all high ranking officials in the mafia family. This is where the second character of the story enters. Jack Dawson is a cop who has been working the case. All four bodies appear to have been bitten to death, and they were all behind locked doors. Jack and his partner Amy can not figure out what is killing these men, or how it is being done. Just when things couldn't get any worse, Jack gets a threatening phone call from Lavelle telling him to back off the case. When Jack refuses, Lavelle threatens Jack's children. Now it is up to Jack to find Lavelle and stop him before anyone else winds up dead.
I have been a fan of Dean Koontz for years, and have read the majority of his books. However, Darkfall was always one that I held off on due to the reputation that it has gotten. A lot of people that have read Darkfall have called it one of Koontz's weaker books. In my opinion, this book has gotten a bad rap and is extremely underrated. The book drags you in from page one and keeps you there until the very end. The amount of terror and suspense this book brings is unreal. Koontz's character development is at the top of its game in this book. Jack Dawson is a very likeable hero, and you will find yourself rooting from him from the very beginning.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WOWwwwwwww............no. Dec 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book twice, hoping it would have a different effect on me the second time around. It did not. This is the only Koontz book I have read, and I must admit that the opening pages are intensely intriguing and urged me on to read more. As I approached the middle of the story and the tale of voodoo unraveled I was not so captivated, but the suspense was still very strong. The "grand" finale almost wasted an incredible story. It was hoakey and completely lacked imagination or creative thought. It was too easy. If Koontz would consider rewriting the last chapter, adding some hint of intelligence, creativity, and the same unyielding suspense that saturates the first half of the story, I would gladly rate this five stars. It is still one of the best horror stories I have ever read and do strongly recommend it. Just be prepared for a deflated conclusion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
This is the first Koontz book that didnt get 5 starts from me. It took me a month to read it, and it usually takes me a few days. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by - Kasia S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Common lost in the woods story
What i thought about this book is really hard to have to write because i really have liked all of the Dean Koontz books i have read. Read more
Published on May 8 2003 by jesse
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky
This is a tale of Voodoo and wrath. I don't wanna give too much away, but its a great spooky tale. The story is centered around some bizarre murders of some pretty powerful... Read more
Published on April 20 2003 by Timothy A. Platt
4.0 out of 5 stars new aged detective chase
Detective Jack dawson and his partner Rebecca are investigating a series of horrific murders around the New York area. Read more
Published on March 19 2003 by jesse
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I haven't read all of his books, but I literally could not put this book down. I believe this was the first book I read by him and I became an instant fan. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 STARS...
WHAT R U PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT???
Novice dialogue? DK has a reputation as having witty repartee without peers!... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by Darren Jacks
2.0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz--Darkfall
...1984
Pages: 371
A typical Koontz novel during the 1980s that includes a heroic cop who loves his family more than anything, a love interest, and of course, some... Read more
Published on April 30 2002 by HoosierDaddy16
4.0 out of 5 stars Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter...
What's that running through my walls? Rats? Or - something worse...
Solid Koontz horror entry. Read more
Published on April 9 2002 by Bruce Rux
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