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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (Feb. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425214591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425214596
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.7 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on May 26 2004
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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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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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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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Darkfall is definately a typical 80s Koontz monster novel with slightly different twists compared to other authors at the time; however, he creates a story that will turn off many readers in the process. During the winter season in New York City, homicide detectives Jack Dawson and Rebecca Chandler are thrust into a gang-war with peculiar murders--all of the victims seem to be bitten to death and the corpses are part of the most notorious mafia family in the entire city. Jack and Rebecca are against a race for time to try to find out who is responsible for these awful crimes and even more important--how to stop them. This novel begins as a genuine monster story and that is original enough, but Koontz attempts to incorporate a supernatural voodoo/religous twist to the evil that is terrorizing New York City and it just didn't seem to fit. Many will be turned off by this voodoo because it may go against their religious beliefs and values...while others will simply put the book down because the story seems so far-fetched to continue--even for Koontz. Only for those with certain tastes.
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