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Eyes of Darkness Mass Market Paperback – Jan 11 2002


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Open market ed edition (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425153975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425153970
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,539,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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AT SIX MINUTES PAST MIDNIGHT, TUESDAY MORNing, on the way home from a late rehearsal of her new stage show, Tina Evans saw her son, Danny, in a stranger's car. Read the first page
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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 3 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the author's earlier works, which was originally released under the pen name of Leigh Nichols. I confess that I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller with paranormal overtones. It is definitely a guilty pleasure, and I read it in one sitting. It is a book that definitely keeps the reader turning the pages.

Tina Evans is a former Vegas showgirl, who is now producing extravaganzas for Vegas Hotels. Divorced from her husband, a Vegas casino card dealer, she is still mourning the death of Danny, her twelve year old son who died in a terrible accident while out on a Boy Scout trip in the Sierra Mountains. Apparently, the bus that was transporting the scouts drove off the mountain side. So horrific were Danny's injuries, that she never saw his remains.

Suddenly, just as she thinks that she may be starting to heal from her grief, the wounds are opened again, when she begins to get messages that are appearing seemingly of their own volition, advising that someone is not dead yet and is pleading for help. She eventually comes to believe that it is her son Danny.

When she meets a good looking lawyer by the name of Eric Stryker, she asks him to assist her in getting an exhumation order, as she feels that perhaps if she sees Danny's remains, she may get over the feeling that she has that Danny is alive. Eric agrees, but no sooner does he apply to a judge for such an order, that all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, people are out to kill both Eric and Tina.

Tina is now convinced that Danny is alive and that he is trying to let her know and lead her to him. Despite the odds, Tina and Eric make their way through the High Sierra Mountains to do just that, guided only by a mother's belief that her son is alive.
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A grieving Vegas mother Tina Evans, is just starting to come to terms with her young son Danny's death. Someone starts leaving her messages in her son's room and at work saying stuff like Not Dead! She decides to exhume the body of her son which she was too distraught to see before he was buried to put her mind a rest. Elliot her friend and lawyer is visited by two men who want to know why she is doing this and what she knows about their secret organisation. She is also simultaneously visited by a friendly gasman and that is when the fun begins for them both.
This is a pretty good book and I don't want to give anything away by being clearer with my next comment but I do wonder why the writer of the messages to Tina could not be clearer rather than just writing Not Dead and other simple messages when they have such exceptional communication abilities. That is my only question with what is a sensational novel that you will not be able to put down until the final page. This is not a masterpiece like Night Chills, Watchers and Intensity but it is still definitely five stars in literature quality. I highly recommend The Eyes of Darkness to anyone after a good read.
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By coachtim on Aug. 12 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Eyes of Darkness", originally written under Koontz' pen name of Leigh Nichols, has been updated and tweaked somewhat to fit a 90's audience. The story remains the same and the plot ("Mother searches relentlessly for son she believes is still alive") is easy to follow. As with most Koontz books, there is the right amount of suspense, romance and humor. He really IS a wonderful storyteller who is adept at creating believeable and likeable characters.
My only criticism is with the plot's dependancy on the paranormal to keep it going. Telekinesis, hypnotism, and permonitions all play major roles in this novel. I guess I would rather have seen a more "reality-based" plot. I think the same story could have basically been told, but in a more believable manner. On the other hand, if you're a true believer in the world of the paranormal, you'll absolutely love "The Eyes of Darkness".
For those of you who are Koontz fans you'll no doubt find this another typical terrific "read". (If nothing else, it's an extremely quick read!) For those of you trying Koontz for the first time, I would recommend some of his later, more polished works. ("Strangers", "Watchers", "Mr. Murder", and "Shattered" are just a few of his absolute best, in my humble opinion!)
Koontz remains one of the most reliable and prolific authors in our country today. You know when you pick up one of his books it will be well-written with great characteriztion and a terrific story. "The Eyes of Darkness" is no exception!
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By A Customer on Nov. 15 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love a good bone chiller but this certainly was not it. This reminded me of a summer read a young teen would enjoy. The book was actually too easy to read. I guess I like a little bit more of a challenging book that keeps you guessing and makes you think. It starts off as a story of a mother's hope of the possibility of her son being alive then explodes into this action adventure and then science fiction. A lot of it was plain out ridiculous. Especially, when the son is sending his mother messages telepathically.
The end of the book was a simple ending compared to all the action going on. It was almost like the author couldn't make up his mind how he wanted to write his book. The book was a quick read that's what I did like about it but kept hoping it was going to get better. Of course, my favorite read is "Lovely Bones", and so reading this afterwards may have spoiled it for me. This book was not a well written book. I was very disappointed
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