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Lightning [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Since the night she was born, Laura Shane has been continually saved by a mysterious guardian who appears and disappears without a trail. Through the years, these random encounters prove more and more life-threatening, sending Shane down a dark path to which her savior, Stefan, has unintentionally led her and her family. But as Shane realizes when not where Stefan is from, she must scramble for her life as her enemies seek her out. Her only hope is in the knowledge that when lightning strikes, her enemies are near. Koontz isn't the first author to incorporate lightning with time travel, but he certainly shines new light on the subgenre of time travel. Koontz's 1988 novel gains new life in this unabridged production. Christopher Lane captures listeners with a stern and serious voice that can still lighten up, especially when voicing Shane's son, Chris, or other colorful characters. Lane's vocalizing of characters proves impressive, authentic and even amusing for everyone but Shane, whose voice is adequate but fades in comparison to the other characters. Regardless, Lane's narration improves upon the book by adding a tonal edge that will keep listeners' attention throughout all 14 hours. (May)
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From Library Journal

On the night of Laura Shane's birth, a stranger appears from the lightning to prevent her delivery's being botched by an alcoholic physician. Throughout Laura's childhood the stranger reappears at times of danger. He protects rather than threatens, yet menace seems to follow him. Thirty years later another storm flashes and the stranger collapses, shot, at Laura's door. Now Laura protects her erstwhile guardian from mysterious hunters. He reveals that he and the hunters are time travelers. Laura, quick-witted and brave, leads the way to a bloody showdown. The paradox in time travel's tampering with history provides an interesting twist in this gripping thriller by a popular writer. Literary Guild selection.A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington,
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1431 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Sept. 2 2003)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001HYOD6A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My other favorite Dean Koontz book June 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Back in high school and early college, I was a ravenous Dean Koontz fan. Two of my all time favorite Koontz books were (and still are) "Night Chills" and "Lightning". I have to say "Lightning" has a slight edge over "Night Chills" but not by much. I first read the book when I checked out from the library and eventually bought my own copy from a used book store. That is how much I loved the book. I'm not particularly a big fan of books that talks about time travel but I thought Dean Koontz made the subject very fascinating in the novel. The story of Laura Shane and her 'guardian' made for compelling reading. The only flaw of the book is that towards halfway through the book it started becoming a cheesy soap opera but I can overlook that. One of my favorite moments in the book was Laura's interaction with the Ackerson twins. I couldn't help but get choked up when death befell Laura unexpectedly. I felt like I was part of Laura's life as she grew up through out the book. I know it sounds corny but it is true. I couldn't stop reading this book when I first read it and I still can't to this very day when I want to take a trip down memory lane.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Half March 30 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book started out as an unbelievable, cryptic recounting of a wayfarer-like time traveller destined to protect a wonder-child. The first 125 pages were wonderful and engrossing, but soon after Koontz blunders badly. He takes a very unique character in Laura and waters her down by having her married and turning herself into a world-famous, rich author, which kills the book. The most compelling aspect about Laura was her fierce devotion to her father's ways; that is, she was a sole survivor, not an award winning author. I don't know why Koontz did this. He happily marries her off and then gives her an utterly annoying nitwit kid who talks like he's an omnipotent soldier from another dimension. Add to that Laura's friend Thelma, and you have the recipe for something TRULY annoying. The exchanged repartee of these two characters is not only aggravating, but unrealistic. They're in the midst of being hunted down by nefarious time travellers and all they can resort to are wisecracks? Please! I spend the second half of the book wishing Thelma dead because she so grated my nerves (along with the kid). If you consider Stephan's interchange with Hitler and Mussolini, it's obvious that a promising book has taken a long, meaningless detour.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good start, then downhill Jan. 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Lighting" starts out with a bang, and then fades like diminishing thunder. The book is riddled with cliches, stereotypical characters, non sequiturs, and an astonishingly embarassing number of product placements: Smith & Wesson, Disney, McDonald's, Ralph's, Goodwill, Mark Cross, Ray Ban, IBM, etc. etc. Parts of the book are laughable; Laura becoming upset at Chris's use of profanity after Laura has "blown away" several of the assassins, Laura's concern about the nutritional value of the food Chris is eating.
However, if television shows like "Survivor", "Oprah", and "One Life To Live" appeal to you, this may be the book for you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Childish July 13 2013
By Jabba
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in grade 5 when I was 9 or 10 years old. It was probably the first adult book I ever read and I remember thinking it was awesome as I grew up. Although I had mostly forgotten the story through adulthood, I still regarded it as a great book, so I decided to reread it some 20 years after my first time through.

Well, suffice it to say, this book is truly made for children. The characters themselves are weak, with some very generic dialogue throughout. But what makes this novel so cringe-worthy is the overall storyline of time traveling Nazi's who pop around in history, fighting each other, going to meet Winston Churchill and Hitler, or sending each other billions of years into the future. All the while falling in love with this bland woman from the future because of some poetry she may potentially write if all goes well. Give me strength! It is really embarrassing that this became such a popular novel.

My advice is to avoid Koontz at all costs. There are much better writers and novelists out there. This is serial trash at it's worst (best!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Keeper May 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dean Koontz has created a gripping novel that keeps the reader guessing. The story opens with the main character Laura Shane's birth, and it follows her throughout her life as she faces peril and rewards. She comes close to death several times and is saved only by a mysterious man who appears soon after lightning flashes. He vanishes from her life as suddenly as he arrives, and Laura refers to him as her "guardian angel." Laura's guardian rescues her from many of her childhood troubles, but armed men are now hunting her and her family for reasons beyond Laura's knowledge.
The story takes the reader from the isolated mountains to the heart of the city and back again as Laura discovers love, copes with loss, and understands herself further through her writing. Despite the deaths of many loved ones, compassion drives Laura on as she battles for victory against merciless killers on a mission.
Lightning is not one of Koontz's usual thrillers about unnatural creatures. It concentrates on the eventful life of one woman and places the element of time travel around her. This novel is compelling and clever, and I feel that anyone who reads it will find it worthwhile. Lightning combines time travel, shoot outs, and government conspiracies with mystery, destined love, triumph, and personal discovery to take the reader on a journey that won't soon be forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great and imaginative story
What a great and imaginative story. That Dean Koontz would write a story about time travel was amazing to me and the story did nothing to disappoint. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ron haslock
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book really enjoyed it
Published 11 months ago by Tannis Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Really suspensful
A great read from start to finish. Mr. Koontz captures your attention from the very first page. The characters are easy to relate to.
Published 20 months ago by Marilyn Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Absolutely riveting. I could not put it down! The story captured me right from the first page. Just love all his books.
Published 20 months ago by Angela Hithcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I always find Koontz's books to be very familiar, yet different enough to keep my interest. This is no exception and proves hard to put down until finished.
Published on Nov. 5 2013 by Wayne Shwanke
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, but hate the love story
OH!Come on. How can a great idea such as time traveling mix with a misterious guardian angel end up being a stupid and predictable love story. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2011 by Nath Drouin
5.0 out of 5 stars Koontz at his best
So you have just finished a recent Koontz novel and you are wondering what all the fuss and fandom is all about. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2011 by David S
5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review
Dean Koontz takes one of his trademark images, the ominous flash of lightning, and turns it into a chillingly imaginative plot device in a novel that has science fiction elements... Read more
Published on June 13 2007 by A. J. Cull
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Great....
The Book was very good in the beginning and then it got boring in the middle. Most of the book was unbelievable, the dialogue was just so fake. Read more
Published on May 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An AWESOME novel
What can I say about this novel that will be any different than the multitudes of other reviews. There is no doubt that this novel reigns as one his best. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by dwieselq
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