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Lightning Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 1988


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade Pub (December 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425116735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425116739
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)


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A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Rougé on Aug. 24 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Dean Koontz book--and will probably be my last. It was recommended to me by one of his millions of fans. I was mildly curious at first, but the book quickly became childish. The only thing that kept a tiny bit of my interest was the main character's evolving writing career. The whole time-travel debacle wasn't worthy of print. I found Koontz's characters shallow attempts to imitate the interesting and believable people you find in a better horror story--like any of Stephen King's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Schroeder on Jan. 9 2003
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"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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Mcallister on March 30 2000
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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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By Marilyn Dixon on April 5 2014
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A great read from start to finish. Mr. Koontz captures your attention from the very first page. The characters are easy to relate to.
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By Angela Hithcock on March 11 2014
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Absolutely riveting. I could not put it down! The story captured me right from the first page. Just love all his books.
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By Wayne Shwanke on Nov. 5 2013
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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.
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By Jabba on July 13 2013
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nath Drouin on Feb. 20 2011
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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. Why couldn't the guardian be a relative sent to save Shane because she would give birth to the greatest scientist ever who would cure whatever.

This book can be read 20 words per page and still no miss on think. I will definitely never by another Koontz book.
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