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Midnight Turtleback – Dec 1995


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Product Details

  • Turtleback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Demco Media (December 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060601912X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606019125
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

The latest tersely titled thriller by Koontz ( Strangers ; Lightning , etc.) displays the author's abilities at full throttle. A horror story with science fiction underpinnings, it concerns a brilliant, insane inventor, Theodore Shaddack, who uses the sleepy California town of Moonlight Cove as an outsize lab for a bizarre experiment that ultimately turns the community into a charnel house. He has devised a solution of microchips which, when injected into the (usually unwilling) subject, endows them with immense mental powers over their own bodies, leaving them, however, emotionally lobotomized. As a result, almost all the "New People" regress to animal form, to experience again primal sensationsand in animal form, they kill. The story is told from the points of view of four people who perceive that something horrible is happening in Moonlight Cove, and that if they do not act fast, it will happen to them. It is also related from the point of view of Sheriff Loman Watkins, himself a "New Person," but who retains enough moral sense to be disturbed by what is happening around him and in him. Despite some paper-thin characterizations and a predilection for the maudlin, Koontz's sense of pace and the dramatic are sure, and there are a number of memorable moments. This one should hit the bestseller list at a run. 200,000 first printing, $150,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild selection.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Four people are the last hope of Moonlight Cove, because one by one the rest of the citizens are changinginto boogymen, werewolves, mythical creatures, or something entirely new. They are the New People, willing victims of a seductive experiment in chemically induced evolution. They can transform their bodies at will and eliminate unproductive emotions, like grief and compassion. In fact, the only instinct left to the New People is self-preservation, and their only emotion is fear. And they want the rest of humanity to join them. Popular author Koontz ( Watchers , Lighting ) has again delivered a gripping horror thriller with well-drawn characters and plenty of suspense. Literary Guild selection. A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Something is happening to the citizens. Something horrible, something terrible...something unexplainable. And it is up to a small handful of people--and a faithful dog--to find out the answer, before it is too late...
Like in most Dean Koontz novels, plot is irrelevant. Not that it isn't good; Koontz weaves together some of the most creative plots in modern fiction. But the thing with a Koontz novel is this: character development. He has a knack for bringing characters to life, so it's as though they are right there beside you, telling you their accounts. Or it could just be me...
Suspense, too. Koontz writes nothing without some element of suspense; in his novels (which almost always blend sci-fi and horror with commercial thriller fiction), suspense is given the go-ahead to run free and rampant, pushing you to the edge of your seat, but holding back just enough so you won't fall and hurt yourself.
These Berkley reprints are great; we get some of Koontz's best novels, with new afterwords (in this one, Koontz talks about this novel being his first number one hardback, and a crocodile named Chloe who eats literary critics). The only problem is, die hard Koontz fans like myself are forced to spend another six-to-eith bucks for a book we already own...but oh well.
"Midnight." Dean Koontz. How can you miss, really? A sci-fi/horror/suspense novel, "Midnight" races along at speeds faster than most automobiles. Buckle up and hang on!
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This review is strictly about the audiobook of Midnight and doesn't concern Koontz's story. This recording is the first bad audiobook I've ever heard. The reader is someone named J. Charles and he's described as someone with over 40 years of theater experience, but apparently he never learned the art of narration. His pace is too fast, and his inflections and rhythm have a clipped style. At times it almost sounds like a synthesized, robotic voice and there are moments where he pauses inappropriately in the middle of a sentence altering its meaning. Charles' reading is, in a word, incompetent. The recording is a complete disaster and is an insult to Koontz and his fans. It's a mystery why the recording's Director, Koontz, and his publisher allowed this thing to be released. I honestly believe I could have recorded a more listenable version; yep, it's THAT bad. I struggled painfully to listen to the first 15 minutes then quit, shocked and angered at how bad it was. Don't waste your money on the audiobook, Midnight is one you have to read.
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More science fiction than horror, Koontz delivers a gripping story about the consequences of man's need to force evolution and become omnipotent. Set in a small town in California, the atmosphere is harsh and oppressive. The story, while inventive, feels far-fetched and intricate. Koontz sticks to his patterned characters leaving readers hearing that old familiar tune and feeling cheated. Pace is precise and balanced. Written in the third person, Koontz's style of writing is smooth with proportional amounts of dialogue.

Now, after stating my own view on the book, let me say I did enjoy it. Granted, even though I saw the end coming a mile away, I still felt warm and fuzzy putting it down. This book doesn't try to be more than it is, a guilty pleasure with a rewarding conclusion. Yes, the characters are transparently trivial, but you still identify and root for them.

I give the book a 2 . Get it at the library, though entertaining, you might need that money for a more alluring purchase.
-Bloodymary
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Dean Koontz's "Midnight" takes place in the town of Moonlight Cove, CA. The people of Moonlight Cove, CA are changing. Some are losing their emotions, while others are giving into their wildest fantasies and urges. The few people that have not yet changed are either murdered at night, or forced to join against their wills. Sam Booker is a skeptical FBI agent who has been sent into Moonlight Cove to investigate the amount of unnatural deaths and other strange things that are going on. Now Sam, with the help of three other unlikely survivors confront the darkest realms of human nature.
If I had to describe "Midnight" in one sentence, I would say that it is a mix between Koontz's other novel "Fear Nothing" and the film "The Island of Dr Moreau". The story is terrifying, and extremely well written. It involves the entire town against itself, with the heroes of the story caught in the middle. The townspeople in "Midnight" are extremely evil, because they give into their animal instincts. The creatures that some of the townspeople change into, are very violent. "Midnight" also offers a sense of paranoia because the story involves the entire town. Literally anyone could be an enemy. I love books that have conspiracies and make you ask the questions - What are they hiding? and Why are they doing it?
Koontz's character development is great in this book. The story's four unlikely heroes are lead by FBI agent Sam Booker. He is originally brought in to investigate all of the strange things going on. Sam figures that there must be a logical explanation for everything. However, as the story unfolds, he is forced to step outside his normal way of thinking in order to survive.
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