Servants of Twilight
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From Publishers Weekly
Previously issued as a paperback original under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols, this is one of Koontz's better thrillers. Single parent Christine Scavello and her young son Joey find themselves confronted by a madwoman, Grace Spivey, who fancies she discerns the Antichrist in Joey's cherubic visage. Spivey is the charismatic leader of a religious cult whose fanatic members do her every bidding, including murdering the little boy, and everyone who stands in their way. After the police fail to provide adequate protection, Christine turns to private detective Charlie Harrison, whose business and home are soon firebombed by the cultists, and two of his men murdered, even as he finds that he is falling in love with Christine. The narrative moves along briskly until the last third, at which point a frantic chase sequence goes on too long. Nevertheless, this is a better than average adventure with supernatural overtones. The possibility of Joey's actually being the Antichrist is a deftly handled (and unresolved) tease.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Dean Koontz
“A great storyteller.”—New York Daily News
“A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers.”—The Macon Telegraph & News
“Koontz is brilliant.”—Chicago Sun Times
“Koontz barely lets the reader come up for air between terrors.”—The Washington Post
“Koontz’s skill at edge-of-the-seat writing has improved with each book. He can scare our socks off.”—Boston Herald
“Koontz’s imagination is not only as big as the Ritz, it is also as wild as an unbroken stallion.”—Los Angeles Times
“First-class entertainment.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“An exceptional novelist…top-notch.”—Lincoln Journal Star
“Koontz is an expert at creating believable characters.”—The Detroit News and Free Press
“Koontz does it so well!”—Baton Rouge Morning Advocate
“Koontz’s prose is as smooth as a knife through butter and his storytelling ability never wavers.”—Calgary Sun
“Koontz’s gift is that he makes his monsters seem ‘realer,’ and he makes the characters who fight [them] as normal as anyone you’d meet on a street.”—Orlando Sentinel --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Church of Twilight is a cult that becomes set against Joey, saying he's the anti-Christ and he must die. The Church of Twilight is led by a supposedly psychic lady, named Grace Spivey.
After Spivey makes strange phone calls to them, and after she kills Joey and Christine's dog, she hires a private detective to help them. His name is Charlie Harrison.
Harrison puts bodyguards with Christine and Joey, but as soon as they get home, two of Spivey's men invade the house and kill the bodyguards. Christine and Joey manage to escape, and leave the city.
They do some research to find out about The Church of Twilight.
Harrison travels with them from LA to Sacramento while trying to get rid of The Servants of Twilight. But every time they stop somewhere, Spivey uses her "psychic powers" to find out where the boy is hiding. They keep showing up, trying to kill Joey.
I rarely read a book in one sitting. However, I had no problem with doing it for this book. The book captivates you from page one and never lets up. The suspense and horror this book brings is unreal. This book really brings a lot of paranoia and conspiracy into the story, because anyone could be part of the Servants, and they could literally be anywhere waiting to strike. The mystery of the story revolves around whether or not Joey is the Antichrist. Koontz keeps it successfully hidden and drives the reader crazy with constant twists, turns, and close calls!
Koontz brings his excellent character development once again. Every major character in the book has something to offer. Joey is a great. Depsite the fact he is only 6 years old, he is portrayed as acting much older. His grown-up attitude and outlook on life are very sweet and endearing. However, his behavior is so strange sometimes, that you begin to wonder if Mother Grace is right. Christine is outstanding. The love that she shows for Joey and the determination she has to keep Joey safe is amazing.Read more ›
Here you have a tale about the Anti-Christ that starts off intriguing, and just degenerates into one long chase sequence. I think the last 150 pages or so is Koontz's over-winded description of the cultists trying to chase Joey and his Mom through the woods. Koontz never really explored the idea of is this kid really the Anti-Christ? We are supposed to think that because Grace Spivey is so intense in her beliefs that this kid may just be the devil's son? It would have been nice if Koontz had teased us with some unbelieveable or unexplainable manifestations of power from the boy, however slight, to keep us guessing.
It's like Koontz had a good idea when he started, but had no idea how to finish it. I was quite bored at the end, and was skimming the last 100 or so pages just to find out what happened in the end, which was pretty much nothing.
If you want a good Koontz book, read Intensity, Whispers or Dark Rivers of the Heart.
brought it to school, and read it every minute. Of course, I did not read much of it at night, for as much as it was suspensful, it was truly spooky. The ending is maybe what you would call a cliff hanger, but not quite. I highly recommend this book to anyone, the action never stops and leaves you with bewilderment of the genius of Koontz. During the last pages I took my time, not wanting it to end. Now that it's over, I'm going to get another book by Koontz today.
Most recent customer reviews
Whenever I read any of Dean Koontz's newer books and feel disappointed by his new approach to prose or the deification of dogs, I think about the books he wrote from the 70s and... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2012 by Chris
I read Servants of Twilight as a junior in high school. Most of my class did not enjoy reading but after the teacher got us into the first 20 pages of the book, we were all coming... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004
It's hard to pick a favorite of Koontz's, I really do like most of them. Here again, is another one I enjoyed. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Theresa W
Right from the beginning, this book had me hooked. Christine Scavello and her young son Joey find themselves confronted in a mall parking lot by a crazy old woman, Grace Spivey,... Read morePublished on July 28 2003 by A. Vegan
When I first read "Servants of Twilight", I was completely amazed. Dean Koontz really showed his unique style of writing that has put his books above so many others. Read morePublished on June 23 2003
This was my first Dean Koontz book and I've been hooked on his books ever since. This is a story of a little boy and those that believe he may be the anti-christ. Read morePublished on April 20 2003 by Timothy A. Platt
This isn't one of my favorites of Koontz books but I did enjoy the pace of the book. The ending was predictable but a good book nevertheless.Published on March 10 2003
Anyone who liked the 1970s 20th Century Fox "Omen" movie series will love this book. It's less overtly supernatural, but equally suspenseful and operating on the same... Read morePublished on April 9 2002 by Bruce Rux