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Servants of Twilight [Hardcover]

Dean Koontz
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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January 1994
Christine Scavello's life is transformed into a nightmare when her son becomes the target of a group of religious fanatics who claim that the child is the Antichrist and will stop at nothing in their efforts to destroy him. Reissue.
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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.
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“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

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“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
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4.0 out of 5 stars Servants of Twilight Book Review May 31 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Joey Scavello is the main character of this book. He's 6 years old. His mother is Christine Scavello, she owns a gourmet shop in California. The two of them live together near LA.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read until the end... March 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Servants of the Twilight is an action packed story that deals with a fanatical religious cult called the Servants of the Twilight. They are led by a woman named Mother Grace, who claims that she has visions from God. Joey Scavello is the perfect six year old kid, and he is being raised alone by his mother Christine. Mother Grace's newest vision is that Joey is the Antichrist. Mother Grace convinces the Servants of the Twilight that he must be killed. To protect themselves, Joey and Christine hire the resourceful and highly successful private investigator Charlie Harrison. Charlie is determined to find out more about the cult and keep Joey and Christine safe. The only problem is that no matter where they go, the Servants are waiting...
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Koontz Fan Oct. 7 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read many of Koontz's books, and I just don't see what the fascination is with this title. One of the things I have always liked about Dean Koontz is his ability to write a supernatural tale that is somewhat possible. There is always that feeling, however much of a reach it may be, that this could feasibly happen.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Books Can Compare Jan. 24 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have never in my life read a book as great as this one, and that has captivated my interest so greatly. At first I made my usual run to the bookstore, and decided to get something different from my normal dose of Stephen King and V.C. Andrews. I wasn't expecting this book to be so highly addictive, just bought it to do something while I was bored. From page one the book had got my interest, even with King it's not till about page 200. The action started right where the story began, and never ended. I was not able to put the book down once, and would not let sleep take over me, I needed to finish the book. I
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.
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Published on Dec 29 2003 by Theresa W
3.0 out of 5 stars Full of suspense
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 more
Published on July 28 2003 by A. Vegan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his Best Writings
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 more
Published on June 23 2003 by "gallups2"
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced
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 more
Published on April 20 2003 by Timothy A. Platt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
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
4.0 out of 5 stars My Little Angel - the Antichrist!
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 more
Published on April 9 2002 by Bruce Rux
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, thought provoking. Not my favorite, but solid.
Here's the question that is so disturbing in The Servants of Twilight. Can you serve evil without knowing it? Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2002 by Bonnie Ramthun
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