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Vision Columbia Marketing Edition [Paperback]

Dean Koontz
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June 1 1990
With more than 200 million copies of his novels sold, Dean Koontz is an undisputed master. And in The Vision, he once again displays the talent that led the Chicago Sun-Times to call him "brilliant"--and the San Diego Union-Tribune to praise his "always riveting" writing and his "wonderfully fiendish" plots. The Vision--one of Dean Koontz’ early novels--is a chilling look into the paranormal and what occurs when a psychic channels the mind of a crazed killer. Mary Bergen, a gifted clairvoyant, uses her psychic ability and haunting visions to help the police solve crimes both past and present while feeling powerless to stop the murders, until she envisions her own death.
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The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 400 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved Trixie. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't want to be psychic... Dec 30 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yes, this book explains why I would never want to be psychic. Too much stress!! However, psychics make for great stories & good reading!
This book is about a woman who basically spends most of her time helping the police catch criminals using her psychic powers. It's not something she even really enjoys, it keeps her up at night & it's stressful on her marriage- however, she can't stop the visions. Especially the one, the one that seems to be trying to tell her something, the one leading her to evil...to someone she is close to.
This book is a quick read, only about 300 pages, which is small for Koontz. It goes by in a flash, it'll keep you guessing until the end. I'll admit- I had two guesses on who I thought the "bad guy" was, one was right, but the ending still surprised me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a worthwhile read but not Koontz's best July 21 2000
By robin
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this book to be fairly mediocure in the main, however, some parts (towards the end In particular) made it worthwhile reading. The story revolves around Mary Bergen, a clairvoyent who has a visions so terrifying she blocks them out before she can find out their true meaning. It is then assumed these visions could actually be of her own death. Throughout the book koontz leaves many clues to who this potential killer may be, many of them misleading. So basically It ends with you trying to figure out who the bad guy could possibly be. Although I was tricked into thinking it was the wrong guy the eventual conclusion is fairly obvious(that is unless you are stupid like me). I would certainly reccommend this book but it is one of Dean's earliest and personally I have enjoyed the books he has written over more recent years such as; Fear Nothing, Intensity and Strange Highways etc...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Aug. 26 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
They say that honesty is the best policy, and going by that age old adage, this review has to be published. 'The Vision' put simply, is simply not good. Woman born, woman has accident, woman becomes clairvoyant, woman sees into mind of 'murderous feind'. Sound familiar? It should if you've read any of Dean Koontz other 'novels'. Koontz tries to cover his inhability to suspend the readers disbelief by bogging them down in gorey discriptions of death and depravity, completely forgetting to develop a plot along the way. Once again Koontz does what he does best - managing to produce yet another best selling novel with absolutely no story whatsoever, with the questions being - How and for how much longer?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Vision May 20 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Vision by Dean Koontz is a suspense thriller. Those who like Dean Koontz will probably enjoy this book. Although if you haven't read any of Dean Koontz's, like I hadn't, don't make this your first. It's the story of a woman who can see visions of murders before they happen. After help solving a crime she sees, and feels another vision that she knows will change her life. Now it's up to herself and her husband to stop the killer before he finds her. There are rules most authors have to try and throw a reader off from knowing how th book ends. By following these rules Dean Koontz practically gives away the ending. To sum up this book it would be that it's too predictable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read July 31 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Vision reminded me a lot of my first Koontz read,
Whispers. The main character has visions of murders
before they happen. She is called on to help the police
but before long the visions take a personal turn. In
Whispers, we have the eerie whispers that torment the
bad guy. The main character in this story has her own
torment. I won't say anymore and ruin it. Koontz kept
the suspense high and me turning pages to find out
who the murderer was. Though this plot line of psychics
helping the police is done quite a bit now, back when
The Vision was written I don't think it was. Even if it
was, it wasn't done like Koontz does it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chilling but Predictable March 19 2002
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This was a nice easy read about, Mary a clairvoyant psychic, that has a troubled past and can "see" grisly murders while they happen. It is basically about her coming to grips with her past, while at the same time she is seeing a serial killer commit murders. I found it very predictable that you are intentionally mislead (knowing darn well the author was not going to give you that kind of info. on the killer) believe it was one character. I had no problem knowing who the killer would be after a character was abruptly removed from the story...only to be never heard from again???? yeah right. Well, all in all it was entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars might make a nice movie someday Oct. 11 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
ive read this book more times than ive read any other book on my shelves, and every time i start it i only take breaks to use the bathroom and sometimes to sleep. this was my first encounter with dean koontz but not my last, and i find that im very disappointed with some of his other books. (like Sole Survivor - yuck!) The Vision proves to be his only work that i can stomach, and even then there's a part in the ending that makes me sick. (in a good way. ;)
murder, psychic premonitions, a wild goose chase.... everything seems to add up in this entertaining page-turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, clever, awsome reading June 10 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this authur since the first time that I picked up his books. This is the best of the collection. I could not put it down, I finished it in just 2 days. I was hanging on the edge of my seat the hole way thought. I didn't know untill the very end who or what the source of the terror was. I have to read another because they just keep getting better. Thank goodness that there is someone to hold my attention long enough to finish a book. I am always surprised that I have finished the book so soon. Please keep them coming.Thank you so much for the hours of pleasure
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ouija ignited
Most of "The Vision" was underwhelming. But with about a third of the story left and the characters involved in a ludicrous Ouija board scene, my reading brain snagged the plot... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars A typical Koontz novel
Not my favorite, but an acceptable read. An enjoyable easy read. Koontz books don't require a lot of deep thought.
Published 20 months ago by don harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivates you!
Loved this book. Though through the whole book I just knew who the person after her was... yet I found out I really didn't know.
Published on Aug. 28 2003 by M. Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars Has Its Moments
In this slim novel, originally written in the late 1970s, many of the standard elements of Koontz's better work appear: psychic ability, a romantic element, gripping prose. Read more
Published on April 27 2003 by Tracy Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly gruesome book for a rainy afternoon!
This book completely took over my rainy afternoon and turned into a study in facinating mystery! The central character of this book is Mary Bergen, a sweet, sensitive, psychic. Read more
Published on March 2 2003 by Mary Chrapliwy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointing and Predictable
After being sexually assaulted and nearly killed 24 years ago when she was only 6 at the time, Mary Bergen was left with the psychic ability to foresee similar crimes committed on... Read more
Published on April 6 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Sinister Psychic Research
Brisk, easy, satisfying early Koontz thriller, that suffers only from stuffing too much paranormal phenomena into too few pages. Read more
Published on April 6 2002 by Bruce Rux
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, Simple Thriller
Mere days ago I slammed Mr. Koontz for his horrible novel Demon Seed. From it one would (and probably should) get the sense that I was unwilling to give Koontz another chance. Read more
Published on April 1 2002 by Chris MB
3.0 out of 5 stars The Vision
I thought The Vision was one of Koontz better books. It was suspenseful and kept me reading until the very end. I do believe that Koontz needs to be more original in his stories. Read more
Published on June 17 2001 by Athenajackson
5.0 out of 5 stars If your looking for suspense, thrills and twists this is it!
All I could say after reading this book is "I CAN'T BELIVE ? is the killer!". This book was so suspenseful, I read it in a 3 hour sitting. It is a smooth easy short read. Read more
Published on June 4 2001 by Silence Dogood
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