Eyes of Darkness Mass Market Paperback – Jan 11 2002
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About the Author
Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.
Top Customer Reviews
Tina Evans is a former Vegas showgirl, who is now producing extravaganzas for Vegas Hotels. Divorced from her husband, a Vegas casino card dealer, she is still mourning the death of Danny, her twelve year old son who died in a terrible accident while out on a Boy Scout trip in the Sierra Mountains. Apparently, the bus that was transporting the scouts drove off the mountain side. So horrific were Danny's injuries, that she never saw his remains.
Suddenly, just as she thinks that she may be starting to heal from her grief, the wounds are opened again, when she begins to get messages that are appearing seemingly of their own volition, advising that someone is not dead yet and is pleading for help. She eventually comes to believe that it is her son Danny.
When she meets a good looking lawyer by the name of Eric Stryker, she asks him to assist her in getting an exhumation order, as she feels that perhaps if she sees Danny's remains, she may get over the feeling that she has that Danny is alive. Eric agrees, but no sooner does he apply to a judge for such an order, that all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, people are out to kill both Eric and Tina.
Tina is now convinced that Danny is alive and that he is trying to let her know and lead her to him. Despite the odds, Tina and Eric make their way through the High Sierra Mountains to do just that, guided only by a mother's belief that her son is alive.
This is a pretty good book and I don't want to give anything away by being clearer with my next comment but I do wonder why the writer of the messages to Tina could not be clearer rather than just writing Not Dead and other simple messages when they have such exceptional communication abilities. That is my only question with what is a sensational novel that you will not be able to put down until the final page. This is not a masterpiece like Night Chills, Watchers and Intensity but it is still definitely five stars in literature quality. I highly recommend The Eyes of Darkness to anyone after a good read.
My only criticism is with the plot's dependancy on the paranormal to keep it going. Telekinesis, hypnotism, and permonitions all play major roles in this novel. I guess I would rather have seen a more "reality-based" plot. I think the same story could have basically been told, but in a more believable manner. On the other hand, if you're a true believer in the world of the paranormal, you'll absolutely love "The Eyes of Darkness".
For those of you who are Koontz fans you'll no doubt find this another typical terrific "read". (If nothing else, it's an extremely quick read!) For those of you trying Koontz for the first time, I would recommend some of his later, more polished works. ("Strangers", "Watchers", "Mr. Murder", and "Shattered" are just a few of his absolute best, in my humble opinion!)
Koontz remains one of the most reliable and prolific authors in our country today. You know when you pick up one of his books it will be well-written with great characteriztion and a terrific story. "The Eyes of Darkness" is no exception!
The end of the book was a simple ending compared to all the action going on. It was almost like the author couldn't make up his mind how he wanted to write his book. The book was a quick read that's what I did like about it but kept hoping it was going to get better. Of course, my favorite read is "Lovely Bones", and so reading this afterwards may have spoiled it for me. This book was not a well written book. I was very disappointed
Most recent customer reviews
The Eyes of Darkness, unlike most Koontz novels, has a slow beginning (too much about Tina's work), but once the character of Elliott gets some unwelcome visitors, the novel takes... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2009 by Chris
This is the incredibly riveting, tightly written, and uniquely entertaining story of a lost child named Danny and the dedicated mother, Tina Evans, who will do anything to get him... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
This book, while an excellent demonstration of an authors talent in drawing a make believe world into the reality, could have been better. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2003 by LS
Dean Koontz never disappoints. Some of his books might be a little far-fetched (science fiction plots), but most always they are a great read.
I really enjoyed this book. Read more
I enjoyed reading a book of his that was originally written under a pen name. A bit different than others I have read of his...but a good page-turner. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003 by BevW
The Eyes of Darkness is one of Dean Koontz's best novels, but not his best. This book deals with the paranormal, such as, telekinesis and premonitions. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002 by Michelle
A tale that will keep you guessing. The scene is Las Vegas... After the supposed death of her son, Danny, Tina Evans starts obsessing over the belief that he is infact still... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002 by joe
Paranoia, governement secrect projects, this is Koontz at (or near) the top of his form.
He weaves a tight story with witty dialogue, real characters, a smooth flowing story,... Read more