Lightning Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Since the night she was born, Laura Shane has been continually saved by a mysterious guardian who appears and disappears without a trail. Through the years, these random encounters prove more and more life-threatening, sending Shane down a dark path to which her savior, Stefan, has unintentionally led her and her family. But as Shane realizes when not where Stefan is from, she must scramble for her life as her enemies seek her out. Her only hope is in the knowledge that when lightning strikes, her enemies are near. Koontz isn't the first author to incorporate lightning with time travel, but he certainly shines new light on the subgenre of time travel. Koontz's 1988 novel gains new life in this unabridged production. Christopher Lane captures listeners with a stern and serious voice that can still lighten up, especially when voicing Shane's son, Chris, or other colorful characters. Lane's vocalizing of characters proves impressive, authentic and even amusing for everyone but Shane, whose voice is adequate but fades in comparison to the other characters. Regardless, Lane's narration improves upon the book by adding a tonal edge that will keep listeners' attention throughout all 14 hours. (May)
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From Library Journal
On the night of Laura Shane's birth, a stranger appears from the lightning to prevent her delivery's being botched by an alcoholic physician. Throughout Laura's childhood the stranger reappears at times of danger. He protects rather than threatens, yet menace seems to follow him. Thirty years later another storm flashes and the stranger collapses, shot, at Laura's door. Now Laura protects her erstwhile guardian from mysterious hunters. He reveals that he and the hunters are time travelers. Laura, quick-witted and brave, leads the way to a bloody showdown. The paradox in time travel's tampering with history provides an interesting twist in this gripping thriller by a popular writer. Literary Guild selection.A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington,
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, if television shows like "Survivor", "Oprah", and "One Life To Live" appeal to you, this may be the book for you.
Well, suffice it to say, this book is truly made for children. The characters themselves are weak, with some very generic dialogue throughout. But what makes this novel so cringe-worthy is the overall storyline of time traveling Nazi's who pop around in history, fighting each other, going to meet Winston Churchill and Hitler, or sending each other billions of years into the future. All the while falling in love with this bland woman from the future because of some poetry she may potentially write if all goes well. Give me strength! It is really embarrassing that this became such a popular novel.
My advice is to avoid Koontz at all costs. There are much better writers and novelists out there. This is serial trash at it's worst (best!).
The story takes the reader from the isolated mountains to the heart of the city and back again as Laura discovers love, copes with loss, and understands herself further through her writing. Despite the deaths of many loved ones, compassion drives Laura on as she battles for victory against merciless killers on a mission.
Lightning is not one of Koontz's usual thrillers about unnatural creatures. It concentrates on the eventful life of one woman and places the element of time travel around her. This novel is compelling and clever, and I feel that anyone who reads it will find it worthwhile. Lightning combines time travel, shoot outs, and government conspiracies with mystery, destined love, triumph, and personal discovery to take the reader on a journey that won't soon be forgotten.
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What a great and imaginative story. That Dean Koontz would write a story about time travel was amazing to me and the story did nothing to disappoint. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ron haslock
A great read from start to finish. Mr. Koontz captures your attention from the very first page. The characters are easy to relate to.Published on April 5 2014 by Marilyn Dixon
Absolutely riveting. I could not put it down! The story captured me right from the first page. Just love all his books.Published on March 11 2014 by Angela Hitchcock
I always find Koontz's books to be very familiar, yet different enough to keep my interest. This is no exception and proves hard to put down until finished.Published on Nov. 5 2013 by Wayne Shwanke
OH!Come on. How can a great idea such as time traveling mix with a misterious guardian angel end up being a stupid and predictable love story. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2011 by Nath Drouin
So you have just finished a recent Koontz novel and you are wondering what all the fuss and fandom is all about. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2011 by David S
The Book was very good in the beginning and then it got boring in the middle. Most of the book was unbelievable, the dialogue was just so fake. Read morePublished on May 15 2004
What can I say about this novel that will be any different than the multitudes of other reviews. There is no doubt that this novel reigns as one his best. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by dwieselq