Midnight Turtleback – Dec 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
"Despite some paper-thin characterizations and a predilection for the maudlin, Koontz's sense of pace and the dramatic are sure," observed PW. A horror story with science fiction underpinnings, this concerns an insane inventor whose bizarre experiment turns the sleepy California town of Moonlight Cove into a charnel house.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Four people are the last hope of Moonlight Cove, because one by one the rest of the citizens are changinginto boogymen, werewolves, mythical creatures, or something entirely new. They are the New People, willing victims of a seductive experiment in chemically induced evolution. They can transform their bodies at will and eliminate unproductive emotions, like grief and compassion. In fact, the only instinct left to the New People is self-preservation, and their only emotion is fear. And they want the rest of humanity to join them. Popular author Koontz ( Watchers , Lighting ) has again delivered a gripping horror thriller with well-drawn characters and plenty of suspense. Literary Guild selection. A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington, D.C.
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
Like in most Dean Koontz novels, plot is irrelevant. Not that it isn't good; Koontz weaves together some of the most creative plots in modern fiction. But the thing with a Koontz novel is this: character development. He has a knack for bringing characters to life, so it's as though they are right there beside you, telling you their accounts. Or it could just be me...
Suspense, too. Koontz writes nothing without some element of suspense; in his novels (which almost always blend sci-fi and horror with commercial thriller fiction), suspense is given the go-ahead to run free and rampant, pushing you to the edge of your seat, but holding back just enough so you won't fall and hurt yourself.
These Berkley reprints are great; we get some of Koontz's best novels, with new afterwords (in this one, Koontz talks about this novel being his first number one hardback, and a crocodile named Chloe who eats literary critics). The only problem is, die hard Koontz fans like myself are forced to spend another six-to-eith bucks for a book we already own...but oh well.
"Midnight." Dean Koontz. How can you miss, really? A sci-fi/horror/suspense novel, "Midnight" races along at speeds faster than most automobiles. Buckle up and hang on!
Now, after stating my own view on the book, let me say I did enjoy it. Granted, even though I saw the end coming a mile away, I still felt warm and fuzzy putting it down. This book doesn't try to be more than it is, a guilty pleasure with a rewarding conclusion. Yes, the characters are transparently trivial, but you still identify and root for them.
I give the book a 2 . Get it at the library, though entertaining, you might need that money for a more alluring purchase.
If I had to describe "Midnight" in one sentence, I would say that it is a mix between Koontz's other novel "Fear Nothing" and the film "The Island of Dr Moreau". The story is terrifying, and extremely well written. It involves the entire town against itself, with the heroes of the story caught in the middle. The townspeople in "Midnight" are extremely evil, because they give into their animal instincts. The creatures that some of the townspeople change into, are very violent. "Midnight" also offers a sense of paranoia because the story involves the entire town. Literally anyone could be an enemy. I love books that have conspiracies and make you ask the questions - What are they hiding? and Why are they doing it?
Koontz's character development is great in this book. The story's four unlikely heroes are lead by FBI agent Sam Booker. He is originally brought in to investigate all of the strange things going on. Sam figures that there must be a logical explanation for everything. However, as the story unfolds, he is forced to step outside his normal way of thinking in order to survive.Read more ›
Unfortunately, Koontz is better at creating the idea than executing it, and he doesn't let his story get far before he just tosses mystery aside and has two of his characters explain exactly what's going on. Without explaining too much (since Koontz saves us all the trouble) the Cove has become a rather freaky laboratory run, with the tacit agreement of the town, by a local genius who's certifiable in equal parts genius and the psychotic. The experiment uses nano-computers to tap into the latent minds of all humans, all centered around a huge computer that both manages it and provides a safety device (for the inventor, that is; he can shut everything down if he wants or feels its necessary. Of course, that will also annihilate the town). Faster than you can say "monsters from the id!", the secret is out, and it's downhill from there. The way the secret is revealed is an enormous cheat - our hero is a detective! Couldn't Koontz work up a plot that has the detective being forced to learn enough about bio-mechanics so that he could at least solve some of the mystery? Instead, as the clock ticks to midnight, our heroes spend much of their time dodging the rapidly revealed menace.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I love Koontz's story Midnight. I listend to the audiobook on cassette tape years ago on a trip across the country. It was rivetting. Read morePublished on July 15 2004
After reading the first 10 pages, I was immediately engrossed. Almost like beginning of the movie "Jeepers Creepers" (which stunk). Read morePublished on June 11 2004
This review is strictly about the audiobook of Midnight and doesn't concern Koontz's story. This recording is the first bad audiobook I've ever heard. Read morePublished on June 3 2004
Though I've read most of his novels, this one is a classic and one of my favorites. I'd have to say it focuses more on the sci-fi element than his standard novels, but is no less... Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by dwieselq
This is the first book I have read by this author. The science fiction element is very interesting. It quickly gets into the action. You are never bored. I read it in a day.Published on Feb. 21 2004
The book was not one to put down. It takes place within a couple of days as many of his books do, keeping you riveted. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by Joy L. Rutter
This is the first time I have purchased a paperback book off the rack. I read the book in a day. I felt the plot was creative and there was no boring buildup to the climax. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004
Wow! I have read Koontz off and on for years and have to say that I enjoyed this most of all. From the very first page I was captured and couldn't stop until I finnished this... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by Marcia