Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The City by Dean Koontz

The City 

The City by Dean Koontz
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Bantam

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz is at the peak of his acclaimed powers with this major new novel.

The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

My thoughts about The City ~~ 

I have to admit that I have not read a Dean Koontz book in quite while. I used to devour them all. I am not sure why or when I stopped picking up his books. When I saw this one offered on NetGalley, I thought it was time to get back into the DK groove. 

I loved The City and the way that Koontz can still hold my attention with a great, suspenseful story. It reminded me of the reason that I read all of his books in the past. The story is just so wonderful as well as being suspenseful and I didn't want to stop reading. What a fabulous concept for a story - a city taking on a persona and appearing to a young boy who just wants to save his little part of the world. How magical is that?
'Two years would pass before she told me that she was the could of the city made flesh.' 
'But the city was as well a place of wonder, of magic dark and light, magic of which my eventful life I had much experience, including one night when I died and woke and lived again.'
And have you ever had a butter-side-up day? I love this! 
'As for the butter-side-up day: Each morning, he makes one extra slice of toast with breakfast, lays it on his kitchen table, and in a contrived-casual way, he knocks it to the floor. If it lands butter side up, he eats it with pleasure, confident that the day will be good from end to end. If it lands butter side down, however, Malcom throws the toast away, wipes up the butter, and goes about his day with heightened awareness of potential danger.'

Now that I have Koontz on my radar and have been reminded again how much I enjoy reading his stories, I am definitely going to be watching for his books to come out.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from NteGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

About the author

Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

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