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Dylan O'Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. He's on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious "doctor," injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life in the most remarkable way. Then he is told that he must flee — before the doctor's enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police.

Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life...and straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery — and wondrous discovery. It is a journey that begins when Dylan and Shep's path intersects with that of Jillian Jackson. Before that evening Jilly was a beautiful comedian whose biggest worry was whether she would ever find a decent man. Now she too is a carrier. And even as Dylan tries to convince her that they'll be safer sticking together, cold-eyed men in a threatening pack of black Suburbans approach, only seconds before Jilly's classic Coupe DeVille explodes into thin air.

Now the three are on the run together, but with no idea whom they're running from — or why. Meanwhile Shep has begun exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior. And whatever it is that's coursing through their bodies seems to have plunged them into one waking nightmare after another. Seized by sinister premonitions, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to crime scenes — just minutes before the crimes take place.

What this unfathomable power is, how they can use it to stop the evil erupting all around them, and why they have been chosen are only parts of a puzzle that reaches back into the tragic past and the dark secrets they all share: secrets of madness, pain, and untimely death. Perhaps the answer lies in the eerie, enigmatic messages that Shep, with precious time running out, begins to repeat, about an entity who does his work "by the light of the moon."

By the Light of the Moon is a novel of heart-stopping suspense and transcendent beauty, of how evil can destroy us and love can redeem us — a masterwork of the imagination in which the surprises come page after page and the spell of sublime storytelling triumphs throughout.

Review:

"Surefire plotting and a roster of characters built out of painful tragedies make the pages move....Koontz has a touching faith in the human spirit." People

Review:

"Koontz seems to know us, our deepest foibles and fears." USA Today

Review:

"[Koontz's] latest is one of...[his] best, exciting and deeply moving, shorter than usual and also less prone to the overwriting...that sometimes overwhelms his storytelling." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"While die-hard fans might enjoy this experiment, it is not one of Koontz's best and certainly not a means to introduce new readers." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Overpowered by a stranger and injected with an unknown substance, Dylan O'Connor is told he's a "carrier," not of a disease but of something wondrous that will transform his life in remarkable ways — if it doesn't kill him in the next 24 hours.

Synopsis:

Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “Americas most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone) to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly textured, riveting drama, at once viscerally familiar and utterly unique.

Author of one #1 The New York Times bestseller after another, Koontz is at the pinnacle of his powers, spinning mysteries and miracles, enthralling tales that speak directly to todays readers, balm for the heart and fire for the mind. In this stunning new novel, he delivers a tour de force of dark suspense and brilliant revelation that has all the Koontz trademarks: adventure, chills, riddles, humor, heartbreak, an unforgettable cast of characters, and a climax that will leave you clamoring for more.

Dylan OConnor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. Hes on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious “doctor,” injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life in the most remarkable way. Then he is told that he must fleebefore the doctors enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police.

Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life...and straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into an odyssey of terror, mysteryand wondrous discovery. It is a journey that begins when Dylan and Sheps path intersects with that of Jillian Jackson. Before that evening Jilly was a beautiful comedian whose biggest worry was whether she would ever find a decent man. Now she too is a carrier. And even as Dylan tries to convince her that theyll be safer sticking together, cold-eyed men in a threatening pack of black Suburbans approach, only seconds before Jillys classic Coupe DeVille explodes into thin air.

Now the three are on the run together, but with no idea whom theyre running fromor why. Meanwhile Shep has begun exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior. And whatever it is thats coursing through their bodies seems to have plunged them into one waking nightmare after another. Seized by sinister premonitions, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to crime scenesjust minutes before the crimes take place.

What this unfathomable power is, how they can use it to stop the evil erupting all around them, and why they have been chosen are only parts of a puzzle that reaches back into the tragic past and the dark secrets they all share: secrets of madness, pain, and untimely death. Perhaps the answer lies in the eerie, enigmatic messages that Shep, with precious time running out, begins to repeat, about an entity who does his work “by the light of the moon.”

By the Light of the Moon is a novel of heart-stopping suspense and transcendent beauty, of how evil can destroy us and love can redeem usa masterwork of the imagination in which the surprises come page after page and the spell of sublime storytelling triumphs throughout.

About the Author

When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition. He has been writing ever since. His books are published in 38 languages; worldwide sales are over 300 million copies.

Ten of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list (The Husband, One Door Away From Heaven, From The Corner Of His Eye, Midnight, Cold Fire, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, The Bad Place, Intensity, and Sole Survivor). Thirteen of his books have risen to the number one position in paperback.

Several of his books have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries, including the highly rated “Intensity” on the Fox Network. The Husband is currently in development as a major motion picture by Focus Features/Random House Films.

The New York Times has called his writing "psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying." The New Orleans Times-Picayune said Koontz is "lyrical without ever being naive or romantic. [He creates] a grotesque world, much like that of Flannery O'Connor or Walker Percy ... scary, worthwhile reading." The London Times called him "a literary juggler," and Publishers Weekly recently stated in a starred review that Koontz "gives readers bright hope in a dark world. He is a true original."

Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University), and his first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. His first day on the job, he discovered that the previous occupier of his position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and Koontz was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. He wrote nights and weekends, which he continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After he had been a year and a half in that position, his wife, Gerda, made him an offer he couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of her husband's writing career. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Trixie, who herself has written two successful books—Life Is Good and Christmas Is Good.

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smilesndeed, May 30, 2012 (view all comments by smilesndeed)
Suspenseful drama throughout this novel. Koontz works many character struggles in this simple but effective plot line.

This is a pretty easy read and should only take a few sittings, and is well worth it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553582765
Author:
Koontz, Dean R
Publisher:
Bantam
Author:
Koontz, Dean R.
Author:
Dean Koontz
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Autism
Subject:
Psychics
Subject:
Women comedians
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Bantam pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
88/17
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.96x4.20x1.09 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553582765 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Surefire plotting and a roster of characters built out of painful tragedies make the pages move....Koontz has a touching faith in the human spirit."
"Review" by , "Koontz seems to know us, our deepest foibles and fears."
"Review" by , "[Koontz's] latest is one of...[his] best, exciting and deeply moving, shorter than usual and also less prone to the overwriting...that sometimes overwhelms his storytelling."
"Review" by , "While die-hard fans might enjoy this experiment, it is not one of Koontz's best and certainly not a means to introduce new readers."
"Synopsis" by , Overpowered by a stranger and injected with an unknown substance, Dylan O'Connor is told he's a "carrier," not of a disease but of something wondrous that will transform his life in remarkable ways — if it doesn't kill him in the next 24 hours.
"Synopsis" by , Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “Americas most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone) to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly textured, riveting drama, at once viscerally familiar and utterly unique.

Author of one #1 The New York Times bestseller after another, Koontz is at the pinnacle of his powers, spinning mysteries and miracles, enthralling tales that speak directly to todays readers, balm for the heart and fire for the mind. In this stunning new novel, he delivers a tour de force of dark suspense and brilliant revelation that has all the Koontz trademarks: adventure, chills, riddles, humor, heartbreak, an unforgettable cast of characters, and a climax that will leave you clamoring for more.

Dylan OConnor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. Hes on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious “doctor,” injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life in the most remarkable way. Then he is told that he must fleebefore the doctors enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police.

Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life...and straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into an odyssey of terror, mysteryand wondrous discovery. It is a journey that begins when Dylan and Sheps path intersects with that of Jillian Jackson. Before that evening Jilly was a beautiful comedian whose biggest worry was whether she would ever find a decent man. Now she too is a carrier. And even as Dylan tries to convince her that theyll be safer sticking together, cold-eyed men in a threatening pack of black Suburbans approach, only seconds before Jillys classic Coupe DeVille explodes into thin air.

Now the three are on the run together, but with no idea whom theyre running fromor why. Meanwhile Shep has begun exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior. And whatever it is thats coursing through their bodies seems to have plunged them into one waking nightmare after another. Seized by sinister premonitions, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to crime scenesjust minutes before the crimes take place.

What this unfathomable power is, how they can use it to stop the evil erupting all around them, and why they have been chosen are only parts of a puzzle that reaches back into the tragic past and the dark secrets they all share: secrets of madness, pain, and untimely death. Perhaps the answer lies in the eerie, enigmatic messages that Shep, with precious time running out, begins to repeat, about an entity who does his work “by the light of the moon.”

By the Light of the Moon is a novel of heart-stopping suspense and transcendent beauty, of how evil can destroy us and love can redeem usa masterwork of the imagination in which the surprises come page after page and the spell of sublime storytelling triumphs throughout.

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