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Darkfall de Dean Koontz
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Darkfall (1984 original; edició 2007)

de Dean Koontz (Autor)

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Strange days. Winter gripped the city. Terror gripped it, too. They found four corpses in four days, each more hideous than the last. Strange nights. At first the cops thought they were dealing with a psychopath. But soon they heard eerie sounds in the ventilation system. And saw unearthly silver eyes in the snow-slashed night. Final hours. In a city paralyzed by a blizzard, something watches, something stalks ...… (més)
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Títol:Darkfall
Autors:Dean Koontz (Autor)
Informació:Berkley (2007), Edition: Reissue, 384 pages
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This was a reread for me as I read it when it first came out 14 years ago. I’m happy to see that it is just as good or as bad as it was then. The bad: The same thing bothered me yet today that bothered me all those years ago was that I didn’t understand how the father…a policeman no less…does nothing when he knows his children are being threatened. He just continues with his investigation efforts without asking help from fellow officers. The relative he assumed they would be safe with was barely able to care for herself let alone two children. That didn’t make sense to me then and made even less sense to me today. The Good: It was an intriguing storyline with a “bad thing” that was totally creepy and unpredictable…and it did have a terrifying satisfactory climax. ( )
  Carol420 | Apr 2, 2021 |
Very much a mixed offering, and even though this is an early example of this author’s career, it feels weaker than some others that came before. There was as much I liked about it as I disliked. I wanted to care about the characters more. It’s fun in a B-Movie way. The monsters of the story come straight out of Lovecraft. Whether this is a bad thing it’s hard to say. There are a few creepy moments but not as many as in other novels and the threat seemed diminished with introducing the antagonist who seemed rather cartoonlike to me. Still, I’m not knocking a novel that was perfectly acceptable at the time it released, but I reread this as part of a book clearance and have no problems letting go of it. ( )
  SharonMariaBidwell | Oct 14, 2020 |
Dean Koontz has been and remains one of my favorite authors. I gave this one four stars because I didn't feel that it was one of his best books. The storyline was good and the synopsis of the book was very intriguing but I didn't especially like any of the characters. Ten year old Penny was actually the best...and her father, Jack would have been a spot on detective IF anyone had listened to him and given him some credit. His partner was obnoxious and superficial through the entire book. Also more details could have been provided about the things in the dark. With that said, it is still a wonderful suspenseful, thriller, that is a fairly quick read. The author just didn't leave me wanting more like he usually does and even Dean Koontz himself admits in the back of the book that this wasn't his best work. ( )
  Carol420 | Mar 7, 2020 |
Clearly, this is one of his 1st novels. Not as good as his later works, but I like to watch a writer evolve. Don't let this be your last Koontz novel. It is a bit predictable, but entertaining, nonetheless. He gets better, as he learns from his writing and he's worth your journey. ( )
  ppmarkgraf | May 5, 2018 |
Darkfall, as an early Koontz novel, is chocked full of horror, straight arrow chills, and all the things that make us look under the bed at night. The theme itself (demonic creatures?) drew me immediately and I stuck to these pages like dirt on a bar of used soap.

The plot itself isn’t overly complicated but it’s laid out in a way that allows it to come off as a semi-mystery wannabe. The ending isn’t shocking once it’s unraveled, but there’s no way in hell I could have guessed it the first few chapters of this page-turner. From beginning to end, I was enchanted by strong characterization, creepy deaths, an odd sort of confusion, and interest to learn more. And interest, my dear readers, is the key to making a good book. Koontz has prevailed once again.

Every writer pays some sort of attention to atmosphere (although not all are impressive in their efforts), yet sometimes you don’t have to have it deep, dark, and brooding to make it work in horror. Here Koontz doesn’t spend too much time waving his magic wand to make things black and gritty; instead, his focus seems to be more on the characters. Because of this, while there are creepy moments, it doesn’t have that still sort of fear induced from other novels like his, such as "Phantoms."

The main characters are two cops, an interesting pair who are just now bringing their relationship up to ‘another level’. Jack is the main lead of the bunch, being the male partner falling in love with his female counterpart, the distant and somewhat cold seeming Rebecca with a haunting secret of her own. He is also the father of two adorable children, Penny and Davey, who bring their own sense of charm to the novel. The main villain is convincingly scripted, with a creepy personality that brings forth interesting (while morbid) antics.

The pace is swift and strong. From the beginning murder to the final chapter. There is one issue I had with this, though, and that was the ending. Too abrupt and cut off. A lot of steam building up for the final boil over...while it happens so quickly that if you blinked, you missed it.

Koontz’s style in this one is simple and yet well written. The words all flow together well, the characters are deep, the plot is follow-able and avoids confusion, and the tension/suspense strummed tightly enough.

While Darkfall delivers on many levels, it fails on a small few - one of the main issues being the ending, and the other being a somewhat light use of atmosphere when it could have been used to greater advantage. In the end though, any weakness is melted away by the strength of the book’s heat. Darkfall is a gripping, thought provoking, and moving read packed full of real people, creepy scenarios, and vivid details. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
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Holy men tell us life is a mystery. They embrace that concept happily. But some mysteries bite and bark and come to get you in the dark. --The Book of Counted Sorrows
A rain of shadows, a storm, a squall! Daylight retreats; night swallows all. If good is bright, if evil is gloom, high evil walls the world entombs. Now comes the end, the drear, Darkfall. --The Book of Counted Sorrows
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Because the original door prize was too hard to accomplish, this book is dedicated to some good neighbors--Oliviero and Becky Migneco, Jeff and Bonnie Paymar--with the sincere hope that a mere dedication is an acceptable substitute. (At least this way, there's much less chance of a lawsuit!)
I owe special thanks to Mr. Owen West for giving me the opportunity to publish this variation on a theme under my by-line.
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Penny Dawson woke and heard something moving furtively in the dark bedroom.
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Strange days. Winter gripped the city. Terror gripped it, too. They found four corpses in four days, each more hideous than the last. Strange nights. At first the cops thought they were dealing with a psychopath. But soon they heard eerie sounds in the ventilation system. And saw unearthly silver eyes in the snow-slashed night. Final hours. In a city paralyzed by a blizzard, something watches, something stalks ...

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