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A shocking lightning A BUNCH OF GENRES This was the third novel that I read by Dean Koontz back in 1992.Still at that time 1992 , I read the book in a Spanish translated version since I was still in the process to be able to read on English This is another great novel of Dean Koontz that merges a lot of genresnot only horror thriller that it s what you expect when reading a Koontz s bookbut also fascinating concepts of science fiction, along with elements of military, A shocking lightning A BUNCH OF GENRES This was the third novel that I read by Dean Koontz back in 1992.Still at that time 1992 , I read the book in a Spanish translated version since I was still in the process to be able to read on English This is another great novel of Dean Koontz that merges a lot of genresnot only horror thriller that it s what you expect when reading a Koontz s bookbut also fascinating concepts of science fiction, along with elements of military, espionage and romance too FLASHIN LIFE Meet Laura Shane.Since she was born till she is a already grown up woman.During all her life, she has been watched by a guardian angel a mysterious blond man who appears in the most desperate moments of Laura s life.Depending of your familiarity with Koontz s works, you will be able to catch some of his signature elements like the choice of Laura to become a novelist, since in many of his books, usually the protagonist, it s a writer and or an avid reader As I was commenting before, horror fans areacquainted with the name of Dean Koontz, however, this book, Lightning is also a wonderful option for fans of the science fiction genre Since I don t want to spoil much the surprises in the storyline, I prefer not to comment in detail about the events in the plot.However, if you give a chance to this book, you will realize how good is and how entertaining evolved This year, along with my King reread, I m delving into my top 10 Koontz books again Probably Top 12, just so I have a book for every month, but I m having trouble picking twoI have a theory about Dean Koontz, and it goes like this He s only written ten stories in his career, and he s been rewriting them ever since This one is structured an awful lot like From the Corner of His Eye and the absolutely terrible Life Expectancy, which is the only Koontz book I ve ever given a single star This year, along with my King reread, I m delving into my top 10 Koontz books again Probably Top 12, just so I have a book for every month, but I m having trouble picking twoI have a theory about Dean Koontz, and it goes like this He s only written ten stories in his career, and he s been rewriting them ever since This one is structured an awful lot like From the Corner of His Eye and the absolutely terrible Life Expectancy, which is the only Koontz book I ve ever given a single star to, other than his money grabbing short story tie ins Lightning has everything I miss about Koontz Coherent plot, a theme, no uber smart dog character, and enough heart to choke a cannibal It s a damn fun book, if a little old fashioned where ideas are concerned Let s completely overlook the concepts borrowed from the movie Terminator Let s also overlook the fact that a man changes the future because of instalove Let s further overlook that there are two stalkers in this book one s a secret admirer and the other is a guardian , so that s okay After all, what s the difference between a stalker and your boyfriend Your boyfriend s hot These are the jokes, fuckface Deal with em If we re to forgive all this, then we can safely enjoy the book I m willing to do that for nostalgia s sake alone I d hate to think that a younger version of me passed by these things without so much as a raised eyebrow, but he did So, because I m cutting that blind douchepickle some slack, I ll cut Koontz some slack, too.In summation I wish I could travel back in time and slap myself for enjoying this book so much, but I can t Paradox , as Chris says, over and over and over I get it Doctor Who is a lie, and H G Wells was on that rock I can dig it Read it for a healthy dose of 1989 Because not being confined to a wheelchair is worth risking Hitler winning the war Logic Set Match This review is brought to you by Sarcasm I received this book free of charge in exchange for puberty This novel is a combination of science fiction time travel and suspense, and the result is a book I was not be able to put down The story focused around Laura Shane Starting from birth and to adulthood around 30 I believe The other main character is Stefan A unknown guardian who keeps appearing throughout her life to save her Both are well thought out and well written characters Another character I liked in the story was Thelma Laura s childhood friend Laura goes through early lif This novel is a combination of science fiction time travel and suspense, and the result is a book I was not be able to put down The story focused around Laura Shane Starting from birth and to adulthood around 30 I believe The other main character is Stefan A unknown guardian who keeps appearing throughout her life to save her Both are well thought out and well written characters Another character I liked in the story was Thelma Laura s childhood friend Laura goes through early life and several situations starting at her birth come up that should have hurt or even ended her life However, each time she is saved by the mysterious Stefan Who he is or why he saves her is a mystery through the first half orof the book All I will say is the Koontz did a great job adding a bit of a sci fi twist into the story This is one of my favorite all time books I first read this in middle school over 10 year ago after reading another of Koontz s books House of Thunder Since then, I have read this book several times and recommended it to fellow readers often Why don t you read Dean Koontz You probably have an answer Mine was something like Jesus Christ this guy writes about forty books a year, and they all seem a bit rubbish I, like everyone else, first came across his novels because they were next to the Stephen King books in the library Clever marketing, even if it is quite accidental There were books with evil clowns on the front, books with scary kids on the front It all seemed a bit Fiction by numbers to me, so I never picked any of his Why don t you read Dean Koontz You probably have an answer Mine was something like Jesus Christ this guy writes about forty books a year, and they all seem a bit rubbish I, like everyone else, first came across his novels because they were next to the Stephen King books in the library Clever marketing, even if it is quite accidental There were books with evil clowns on the front, books with scary kids on the front It all seemed a bit Fiction by numbers to me, so I never picked any of his up That was until a friend gave me this one She did the whole No, it s not a horror pitch that we do so often when we want our Mums to read Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, or The Green Mile That s the awful rep horror sci fi fantasy books have we have to use disclaimers and qualifiers in order to tempt non fans into the genres.Anyway, I read it Mainly out of boredom, which the best reason to do anything What struck me was how much he made me care I love Stephen King, but I think his strength lies in the story, not in the characters With Lightning, Koontz gave me a protagonist that I wanted to know in real life I was three chapters in and already depressed about the finite nature of a book And with this book not to give too much away he does itthan once Even when you think you have the measure of it all, he does a bit of goalpost shifting that you don t see coming, and you aren t even mad about, such was the genius of the play.What is it if not a horror It s science fiction in parts, it s fantasy in bigger parts, and it s about love, for the most part There are no Killer Clowns or Scary Children, but it will make you fall in love with Koontz, and want to exploreIf I can give you any tips regarding that, I d say go early Night Chills and The Voice of the Night are favourites.He does write too many books, and I haven t liked all of them His techno noirs leave me cold This one though, will knock your socks off And then you ll have to pick your socks back up, to wipe away the tears ( DOWNLOAD EPUB ) ♟ Lightning ☫ The first time the lightning strikes Laura Shane is bornThe second time is strikes the terror startsthough eight year old Laura is saved by a mysterious stranger from the perverted and deadly intentions of a drug crazed robber Throughout her childhood she is plagued by ever terrifying troubles, and with increasing courage she finds the strength to prevail even without the intervention of her strange guardian But, despite her success as a novelist, and her happy family life, Laura cannot shake the certainty that powerful and malignant forces are controlling her destinyThen the lightning strikes once and shatters her world The adventure and the terror have only just begun I used to be a die hard Koontz fan I think some of his books in the past five years have fallen off a bit, but Lightning remains in my top ten I still have my tattered copy, and look forward to reading it for the third time in the future Like some of his other books particularly Intensity , Koontz has created a strong lead character and a complex but easy to follow plot There are Nazis There s time travel There are big guns It may sound like a weird mix, but it works beautifully I m not I used to be a die hard Koontz fan I think some of his books in the past five years have fallen off a bit, but Lightning remains in my top ten I still have my tattered copy, and look forward to reading it for the third time in the future Like some of his other books particularly Intensity , Koontz has created a strong lead character and a complex but easy to follow plot There are Nazis There s time travel There are big guns It may sound like a weird mix, but it works beautifully I m not a die hard sci fi or suspense fan, but I love, love, love this book Slow at times, but some appealing dual sci fi and historical fiction. What a great story I thought about it frequently afterwards.At times it was a roller coaster ride, frightening, intense, and I didn t want to stop reading until I got through the current crisis The main story is Laura s life from birth to adulthood A strange man appears at critical times in her life to save her from disaster Laura is not a wimp She does smart things This is one of the few books where I don t want to say much about the story It is sooo much better not to know There is sus What a great story I thought about it frequently afterwards.At times it was a roller coaster ride, frightening, intense, and I didn t want to stop reading until I got through the current crisis The main story is Laura s life from birth to adulthood A strange man appears at critical times in her life to save her from disaster Laura is not a wimp She does smart things This is one of the few books where I don t want to say much about the story It is sooo much better not to know There is suspense, danger, courage, clever things, and surprising things The characters are rich.I had two problems The author used the artificial device of interrupting scenes For example, there s a scene in 1977 and another in 1988 The author split each of those scenes into about four parts and then went back and forth between the two showing pieces of each scene The effect was interruption, and I was angry at the author which took me out of the story This happened a few times during the book There was such great natural suspense and action, the author didn t need to use this device I would have been ok with splitting the scenes into two parts each, to allow the two climaxes resolutions to be told together, but nothan that.Second problem was the narrator Christopher Lane using an effeminate gay guy s voice for young girls It was terrible acting the wrong tone and voice for girls Get a version with a different narrator if ever available otherwise read the physical book to eliminate that problem.The strange man was able to do something a few times but not another time which bothered me The explanation given was not consistent since it did not apply to all situations But the story was so good I was willing to look past it Again I can t sayI don t want to give anything away.The author does not used tired cliches I was delighted to hear a character say I m a legend in my own scrapbook DATA Narrative mode 3rd person Unabridged audiobook reading time 12 hrs and 58 mins Swearing language I don t recall any Sexual content referred to a few times, nothing in detail Setting mostly 1944 to 1989, mostly California and Germany Book copyright 1988 Genre time travel suspense thriller Ending satisfying and complete.OTHER BOOKS I noticed that in four Koontz books, a main character has amnesia issues and or erased memories Some of the books have bad guys hypnotizing to erase someone s memory In other books a violent situation or accident causes amnesia I don t want to give away plots, so in the following list I m using the word memory to indicate which books had a main character with one of these memory problems.The author loves dogs He finds them noble, loyal, and heroic In several of his books a dog has a major role I ve indicated below which of his books have dogs in the story that I know about.I ve reviewed the following Dean Koontz books, unless indicated Dates are copyright dates.3 stars The Key to Midnight 1979 memory 3 stars The Eyes of Darkness 19812 stars The House of Thunder 1982 memory 4 stars Phantoms 19833 stars Darkfall 1984 aka Darkness Comes aka The Pitt by Owen West 3 stars Strangers 1986 memory 5 stars Watchers 1987 dog 5 stars Lightning 1988 not read Midnight 1989 dog in supporting role 4 stars The Bad Place 1990 memory in beginning of the book not read Dragon Tears 1992 dog not read Winter Moon 1993 dog in supporting role 3 stars Dark Rivers of the Heart 1994 memory dog 5 stars Intensity 1995 dog per Angela 2 stars Fear Nothing 1998 dog 3 stars Odd Thomas 2003 3 stars Life Expectancy 20042 stars Velocity 20052 stars Ashley Bell 2015 memory dog I ve always been a big fan of Dean Koontz and this one did not disappoint I like the premise of someone from Nazi Era Germany time traveling into the future to try to change destiny A fun, fast paced read. I first read this book when I was maybe 11 or 12 It was my very first Koontz book and it kicked off a lifelong love of Koontz As My Favorite Author For very close to 30 years On the night of Laura Shane s birth a man appears amidst an astonishing display of lightning and thunder He holds her mother s doctor hostage so the drunkard is unable to get to the hospital to deliver Laura At other key moments throughout Laura s life, when tragedy is about to strike and leave her damaged or dead, the I first read this book when I was maybe 11 or 12 It was my very first Koontz book and it kicked off a lifelong love of Koontz As My Favorite Author For very close to 30 years On the night of Laura Shane s birth a man appears amidst an astonishing display of lightning and thunder He holds her mother s doctor hostage so the drunkard is unable to get to the hospital to deliver Laura At other key moments throughout Laura s life, when tragedy is about to strike and leave her damaged or dead, the man she dubs her guardian appears and protects her Yet in the course of the thirty years that he s protecting her he never ages.Although I confess that one of the stars in my five star rating may be due to that nearly 30 years of Koontz fandom, this is also a hell of good story My mom also raves about it to this day and she never enjoyed another Koontz book To be fair, two of those were The Vision and Whispers, both of which I hope to never cross paths with again But it s also the only book she s ever read that she might give five stars to It s a sci fi suspense with loads of fun along the way.And because I always love teaching Why I Love Koontz 101, I leave you with a quote In tragedy and despair, when an endless night seems to have fallen, hope can be found in the realization that the companion of night is not another night, that the companion of night is day, that darkness always gives way to light, and that death rules only half of creation, life the other half.Here s to another 30 years of Koontz