The new thriller from Dean Koontz is an emotional rollercoaster telling the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man -- a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death. Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends ...
The new thriller from Dean Koontz is an emotional rollercoaster telling the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man -- a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death. Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke. What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson -- five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his 20th year; the second in his 23rd year; the third in his 28th; the fourth in his 29th; the fifth in his 30th. Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the moment of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact height, weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly -- the unexplained anomaly of fused digits on his left foot. Suddenly, the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance. What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous -- a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.
Here's a story with wit, charm, scares and smiles all dished out in a book that will keep you up all night-- unless you read only during the day. Mark my words: you will wind up recommending this book to a friend.
Jun 30, 2013
A really entertaining read!! Its interesting from the start and stays interesting till the very end. I immediately fell in love with every character, especially Jimmy and Lorrie, the two main characters. The antagonist, Konrad Beezo, really makes the book frightening. Mr. Beezo is a crazy, psycho clown. Scary right? But the book is not all about the fright. Its funny, and full of hope and love. Its as if your on the best roller-coaster you've ever been on. Before I end the review, I want to tell you one thing: Prepare to be enchanted.
Nov 18, 2010
I thought the book was excellent, I enjoyed it and I would recomend it .
Mar 9, 2009
I absolutely loved this book. You thought you knew what was going on one second and the next thing you know Dean is thrwoing something else in there that really throws you through a loop. I recommend this book to all my friends and actually mde my mother read it. The book is so good i read it in two days.
Jul 26, 2007
Dean Koontz at his funniest
How does Dean Koontz do it? He drops us right down in the middle of mayhem and leaves us standing there watching, waiting to see what happens next. The characters are so vivid and real, so bizzare and off the wall. Life Expectancy has some of his funniest characters yet. I loved Jimmy's sense of the obsurd while unbelivable events are happening to him. His family is a hoot and the villans are hysterical. I want more of Jimmy and his family, I want to be there for the 5 glorious days. This book is a must read for any Koontz fan.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-11-15 Of all bestselling authors, Koontz may be the most underestimated by the literary establishment. Book after book, year after year, this author climbs to the top of the charts. Why? His readers know: because he is a master storyteller and a daring writer, and because, in his novels, he gives readers bright hope in a dark world. His new book is an examplar of his extraordinary work. Suspense is difficult to sustain; suspense that's buoyed steadily by humor, even as it deals with the most desperate of circumstances, is nearly impossible-yet Koontz manages it here. As in last year's brilliant Odd Thomas, Koontz writes again in the first person, employing a cleaner, more instantly accessible line than in some of his other work (e.g., this year's The Taking). His narrator is Jimmy Tock, a pastry chef in a Colorado resort town. On the day he was born, Jimmy's dying grandfather predicted five future dates that would be terrible for Jimmy; he might have mentioned, but didn't, the birth day itself, which sees a mass slaying by a bitter, deranged circus clown in the hospital where Jimmy is born. The bulk of the narrative concerns the first terrible day, about 20 years later, when the vengeful son of that clown takes Jimmy and a lovely young woman, Lorrie Hicks, hostage in the local library, with an eye toward destroying the town; Jimmy and the woman live to marry, but will they and their family survive the four subsequent terrible days? Like most of Koontz's novels, this one pits good versus evil and carries a persuasive spiritual message, about the power of love and family and the miracle of existence. As such it deals with serious, perennial themes, yet with its steady drizzle of jokes and witty repartee, it does so with a lightness of touch that few other authors can match. Koontz is a true original and this novel, one of his most unusual yet, will leave readers aglow and be a major bestseller. If the literary establishment would only catch on to him, it might be an award-winner too. (Dec. 7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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