When artist Dylan O'Connor pulls into a motel off the Arizona interstate highway, all he wants to do is relax with his autistic brother Shepherd, and get a good night's sleep. Yet within the hour he finds himself bound, gagged and being injected with some mysterious fluid by a lunatic 'doctor' who claims that Dylan will be the carrier for 'his life's work'. Jillian Jackson, a comedian, is midway through her tour of seedy cocktail lounges and and second-rate comedy clubs, accompanied only by her pet pot plant Fred. Her plans ...
When artist Dylan O'Connor pulls into a motel off the Arizona interstate highway, all he wants to do is relax with his autistic brother Shepherd, and get a good night's sleep. Yet within the hour he finds himself bound, gagged and being injected with some mysterious fluid by a lunatic 'doctor' who claims that Dylan will be the carrier for 'his life's work'. Jillian Jackson, a comedian, is midway through her tour of seedy cocktail lounges and and second-rate comedy clubs, accompanied only by her pet pot plant Fred. Her plans for stardom are dramatically altered, however, when she too falls victim to the same eccentric scientist, who makes off with her beloved cadillac. The doctor warns his victims that he is being pursued and that they too are now targets. If they are caught, they will be killed. Both are sceptical, but when 3 black Chevrolet Suburbans come screaming into the motel carpark and Jillian's stolen car is found in flames, they begin to wonder if the lunatic doctor wasn't so mad after all...
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Twenty-nine year old Dylan O'Conner and his twenty year old autistic brother Shepherd are on their way to an art show in Sante Fe NM where Dylan plans to sell some of his paintings. Twenty-five year old Jillian Jackson, a stand up comedian, is on her way to Phoenix AZ where she has a gig. It is getting late and they both stop for dinner at a roadside cafe. Then they both decide they are too tired to travel any further that night and get a motel room. A man in his fifties, that looks like a country doctor hits Dylan over the head, ties him up, and injects him with what he calls "stuff" When Dylan comes too, the man tells him he is injecting him "with my lifes work, a psychotropic formula that will either kill you or give you wonderful powers." The man then follows Jillian to her room, chloroforms her, and injects her with the same drug. When she comes to, she finds that the man has stolen her car. She runs into dylan at this point; the two compare notes as to what just happened to them, and now, their story starts to unfold. There is a group (we don't know who) after the country doctor, bent on killing him, and suddenly everyone is running for their lives. A fast moving tale. I think you will like it.
Apr 1, 2007
It's been years since I read this book but if not mistaken this is THE book that introduced me to Quantum Physics and was the first to EXPLAIN QP in a manner in which I could understand. Dean Koontz is a master of plot twists, and using words from time periods long ago (like Bumbershoot), oftentimes NOT in the normal dictionaries. He spares nothing on this book. It has it all. From the 'mentally disabled" brother who knows more than anyone knows. Just remember the word "ice" ... you'll know what I mean about 1/2 or 3/4's of the way thru the book. The disabled brother is actually able to open portals in time and space and go where his mind dictates. Also handy for mentally skipping around the inside walls, porticos, and scaffolding of an old Church when being pursued by evil-intentioned individuals bent on murdering them. But don't forget the evil scientist who has been manipulating the two boys since they were extremely young. He actually whooed their mother and was perhaps father to one of them? But the evil he inflicted over the years is amply rewarded by the disabled brother who sends him "away". Where does the doctor go as the disabled boy repeats over and over .... ICE ... ICE ... ICE? This book has it all. Car chases. Secret agents. Sub-secret agents. Bad guys galore. Shifting time and space. Jumping dimensions. But then it is a Koontz book afterall. You MUST read this book. As all Koontz books love to do it starts out with a bang and gets wilder by the page.
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