Breathless by Dean Koontz

Breathless breathless

Dean Koontz

Have you ever wondered if there are more out there then just us? In Breathless it is answered, yet you might not see the answers right away. For Grady and Camillia the answers are the best they could have ever considered. Yet, for others these answers become a homing beacon to help others or go completely crazy. Whichever way you are effected, one thing is sure; your life will be changed!

Grady Adams will never forgive himself for his best friend’s death. As a highly decorated sniper, Grady understood that you always have to be focused on the mission to survive, but when he saw his best friend Marcus waning due to untruths, he feels he does not do enough to help him, and in turn save his life. Due to this preserved injustice to his friend, Grady leaves the military and finds seclusion in a small mountain town.  Three years later, Grady is finally feeling as if he is alive again. Though he still thinks of Marcus constantly, he can at least find the beauty in the world around him. In this beauty is his daily walk with his wolfhound Merlin. During one of these walks, Grady and Merlin come across the most interesting of creatures. Though the creature pair disappears once they realize they have been seen, Grady and Merlin cannot stop thinking of them. Later that night, they learn that the creatures could not stop thinking of them either.

Camillia Rivers is the local vet who takes care of most of the animals in this small mountain town. Camillia lives for animals. She does not see much in the company in many humans due to her past. Trust is very hard to come by for her. Yet, her best friend is Grady after three years of getting to know each other and the love they both share for Merlin. Camillia’s day started off with a call to help an organization that helps rescue dogs and puppies from Puppy Mills. During her day she realizes she has not eaten and takes a 15 minute break to grab something to eat. When she is almost done with her quick lunch her assistant vet tech runs to her and says she has to see something. When she tries to question him, he tells her there is no explanation. When Camillia comes back into the clinic she sees the most amazing thing, the scared dogs, now loving dogs, which had never had a bad experience. Though she is energized to see this, she is also stunned.

About a half mile from Grady’s house is the Rouvroy property; a six acre piece of land that was loved and worked by Jim and his wife Nora. When Jim’s brother Henry shows up out of the blue, Jim is happy but surprised. Since Jim and Henry are twins, when Nora sees Henry she jokes about Jim cloning himself. After a little small talk at the kitchen table, Henry is offered the sleeper couch to stay. He gladly accepts and Jim starts to take him for a tour of the property. Before Henry leaves the kitchen, he gets the feeling that Jim and Nora are having private conversations with their eyes and he becomes very worried. Once out in the barn, Henry allows his true self to come out and from there nothing good comes about.

Tom Bigger is just what his name suggests, bigger than most others. Tom is also a self-hating man. He does not want to hurt theirs though. Because of this, Tom mostly keeps to himself. A couple times a month, he cleans himself up the best he can in the ocean and, then panhandles to get some money. Tom knows his vises are large, and once indulged he does not stop for a long time. The last day he goes up to panhandle he has a revelation. At first he does not want to recognize it, but soon realizes he has no choice but to follow his new path. He fears following this new path more than he has feared anything in his life before.

Grady and Camillia realize that the creatures, Puzzle and Riddle, are important, but they also know now that the government has involved itself, it will probably not end that way. Because of these creatures, Grady and Camillia have their pasts come full circle and start to see only the good that will come about due to these amazing creatures whether the governments of the world like it or not!

Breathless is a wonderful book of wonder and annoyance. You will wonder why one part is important and how another part will work in. In the end you will realize that this is a small world after all!

Let me know what you think of the book.

Enjoy!
Heidi

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