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Breathless by Dean Koontz

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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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The Bad Place, by Dean R. Koontz (My go to book)

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For the LOVE of books… :o)

Okay everyone we love our books. We all know we do, other wise we wouldn’t be either writing this page, or reading this page. But one thing is for certain, once we find that one book that makes us happy, sad, mad, frustrated, and so many more emotions, we never want o put it down. Then when it comes to the end, we want to pick it up again and start the emotional journey again. I have many books like this.

This love of books started with one book though. The Bad Place, by Dean R. Koontz. I was 15 the first time I read this book. It has always been hard for me to read so I avoided it like the plague every chance I got. My mom and brother, who read all the time, were reading Koontz’s other books. I heard them talking about this one and thought there is no way a book like this was written, I was wrong. So my first full novel read by myself by choice was Dean R. Zoontz, The Bad Place.

The Bad Place

What would you do if you woke up night after night and always had something strange, and at times frightening, in you hand and not know how it got there? Frank Pollard has this problem now. He is afraid to sleep. He is afraid of what will happen next. All he really knows is he does not want to go back to The Bad Place. He decides to seek the help of a couple of detectives, the Dakota’s.

The Dakota’s are in love and love their business. When they take a job they feel they are in it for the long haul. Sadly, they take on Frank’s case to find out what happens to him when he sleeps. By finding out what happens, they uncover a web of supernatural family secretes that no one could ever imagine.

The Dakota’s are taken on a trip from the unthinkable to want to be forgettable. They will travel this world and another while trying to stay one step ahead of a killer and keep their client from disappearing night after night.

This book, along with other Koontz books, keep me going when my brain is failing to make connections. The Bad Place, though titled bad place, brings me back to many good places and memories. That is what books do for us. They bring us back to a time when life was easier or at least less stressful.

Give the book a try and tell me what you think.

Heidi

Sequal Books… Love/Hate Relationship!!!!!

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So we all have read them. They are the books where you read the first one just to see if you will like it just to turn around and want the rest. This is my problem with most books. It doesn’t matter the genre, I just get invested. Not involved, but invested in the series and the characters. I want to know what will happen next, who will make it through the next book, what wild and wacky predicaments the characters are in. I tell you it is maddening at times.

You may ask why I bring this up, or you might not, but either way, I am going to tell you…

I have been reading the Odd Thomas series by Dean R. Koontz for years now. He finally came out with new books and I was able to get them from the library. I was so excited. I read Odd Apocalypse and then Odd Interlude. Just to find out that Odd Interlude came before Odd Apocalypse. But that is okay, not a big problem luckily. But then I find out there is another book. I tell you, it is maddening to think you are caught up just to find out there is another. Sure it is great there is another book since I enjoy the series, but come on… 😀

With all that said though, The Odd series is getting a big ‘odd’ for lack of a better word. It has always been supernatural in many ways, but these last two books are starting to make me question the sanity of the books. Does that make sense? I hope so because I am not sure how else to explain it.

Can you guess what my next review(s) is going to be about… Yep the Odd Thomas series by Koontz. What is your take on the series and for that matter series books in general. DO you Love them? Hate them? Both? I am a Both.

But I raise a book to the series’ that keep us coming back!

Heidi