Breathless: Book summary and reviews of Breathless by Dean Koontz

Breathless

A Novel

By Dean Koontz

Breathless

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Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the thirty-five-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There’s little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.

One day, while hiking, Grady spots a pair of stunningly beautiful furred animals unlike anything he’s ever seen. They flee the instant they detect his presence, but the mystery of that brief encounter remains. In the days ahead, Grady will approach the creatures again, gaining their trust but coming no closer to solving their mystery. For this he enlists the help of an old friend, veterinarian Camellia “Cammy” Rivers, who, in turn, is stunned—and enchanted—by Grady’s new “pets.” But while Grady and Cammy carefully observe these enigmatic animals for clues to their origin, they, too, are being watched.

Soon Grady’s home and hundreds of square miles of surrounding wilderness will be placed under quarantine by Homeland Security. And Grady, Cammy, and the two creatures they’ve come to feel they must protect at all costs find themselves virtual prisoners—and the unwilling focus of an army of biologists, naturalists, and research scientists. But it’s a stunning event no one could have foreseen that convinces Grady and Cammy to do the unthinkable: to escape with the two creatures on a riveting race for freedom.

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Trisha
Faithful Fan
I also have read every single one of Koontz's books. I have loved them all, some more than others of course, but this one indeed was different. I think it is my favorite. Please don't let these other reviews sway you from reading this one!!! Then come back here and let me know if you agree with me...

Rated 1 of 5 of 5 by ASG
Spelled out
Of course the reader wants it spelled out. I'm all for leaving certain things to interpretation but when you introduce a seemingly important piece of information that if enlightened about it's relevance will allow the reader to remain engrossed within the story and not outside of it wondering the hell the author is doing. It started off great but as the pages dwindled down I began to suspect the ending was going to be BS. It was worse than I could have imagined. I almost feel like Koontz was on vacation and his publishers wanted to release the book before he was ready so they got a remedial vagrant to type out the last few chapters.

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by emily
Not what i expected
I read this book for a school Isp novel and am supposed to write an outline. Looking over the book, I have found many things left unanswered and I want to know more. The book overall was great; I read it in three days. Now I am supposed to compare it to Tim LeHayes book. Reading the summary they sounded like they were going the same way but now they are only slightly similar.
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Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by Stori Diva
Our Future as Furry beings?
As a long time fan of Dean Koontz, I agree that the ending of this book left me wanting.
It was rushed and, unless a short twilight Zone type story, an editor shouldn't let you get away with this. Trust me I know.

Rated 2 of 5 of 5 by Nookabook
Skip It
This book isn't worth reading. The story lines never truly weave together. More than one character is violent with sadistic thoughts about women and one wonders if the author has run out of ideas on how to portray evil. The whole thing just ends up being a hot mess that leaves the reader dissatisfied, confused, and resentful of spending money on the book.

Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by Janet
:/ not his best
Long time fan of Koontz. Ive read over 50 of his books and have never found one I haven't enjoyed, however, Breathless would easily be my choice for least favorite Koontz book. The ending was not satisfying, it didn't seem to have a closing to it. About five or six stories that are all connected, but somehow its just too much, like not enough is given to each story. If you are a Koontz fan like me, it is worth the read if your all out of Koontz books, but if you have others that you can read, go for those first.

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Dean Koontz was written more than 70 books. His books are published in 38 languages and have sold more than 400,000,000 copies, a figure that currently increases by more than 17 million copies per year. Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently lives with his wife, Gerda, in southern California.

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