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Seize The Night

By Dean Koontz

Seize The Night
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  • Hardcover: Jan 1999,
    401 pages.
    Paperback: Nov 1999,
    443 pages.

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Enter a world unlike any other. A world of the night. A world created brilliantly by master suspense novelist Dean Koontz. The world where his blockbuster novels Fear Nothing and Seize the Night are set. Welcome to Moonlight Bay, California, home of Christopher Snow.

Forced to live in the shadows, Snow knows the night world better than the dark adversaries that stalk his quiet town. And along with his exceptional dog Orson, and his friends, Snow will challenge those who try to take advantage.

When you live in the darkness of Moonlight Bay as Christopher Snow does, and you are desperately trying to save the day, you abide by two guiding principles: fear nothing and seize the night!

Christopher Snow, the protagonist of Fear Nothing, returns and is on the trail of missing children in Koontz's newest thriller. Snow believes the children are still alive and that their disappearances have something to do with clandestine scientific experiments at a nearby abandoned military base.

In Moonlight Bay, California, children are disappearing. The police cannot be trusted to solve their mystery, because in Moonlight Bay the purpose of the police is often to conceal the crime. Christopher Snow, whose rare genetic disorder -- xeroderma pigmentosum, XP -- leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light, sets out to find the missing son of a former sweetheart and then the other lost children. The disappearances have something to do with clandestine scientific experiments at a nearby abandoned military base, Fort Wyvern. Chris challenges those who would conceal even the most heinous crimes in order to keep the secrets of Fort Wyvern, and his genetic handicap becomes his greatest advantage: Forced to live a life in shadows, Chris knows the night world better than anyone -- better even than his adversaries.

Prologue

My name is Christopher Snow. The following account is an installment in my personal journal. If you are reading it, I am probably dead. If I am not dead, then because of the reportage herein, I am now--or soon will be--one of the most famous people on the planet. If no one ever reads this, it will be because the world as we know it has ceased to exist and human civilization is gone forever. I am no more vain than the average person, and instead of universal recognition, I prefer the peace of anonymity. Nevertheless, if the choice is between Armageddon and fame, I'd prefer to be famous.

Chapter One

Elsewhere, night falls, but in Moonlight Bay it steals upon us with barely a whisper, like a gentle dark-sapphire surf licking a beach. At dawn, when the night retreats across the pacific toward distant Asia, it is reluctant to go, leaving deep black pools in alleyways, under parked cars, in culverts, and beneath the leafy canopies of ancient oaks.

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This tour de force, though less intense than Intensity (1996), has Koontz, the nimble master of the macabre, inventing a hugely empty California army base once used for secret experiments and now, in its vast, moonlit state, called Dead Town.....With headlong glee, Koontz again unveils encyclopedic intelligence about how things work in the physical world and how to bolt sentences into the moonlight.

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Christopher Snow is back. Fans of Koontz's last offering, Fear Nothing (LJ 2/1/98), will remember Chris as the young victim of XP (xeroderma pigmentosum), a rare and deadly genetic condition that forces him to avoid light. Here, the horrifying tale of Chris's hometown, Moonlight Bay, continues to unfold. ....Koontz successfully blends his special brand of suspense from generous measures of mystery, horror, sf, and the techno-thriller genre. But his greatest triumph in this series is the creation of Christopher Snow, a thought-provoking narrator with a facility for surfer-lingo and dark humor who, despite his extreme situation, is an undeniably believable character.

Publishers Weekly

No bestselling suspense novelist creates magnetic characters as consistently as Koontz does.... This novel stands as vintage Koontz, a rousing crowd-pleaser that recapitulates some of his recurrent themes--the pain of the outsider; the power of love; the threat of scientism--while sturdily continuing a trilogy that's shaping up as his masterwork.

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Tom Brooker

Beautiful nonsense
Strip out all of the obvious weaknesses of "Seize the Night" — the maddening, superfluous detail upon detail; the overworked similes and metaphors; the ridiculously impossible plot; the improbable oh-so-cool banter — and you still have a ...   Read More

Jack Poleski

Koontz seizes his readers patience
This book is extremely slow-moving compared to previous Koontz page -turners. It seems to lack the necessary insight and depth that readers expect when reading a sequel. Seize the night seems to be a mediocre plot written in the same place and using ...   Read More

Lanni

Nap time
It normally takes me about two-three days to read a book - any book, mind you, not just the ones I love. Four days tops. It took me seven months to finish this one. I read around ten books in between that time. It took me six of those months just to ...   Read More

smarterthnu

This Book Was Terrible
This book almost put me to sleep with all of the out-dated surfer lingo and painfully over described surroundings.

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