Breathless: Book summary and reviews of Breathless by Dean Koontz

Breathless

A Novel

by Dean Koontz

Breathless
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2009
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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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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...

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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Diligent Reader

Breathless
I really liked this book, it kept me turning the pages as Koontz always does, contrary to the other reviews, it challenges the reader to finish the story for themselves. It seems people these days like everything spelled out for them.

Beach angel

Not his best
I usually love all of the books that Dean Koontz writes. However, I was disappointed in this book. It started out and continued to be a good read until the end. It was very anti-climatic and just plain abrupt. It was like he just came up clueless as how to wrap it all up so he just made up a quick ending to be done with it. Too bad. It could have been a great book.

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.

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 Author Biography

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Dean Ray Koontz is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Several of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, with many of them reaching the number one position. Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including "David Axton", "Leigh Nichols" and "Brian Coffey".

When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in 38 languages and he has sold over 450 million copies to date.

Dean Koontz lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

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