Publisher: Bantam; X edition (November 24, 2009)
Source: Personal Library
In the stillness of a golden September afternoon, deep in the wilderness of the Rockies, a solitary craftsman, Grady Adams, and his magnificent Irish wolfhound Merlin step from shadow into light…and into an encounter with enchantment. That night, through the trees, under the moon, a pair of singular animals will watch Grady's isolated home, waiting to make their approach.
A few miles away, Camillia Rivers, a local veterinarian, begins to unravel the threads of a puzzle that will bring all the forces of a government in peril to her door.
At a nearby farm, long-estranged identical twins come together to begin a descent into darkness…In Las Vegas, a specialist in chaos theory probes the boundaries of the unknowable…On a Seattle golf course, two men make matter-of-fact arrangements for murder…Along a highway by the sea, a vagrant scarred by the past begins a trek toward his destiny…
In a novel that is at once wholly of our time and timeless, fearless and funny, Dean Koontz takes readers into the moment between one turn of the world and the next, across the border between knowing and mystery. It is a journey that will leave all who take it Breathless.
In the interest of full disclosure, I'd like to make clear that I am a huge Dean Koontz fan. I own every book he has ever written, and he is one of my favorite authors. That being said, I was a little disappointed with this one and wouldn't recommend it for someone who has never read Koontz before. I might be wrong and new readers may very well enjoy it, but I'm biased and have very high expectations for Dean.
One of the things that I like about Koontz is that he's an easy read. His words flow, the action is usually fast paced, he writes great characters, and he likes short chapters. Short chapters are dangerous for me because I'm constantly thinking just one more chapter, just one more chapter, and suddenly it's 2am.
Breathless is an interesting story. We are introduced to several different characters, all with rich backstories, whose fates are gradually revealed to be intertwined. The Chaos Theory seems to be at work here, so it helps that one of the characters is an expert in this field and can explain it to us. Koontz is a very talented writer and despite there being multiple characters and storylines, I had no trouble keeping track of everything.
Gave this one a 3/5 rating as I felt if was just okay. As previously mentioned, I have very high expectations for a Koontz book, and this one did not live up to them. While it was a fast read and the action was well paced, I was unsatisfied with the ending and left wanting more. I think Koontz fans will enjoy the book, but would recommend one of his earlier works instead if you're a new reader.