If you know me, then you know that my favorite author is one Dean R. Koontz. I have a massive collection of his works, of which my favorites are Lightning and Midnight. The subject of this review is Midnight, the book that introduced me into the world of Koontz, which I have read somewhere between 200 and 300 times. I simply can't get enough of it!
The book begins with a solitary beach runner, lost in thought. The descriptions of the foggy night air and the peaceful coastal terrain make Moonlight Cove sound like a small piece of paradise. But she then endures a strange and gruesome attack, and it sets the tone for the events yet to unfold in the chapters that follow. A billionaire recluse turned mad scientist, an undercover FBI agent, a paraplegic war veteran with a brilliant service dog, a tenacious documentary filmmaker, and a spunky child of eleven round out the main cast of characters who are left to complete the puzzle of what is going on in this sleepy town where nothing is as it seems.
Their small corner of the world is being overrun by crazed beasts, whose attacks are becoming more frequent and savage as the days pass. It quickly becomes apparent that not even the local police can be trusted to deal with the problems these creatures present, and the people must come together to wage war against the unknown. The four main storylines become more closely interwoven with each page, and finally come crashing together for the ultimate showdown.
This book has it all -- action, romance, murder, comedic timing, Native American folklore, and even science! The balance between the powerfully fluid descriptions and the simplistic turn of phrase is flawless and wildly entertaining. I can't recommend it highly enough! Once you enter the world of Moonlight Cove, you won't be able to put it back down until you've come to the end of the final page.