Review – The City by Dean Koontz with A Very Special Giveaway!

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The City: A Novel
Publisher by Bantam Books(July 1, 2014)
A Random House Publishing Group
Hardcover: 416 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0345545930
E-Book File Size: 1852 KB


The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.
Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I haven’t read a Dean Koontz novel since I have started blogging and this was a great one for my venture back into his unique way of storytelling. Sometimes his stories have just scared me to death but this one drew me in with its almost fantasy feel.

Jonah Ellington Basie Hines Eldridge Wilson Hampton Armstrong Kirk takes us back in time and gives us an “oral history” of his life. And what a life it was. The key character to the whole story is “the city” and that doesn’t mean what you think but there will be no spoilers here.  Jonah’s story is very complex and includes some characters them seem very ordinary at the beginning but become extraordinary in the end. I was shocked that the adult Jonah and I have something in common. This story then evoked some totally new emotions.

Let’s face it Koontz is a master storyteller. He creates plots that so intricate and multifaceted that grip the reader so tightly while examining hard issues. His characters come to life right off the page and his descriptive talents bring the time and place alive as well. There is so much going on in this story readers need to slow down and savor the words. There are several elements interwoven with the main theme that all add up to make this an outstanding story.

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To find out more about Dean Koontz and his books visit his webpage here.
There is also a Reading Group Guide for The City.

Now For The Giveaway!!
One lucky reader will win signed copies of The City for their ENTIRE book club (maximum 20 copies), and Dean will give the winning book club a Facebook shout out to his 1.4 million Facebook fans!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

7 thoughts on “Review – The City by Dean Koontz with A Very Special Giveaway!

  1. I’m not in a book club and I’m reading this now so I will leave the contest to others but it is fantastic. Dean Koontz is the ultimate storyteller.

  2. We love Dean Koontz in my mystery book club! This would be such a great gift for us. Wow!! Thanks to whomever thought this one up!!

  3. I just finsihed this and am writing my review. It was nice to read yours. Excellent job of relating your feelings and leaving the mystery!

  4. I’m not in a book club but am adding this to my TBR pile. I haven’t read any Koontz in years because they scared me too much but after reading your review I think I’ll give this one a try.

  5. I read a couple of his years ago. Tick Tock was good and I also read The Fun House.

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