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Phantoms CLOSER They found the town silent, apparently abandoned Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm One hundred fifty were dead,missing But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, CaliforniaD CLOSER At first they thought it was the work of a maniac Or terrorists Or toxic contamination Or a bizarre new diseaseD CLOSER But then they found the truth And they saw it in the flesh And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined I love Dean Koontz and his booksAnd I know that lots of reviews at goodreads doesn t seem to accompany adequately my sentiments Nevertheless boldly as I m here comes my humble review First of all let me say that with Phantoms you have here vintage Koontz, I mean a classic piece for what Dean Koontz books stands and are loved for.Snowfield, a little town in California will be haunted by unspeakable evil, and a small group of survivors fights against it That s all..Let me say, I love Dean Koontz and his booksAnd I know that lots of reviews at goodreads doesn t seem to accompany adequately my sentiments Nevertheless boldly as I m here comes my humble review First of all let me say that with Phantoms you have here vintage Koontz, I mean a classic piece for what Dean Koontz books stands and are loved for.Snowfield, a little town in California will be haunted by unspeakable evil, and a small group of survivors fights against it That s all..Let me say, if you love Carpenters movie The Thing or Stephen Kings It , and if you are fond of The Exorzist then welcome in Snowfield and enjoy the ride, you will not be disappointed at allKoontz mix and blend Science Fiction with horror, and that he does masterfully well..By the way, Phantoms is really a genuine page turner, you will not be able to stop until The End Having said that, the characters are in my opinion not so well developed, that s the reason for retaining one star in my rating.But, a good and gripping read awaits you, it will entertain for sure and that s the main issue.Have fun and enjoy, all of you Dean It s amusing how I ended reading this novel And maybe this will be the most humorous review of a truly scary horror novel If you read it, you ll understant what I mean.First, I didn t know that it was a novel, a long horror story book, when I bought it Honestly Back then 1992 , I was in a local bookstore I read the title Phantoms well in reality it was Fantasmas since I bought in Spanish first the book and I thought that it was an anthology of ghost stories and that Dean Koontz I di It s amusing how I ended reading this novel And maybe this will be the most humorous review of a truly scary horror novel If you read it, you ll understant what I mean.First, I didn t know that it was a novel, a long horror story book, when I bought it Honestly Back then 1992 , I was in a local bookstore I read the title Phantoms well in reality it was Fantasmas since I bought in Spanish first the book and I thought that it was an anthology of ghost stories and that Dean Koontz I didn t know the author at that moment was the editor or something of the book I started to read the book and honestly I didn t realized that it was a novel until I got to the third chapter P In my defense hehe each chapter has titles, so I still was thinking that they were horror short stories, but quite odd since they didn t have some climax or good ending hahaha when I started to read the third chapter and I met again the same characters of the first short story hahaha it was when I realize Oh This is a horror novel Hahaha, honestly, this is a true story I hadn t read any horror novel until that moment I had read a lot of anthologies of horror short stories with several specific topics and it was like my current reading type of books at that moment However, I supposed that this book wanted me, and I took the call.The humorous stops right here bring on the terror It was the start of a great reading story of me with Dean Koontz s novels I love his style of making books, those cool details that they repeat on each book in some way or other.And maybe because it was the first that I read, but this novel keeps to be my favorite book of Koontz and my favorite horror novel If you ever had the bad experience of watching the dreadful film based on this book, please, don t let that that keep you away from the wonderful experience of reading this masterpiece of literature on the horror genre Snowfield, a typical American town where in one night, everybody just dissapeared, every single person and animal are nowhere to be found, a real ghost town that was full of life just one day before The young Dr Jenny Paige along with her younger sister, Lisa, will have to explore this deserted town and try to find a clue of what happened.Welcome to Snowfield You wouldn t be able to leave I m fiercely competitive Like, ridiculously competitive To the point where I choose a favorite, and from that point on I m squarely behind that favorite until the bitter end The Chicago Cubs Star Wars Stephen King You get the picture Problem is, this causes me to miss out on things that threaten the supremacy of my favorites For several months I avoided The Lord of the Rings movies because I was afraid they d be better than the original Star Wars trilogy Then, when they were better, I d I m fiercely competitive Like, ridiculously competitive To the point where I choose a favorite, and from that point on I m squarely behind that favorite until the bitter end The Chicago Cubs Star Wars Stephen King You get the picture Problem is, this causes me to miss out on things that threaten the supremacy of my favorites For several months I avoided The Lord of the Rings movies because I was afraid they d be better than the original Star Wars trilogy Then, when they were better, I decided to avoid watching the Harry Potter movies because they represented a new threat to my new cinematic darling Eventually, I broke down and watched the Harry Potter films after reading the books with my firstborn , and now I m a diehard Harry Potter fan, as well as a diehard Lord of the Rings fan, as well as a diehard Star Wars fan It really shouldn t have been this complicated, but what can I say I have problems Speaking of problemsI m as a big a fan of Stephen King as you can imagine, and it s no secret that on any bookstore shelf, King and Koontz are situated right there together, each with his own section of literary real estate For many years I ve been told I should read Koontz, but that silly, childish, competitive side of me dug its heels in and refused King was my favorite, so I didn t need to read Koontz So there shakes head at self Pitiful Well, I m happy to report that I ve finally matured enough to give Koontz a try My opinion of him He s really, really good While Stephen King will always be my favorite writer, I will unquestionably be readingKoontz novels His prose is deceptive At first glance I thought, What s the big deal This is good, but it s not that good It s not I get my own bookshelf good Then Koontz sucked me in By the time the lawmen from the neighboring town came to investigate the problems in Snowfield, I was hooked good and proper I enjoyed where Koontz took the story, and I found his writingandengrossing the further and further I delved into the narrative I also found the tale quite creative, which is saying a great deal The whole affair reminded me a little of the marvelous Preston and Child novel THE RELIC, which I absolutely loved SoI give this epic novel the rating it deserves five stars And I recant my embarrassing stubbornness and promise to keep maturing so I don t miss out on great writers and movies But I still won t root for anyone but the Cubs 4.5 out of 5First things first, let s break out the checklist to see how Koontzian this book is.1 Blond lead love interest Nope2 Dog s Yup but these Fidos aren t smart 3 Government conspiracy Nope4 Aliens Nope5 Serial Killer Nope but there are a few psychopath so I ll let you decide if they count 6 Bougainvillea plant Nope7 Sodium vapor streetlight Yup numerous times In fact, this might have the most mentions of sodium vapor out of every Koontz book ever 8 Precocious c 4.5 out of 5First things first, let s break out the checklist to see how Koontzian this book is.1 Blond lead love interest Nope2 Dog s Yup but these Fidos aren t smart 3 Government conspiracy Nope4 Aliens Nope5 Serial Killer Nope but there are a few psychopath so I ll let you decide if they count 6 Bougainvillea plant Nope7 Sodium vapor streetlight Yup numerous times In fact, this might have the most mentions of sodium vapor out of every Koontz book ever 8 Precocious child Nope9 Town gone crazy Nope but kinda Again, not sure if it fits 10 Psychic s NopeSo two Unless you wanna get nitpicky, then four Live or die, make your choice Or whatever On with the review Books like PHANTOMS is a perfect example of why I rag on Koontz as much as I do We all know he s capable of writing fantastic books, but he s also always been about quantity over quality For every amazing novel we get three to four piles of hot garbage This era of Koontz s output is almost entirely devoid of fuckery, though, because when we did come across a piece of steaming excrement, it was usually a rewritten repurposed novel from yesteryear, like THE HOUSE OF THUNDER or THE EYES OF DARKNESS All of the new books he released during this decade of productivity the mid to late 80s and early 90s were highly enjoyable At some point in the early 2000s, he found a formula that he proceeded to flog like the dead horse that it was From what I remember, this trend started with INTENSITY his last great book and rolled downhill from there I say all that because people insist I hate Koontz You see them in the comments of my updates Why do you insist on torturing yourself or I THOUGHT YOU WERE FINISHED WITH KOONTZ SQUEEEEEEEE What these fine people do not understand is that Koontz was, at one point in time, one of my literary heroes I grew up reading him, and the point of this rereading project with my good friend and opposing debate team, Delee I honestly love it when we disagree , is to find out where and when everything went wrong, because at some point Koontz went from writing a good book every year if you ignore the reprints and rewrites of pseudonym works to going completely off the fucking rails into a land populated by wordmills far as the eye can see Again, quantity over quality.And, yes, I understand there are legions of Koontz fans that think he s still pumping out pure literary cocaine Suffice it to say, I disagree with you But we re allowed to agree to disagree and move on, so calm your fucking chest meat, Beatrice What I didn t expect to find while rereading this book was much of the inspiration for Stephen King s IT From the voices in the drain to the final conflict, there are note for note recreations of scenes in this book inside of King s masterpiece That doesn t make me love IT any less, by the way, but the similarities are far from coincidence They re too many to note here, but I will be making a video about it for anyone who s interested One thing s for sure, tho, King blurbed Koontz s book, so we know or we can safely assume that King read it And, although the version I read was a 1996 variant that had it s pop culture references to things like the OJ trial updated in anticipation of the film adaptation s release in 1998, the original version of PHANTOMS was released in hardcover in 1983, a whole three years before IT was published I plan to read FLOATING DRAGON soon, Anthony, I promise In fact, I d like to do a whole series of videos on books people feel inspired King s 1100 page epic The one criticism I have for PHANTOMS is the Fletcher Kale storyline It felt unneeded in the worst possible way and caused the ending to drag on 30 pages past its welcome I m only deducting a half a star for it, which is why I m at 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 because, like high school E., Goodreads can t figure out fractions I do wonder if the Kale subplot was added to strengthen the satanic panic theme of the novel Sure, religion is mentioned throughout the book, but the theme was much heavier in Kale s later chapters, and it truly felt like an afterthought Something doesn t jive with me in those sections They feel farther removed from the main storyline for some reason I can t pin down The film completely removes the Kale character and story arc, and is all the better for not including it Hands down, there is some marvelous writing in this piece, some of his best work, and I have to tip my hat to Koontz for some impressive speculative fiction Donna Tartt once said that a novelist s first job is to entertain, and that s what this book does It entertains, consistantly I was able to shut off my inner content editor and suspend my disbelief, and that s all I can really ask for out of a work of fiction In summation If you only ever read another Dean Koontz book, you should probably read this one While it is not my favorite, it is a terrific example of Koontz when he s firing on all cylinders Mind, most of his work is a broken down jalopy with a cracked head and four flats, but this one Man, does she purr Final Judgment The reason I fell in love with Koontz and mourn his decline.Video review

  • Paperback
  • 448 pages
  • Phantoms
  • Dean Koontz
  • English
  • 10 August 2019
  • 0425181103

About the Author: Dean Koontz

Acknowledged as America s most popular suspense novelist Rolling Stone and as one of today s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.Dean, the author of many 1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna Facebook Facebook.com DeanKoontzOfficialTwitter DeanKoontzWebsite DeanKoontz.com


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