Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The City

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz is at the peak of his acclaimed powers with this major new novel.
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.

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

My Impressions:
I honestly do not believe that Mr. Koontz knows how to write a bad book. When I first started reading this book I was a little bored with it. It moved slowly for the first couple of chapters, but then rapidly picked up and blew my mind. Koontz has always had the ability to write and develop amazing characters that you get attached to and this book was no different. The imagery is wonderful, transporting you into a different time and life as if stepping into a movie. 

The City represents friendship, courage, strength, perseverance, kindness and heroism that we can find in everyday people that make up our city. Koontz reminds us that learning to overcome adversity in the midst of your greatest fears and insecurities without becoming susceptible to fear, bitterness, anger and loneliness while learning from life experiences and consequences is the theme that runs through this fantastic story time and again. Using kindness, generosity and friendship to overcome the root of evil is a strong theme that cannot be ignored.

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion and review at

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