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Dragon Tears door Dean Koontz
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Dragon Tears (origineel 1993; editie 1993)

door Dean Koontz (Auteur)

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Police detective Harry Lyon is a perfectionist who likes his condo immaculate, his suits well tailored, and his homicide files error-free. To Harry's dismay, his partner, Connie Gulliver, embraces chaos, urging him to "get in touch with the rhythms of destruction." But when Harry and Connie have to kill in the line of duty, the ensuing surreal nightmare makes Connie's cynical world view seem all too accurate. When that same afternoon, a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes utters the haunting words that challenge Harry Lyon's sanity... ""Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn...dead by dawn...""… (meer)
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Titel:Dragon Tears
Auteurs:Dean Koontz (Auteur)
Info:Berkley (1998), Edition: Reissue, 416 pages
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Monsterklok door Dean Koontz (1993)

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This was very slow to get started, but improved around the two thirds mark once there stopped being so much focus on Janet, Danny and Sammy. Throughout, Woofer's chapters were easily the best ones and I liked the choice to put these in present tense, to better represent the immediacy of a dog's world.

Worst part was the constant refrain of how the 90s are a kind of real-life hellscape. I actually looked up how old Koontz was when he wrote this, and he was still in his forties, which seems awfully young for 'the youth of today tsk tsk tsk' narratives! I checked out entirely every time the book circled back to another rant about how messed up the world had become. The world has always been messed up. Any social historian knows that. I could tell you things from 1840s Melbourne that would mess up your sleep for days.
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
Harry Lyons is an orderly and by-the-books sort of cop. He is, that is, until he has to deal with a living monster, one that threatens to kill him before the end of the day. He and his partner find themselves racing the clock before the monster kills, again!

Koontz knows horror, and, like his other stories, this one is terrifying. It is about human beings trying to conquer an all-powerful entity that has no conscience. Koontz’s characters are always unforgettably real, and his settings are always vivid, in this case, a little too vivid. This one will have you shaking in your shoes! ( )
  Sandralovesbooks | Sep 16, 2019 |
Ugh this book was dumb! First off, how many times are they going to refer to the fact that they're cops? It's as bad as the Pirates of the Caribbean film. Second, there are chapter sections in here written from the DOG's point of view. Written as if you were the dog!!! WTF? Oh and how did they find the bad guy??? Harry just HAPPENED to remember a chance run in with him some days ago that any normal person would never have remembered. Oh right, but he's a cop so he's got cop instinct (as stated repeatedly). The only relatable character in the book is Bryan (the bad guy) who reminded me a lot of Francis Dollahyde from the book Red Dragon. Pretty sad... and weird. But he's the only non-cop in the book, so.... yeah. This book was ridiculous to read and the plot was stupid and unbelievable even for fiction. I would not recommend this book. ( )
  SumisBooks | Feb 9, 2018 |
The Basics

Harry is a cop who prides himself on order and logic and everything being in its proper place. So how exactly is he supposed to deal when he learns that a dangerous and incredibly powerful psychic has set his sights on Harry with the intention of killing him by dawn?

My Thoughts

I’d forgotten how fun Dean Koontz books can be. Mainly because I have a pretty sordid past with his novels. I managed to get enough poorly written ones in a row that I finally gave up. And yet I could never bring myself to get rid of the ones I hadn’t read. I gave in and picked up Dragon Tears, insisting that if I don’t read these things, then I need to get them out of my life, so then read them and shut up! It was like a big spoonful of medicine you don’t want to take, because you’re afraid of the taste. But then it surprises you by tasting pretty awesome. My analogy is getting out of hand.

What I mean to say is this book was actually good. I wonder how much my low expectations are making me some self-fulfilling prophecy, but I really enjoyed this one. It was suspenseful and page-turning. I wanted to see what happened next, and as a result, I powered through it. I liked the characters. As much as the villain was somewhat evil for the sake of being evil, I liked how he came off as genuinely disturbed. If you want something exciting with a kind of urban fantasy/cop drama vibe, pick this up.

But I have to mention drawbacks. One being it’s rather dated. Not in any quaint or interesting way. In a very stuffy way. Koontz used this book as an author tract more than once, getting on a soapbox and ranting about how evil the 90s were. There was even a passage where he took a break from storytelling altogether to make sure his audience understood how dangerous drugs are in a very lecturing tone. First, breaking the “show don’t tell” rule there. Secondly, there are more effective ways of illustrating a point like that than listing statistics. A room full of drug-addled teens, and he couldn’t think to make one appear to be overdosing? No, he’d rather treat his audience like they need to be spoon fed.

Yes, this was a distraction. “Welcome to the 90s” became the book’s catchphrase indicating that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Until you find yourself saying, “I get it, Dean! I really do. Pull back a tad.” How much was that worth knocking down the score for me? One star. So obviously not a story ruiner. But just enough to make it good, not great.

Final Rating

4/5 ( )
  Nickidemus | Sep 18, 2014 |
He is becoming! His power is growing! It is his job to vanquish the evil from this earth, but a hero cop and his partner are getting in his way. Now they have till dawn to die. Time will seem to stop when reading this book; the line between the real world and the imaginary will blur, taking you on a journey of discovery. Some would say it is a classic Dean Koontz, as it includes a man, a woman, a disabled person, a dog, a really bad guy, and Elvis. I feel that this aspect is part of the charm of this book, and I love it! This my second time through and I would not hesitate to read it again. I recommend this to anyone who likes mystery, the supernatural, or an all around good book. ( )
  sallyawolf | Feb 6, 2014 |
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Dean Koontzprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Brautigam, DonArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Sanders, Jay O.VertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Schlootz, EllenÜbersetzerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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This book is for some special people who live too far away--Ed and Carol Gorman--with the wish that our modern world really had shrunk to one small town, as the media philosophers insist it has. Then we could meet at the little cafe down on Main Street at Maple Avenue to have lunch, talk, and laugh.
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Police detective Harry Lyon is a perfectionist who likes his condo immaculate, his suits well tailored, and his homicide files error-free. To Harry's dismay, his partner, Connie Gulliver, embraces chaos, urging him to "get in touch with the rhythms of destruction." But when Harry and Connie have to kill in the line of duty, the ensuing surreal nightmare makes Connie's cynical world view seem all too accurate. When that same afternoon, a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes utters the haunting words that challenge Harry Lyon's sanity... ""Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn...dead by dawn...""

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