The City – Dean Koontz


This book is a wonderful example of superior story telling. It’s about the life and times of Jonah Kirk, from his early childhood onwards, giving us a full picture of his family, his upbringing, his somewhat precocious interaction with the big, bad world, and his outstanding musical talent. I found the book blurb to be somewhat misleading; it’s not that it over hypes the story, but that to me it seems to describe something different from what I read. However, I was certainly not disappointed, as I raced through this in record time.

The story keeps building up the tension, gradually, towards the inevitable dramatic conclusion, with twists and spine tingling moments to keep you on your toes. There’s an almost fable element about the story telling, with the characters occasionally mouthing what may be the author’s philosophy on things like love, trust, honor, and so on. However, it all fits the plot and the setting, so while it was noticeable to me, it neither jarred nor interfered with the storytelling.

For sure, Koontz knows how to pull at the heartstrings, and sometimes doles out a touch too much saccharine in a scene or two. But the overall quality and impact of this novel is pretty damn good.

There are several reasons Koontz is one of the world’s top bestselling authors – books like this.