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Quicksilver Hardcover – January 25, 2022
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#1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz takes a surprising and exhilarating road trip with a man in pursuit of his strange past―mile by frightening mile.
Quinn Quicksilver was born a mystery―abandoned at three days old on a desert highway in Arizona. Raised in an orphanage, never knowing his parents, Quinn had a happy if unexceptional life. Until the day of “strange magnetism.” It compelled him to drive out to the middle of nowhere. It helped him find a coin worth a lot of money. And it practically saved his life when two government agents showed up in the diner in pursuit of him. Now Quinn is on the run from those agents and who knows what else, fleeing for his life.
During a shoot-out at a forlorn dude ranch, he finally meets his destined companions: Bridget Rainking, a beauty as gifted in foresight as she is with firearms, and her grandpa Sparky, a romance novelist with an unusual past. Bridget knows what it’s like to be Quinn. She’s hunted, too. The only way to stay alive is to keep moving.
Barreling through the Sonoran Desert, the formidable trio is impelled by that same inexplicable magnetism toward the inevitable. With every deeply disturbing mile, something sinister is in the rearview―an enemy that is more than a match for Quinn. Even as he discovers within himself resources that are every bit as scary.
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“Positively twitching with suspense. Another sure-fire hit from a thriller master.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“Quicksilver is Dean Koontz stepping back in time and having a lot of fun doing it.” ―Bookreporter
About the Author
Internationally bestselling author Dean Koontz was only a senior in college when he won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition. He has never stopped writing since. Koontz is the author of seventy-nine New York Times bestsellers, fourteen of which rose to #1, including One Door Away from Heaven, From the Corner of His Eye, Midnight, Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Intensity, Sole Survivor, The Husband, Odd Hours, Relentless, What the Night Knows, and 77 Shadow Street. He’s been hailed by Rolling Stone as “America’s most popular suspense novelist,” and his books have been published in thirty-eight languages and have sold over five hundred million copies worldwide. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he now lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirits of their goldens Trixie and Anna. For more information, visit his website at www.deankoontz.com.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer; First Edition (January 25, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 366 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542019885
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542019880
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2022
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But of course you are wondering: what kind of a Koontz is this? Sheer terror like Velocity or slapstick comedy like Tick Tock? And is there a dog??
It's one of his most magical kinds, like the Brother Odd series, which combines everything, so that there are moments of horror and a terrific romance and lots of funny dialogue. And yes, yes, yes, there is a dog! (Few authors create lovable dogs like Koontz. This one was originally an attack dor. Don't worry; the dog becomes adorable.)
Quinn was abandoned as a baby, and found by three men on. a highway in "coyote country. Had one of those creatures found me, it.. would have regarded me as a Grubhub delivery."
Nobody would adopt Quinn from his orphanage run by nuns even though “I came with twelve years of free tuition at the Catholic school of your choice, free diapers, and a plenary indulgence.”
I won't reveal any of the plot, so don't worry. But here are some of the snappy lines Koontz wrote that will encourage you to read this book:
The refrigerator was stocked with a variety of cheeses and lunch meats and at least forty bottles of Corona. A small bowl contained four eyeballs.
Sweetwater Flying F Ranch creeped me out. It looked like a place where a bargain-basement nut-cult leader like Charles Manson would hole up with a raggedy band of followers who practiced their stabbing techniques on kittens while waiting for some poor fool to knock
Fear of being thought cowardly by a beautiful woman is a major reason why men go to war, get in cage fights, wrestle alligators, and subject themselves to ballroom dancing lessons. I followed her down the stairs. Half a league, half a league / Half a league onward / All in the valley of Death / Rode the six hundred.
“Grandpa has this fear of having to clean up after someone gets car sick.” “I’d rather just trash the car and get a new one.”
This is the greatest country in the world, as long as it will be allowed to last.
The 3 end up being pursued through the Sonoran Desert and here it turns into what Koontz does best: he gives us a good vs evil tale. To me it was a heart thumping chase through a real location but always a bump in the road or a shadow could hurl the reader into a dreamscape.
Koontz tells his tales with heart clenching drama plus the famous Dean Koontz humor as the protagonist balances on the razors edge. Maybe the ending was a bit abrupt, but it was a way cool ride getting there.
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Features Quinn Quicksilver, a baby abandoned at three days old on a desert highway in Arizona.
His back story is quickly established followed by fast paced action.
Features current issues such as at home DNA testing, cults, trafficking etc.
As with many Koontz novels, features a dog as a character.
Some times Koontz can introduce secondary characters/story arcs that do not greatly add to the novel. Not this time, the story stays fast paced and direct. Most of the time.
Some may think the ending is rushed.
Features a strong and interesting lead character in Quinn.
In terms of other Koontz books.
Would recommend the Nameless and Odd Thomas series of books.
Nameless are short novellas around 50 pages long. Start with In the Heart of the Fire.
Thoroughly enjoyed the novels Mr. Murder and the recent The Other Emily.
Likewise the older classics, Lightning, Watchers, Phantoms etc.
Other similar authors you might consider Stephen King, Richard Laymon, Michael Crichton.
Quinn is found as a baby, abandoned in the middle of nowhere. He’s taken to an orphanage run by nuns. It’s not until an odd, scary event that he begins to follow psychic magnetism.
The story is about good versus evil, and how those in power are corrupt and the world becoming worse – but there is far more to it than that. Can Quinn uncover his roots?
One of the reasons I love this author’s work so much is because he challenges those in authority and understands how ‘wicked’ the world has become. I don’t give spoilers so I can’t say too much about the evil that surrounds Quinn and his ‘band’ – not complete without a dog; wonderful Winston.
Overall, this was a fabulous yet troubling story, with a thread of humour that balances the evil therein.