Seize the Night
Energizer Bunny has nothing on Dean Koontz. With over 70 novels and
any number of short stories and adaptations, Koontz not only keeps
going and going, but he keeps getting better and better.
Faithful readers of Koontz will welcome the return of hero
Christopher Snow in SEIZE THE NIGHT. As in FEAR NOTHING, the story
is set in mysterious Moonlight Bay, California. SEIZE THE NIGHT
begins with Snow setting out to find the kidnapped son of his
former lover. He quickly discovers that other children have been
abducted from Moonlight Bay, making his search all the more urgent.
The horror of child abduction, however, is just the tip of the
iceberg. Readers of SEIZE THE NIGHT will never think of monkeys or
cocoons --- in quite the same way again.
SEIZE THE NIGHT's greatest virtue, however, is Christopher Snow.
Though Koontz has given us many memorable characters in his
previous novels, there is no one more interesting than Snow.
Afflicted with xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare disorder which
renders the bearer intolerant to more than the dimmest light, Snow
deals with his affliction in a forthright way, turning it into a
strength --- and in some instances, a gift. Snow also has a well
developed sense of virtue and morality. He is a hero for the
Koontz takes his reader on a wild ride from beginning to end, with
enough plot twists for a dozen books. And, while he does an
admirable job of wrapping up divergent plotlines --- he leaves a
few questions unanswered so that a return visit to Moonlight Bay
looks not only possible, but probable.
SEIZE THE NIGHT is a book that will keep its readers up for several
nights --- one night for reading, the other nights for checking the
windows, doors and children. I recommend it to Koontz fans who read
everything he writes, to readers who have tried his books before,
but have not read anything by him recently, and to those
unfortunate few who have never read anything by him at all.
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on January 23, 2011