I’ve been away, I’m sorry. I have three reviews. This first is The City by my favorite author, Dean Koontz

The story focuses on the late fifties and goes into the late sixties and centers on a young boy named Jonah Ellington Basie Hines Eldridge Wilson Hampton Armstrong Kirk (his family surrounds themselves with music and his father, Tilton Kirk, was trying to impress his father-in-law by giving Jonah so many musical greats names. Jonah’s father and mother separate and Jonah lives with his mother, Sylvia. Life is good for the two of them. The only cloud is when Tilton appears. city

Koontz never just deals with one evil or fantasy element, he sprinkles them throughout his story to add richness and depth. He does it in The City as the reader  learns about Jonah’s life, the unrest of the sixties–a time of change, frustration, and fear–and the tragedies of love and loss. Jonah encounters a young woman who is both mysterious and frightening, and though Jonah would like to keep his distance, Fiona Cassidy will have none of that as she keeps a special eye on him. Jonah has a friend, someone he can talk to about his fears, someone with connections in many places, a neighbor, Mr. Yoshioka, a man with a tragic past of his own, who becomes a great ally in the fight against evil.

The book reads easily. The story moves along. It’s rich with history and intrigue. I recommend it as another well written Koontz novel.


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