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A Review of The City By Dean Koontz

The City
By Dean Koontz

This is a wonderful book to read slowly and savor. You need to take your time and live inside of this story for a few days. You don’t want to have to read this book quickly, just to say that you have, to write a review, to stay on track, to complete your task. Because this book is a book to read slowly and enjoy, it isn’t going please some reviewers. They want a book that they can sit down with and read from front to back, finish in a certain number of hours, and then sit down, break the book apart, and write a review. If you do this, the story will never make it past the walls of your analytical mind. You will be hung up on the style, or wording, or something else that will prevent you from swimming in the life of Jonah Kirk. So slow down, put off that deadline and just enjoy one of the best narratives of the year.

Mr. Koontz has given us a magical story, a story of a young man who was only ten in the late sixties, but this story is told by the Jonah Kirk of today. This narrative style allows for a foretelling of the future, since Jonah knows what has already happened. But he only give glimpses, no spoilers. This is a very unique way of telling the story.

The characters are so believable and full of life, and the writing is so richly textured, that you feel like you become part of the story. That is why you need to take your time, and allow everything to ripen, to become full of flavor.

This story has everything that you can wish for in a novel. It has heroes and villains, a bit of magic, young love, music, great quotes and ideas that make you think about your life, and fabulous writing to tie it all together. Mr. Koontz has outdone himself.

I know that I’m going to reread this book many times. I am also going to listen to the audiobook. My Public Library doesn’t have The City as an audiobook yet, but I will request that they purchase a copy.

I give The City 5 Stars out of 5, and Two Big Thumbs Up! This is going to be one of the “Must Read” books of 2014. Put it on your list, you won’t be disappointed.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from

Book Description
Release date: July 1, 2014

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz is at the peak of his acclaimed powers with this major new novel.

The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

Product Details

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345545931
ISBN-13: 978-0345545930
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.0 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

The book description is from Amazon.  The City