"Winter Moon" is and awesome 300 page novel...stretched to 480 pages. While not awful, "Winter Moon" is sooo slowly paced that you will lose interest.
The book is actually 2 (possibly 3) seperate tales..all wrapped in one. The first part of the novel switches back and forth between a Los Angles cop caught in violent shoot-out and a widowed rancher in Montana dealing with some strange things happening in and around his home.
The parts of the story dealing with the cop and his road to recovery simply drag, and read more like a condemnation by Koontz of modern society. While I agree with most of the points he makes....it's still fairly dull. The highlight of the story for me is the portions dealing with the elderly rancher. Strange lights, odd animal activity and other bizarre occurances will keep you turning the pages.
The third and final portion of the book kind of merges these two storylines together. But passages of this final portion (the 2nd half of the book) really drag and story elements get kind of shoehorned in for no good reason. A dog is introduced, but really doesn't add or bring anything to the story (but it's Koontz and a Dog must always play some kind of role), and we meet a new character in the final pages that plays a vital role in the story's outcome which felt almost like a "cheat" on the author's part.
Still, it's not an awful book, and it is a relatively quick read, so if you've got nothing else for the beach you could do a lot worse.
Valerie J. Koso
I loved this Book, I didn't want to put it down. I am a Dean Koontz fan and I enjoy all his books.
I read this one back when it first came out. I devoured it in a few hours. It's reminiscent in some ways of Heinlein's Puppet Masters. While not one of Koontz's best, it's still a lot of fun and worth your time.
I enjoyed this Dean Koontz book but felt that it was very padded out. The chapters of Edwardo could have just been written as a prologue and there are a lot of chapters during and after Jacks injury which I felt were unneccesary and, were they in a movie, they would probably have been covered in a montage.
I liked the fact that this book was quite origional for Dean Koontz in the fact that it was very different (especially the ending) to his other books in the fact that it deals with the supernatural.
As usual with a Koontz book the charactors are likeable, it can be hard to put down in places and, of course, one of the main charactors has a pet dog.
Recomended to Koontz fans because the theme of it is a nice change from the usual.