A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere – the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery.
Years later – after another bolt of lightning – the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: Christopher Lane
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Run Time: 12 hrs 58 mins
Audio Release Date: 10/06/2008
My Rating of ‘Lightning’: 5 out of 5
It’s rare that I go for thrillers but I have decided to broaden my horizons a little and try and squeeze a few more of them in here or there. I don’t know why this one jumped out at me (the cover is hardly inspiring) and despite being quite a well-known author, I had never read anything by him. So the whole ‘must read it because I love this author’ thing didn’t apply either.
Whatever unknown factor caused me to choose this, I hope it makes itself known again in the future as it landed on a real winner!
This really is one of the better things I have listened to in the past couple of years and, considering it’s from a genre I don’t ordinarily pick up, that’s saying something. Koontz creates characters that are both incredibly lovable and I found myself throughout pulling for them in ways I didn’t ordinarily pull for characters. He does an expert job with the antagonists as well.
His pacing is excellent and, I’m happy to be proved wrong about the parts I thought were slow. Looking back, they weren’t slow at all. They were simply going at the speed they needed to be going. The general premise from the blurb is intriguing if a little vague, but it was interesting enough to have my interest piqued. What starts as interesting becomes exciting pretty quickly and you find yourself desperately eager to read more.
It also brings a fresh, unique look at the whole time-travel trope and it was a fresh and unique look that hit pay dirt rather than falling flat. I certainly found it one of the more interesting in the time-travel genre and can do nothing but applaud Koontz for his ingenuity and the brilliantly addictive way in which he pulled it off.
The narration was solid. I felt he got the emotions throughout the piece spot on, almost as if he was experiencing them himself. Very much enjoyed the narration in this one.
To cut what could be an incredibly long and spoiler-filled review short (it’s a difficult one to write too much about without broaching those spoilery waters) I’ll just say that not only did I love it from start to finish, but I am sad that it’s over and would love to listen again for the first time.