The City

The City

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition."--USA Today "Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitely crafted, are the soul of [Koontz's] work. One of the master storytellers of this or any age."--The Tampa Tribune "A literary juggler."--The Times (London)"--
"There are millions of stories in the city--some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk's story is all of those things as he draws readers into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man;" his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live--and who will change the course of Jonah's life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine, where courage and honor are found in the most unexpected corners and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart"--
"#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. Acclaim for Dean Koontz "A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself."--Chicago Sun-Times "Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. 'Serious' writers. might do well to examine his technique."--The New York Times Book Review "[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match."--Los Angeles Times "Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine
Publisher: New York :, Bantam,, 2014
ISBN: 9780345545947
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Eil_1
Jul 11, 2016

Picked up this book - last time I read a Koontz novel was 2014. This is, I think, similar to his usual writing style - a combination of mysticism, reality and suspense. It was, overall, quite good and would recommend it to Koontz fans.

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naw666
Oct 15, 2014

Could read this one again! Love the hope & innocence & mystery he gives us once again. In fact Mr. Koontz's last two books have a beautiful spiritual quality to them ~ love it!!!!

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ABenoit
Sep 08, 2014

I loved it. Koontz, you've done it again.

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nannerl
Aug 12, 2014

Not his best, but still fairly enjoyable. I was a bit put off by one character's insistence that the boy should respect his father "because he's his father". Huh? The guy was a cheating, selfish criminal and a bad father.

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daeb
Aug 06, 2014

Same old same old. Koontz and his new agish nonsense are wearing really thin.

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fiftyslady
Aug 04, 2014

Another hit! I just love that Koontz is writing such positive books, even though many of his characters are so depraved. This book and his last one, Innocence, are both wonderful.

karcoldelharvic5 Aug 02, 2014

not his usual fare. I tried to stick with it, but was so incredibly bored I quit at 70 pages.

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Toox
Aug 01, 2014

I didn't feel particularly passionate about this book - finished reading it just for the sake of it, not really because I cared all that much what was going to happen. Metaphors and all are fine, but I really found this one a little too supernatural for my liking.

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aliciamarie
Jul 30, 2014

This book was both interesting and incredibly boring at the same time. It is a "Coming of Age" tale told by his older self. It VERY slow paced and I found myself quite bored. I read another review that stated "There were so many references to musicians, poems, art, or architecture and all things creative that the point of them being mentioned was soon forgotten. It's like we were given Koontz iTunes playlist on shuffle." and I couldn't agree more. This was just not what I expected from Koontz.

walkingeagle Jul 22, 2014

THis was very very very good. A mystery of a very high and sensitive caliber. I loved it.

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bixby
Jul 06, 2014

A nine year old boy, Japanese man who had been formerly interned at Manzanar, and music .... all play vital roles in this tale of good vs evil. Excellent character development and story line.

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Embracing truth frees you from false expectations, fruitless pursuits, disappointments, pointless anger, envy, despair.

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