Koontz's novels crest bestseller lists not only for their
heart-pounding horrors but also for their celebration of
righteousness and redemption. Here, the author of Cold Fire, etc.,
offers his most overtly religious tale yet - a fiercely exciting
battle between two men who have returned from the dead. The
California-set conflict is as simple as good vs. evil. In a
roaringly suspenseful opening, antique-dealer Hatch Harrison, the
soul of sweetness, drowns during a car accident that nearly kills
his wife Lindsey as well, and is surgically "reanimated" after a
record 80 minutes dead. Meanwhile, a life-hating young man known
only by his self-adopted demonic name of Vassago stalks the
subbasement of a nearby abandoned amusement park, admiring the
rotting bodies of those he's sacrificed to Satan in hopes of being
allowed to return to hell - which he apparently visited during his
own brush with death. Upon awakening, Hatch's first words are
"Something's out there" - for he now suffers a psychic link with
Vassago, who, days later, reaps a new "trophy" as Hatch helplessly
flashes on the savage killing. And at the same time, Vassago
flashes on Hatch's world, including Lindsey and spunky, crippled
Regina, the orphan the Harrisons have just adopted in their new
embrace of life after years of mourning a son lost to cancer.
Deciding that vibrant Regina would make the perfect final offering
to Satan, Vassago - revealed through tense and brutal flashback as
the homicidally deranged son of the surgeon who saved Hatch - cuts
a bloody path to the Harrisons' door, kidnapping Regina off to his
underground lair. In a slam-bang finale, amidst charnel-house
horrors, the Harrisons take on Vassago with a gun, a crucifix, and
a little angelic help. A grandly melodramatic morality play that
will have Koontz's fans - both here and in heaven - cheering.
Although accident victim Hatch Harrison dies en route to the
hospital, a brilliant physician miraculously resuscitates him.
Given this second chance, Hatch and his wife Lindsey approach each
day with a new appreciation of the beauty of life - until a series
of mysterious and frightening events brings them face to face with
the unknown. Although Hatch was given no glimpse of an afterlife
during the period when his heart had stopped, he has reason to fear
that he has brought a terrible presence back with him... from the
land of the dead. When people who have wronged the Harrisons begin
to die violently, Hatch comes to doubt his own innocence - and must
confront the possibility that this life is just a prelude to
another, darker place.
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Genre fiction >
Horror & ghost stories
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