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New Book News:Updated 5/7/15
Hardcover, 1st edition, 560 pages, Random House Publishing (US)
Release Date: December 8th, 2015
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Who is Ashley Bell?
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes the must-read thriller of the year, perfect for readers of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.
Here are some reviews for ASHLEY BELL from the Amazon.com page:
“Expertly blending the mystical and the everyday, [Dean] Koontz creates alternate universes for his characters while playing hide-and-seek with the truth. . . . A mind-bender filled with satisfying surprises.”—People (book of the week)
“Dean Koontz outdoes himself with his latest journey, which solidifies his reputation as one of the best storytellers in the book business. . . . [With] lyrical writing and compelling characters . . . Koontz stands alone, and this novel is a prime example of literary suspense. . . . [He] knows what he’s doing, and the baffling story with the stellar character of Bibi Blair makes this thriller one of his best.”—Associated Press
“In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz, yet again, proves that he is among these craftsmen. . . . There is so much to say about this treasure. The mystical plays a part, the reality of life on the edge plays a part and . . . nothing can be given away. What can be stated is that Koontz was born with that unbelievable gift to, in one paragraph, write a line that makes readers want to hide under their beds, followed by a joke that makes them laugh, and end with a line so beautiful they are stunned. If there was ever an author that deserved praise, it is, was, and remains, Dean Koontz. Do not miss this!”—Suspense Magazine
“Strap in and hold on. . . . The most stunning, flat-out crazy reading experience yet from a writer who specializes in surprises. If you’ve ever wondered how much fun it would be to feel a book unfold in real time along with its characters, you need to read Ashley Bell right now. . . . Along the way, Koontz salts [the] journey with a sweeping assortment of characters, some of whom threaten to shoplift the narrative and take it home. . . . When a writer has managed to catch this kind of lightning in a bottle, every reader should experience the full jolt.”—BookPage
“[The] opening is gorgeous and crushing, and will shake awake anyone who thinks Koontz is just grinding out genre tomes. . . . It’s gripping stuff, but Koontz doesn’t stop there, adding a series of flashbacks regarding the alchemy of creativity and the fuel of trauma, and that’s before the Say what? twist that upends everything. . . . Fans will adore it. Koontz hits the canny nexus of horror, mystery, and fantasy here.”—Booklist
“Koontz crafts a story shifting between reality and imagination, highlighted by distinct descriptions. . . . Bibi’s a believable protagonist surrounded by interesting bit players. . . . Koontz’s setting, with California coastal fog a metaphor for illness and for knowledge beyond understanding, makes real the often surrealistic narrative. . . . [Ashley Bell] cuts between the fantastical and the believable to dissect evil, explore the power of imagination, and probe the parameters of consciousness.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Throughout his long and outstanding career, Koontz has made a habit of melding and crossing genres to create his own brand of unforgettable fiction. Just when you think he can’t top himself, Koontz proves us wrong by creating his most mind-blowing and amazing book to date. Ashley Bell is an astonishing novel that sucks you in from the first page and delivers so many twists, you are bound to get whiplash.”—RT Book Reviews
Christopher Snow/Moonlight Bay
The third book in this planned trilogy, which would have followed FEAR NOTHING in 1998 and SEIZE THE NIGHT in 1999 and been titled RIDE THE STORM, is currently the most delayed and probably the most anticipated Koontz book that has yet to be written. He reportedly reached the halfway point and decided it had gotten too large and epic in size and put it aside to finish it later. Problem with that is, he still has never returned to the book to finish it. Sorry, there is still no definitive information on when Dean Koontz will actually get around to writing RIDE THE STORM. But he has promised us all that it will be written, so hang in there!
THE CITY will be published as a $9.99 mass market paperback on February 24th, 2015.
It will include the bonus story "The Neighbor."
B&N.com link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-city-dean-koontz/1117317649?ean=9780345545954
INNOCENCE is currently available and includes the bonus story "Wilderness."
Graphic Novel/Comic/Manga News:
Some essential Dean Koontz Links:
Official Dean Koontz Website - http://www.deankoontz.com/ The Official Koontz page. Need I say more?
Stu Weaver's Dean Koontz Page - http://koontz.iwarp.com/index2.html - The best online resource for collectors, clicking on a book title provides first edition information on all Koontz books, including the rarest of the rare.
Koontz Bibiliography - http://www.xmission.com/~emailbox/koontz/koontz.htm - I don't know who runs this site, but it is very well done, comprehensive, and always up to date. Includes an alphabetical listing with publisher info, book covers, and summaries, as a well as a Timeline.
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