Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy

Book - 2004
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With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacy--a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between. Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke. What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson--five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth. Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly--the unexplained anomal of fused digits--on his left foot. Suddenly the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance. What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous--a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780553588248
0553588249
9780553804140
0553804146
9780345533388
Branch Call Number: KOON 22
Characteristics: 401 p

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MaryMaryJ
Jul 15, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Koontz' masterful balance of good vs evil. An excellent read

kcstep Aug 10, 2012

I listened to the audio book version. It was a good story! Lots of twists.

indigo_lion_24 May 17, 2012

Solid Koontz book. A few times along the way it lost me with the excessive jokey characters and their dialogue but i held on for the ride. WaS WORTH IT.

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jsand67
May 13, 2012

I loved his characters! Good story!

deBerry116 Nov 22, 2011

Exceptionally entertaining plot, characters and dialogue. My favourite so far.

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h19835195
Aug 09, 2011

Great story. Particularly loved the main character.

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slcheng
Jul 11, 2011

Love Dean Koontz. This is, however not his best. OK read.

ajax735 Mar 29, 2011

A great story with lots of twists (not always surprising but always enjoyable). Likeable, unique characters and lots of drama. The wit and sarcasm of the main character made me laugh out loud at this dark comedy.

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sjh4255
Dec 18, 2009

very good book, good plot, always keeps you wondering

Davey7 Nov 09, 2009

Very solid book, loved the characters.

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bluelandee
Jul 08, 2015

With crazy clowns and circus folk, this story was full of plot twists and cliff hangers. I enjoyed the banter between the characters, especially in the face of dire circumstances. I really enjoyed my first Dean Koontz book!

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