By Dean Koontz
Bantam Books, 443 pp, 1999
This is the sequel to Dean Koontz's Fear
Nothing, in which he introduced Christopher Snow, a thirty-year-old who
was born with a rare disease that makes sunlight and other forms of light
deadly on his skin. So he has grown up in the dark, staying safely
shrouded in his house during the day and venturing out every night.
He's joined by his faithful Lab Orson,
best buddy Bobby, and main squeeze (and very tough) Sasha.
In Fear Nothing, we learned that Snow's
mother was involved with a top-secret military research program, which
attempted to alter the genetic material of animals and humans to produce a
super soldier. The program succeeded by creating a breed of monkey with
enhanced intelligence that hated humans. These monkeys escaped, and
wreaked havoc in Moonlight Bay. Our heroes spent much of their time
battling these monkeys.
The super monkeys make some appearances
in Seize the Night, but the main villain is an unknown fiend who kidnaps
children. Snow and Orson track him to Wyvern, the supposedly abandoned
military base which housed this secret program. But Snow loses him, and
even worse, the kidnapper takes Orson.
Now the heroes are in a race against
time to rescue Orson and the kidnapped children, and to do so they must
venture deep into Wyvern's hidden depths, uncovering a secret even more
sinister and dangerous, to themselves and the whole human race, that they
Do our heroes succeed? Of course -
Koontz readers know that few of his books have unhappy endings.
This is a nice book, with good action
and hip dialog, but I think it's a bit verbose. The book takes place over
two nights and one day, not much time for a 400-plus page novel, and
Koontz stretches it by needlessly stretching out scenes and adding
unnecessary ones. Don't get me wrong, it's a great book and Koontz is a
great writer. It just could have been more tightly written.