Book Review: Richochet Joe by Dean Koontz

January 17, 2018 Book Reviews, Horror 2

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Book Review: Richochet Joe by Dean KoontzRicochet Joe [Kindle in Motion] (Kindle Single) by Dean Koontz
Published by Amazon Publishing on December 28th 2017
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 95
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Can an ordinary guy make extraordinary choices in a battle between humanity and unearthly evil?

Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary town—a college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. When a series of strange intuitions leads him to a crime in progress, Joe jumps headlong into danger without hesitation. In the aftermath, he wonders about the uncanny impulse that suddenly swept over him.

Until new friend Portia Montclair, the strangely wise daughter of the local police chief, explains to him what sent him ricocheting around town like a crazy pinball. Portia tells of another reality, a reality more thrilling—and terrifying—than Joe ever imagined. Timeless, elemental forces of good and evil have come to the quiet town of Little City: a cosmic entity capable of infecting human beings, and the seeker who has chosen Joe to find it.

To stop the malevolent invader, this average Joe must be braver than he ever thought possible…and face the hardest decisions of his life.

The author of more than one hundred novels, Dean Koontz has sold more than 500 million copies and been published in thirty-eight languages. Fourteen novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. Koontz’s 2003 thriller Odd Thomas was adapted into the 2013 film, one of many film adaptations of his work. Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania and graduated from Shippensburg University. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, and their golden retriever, Anna.

American oddball illustrator and designer Oliver Barrett grew up in Ohio on a steady diet of science fiction, role-playing games, and below-average athletics. He cut his teeth working as an art director at advertising and branding agencies before setting off on his own to make his mark on the world. This background set the stage for a career of clever concepts, frenetic line work, and engaging imagery that’s sought after by the Nikes, Amazons, and Netflixes of the globe, to name a few. He can also deadlift almost four hundred pounds.



Kindle in Motion! I just happened to run across this on Amazon’s website as I was searching for books (that I absolutely do not need), and found this Kindle in Motion. Have you guys heard of this? I love that it is semi-interactive, there are pictures and they move like gifs, but are gorgeous and of course this being a Dean Koontz book, they are dark! Also, at only 95 pages and with Kindle Unlimited, I got to read this for free and it took a very short time. Needless to say, I’m sold on this Kindle in Motion thing. I love it!

This story, although short, was fascinating. The one thing that I did not like is that Joe Mandel has this extraordinary thing happen to him, but he very suddenly believes in another world, where he has to fight evil. I felt like it was a little too quick. It’s even mentioned in the story that he realizes it’s not ordinary to believe in this other world that underlies our world and where he has to fight evil off. I think another few pages of him accepting the idea would have fit more, at least for me.

Joe is an ordinary guy with ordinary circumstances. He is volunteering but nothing too strenuous. He’s average height, average weight, and has average looks, so when he suddenly has this power to connect with objects it’s thrilling and yet, even though it is way out of his normal life, he never questions it. Or I should say barely, because he does think that he is accepting things very quickly but it is only one paragraph. Again, 95 pages, plot needs to move along, so I just went with it.

Other than that, the story was fascinating, and I loved the darkness of it. It is a normal good versus evil and yet the Kindle Motion makes it jump out at the reader. Although I still didn’t get that wonderful book smell, it makes it fascinating to read on the Kindle!

In short: it was an intriguing read. Not my favorite of Dean Koontz’s but interesting, easy to read, and fun with the Kindle in Motion.




Rating Report
3.5 / 5
Character Development
3 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3.5 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 3.6 / 5



About Dean Koontz

Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

ASHLEY BELL arrives January 2016.







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2 Responses to “Book Review: Richochet Joe by Dean Koontz”

    • Christina

      Super easy read and the pictures made me feel like I was cheating but at the same time, completely engrossed me in the story. I can’t wait to get into another! So many books, so little time!

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