‘Breathless’ is a suspense and adventure novel written by Dean Koontz, the #1 New York Times bestselling author. This 337-page book was published by Bantam Books, a division of Random House, Inc., in 2009. The lives of several different people come together when each one is drawn into a mysterious journey in the mountains of Colorado, which changes their beliefs and how they view their world.
Grady Adams, an ex-sniper who is a furniture craftsman, enjoys living his isolated life and strolling through the wilderness with his wolfhound, Merlin. On one particular jaunt in the woods, they encounter an unknown type of animal. Later, at night, Grady catches these mythical-type animals watching and then approaching his home. Sensing no danger from them, he invites them in. He witnesses and marvels at their uniqueness.
Local veterinarian, Dr. Camillia Rivers, arrives at Grady’s and witnesses this unusual and unknown species. Cammy and Grady provide them with names. Her amazement and joy causes her to seek out more information and she contacts some friends. This sets in motion government intervention to solve the puzzle of these mystical beings.
The unknown also consumes several other individuals which takes them on an unusual path. Identical twin brothers come together after a long separation resulting in destruction; a mathematician and physicist who theorizes about the unknown; a lawyer who hires a client to murder his wife and son; and a homeless man witnesses something beyond reason and understanding that pushes him on a special journey.
As the first Dean Koontz book read, it offered plenty of details and descriptions, but did not entice the reader until about one third the ways through the book. At several different points, one was anxious to know how and when both the primary and secondary characters eventually connect. The book was a little off-putting while constantly traversing from one life story to the next. Yet, each chapter basically leaves you with a cliff-hanger. Eventually, each character finally interconnects to bring some form of closure.
Mr. Koontz did an excellent job in taking one from what is already known into the mystery of the unknown. He was able to interweave suspense with adventure to keep the story flowing and interesting. Descriptive characteristics of the mystical beings helped to provide the messages that the unusual can be beautiful and that innocence is good. This was a very good story stressing a very optimistic future.
Overall, the meaning and moral of the story is undefined. It is left up to the reader to conclude what the author is trying to get across. Although, it is clear that there is something out there that is good and powerful; something that helps to uplift and encourage us, while giving us hope.
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