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The Bad Place ➜ [Epub] ❧ The Bad Place By Dean Koontz ➦ – Frank Pollard is afraid to fall asleep Every morning when he awakes, he discovers something strangelike blood on his handsa bizarre mystery that tortures his soul Two investigators have been hired to Frank Pollard is afraid to fall asleep Every morning when he awakes, he discovers something strangelike blood on his handsa bizarre mystery that tortures his The Bad PDF/EPUB ² soul Two investigators have been hired to follow the haunted man But only one persona young man with Down's Syndromecan imagine where their journeys might end That terrible place from which no one ever returns.

10 thoughts on “The Bad Place

  1. Arah-Lynda Arah-Lynda says:

    I hate putting down a book once I’ve started it, until I have turned that final page. But in life sometimes exceptions must be made and this is definitely one of those times.

    What can I say? This book, this story, simply did not connect with me in any way. I suppose that the concept does indeed have promise, but what ever little bit of interest it was successful in generating within me has wicked out.

    The characters are beige, the scenes are beige, the writing is blah, blah, blah, full of cliché, beige and I do not care about any of it.

    One thing Dean Koontz got right is that this is The Bad Place that no reader ever wants to visit.

    Listen up critics, I can and have stopped reading this book.

  2. Trisha Trisha says:

    Not funny ha ha, funny weird.

    That is a quote from this book that my friends and I used to repeat constantly in high school. The Bad Place is actually the first Koontz novel I ever read, and it got me hooked - rightfully so. I still love this book and have re-read it a few times.

    It only loses one star because there are other Koontz novels I prefer over this one. It's not one of my all-time favourites, but it's pretty close, and it holds sentimental value.

    EDIT: I should add that I went back on my original word and gave it 5 stars. I had to!!

  3. Ashton Jade Gibbs Ashton Jade Gibbs says:

    The Bad Place - Dean R Koontz

    Let me just start by saying that I would actually consider this is 3.5 stars than just a 3! :)

    Frank pollard awakes at night, in the middle of an alley, with nothing but his confusion and panic. His mind is a complete blank; he can’t remember who he is, doesn’t recall how he got in the alley, and doesn’t know who to turn to for help. He knows nothing but his name. Every time Frank goes to sleep, he wakes up with things he can’t explain – valuables in his pockets, blood on his hands – and has no recollection of his nightly travels. Afraid of his own actions, Frank enlists the help of Bobby and Julie Dakota, a husband-wife investigation team. After initially considering his story absurd, the Dakotas delve deeper into the enigmatic life of Frank Pollard and begin to uncover an increasingly bizarre and risky world threatened by a mysterious madman known as Candy, who simply thirsts for the blood of animals, humans, and in particular, Frank.

    There is no denying that Koontz is a fabulous writer with a magnificent, imaginative mind. He can string words together in the most amazing way, and his stories run smoothly and quickly. However, despite being brilliantly descriptive and using great imagery, I found it greatly difficult to vision or connect with the characters. I found that although I wanted to know what how the book would end, I wasn’t particularly worried about what would happen to the main characters. In fact, I found myself caring more about the secondary characters such as Clint and his wife, and Thomas and his roommate.

    That being said, Candy and his sister were terrifyingly intriguing characters, and Julie's Down Syndrome brother was simply wonderful and endearing. A lot of insight and understanding clearly went into writing chapters from his point of view, and Koontz did an incredible job of writing from the mind of a lovable, endearing man suffering with Down Syndrome. His character development is brilliant to witness and we see him become stronger than one could have guessed.

    One final nit-pick from me is that there seemed to be a couple of loose ends left by time I reached the ending. I was left confused about the strange bugs, the peculiar planet and the creepy UFOs we get to witness a couple of times. Personally, I felt it had no purpose and the story would not have suffered without it. It left me kind of like huh?

    The concept of this book, I think, is a brilliant one, and the blurb reads fabulously. Unfortunately, I just feel it wasn’t executed as well as I’d have liked it to have been, and I didn’t find myself believing the story. I love books with paranormal aspects, other worldly moments, indulgently horrific scenes and imaginary components, but the author has to make me believe it, and in this case Koontz didn’t exceed in doing so.

    Had it not been for the brilliant concept, Koontz magnificent writing, and Thomas’s wonderful character, I would have rated this lower. Quite simply, this book just didn’t keep me hooked. I found it easy to put down and didn’t find myself needing to read just one more chapter before bed. Sorry! :(

  4. Cody | CodysBookshelf Cody | CodysBookshelf says:

    With The Bad Place, Dean Koontz did something he's never done before — gross me out. This book had me gagging on multiple occasions, especially toward the end. Four testicles. Need I say more?

    Written during what many consider Koontz's peak period (which most tend to agree was from 1983 to 1995 or so), I went into this novel with relatively high expectations and was not let down. This makes for my tenth or eleventh Koontz read, so I don't claim to be well-versed in his works yet . . . but this novel seems to lack most of what reviewers complain about when reviewing DK (e.g. the overwhelming sentimentality, laborious moralizing, repetitive/genius dog characters, et cetera). Yeah, it had some goofy-ass dialogue and I do not think the relationship between the two main characters was believable AT ALL, but I enjoyed myself. Koontz's works are not so much about the characterization as the thrill of the ride. The Bad Place grabbed me from page one and didn't let go. There were no lulls in the story, and almost every character was enjoyable to read about. I especially dug Thomas. Man, I loved that kid.

    This is one of the few books in which Koontz seems totally comfortable writing straight-up horror. A few scenes genuinely scared me. A lot of blood flows and the body count was shockingly high. As well, the mystery was exceptionally intriguing. I was kept guessing until the final chapter, which is quite the rarity (especially when reading books by this author). Despite its few flaws, The Bad Place is an enjoyable read and quite appropriate for the Halloween season.

  5. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    The Bad Place is an unpredictable, surprising novel with more strengths than weaknesses. The characters are written well and in depth; the suspense and horror are strong, the drama is high when shown - I even cried at one scene involving Thomas.

    The middle and end paid off big time, keeping me flipping through the pages. On bad points, The Bad Place was a little hard to get into because of how outlandish the story was at first. I was confused, and didn't want to dig that much to get 'into it'. The pace was hurt a bit at first for this reason, but it quickly sped up when I got the just of what was going on. I didn’t warm up to the novel until a few chapters had passed, and then I was caught, ensnared in the trap Koontz had so artfully weaved. Heart-stopping action was continuous, pounding itself mercilessly upon the pages, keeping the story going full blast.

    As always, Koontzs' style of writing is strong and impactual. His way with words if fantastic. As always with his work, it injects real lessons, and one thing rings clear when reading this: Life is hard, life is rough, but it is still life, and because of this, we have no choice but to grin and bear it, surviving as best as we can.

    I recommend this book highly to all Koontz fans; just endure the storm for awhile, then it pays off.

  6. Dustin Crazy little brown owl Dustin Crazy little brown owl says:

    Every eye sees its own special vision;
    every ear hears a most different song.
    In each man's troubled heart, an incision
    would reveal a unique, shameful wrong.

    Stranger fiends hide here in human guise
    than reside in the valleys of Hell.
    But goodness, kindness and love arise
    in the heart of the poor beast, as well.
    - The Book of Counted Sorrows

    Holy Wowzers! Certainly one of Dean Koontz's best. Similar to Cold Fire, but The Bad Place is more bizarre & disturbing. An impressive Cross-Genre novel with Romance, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Suspense etc. This is the Dean Koontz storytelling that I love.

    Favorite Passages:

    Fireflies in a windstorm . . .

    His picture poems did not tell stories or have recognizable thematic narrative, but neither were they merely random jumbles of images. A church spire, a mouse, a beautiful woman in an emerald-green ball gown, a field of daisies, a can of Dole pineapple rings, a crescent moon, pancakes in a stack with syrup drizzling down, rubies gleaming on a black-velvet display cloth, a fish with mouth agape, a child laughing, a nun praying, a woman crying over the blasted body of a loved one in some Godforsaken war zone, a pack of Lifesavers, a puppy with floppy ears, black-clad nuns with starched white wimples - from those and thousands of other pictures in his treasured boxes of clippings, Thomas selected the elements of his compositions. From the beginning Bobby recognized an uncanny rightness to many of the poems, a symmetry too fundamental to be defined, juxtapositions that were both naïve and profound, rhythms as real as they were elusive, a personal vision plain to see but too mysterious to comprehend to any significant degree.

    You mean a bad thing might come at breakfast?
    Might, Thomas said.
    Could it be . . . poached eggs?
    The bad thing - could it be poached eggs? I don't like poached eggs, all slimy, yuck, that'd be real bad, not good at all like cereal and bananas and sticky buns.
    No, no, Thomas said. The bad thing isn't poached eggs. It's a person, some funny-weird person. I'll feel when it's coming, and tell you, and you'll run.

    In a sudden moment of enlightenment, Bobby realized that his entire life (and perhaps nearly everyone else's) was like this street at this precise point in time; all bustle and noise, glare and movement, a desperate rush to break out of the herd, to achieve something and transcend the frantic while of commerce, thereby earning respite for reflection and a shot at serenity - when all the time serenity was only a few steps away, on the far side of the street, just out of sight.

    I don't think I've ever seen you grinning. I don't think I like you grinning.

    Like a memory from wars past or a presentiment of an ultimate war to come, a searing flash of lightning and a sky-shattering crash of thunder shook the night. The windows of the study vibrated. It was the first thunder Bobby had heard since the faint and distant peal when they had come out of the motel, nearly an hour and a half ago. In spite of the fireworks in the sky, rain was not yet falling. But though the tempest was slow-moving, it was almost upon them. The pyrotechnics of a storm was an ideal backdrop to Fogarty's tale.

  7. Der-shing Der-shing says:

    The first time I read this book I was in 8th grade, and wasn't exactly brimming with literary experience. Now I'm 26 and just read it again for the second time... my god, I can't believe how awful this book is. I'll be fair and mention the positive first: the bad guys are rather... unique. You won't find characters like them in other books. And I thought their psychology, the plot twist at the end, and some of the strange powers that they have and places they get to were pretty interesting. THAT BEING SAID. The rest is trash. Dean Koontz pulls out all the stops here, piling on his favorite things: Asians (especially Vietnamese boat people), the mentally disabled, a duo of boring protagonists. As an authentic Asian person (wow) with a mentally disabled brother, I find his writing EXTREMELY annoying. He stereotypes his characters with a lot of good characteristics, but it's still stereotyping. Yes, Asians are quiet and tend to have a great work ethic. Except when we don't, because we weren't all pressed from some special mold. Moving on. Dean also can't go a book or two without giving the mentally disabled some kind of super power, which is a pretty shitty consolation prize if you ask me. Why can't they just be the awesome people they are? Unless you just wrote him in to yank on the easiest heartstrings. Before I stop ranting I'll mention the duo, who have some of the worst written dialogue in the world. They are utterly hateful people who justify their morally gray decisions by claiming to be the good guys. I mean, yeah compared with the alternative, you are wonderful people. But in real life I'd be tempted to throw both of them under a bus. It's a sad day when you root for the generously besacked psycho at the end to finish all of them off. And then on top of all of that, Dean still can't one sentence without some ill-thought out metaphor (the grass was as dry as sand, and twice as brown). This guy gets paid good money for this, people. If I were you'd I'd skip this book unless you are in the mood for tearing your hair out.

  8. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    This book was a nice change from Koontz usual stuff. The main character’s dilemma is intriguing: he teleports randomly and without control, finds unusual stuff in his pockets (and occasionally blood on his hands) and has no memory of who he is, where he’s been, or what in God’s name is going on. That alone would make this a good read, but there’s also some pretty fascinating bad-guy characters, like the vampire-like killer, his psychic and decadent sisters, and their devoted, lunatic, deceased mother. I’d also like for Koontz to further explore the strange worlds that the main character travels to. That planet made of jewels and bugs certainly deserves another look, or at least some more explanation.

    The only thing that keeps this book from getting a higher score is the personalities of the characters. Everyone is so damn two-dimensional, it’s as if the characters go around with a little title floating over their heads: “Evil”, “Good”, “Greedy”, “Saintly”, “Doomed”. It’s the same problem I’ve had with all of Koontz’s novels; he tries to draw an 88-crayon story with three colors.

  9. Becky Becky says:

    I read this book for the May group read for the Dean Koontz Group, of which I'm currently a member. Unfortunately, I can't really say that liked this one at all. It seemed to me that it was both lacking and overdone at the same time. Lacking in characterization (which is important to me), but overdone in drama and strangeness.

    Dean Koontz is not the best character writer. This is a big deal for me, because characters are my vehicle to the story. I don't care how great the plot is, or how unique the story, if I can't put myself in the shoes of a character, even as an observer, it doesn't work for me. And this one didn't work for me.

    I couldn't care about any of the characters for much (say like 90%) of the story. Toward the very end, I started to care about Bobby, and to a lesser extent, Julie, simply because at the very end, they seemed to become a little more than the card-board cut-outs that they had been. Not liking a character is not the end of the world for me and I can still enjoy a book with unlikeable characters, although it's difficult at times, but not caring about the characters is a deal-breaker. If I can't identify with, and at least care about ONE character, even if it's simply to wish them dead, that's a problem. You'd think that this last situation would apply to Candy Pollard, our socio- and psychopathic murderer, but no. His habits and appetites were appalling and sickening, but as I didn't care about the people they were applied to, I didn't care that he was applying them. It was too distant, too impersonal, too fictional.

    On top of the missing spark of life in these characters, I was actually offended by the characterization and description of one of them, a character with Down Syndrome. I probably won't explain this well - I haven't been very eloquent today - but essentially I felt like Koontz's description/characterization of this special character was derogatory and old fashioned and out-dated and condescending. Thomas, the character I'm referring to, was constantly referred to as a moron both in the general narration and in the sections of the story that were from Thomas's point of view. Thomas also referred to himself as dumb so many times that I lost count. Literally. During the discussion of the book, a friend mentioned that he did not feel that this was condescending or meant in an insulting manner, but rather just as a member of a particular group refers to themselves in identification. I don't know if it is meant to be insulting or condescending (I hope not), but to me it came across that way. *shrug*

    This is the second Koontz book in a row that I've read which started with a character waking up and having no idea who or where they are. I think that this could be a kind of running theme with Koontz, simply because it plays on our fears of losing our identity and our hold on reality. This loss of self is more frightening to many people than death.

    Another commonality that I noticed is the undertone of religion in the book. This comes in many shapes and sizes, from religious avengers exploiting a perceived connection with God in order to rid the world of sinners, to people who have and are content with their (Christian based) faith, to those who are just discovering that there may be something more than nothingness, which Koontz portrays as a surety but his characters aren't yet enlightened about.

    There's also more than a little supernatural stuff in this one, some that I could accept, and one thing in particular that seemed incredibly out of place to me, namely the diamond mine. What the heck? The explanation for the supernatural stuff in this book seemed mighty far-fetched as well, more like Koontz's idea of what could have caused it than any scientific proof.

    I didn't care for this one, honestly. Thinking back now, I can't think of anything that I really liked about the story. *sigh* I can see how this would appeal to some people, but I'm just not one of them.

  10. Beverly Beverly says:

    My thoughts:
    I read a lot of Koontz when I was younger. 13 books in a couple weeks once, had to quit reading his stories because I started to be afraid to go out in the dark by myself - I got over it! I was thrilled when I got this audio book as a gift even though I had read it during what I called my Koontz phase. Many of the books had run together in my memory because I read so many in such a short period of time, but this one always stood out as truly scary and one of my favorites. I was shocked at how much of the story had been lost by time and I found myself driving out of my way so I could listen longer in my car.

    Koontz has created a wonderfully imaginative, dark story of evil at its finest. But what stood out the most for me were the characters. Koontz has given us astounding characters, my favorite being Thomas. The development of Thomas is sheer brilliance. Thomas has Downs Syndrome and lives in a care facility. The insight and understanding that went into the creation of Thomas is incredible. All of the characters are fantastic. They are well developed, cleverly written and span such a wide scope of personalities, abilities, and characteristics that it is hard to imagine that someone could create them and they seem as if they are truly real people. The evil that is Frank's brother Candy is terrifying. His sisters are frightening on a whole other level. The doctor that we meet is evil of another kind, and I found myself revolted by his part in the family history and him as a person. Koontz has a way writing his characters so you love and hate them as readily as Bobby and Julie do in the story.

    The setting of the story varies as Frank travels and we learn about the places that he goes. The descriptions of the people, places and things that are encountered on the travels are vivid and clever. Koontz is a master wordsmith and draws the reader into the story with his language, creativity and imagination. Well worth the read - or the listen.

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