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Not representative of Koontz' best work
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2014
I very much enjoy some of Koontz' work. This is not one of Koontz' best novels. Plot is simplistic and character development very one dimensional. While the premise is somewhat interesting, the execution disappoints. The "poltergeist" element and "evil government using children for science" messages explored in a very clichéd fashion. The relationship/chemistry between the two protagonists is stilted and cardboard like at best. Not up to some of Koontz' later work. There is a great deal of potential in Danny, the protagonist's son, but any opportunity to explore the intricacies of the treatment impact on Danny's brain and abilities is thwarted in favor of a limiting sci-fi/thriller/political commentary narrative.