Dragon Tears

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Jay O. Sanders
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man--and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting words that challenged Harry Lyon's sanity: "Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn..."


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Imperfect but still Koontz

Dragon Tears is not one of my favorite Koontz, but it is not bad. The story is a little preachier than I like and the story is a little Koontz-formulaic. That formula has a mildly interesting supernatural bad guy, strong female cop, a conflicted male cop, a very good dog, and other assorted characters. I found the powers of the bad guy over the top. After a nice setup the story concludes too rapidly without a resounding ending. So, it you love Koontz, give it a try.
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- Michael


This was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read. My mom borrowed it from a coworker of hers when I was thirteen. I found the story to be very interesting. Indeed it was what made me want to read Koontz. The narrator, however, leaves something to be desired.
It all began when Harry Lyon, a California homicide detective, stops at a burger joint for lunch while on the streets with his synical, wisecracking partner Connie Gulliver. RIght inte middle of the meal a bland-faced man enters the establishment and unexpectedly peppers the place with bullets. After a successful chase which ends in the gunman being shot to death, Harry leaves the restaurant for a breath of fresh air only to have an unsettling encounter with a molevolent, red-eyed vagrant with a gravelly voice, who warns Harry he'll be dead by dawn before suddenly dissolving into a cloud of evryday trash. This is only the beginning of a bizarre chain of supernatural events that not only put Harry's and COnnie's lives in jeopardy but force Harry, a straight-laced and often stubborn man, to make some difficult emotional changes in order to cope with the impossible events that have befallen him.
As I said te story was extremely well-written. J.O. Sanders' anrration however, though not horrible, does leave something to be desired. He doesn't have quite the right voice for this kind of material, though I will give him major props for his various characterizations, particularly in the matter of the menacing vagrant. When it comes to the narration parts however, he falls somewhat short, particularly in those parts where the story is told from the point of view of this novel's villain. In that area narrators such as Steven Lang or Anne Twomey generally do a better job. Even so, this was an enjoyable listen overall.
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- Bryan J. Peterson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio