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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..."...

Title : Dragon Tears
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ISBN : 9780425208434
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Dragon Tears Reviews

  • Zoeytron
    2019-01-20 16:35

    I continue to be disenchanted with Dean Koontz. Although I liked this one better than the last one I read (Deeply Odd), it still fell short of the mark for me. My favorite thing in the book was the small portions written from the dog's point of view, they were fun and seemed right on the money. I also liked the musings of Mickey Chan. According to Mr. Chan, a simple bowl of soup illustrates the true meaning of life. His reasoning behind that made me a believer; unfortunately, he breezily admits shortly thereafter that he was just making it up as he went. Gah! In all fairness, I was pretty much marking time reading this, awaiting the release of another book. Even so, this may be the last novel I read by this author. I will thank him for his early offerings, and cut my losses from here on out.

  • Gary Foss
    2019-02-04 11:29

    This book is not about what I thought it was going to be about. No sad dragons. ::Sigh::Sometimes it’s a good thing when a book doesn’t match your expectations. Being caught off-guard by a book—when it isn’t the result of a perfidious marketing campaign, or the product of a particularly deceptive cover or dustjacket blurb—can be positive. A book should surprise you. When it’s done well, you get one of the heights of literary accomplishment.This book does not represent one of those heights. It’s not a bad piece of work by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s also not any stretch of the imagination in and of itself. There are more than a few nicely turned phrases that Mr. Koontz unleashes in his narratives. He has a penchant for detailed descriptions and painting a scene that is often lush, but sometimes crosses that strange, gray line into the tiresome. Normally, the detailed descriptions of character's thoughts and actions builds tension nicely, and gives us a firm mental image. However, we need not know every detail of every move of a character looking around a room, particularly when there’s nothing there. Nothing under the couch. Nothing behind the door. Nothing lurking in places where nothing should be and nothing to be done about the nothing in the first place. Surprise! Right behind you all along. Somebody throw that drowning man a trope.Speaking of tropes. Cops are an overused trope in urban fantasy. Disgruntled cops an overused cop trope. Mismatched emotionally unavailable cops as partners an overused trope of cop tropes. Overall, Mr. Koontz dipping into the trope well isn’t all that desperate a writing technique, but if you’re looking for something different then the main characters are a fail in this book. Mr. Koontz gives the reader more than enough trope to hang himself.(OK, I’ll stop with the trope puns.)Mr. Koontz does have a feel for personality that is quite strong, and he spares neither his readers nor his characters the least analysis. The characters are all motivated by personality traits, not just events, and their overall world view is presented consistently and with aplomb. This isn't a character study, though, so readers must be satisfied with "neat freak" as a personality type, "freedom lover" as a personality type, or "battered wife" as a personality type. These are not new forms in modern literary terms, but Mr. Koontz gives them more than enough depth of character to satisfy a thriller.Where this book often goes too far is in its relentless Millennial doomsday theme. Written in the 90s in an attempt to capture some of the clock rollover angst, Mr. Koontz makes the inevitable creeping decline of human civilization the main backdrop of the book. This was a clear attempt to cash into that lowest order of cultural numerology; the fizzle that was the Millennium rollover. I imagine that when the book was published, that backdrop would have read as fresh and edgy. However, reading this book after the 1990s makes that constant theme something of a chore. Two decades on it reads like a dated and overwrought egoism in the guise of pop culture commentary. The 90s being a decade of collapse, decay and malaise is a constant refrain of the book to the point that those of us who lived through that decade have difficulty reconciling their own experience with the vast banking malfeasance, the complete failure of government leadership, and overall decline in the decade that followed. But the steady improvement that occurred in the 90s was not part of Mr. Koontz’s vision. Rather, this book is predictive pessimism in prose.Worse, Mr. Koontz weaves it right into his characters and narration in every major portion of the book, right up into the finale where it borders on the ridiculous:(view spoiler)[“The explosion was muffled, like firing into a pillow, the green glow disappeared in the instant it first arose, and he squeezed the trigger again, both rounds into the troll’s brain. That was surely enough, had to be enough, but you never knew with magic, never knew in this pre-millennium cotillion, these wild ‘90s, so he squeezed the trigger again.” (hide spoiler)]What the 90s have to do with (view spoiler)[pumping bullets into the head of a magically empowered psychopath (hide spoiler)], I’ll never know. But Mr. Koontz started banging that drum, so he might was well finish on the beat. The end of the world is nigh, blah, blah, blah. I imagine a sequel would cash in on June 6, ’06 fear, and then there’s the 2012 Aztec calendar anxiety. Surely we can milk a little out of some other apocalyptic Gregorian fallacy.... Sheesh.The story follows mostly the exploits of two police officers who have caught the attention of a supernatural being killing its way along a route to power. There are chapters from the perspective of several other characters: a homeless man, a homeless woman with a child, an invalid in a nursing home, the occasional secondary character related to our main protagonist and, most unlikely, a stray dog. Detailed chapters from the point of view of a dog are much less interesting and amusing than one might imagine, particularly in the context of an urban horror novel. Those who like goofy cuteness interspersed with their horrific murders may find this more palatable than I did. Personally, I found the Prince/Woofer chapters obnoxious.There always comes a point in an urban fantasy where the reader has to do a form of metasuspension of disbelief. That is, when the characters manage to see through the looking glass into the supernatural aspect of the fictional world they inhabit, the reader must not only accept that supernatural aspect, but must believe that the characters can believe it. In many cases, this the most difficult part of a story for readers to accept. I found it tough in this book. The hard-bitten, tough as nails, firmly rooted in the real world cops jump straight from their logical world right into Buffy the Vampire Slayer with nary a blink. Once they’ve accepted it, they immediately begin speculating on the superpowers of their godly opponent, and we are treated to rambling explanations and more than a few leaps in supposition as they make their way towards the final confrontation.At its worst, this occurs during a long, meandering (view spoiler)[time stop speculation section in which the super-powered villain has suspended the passage of time for everyone and everything except himself and our heroes (hide spoiler)]. Though couched in uncertainties, Mr. Koontz could not resist throwing in more than a little of his own thoughts on the physics of time, clearly gleaned from his own reading on the subject. In and of themselves, these thoughts are not necessarily bad, but they do seem strange coming from the mouths of homicide detectives fleeing for their lives from a (view spoiler)[psychotic super villain on his way to demigodhood. (hide spoiler)]There are long POV chapters from the perspective of our killer and his potential victims. Some of them are quite poignant, though somewhat pointless. Sammy Shamroe faces the villain at, arguably, his most disturbing, and we are treated to some quite well executed examples of horrifying prose. Unfortunately, Sammy turns out to be something of a non-starter as a character. His contribution is minimal. He is literally told to “wait in the car” with two other minor characters at the book’s finale, so all that nice character development didn’t go much of anywhere. I hope they at least left a window open a crack.In any case, I am giving this book a star for some of the nice phrasing that Mr. Koontz uses. He occasionally—more than occasionally, to be honest—turns a phrase in an elegant and outright artistic way. I’m also giving it a star for a nice villainous villain, whose development and background are entertaining if somewhat fanciful. The baddy’s depravity and cruelty are a little superficial, but he remained interesting and well considered throughout the book. However, I’m not giving it more than 3 stars, because of the 90s theme that just dates the book so badly, and that merits at least -*. Also, the climax was somewhat anti-climactic, and after 300+ pages I want more satisfaction. So, star deduction #2. I can’t really recommend this one because of that relentless 90s theme, but if you don’t think you’d be bothered by that then it’s a pretty decent thriller.

  • Gina
    2019-01-18 12:33

    This is the first Koontz book I ever read. I read it a loooong time ago. Maybe 10 or 20 years ago. From what I read in other reviews, maybe it is like one of those favorite old movies that is not impervious to watch it years later and the jokes are old, the characters are dorky...but I really liked this book.The first time I tried to read it, it scared me so much I had to put it down. I think it took me 3 tries to get through it. That said, the 3rd time I was like, "what was so scary that I couldn't keep reading?" Maybe it was the cruelty.As others mentioned, he talks from the dog's point of view at times. The dog perceives the world through smells. The first chapter I read from the dog's pov, I thought it was really annoying. but, it really is an interesting and insightful perspective, and I ended up enjoying it when it came in in the remainder of the book.There are a few different "victims" - hunted would be a better descriptor - and the antagonist terrorizes each of them in a unique way. He completely steals their peace. The key to his identity is found through the discovery of a relative who he is also terrorizing...I thought this was a really surprising twist in the plot. I think the ending was somewhat anti-climactic as this antagonist seems invincible and is so horrifying...and then they catch up to him...even though you want them to, you are a little unimpressed with who he turns out to be.Anyway, I thought this was great. Scary, suspenseful...I saw very mixed reviews. Some love it, some hate it. After this, I thought I discovered the best author ever, so I read a number of his books. Aside from False Memory (which I liked, but not as well as Dragon Tears), I do not remember much of their plots or characters. I think this is because I didn't feel most of them measured up, I began to tire of the "darkness" inherent in most of his novels (given the subject) and they started to feel formulaic....I felt I would know what the characters would do and how it would end. I think this is pretty typical with authors who write in one genre. It's human nature. I definitely felt that way about Stephen King. I think I prefer Koontz to King, though King did have some really stand-out books.

  • Fred
    2019-01-24 18:35

    NYT # 1 - January 24, 1993 (*** second reading notes *** January 2016 group read *** California police Dectitives Harry Lyon and Connie Guliver are the 2 main characters showing the importance of partnership and off-duty friendliness. The theme is Harry & Connie are spooked & track a " bloodless" monster/ghoul named "Ticktock" (20 years old). A challenge to Harry and Connie is stop "Ticktock" and in one instance they must escape when he says "you'll be dead in 16 hours, dead by dawn, dead by dawn". "Ticktock" has killed Ricky Estefan and chased the Marco family (killing Vince, dad). Why has Brian Drackman taken power to kill and get money (over his wife, Jennifer). Harry & Connie track "Ticktock" to Brian Drackman's house on Phaedra Way. It ends in an exciting typical police chase with Harry, Connie and Woofer finding "Ticktock ". A ending surprise to deal with is: The worry of time stopping if "Ticktock" is killed and why worry about hiding Brian's monies at Phaedra Way?

  • Giselle
    2019-02-01 17:53

    Yes, Mr. Koontz. The 90s are a crazy time full of crazy goings on and off the wall capers. Arguable there was no "moral fiber" no "law or justice" and the youth were obviously "revolting" (in every sense of the word). Yeah. I got it. Wait 'till you get to the ots... While I always enjoy a good paranormal horror (and Mr. Koontz's are usually top-notch) this one just had me rolling my eyes. Creepiness came from the rare moments when TickTock (our antagonist...worst name for a bad guy ever. It's like naming him 'Fluffy' frankly...) appeared in the next line where he hadn't been anywhere in the scene. When you picture it happening, it is terrifying and Mr. Koontz utilizes this device to its fullest extent. But that was one of the only creep-inducing things to come out of the entirety of this far-too-long novel. As well, I feel like I shouldn't be noticing all the research the author has done in pursuit of realness. I don't really care about the specific plant types found in this neighborhood, or the precise medical effects of ecstasy (called 'E' now, not 'X'...sign of the change in times?). I don't think horror books should feel dated but Dragon Tears fairly dripped of the early 90s as well as a huge dissatisfaction with the era. Plus: the whole "disparate characters seem to be completely unrelated but then meet-up and save the day" trope was not really utilized to its best potential here. The story would have read just as well without the frequent side-trips into the minds of other characters it was hard to feel anything for. In this case, these "other main characters" really only served to corroborate the sanity of the Real Main Characters. Something we knew wasn't in question. The Dog was infinitely more useful.

  • Bethany the Martian
    2019-02-11 16:51

    Dean Koontz books are weird for me. I enjoy them, they're easy to read and very formulaic, and I really liked them when I was a teenager so it's nostalgic for me. Stephen King describes his relationship to stories in the context of relationships- married to a books, an affair with a book. He calls short stories a kiss in the dark. To stretch that metaphor to Dean Koontz books, I would liken them to a coffee date with mediocre coffee and a companion who is only pleasant in short doses. In Dragon Tears, Our Heroes are mostly a cop duo who are being haunted by an insanely powerful psychopath with the ability to stop time (or near enough as counts. There's no reason they should triumph over this guy, not even surprise- he can stop time. He is a telepath and can set things on fire with his mind. It's a book with an unusually bleak mindset and outlook for Koontz, with a villain that should not be stoppable through normal means. I've read the book several times since the first time as a teenager, and I'm still not entirely sure how that's supposed to work. The dog saved them? Apparently? Somehow?Whatever.

  • Marna
    2019-01-25 12:46

    I just love Dean Koontz. His imagination knows absolutely no bounds. He's every bit as weird as I am, which is truly a comfort!He's a lovely wordsmith, his stories flow so beautifully. I love the supernatural element that frequents his books, mainly because that is a very real part of Life, as far as I'm concerned, and he's not afraid to write about it. This story, in particular, handles the supernatural element beautifully, realistically, and crafts a marvelous story out of some pretty far-out concepts (far out to the average reader, I guess I mean). And the dog! Oh, the dog is a great character in this book, and that's another reason I love Dean Koontz--the animals play wonderful parts. Anyone who has loved a dog, and has had a dog in one's life in a meaningful way, will appreciate the canine element in his writings.Thank you, Dean Koontz, for keeping me in great reads. (I love a great writer, I love a prolific writer--but a great, prolific writer is hard to beat for a voracious reader).

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    2019-01-27 12:47

    This is not one of my favorite Koontz books. The best part (in the opinion of many Koontz fans, including myself) is the portion of the story told through the eyes and voice of a dog. The rave and time freezing scenes are interesting, but overall this is mediocre Koontz. The continual references to the story being told in the nineties "these are the nineties afterall" and blah blah got rather annoying.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-02-09 18:44

    description: Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. His partner urged him to surrender to the chaos of life. But Harry believed in order and reason. 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…”My reading tastes have evolved past earlyish Koontz, just as he himself has evolved into a far subtler writer.NEXT!

  • Jim Barton
    2019-02-09 17:43

    Don't know what it is with Koontz: some of his books such as Watchers and Twilight Eyes were delightful reads; others are truly horrible. Dragon Tears unfortunately falls under the latter category. This is one of the few books I have completed that I actually regretted reading. He was really prolific during the 80s-90s, seeming to have something new every time I went into a bookstore (which was quite often for me). Maybe, his apparent reluctance to adjust the flow from the firehose explained the unequal quality of his work. I have since moved on to other authors, so I'm not sure whether any of this has changed with him.

  • Paul Talbot
    2019-02-16 17:38

    Probably the worst of Koontz's books that I've read. The central concept is interesting, and I liked the Tick-Tock character. The problems are that the plot meanders way too much, and Koontz takes some strange time-outs to moralise about subjects he clearly knows nothing about. For example, a rave sequence where he spouts a lot of debunked "facts" about the effects of ecstasy and decries the morality of drugs just before having Tick-Tock brutally mutilate some of the ravers. It seems hypocritical at best, and slows the story to a crawl.

  • Kerstin Lampert
    2019-01-18 12:34

    I'm crying dragon tears, because Dean Koontz did it to me again!For the second time (Innocence) I'm thinking this story is going owhere...even though his descriptive prose is like poetry.Yet, he manages to spool out an intriguing yarn, replete with essayson modern (the 90's) life....homelessness....the drug culture....young adult behavior going to the dogs, etc.And speaking of dogs. ho would've thought of turning the whol story over to a dog hero?Masterful!

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-01-20 15:37

    Meh, it's okay. Nothing against the book exactly, but I just am not into most serial killer type of books. They bore me for some reason. This one was unique for sure, and Koontz wrote well, but again it was meh for me. Characters were better than some of his other books though and seemed real, and we did get several scenes with the dog. Review soon

  • Glen
    2019-02-04 14:39

    A couple of LA cops, one a straight arrow, by the book cop, the other a gonzo anything goes type, is confronted by an evil fairy.Seems very 1980's.

  • Susan (aka Just My Op)
    2019-02-03 18:28

    Sometimes life can be as bitter as dragon tears....This book is good, solid, classic Koontz. It starts with separate stories that quickly intertwine, with the common denominator of a bad guy who seems to appear differently to different people. There are two cops, partners who are trying to stop the bad guy: Connie, a woman who would really like any excuse to shoot someone and who likes chaos, and Harry, who prefers the order side of law and order.And of course, there is a dog, a stray called Prince or Max or Woofer or Fella. No supernatural powers, just a great sense of smell. I loved the way he talks to himself: Good dog. Good. Not afraid. Not afraid. Woofer, not surprisingly for those who know me, was my favorite character in the book. He could have been created only by someone who knows and loves dogs, as Koontz does.This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I don't like to read too many Koontz books too closely together because they usually have a common theme and plots that are similar. Still, I enjoy his characters, his creepy creations, and this is one of his books that I have enjoyed the most.

  • Mimi
    2019-02-01 17:24

    Knowing Dean Koontz's reputation, I was excited to read this story. It did not fail to deliver. It was one that I, personally, could not read alone 'in the dark'. It was very descriptive in parts I'd rather not know about, but that's what makes it all the more interesting and frightening.I was a little bit disappointed by the identity of the "being". I have this feeling a lot when I read Stephen King books as well. ....................................................................SPOILER- It seems that most of the "monsters" I read in books like this are just normal people, which is a let down after all of that suspense. True that he has some supernatural powers, I feel like it would have been better if he had to be killed in a strange and exciting way, rather than just killed as a human being. -END SPOILER....................................................................The writing in the book was fast-paced, which I enjoyed immensely. A few of the Dean Koontz books I have read were slow and hard for me to get into which led to me having to restart several times. So far this is my favorite Dean Koontz book to date.

  • J.S. Bailey
    2019-01-24 14:30

    Dragon Tears was entertaining, but not one of Koontz's best. I think I'll reread Watchers sometime soon. I miss it.

  • Jan
    2019-02-11 12:24

    Koontz takes a fairy tale to the nth degree. There's not explaining how the Golem happens without giving away the entire plot which is intricately woven together and frightening at every turn. Ticktock.

  • Sara Morris
    2019-01-17 12:31

    5 stars because the main character is Harry Lyon and that cracks me up to no end.

  • Michaela Dia
    2019-02-07 17:46

    Scary! He's playing with your mind...

  • Tim
    2019-01-23 13:33

    If I could give this 4-1/2 stars I would! This has to be my second-favorite Dean Koontz book, right behind "Watchers." The title comes from a quote from a Vietnamese P.I., who says, "Sometimes life can be as bitter as dragon tears. But whether dragon tears are bitter or sweet depends entirely on how each perceives the taste." This book has a lot of good stuff, paranormal activities/abilities, a cop and his female partner, both experienced and hard-bitten, and cynical about the millennial society rife with sick crime, but with, oh such sweet sexual tension and budding romance (HEY, wouldn't be a Koontz book without it!). We also have the apotheosis of evil, in the person of one who is able to conjure up golems, from the power of his mind. He is referred to as "The Ticktock Man," largely because he gives his victims sort of countdown to the time he'll kill them horribly. This is similar to Stephen King's Ticktock Man from "The Dark Tower," also known as Randall Flagg, the embodiment of evil. Apparently, Mr. Koontz's original title for this work was "Ticktock," but it was altered by the publishers. he published another novel by the same name, (see my review), which he described as "a combination of a horror novel and a screwball comedy," with which I quite agree, but again I digress...And of course we have the dog-who-knows-more-than-those-silly-humans. His name is Woofer, but was called Prince a long time ago (The dog formerly known as Prince? Weeeell, maybe...) I was very impressed by several long passages from the dog's-eye point of view, which are given in the present tense when the remainder of the novel is given in past tense. And herein I give a short sample:Bees fly, bees buzz, bees hurt you like a cat can hurt you, but this bee is dead. First dead bee he's ever seen. Interesting, that bees can die. He can't remember ever seeing a dead cat, either, so now he wonders if cats can die like bees. Funny to think maybe cats can die. What could kill them? They can go straight up trees and places nothing else can go, and slash your nose with their sharp claws so fast you don't see it coming, so fi something is out there that kills cats, it can't be good for doge either, not good at all, something quicker than cats and men. Interesting.Very fascinating stuff. The other aspect of this novel that I find appealing (much like "The Stand," "Cell" [oog, not my favorite, but I gotta include it], "The Dark Tower" and "The Mist" by Stephen King, and, on mys "to-read" shelf, "Strangers" by Mr. Koontz), entail the coming-together of a very unlikely band of individuals to fight the evil they have all experienced (including a wayward mother and child, a down-on-his-luck street bum with a much shinier past, and a blind woman whose importance is revealed in a very satisfying surprise late in the novel, plus our intrepid police officers and led, yup, led, by Woofer, no surprise if one reads Mr. Koontz. Of course, since this was published in 1993, Cell phones are not common, although the presence of a car phone is at times important; such products as Anacin are mentioned, and there is a long, "time-paused" section at a Rave (yeah, they still occur but aren't as much a part of the popular culture as they were back then). The only complaint about the novel I have is that the ending/denouement is not fleshed out as much as I would have liked, but it's satisfying nonetheless. I STRONGLY recommend this one.

  • Michaela Writesel
    2019-01-24 10:40

    Dean Koontz, an author who also wrote the Odd Thomas book series, wrote this novel Dragon Tears and published it in 1993. This book is absolutely worth reading for those who like thrillers with hints of horror and mystery and Dean Koontz, from the novels I have read by him, has a unique writing style. He has the ability to write in a way that creates suspense and keeps the readers interested. His ability to do this and develop the characters and plot is what allows for this book to be worth reading.This book follows Harry and Connie, two cops who from the start are thrown into a wild chase to stop a man on a shooting rampage in a restaurant. After this is when Connie and Harry start to experience the supernatural with the appearance of a homeless man who is not an ordinary human. This man can throw fire from his hands, dissolve into rats, appear from the soil, and instill fear within any who see him. Harry and Connie are forced to find whoever this man is as this man is threatening to kill Harry by daybreak. This is the entirety of the book and, as said before, Koontz’s writing style keeps the plot interesting.One of the most important parts to making a novel worth reading is the characters and the characters in Dragon Tears are authentic and relatable with both characters being ones that different personalities can relate to. The only change would be the characters not having such a keen understanding of their personalities and quirks since most people do not understand themselves in such depth. For instance, Connie is very aware that her closed off and daredevil personality is the result of having no parents in her childhood. If she was not so aware of the roots of her personality, then she might seem more authentic, and it would also add an interesting aspect to the plot.The other important part is the plot and the plot in this book is original, I have not personally read other novels that have the same plot and in this one there are many surprises resulting in unpredictability. Personally I can not compare this book to other not written by the author since it is unique. Compared to the Odd Thomas book I have read by the same author, they have similarities, such as the inclusion of supernatural beings or people with supernatural powers. The plots are different however with Odd Thomas being about saving the world while Dragon Tears is more about saving themselves and those who have seen the “Rat Man”.As for the people who should read this, I would recommend that no one below the age of fifteen due to the topics of sex and murder being included in graphic detail. Other than including sex and murder, there is nothing really controversial and both men and women would enjoy this novel, as well as advanced readers since it is an easy read. It is a book for entertainment with a theme of fear and no real moral or life lesson. Overall, a great read that I recommend.

  • Haley Lattie
    2019-01-28 11:25

    Haley LattiePeriod: 2AIM English/ Global Humanities1-30-12Dragon Tears Book Review There are those weird case scenarios in life that you can only imagine would never happen to you. You think that there is only a five percent chance that it could ever happen to you and assume the best, that it is most likely going to turn into someone else’s problem. This I not always the case. Especially in the book, Dragon Tears, by Dean Koontz. There are two unsuspecting cops that are partners just doing their job when strange things start occurring in their presence. Like all of a sudden a guy decides to walk into a mini breakfast restaurant and start shooting people he has never met in his life. Soon, weird events start to turn into unsettling recurring “nightmares”. Dean Koontz plays the cop’s roles well when they go on their quest to kill the guy who is so almighty and just might be turning their life as they know it upside down. This novel is about the strange unrealistic happenings of two people and the people they love in the mix getting wrapped up in affairs that could bring them to death. Dragon Tears demonstrates the fiction side of writing in this way exactly. The theme of this book is actually popular because it kind of is like “the monster coming to kill you in a certain amount of time” type of thing. Throughout the story, the main antagonist always reminds the victims that he is coming back for them in a set amount of time. Koontz develops the main protagonists so well that you feel like you are in their shoes and you visualize everything they are going through in your mind. Harry Lyon and Connie, his partner for justice, both have the feeling that something wrong is gong on behind the scenes of the real world. Time seems to stop when he is terrorizing them and everything goes dead silent. All they hear is him coming after them. Often times in the book, Connie and Harry are together when the “monster” comes to get them, which strengthens their bond even more. Koontz does this on purpose to get you to feel like you know exactly where they are going next with everything. Harry was the soft spoken follower in the beginning of the book, but in the end, he was telling Connie exactly what was happening and how they were going to do it. I liked this book because you can see the characters change form one scene to the next in a flash. In the beginning of the book I felt like Harry needed to toughen up a bit and be a man, but near the end, his attitude satisfied me. I also liked this book because I felt like the stereotype that men have to be the tough ones, was proved wrong and the gender roles were reversed. All in all, Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz proved to be an interesting read that kept me going. I couldn’t seem to put the book down, even when I wanted to. Harry Lyon and his partner will never grow old and I will always be able to visualize exactly how they got through their whole dilemma together. This book was great and I would recommend it to anyone who like fiction and fantasy writing.

  • Johnny
    2019-02-10 16:51

    A fantastic man-creature with supernatural powers terrorizes the city. Cop duo Harry Lyon and Connie Gulliver hunt it down – or is it the other way around?On an average shift, surprise action disrupts the lunch break of our cops when a random psycho starts shooting up a burger place (remember a similar event in “Cold Fire”?) Meanwhile, our real villain goes about his business, giving literal deadlines to some choice citizens. Of course Harry and Connie stumble upon him and catch his attention, after which the story becomes one long chase sequence.Koontz does a great job of focalisation, keeping good track of which character’s point of view he’s supposed to be using, by dividing the story in clear chapter sections. This adds lots of inner dialogue, but very close to the brink of becoming longwinded. Of course this might have to do with the level of suspense in the story, which makes you want to move ahead with the action. And sometimes he switches between characters so often, I wonder whether it’s really necessary and not just an excuse to present a particular train of thought.Opposites attract, and that’s exactly the chemistry that binds our two heroes together. Koontz has used the cop duo before, in “The Bad Place” and “Darkness Comes”, and in several more books at least one half of the partnership was in law enforcement. It’s well known territory for Koontz, and it shows. While he gives his characters those extra unique traits to make them different enough, to me personally they aren’t all that memorable.But the book is memorable in other ways. The rave scene features the most disturbing act of violence I can remember in all Koontz books. Moreso because it leaves almost everything to the imagination. It’s a totally insignificant character, an extra we’ve never met before and will never see again, yet what happens to her puts me into a deeper contemplative mood than the elaborately described events concerning the main characters.Another memorable character is actually a dog. Koontz uses one word sentences and descriptions of smells and tastes to enliven the dog’s point of view. Those sections are literally the dog talking to the reader, very similar to what Koontz would do later in giving voice to his own dog Trixie. It’s a bit gimmicky, but the dog plays a very important role plotwise to make it all acceptable.But the villain must be the most powerful one in all of Koontz’s stories, next to the ancient enemy of “Phantoms”. He’s like a comic book super villain, a nineties suspense novel Sylar. Immediately from the start, he’s an enemy we don’t think can be brought down, ever.

  • Quill
    2019-01-24 15:34

    The BasicsHarry is a cop who prides himself on order and logic and everything being in its proper place. So how exactly is he supposed to deal when he learns that a dangerous and incredibly powerful psychic has set his sights on Harry with the intention of killing him by dawn?My ThoughtsI’d forgotten how fun Dean Koontz books can be. Mainly because I have a pretty sordid past with his novels. I managed to get enough poorly written ones in a row that I finally gave up. And yet I could never bring myself to get rid of the ones I hadn’t read. I gave in and picked up Dragon Tears, insisting that if I don’t read these things, then I need to get them out of my life, so then read them and shut up! It was like a big spoonful of medicine you don’t want to take, because you’re afraid of the taste. But then it surprises you by tasting pretty awesome. My analogy is getting out of hand.What I mean to say is this book was actually good. I wonder how much my low expectations are making me some self-fulfilling prophecy, but I really enjoyed this one. It was suspenseful and page-turning. I wanted to see what happened next, and as a result, I powered through it. I liked the characters. As much as the villain was somewhat evil for the sake of being evil, I liked how he came off as genuinely disturbed. If you want something exciting with a kind of urban fantasy/cop drama vibe, pick this up.But I have to mention drawbacks. One being it’s rather dated. Not in any quaint or interesting way. In a very stuffy way. Koontz used this book as an author tract more than once, getting on a soapbox and ranting about how evil the 90s were. There was even a passage where he took a break from storytelling altogether to make sure his audience understood how dangerous drugs are in a very lecturing tone. First, breaking the “show don’t tell” rule there. Secondly, there are more effective ways of illustrating a point like that than listing statistics. A room full of drug-addled teens, and he couldn’t think to make one appear to be overdosing? No, he’d rather treat his audience like they need to be spoon fed.Yes, this was a distraction. “Welcome to the 90s” became the book’s catchphrase indicating that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Until you find yourself saying, “I get it, Dean! I really do. Pull back a tad.” How much was that worth knocking down the score for me? One star. So obviously not a story ruiner. But just enough to make it good, not great.Final Rating4/5

  • Brett
    2019-01-28 11:31

    Welcome to the 1990s.Dean Koontz welcomes us to that decade probably 20 times throughout this book, which is indeed a very 1990s thing to do. Except in retrospect, the societal decay and continual moral lapses that Koontz carps about constantly are obviously nonsense. With the benefit of hindsight, we can see that the 1990s were a period of general peace and prosperity, with falling crime rates and probably the last time that you had much hope of finding any decent music on the radio. The 1990s, it turns out, were pretty good. Like any decade-long time period, not without plenty of problems, but definitely not the stinking hellhole that Koontz evidently believed they were. Dragon Tears conspicuously calls attention to the time period it was written, which is one of the irritating aspects of the book. It also is hurt by many of the Koontz-ian mannerisms that you may be familiar with if you have read Koontz before. I've read a lot of Koontz, for better or for worse. Therefore, I had to roll my eyes when he went with not only a super-smart and responsible kid, but also an unusually smart and abstract thinking dog. This is Koontz indulging his worst instincts--usually he would limit himself to one or the other of these familiar stock characters. You will also find the sensitive cop protagonist, his emotionally damaged and hard-exteriored (but also beautiful with a heart of gold) female partner, and the bad guy that has no motivation except to cause maximal suffering in the world because he is evil and that's that.It's all pretty rote, yet I'm giving it three stars, which for a Koontz novel, is pretty much the most that can aspired for. Why? Primarily because Koontz is making better use of language here than in most of his books. Generally in a Koontz novel you get the sense that he wrote it while also watching TV or folding his laundry because it just feels like almost no work went into crafting the language. Dragon Tears is no masterpiece, but it is a cut above much of the rest of his work. Even though the plot is pretty tired (and dependent on extraordinary coincidence) it is made tolerable by this more effective writing. So, I class Dragon Tears with Phantoms, Winter Moon, and the Bad Place--Koontz novels that I enjoyed in the same way I enjoy a low budget B-movie. They're junk food sure, but can be enjoyed as a small part of a well-balanced reading diet.

  • Maciek
    2019-02-03 10:50

    A pair of detectives and three homeless people are stalked by a vargrant, who utters a haunting warning: "Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn...Dead by dawn..." Time runs short, and it soon becomes obvious that the vargrant was no ordinary vargrant. Dangers arise everywhere, and the world changes for the five people: they will do anything and try to understand what is going on, a quest which will lead them to the sanctuary of a new, terrible god...Dragon Tears is typical early 90's Koontz; fast-paced, imaginative and entertaining. Even the "90's are bad" attitude which Koontz sports liberally throughout the text is not too bad. The plot is captivating if formulaic, with enough suspense and twists to hold the reader to the very end. I'm a fan of Koontz's writing style from that period, Hemingwayesque no-frills prose which is sorely missing from his newer output. He could describe the scene like few others in his field, but these days are long gone.The best thing about Dragon Tears is the villain, who's...but you've got to discover that for yourself. Also, as a testament to Koontz's love of dogs there's one in this book, and some chapters are narrated from his point of view. This sounds utterly ridiculous, but Koontz really pulls that off and they are a definite highlight of the novel.To sum up, Dragon Tears is fun. It won't change your life but it's a good way to spend some hours. Back in the day, Koontz was still considered "weird" and this book shows why. If there's something like "Classic Koontz", then this is it.

  • Kim
    2019-01-23 18:45

    Classic Dean Koontz novel with all the weird the man can possibly dish up! This was not one of my favorites, only because it was a bit too outlandish for me. And, way too much SCIENCE in the FICTION! His explanations for the weird events the creature/person would cause - too science-y and over my head. I read to be entertained; dare I must actually have to THINK when reading! :) No, really, learning is always good, but - in this case we're talking the physics of space and time. Need I say more? This is not to say that the book is completely bad, it is not. I went through periods where I was totally enthralled and then moments where boredom stepped in, mostly because it took too long to get through critical scenes amidst too much description & added history. I guess I'm just impatient but I don't like to wait 20 pages to figure out the outcome of a life and death situation. I will tend to look ahead which ruins the whole idea of a good suspense, right?I did truly enjoy the dog character in the book. I know Dean loves his dogs and some people will complain; but this is just more proof that his dog additions are fantastic! I don't think I would have made it through the book were it not for 'Woofer', 'Fella', 'Prince' the stray dog! A pooch smartened up by his many past encounters; both good and bad. He definitely was a 'good dog. good good good'!

  • Jim C
    2019-01-30 10:48

    This is a supernatural thriller. In this one, two cops become involved in an all powerful being that is threatening helpless victims like the homeless. This all powerful being gives a time deadline for their lives and the cop duo race against time for their lives.Dean Koontz is known for his supernatural thrillers. This isn't his best work. It was worth a read but nothing stands out for me. Actually that is not true. The thing I will remember about this novel is the pessimistic views of the characters. This was written in the 90's and the characters harp on atrocious crimes. According to them the world is going to hell in a handbasket and this doom and gloom attitude did get tiring after awhile. I don't know if the author got depressed after reading newspapers while writing this book but the doom and gloom attitude was displayed throughout. As of the characters there were basically generic. The only character that stood out was the dog (it wouldn't be a Koontz book if it didn't have a dog). We get to see the world through the dog's point of view and this did bring a smile to my face. I liked how the dog would get excited over a candy wrapper or why he doesn't like cats. Dean Koontz is my favorite author but this addition to his works isn't one of his best. It is pretty average and not a standout novel.

  • T.
    2019-02-04 14:36

    After years of reading this I still get scared. Sometimes I just really marvel at what's happening inside Koontz's head. It must be interesting and (maybe) terrifying to live there. I've been accused more than once of being anti-Stephen King because I'm such a fangirl of Dean Koontz. Why can't I enjoy their works at the same time? There's enough evil and horror in the world to go around, yeah? Besides, I've observed that Koontz deals more with the human nature and our capacity to control/unleash our dark side, while King brings to life all of our imagined fears to the point that you know such thing must exist.Now back to the book: this still gives me the creeps. And whenever I reread it I try to do so around midnight so that I'll really scare myself silly. Imagine having to run back and forth in the dark for bathroom breaks, and avoiding to look in the mirror in case I see something there I don't like. But this is more about me than the book, no? It always is.