Top Ten Dean Koontz Books

Of all the writers and published writers in the wide world one is my absolute favorite. That one is none other than Dean R. Koontz. Mr. Koontz has been writing novels, short stories, and the like since 1968 when his first book “Star Quest” was published. He is also known to have written several novels and stories under an array of pseudonyms early on in his writing career. Dean Koontz’s breakthrough novel came in 1980 with the release of “Watchers.” He is widely known for writing suspense type novels with elements of horror, mystery, and science fiction. Of all the roughly 55 novels that Dean Koontz has written, this is my top ten list. Compiling this list was actually harder than I originally imagined and I sometimes found myself torn between books for a spot on the list.

The Books

Books of my top ten.
Books of my top ten.

The Darkest Evening of the Year

Ten

The Darkest Evening of The Year

The Darkest Evening of the Year is the first book in my top ten Dean Koontz books. It has a copyright date of 2007 and was released by Bantam books in 2007. The Darkest Evening of the Year follows Amy on an adventure of discovery and wonder. She is a woman who rescues dogs from abuse and other such things. On the first couple of pages she saves a dog named Nickie from an abusive husband and father with her friend Brian. Little does she know at the time of the rescue but Nickie is a very special dog from Amy’s own past. Brian also has issues in this novel and is the target of the antagonist. The story wraps its arms around the characters and pulls them all together in standard Koontz fashion. This novel is believed to have been written in memory of Dean Koontz’s dog Trixie who passed in 2007. You can feel in the book the connection Koontz had with his dog and the emotion in which he wrote this novel. Even though this novel comes in at number ten on my list it is a great read for anyone to enjoy.

Shadowfires

Nine

Shadowfires

Shadowfires is another of Dean Koontz’s older novels which was copyrighted in 1987 and released by Berkley Books in 1993. The main character or heroine of this novel is Rachael, a wonderful person who is tormented by a terrifying man. The man is Eric, her husband. Rachael requests a clean and hassle free divorce from Eric and she unfortunately doesn’t receive it. Instead Eric becomes infuriated and in the heat of the moment winds up getting struck down by a traffic accident. Rachael is both shocked and relieved…for awhile. Then Eric’s body disappears from the morgue and Rachael ends up in a battle of wits against a presumed dead man. All in all this is a fantastic novel that really gets your heart racing. The book is 509 pages of unrelenting suspense that will keep you guessing about what will happen next.

One Door Away From Heaven

Eight

 

One Door Away From Heaven

 

One Door Away from Heaven has a copyright of 2001 and was released by Bantam books in 2001 in hardcover.  One Door Away from Heaven is a tale of mystery and intrigue as the author takes us along with a woman on a mission to save a disabled little girl from certain death.  Michelina Bellsong is the heroine in this story.  The little girl Leilani is a nine year old girl who is disabled but indomitable.  Her step father believes that aliens will come and cure her of her disability by the time she turns ten or take her to a better life.  Leilani’s brother has already gone on the journey to a better life.  Leilani is nine years old and has gone missing so Michelina takes off across the country in search for her.  This novel is 681 pages of a breakneck speed race across the country as our heroine attempts to save the life of a little girl.  Thrown into the mix is a little boy who helps along the story. 

Seven

 

The Husband

 

The Husband has a copyright of 2006 and was released in 2006 by Bantam books.  This novel also has a fast paced story line with multiple twists and turns.  It opens up when a gardener of modest means receives a phone call on his cell phone.  Someone has abducted his wife and is requesting two million dollars within sixty hours.  Mitch doesn’t have that kind of money but he loves his wife so much that he would do anything to get her back safely.  Mitch seeks assistance from his brother who is wealthy and can afford to help him out.  This story has you guessing one thing, then you get a twist and you start to think something else.  Finally towards the end of this 415 page novel comes the final turn and leaves you thirsting to finish out the novel to discover what happens in the end.

Six

 

False Memory

 

False Memory has a copyright of 1999 and was released in 1999 by Bantam books.  This novel brings to light a terrible condition called autophobia.  The main character takes her friend to a psychiatrist who treats her on a weekly basis, suddenly and without any warning she becomes afflicted with autophobia.  This is really weird because she is a normal person that one would not believe she could become afflicted.  Then her husband takes her to the same psychiatrist she was taking her friend to.  There is a psychotic killer on the loose in this novel and the book once more takes you on a fascinating journey of unrelenting speed and you’ll find yourself yearning for answers.  All 751 pages seem to turn themselves as you race to discover what is going on.  Dean Koontz is well known for throwing in last minute twists and turns so this novel will keep you guessing until the very end.

Five

 

Life Expectancy

 

Life Expectancy has a copyright of 2004 and was released in 2004 by Bantam books.  Life Expectancy follows Jimmy Tock through his life.  A strange prediction by his grandfather on his deathbed sets the tone for this novel.  Jimmy Tock lives his life without fear or incident for the first twenty years of his life.  But true to his grandfathers prediction when Jimmy is in his twentieth year he experiences a tragedy while at a library.  He escapes with his life and falls in love with a woman on the same day.  Throughout the next ten years just like the prediction his grandfather made he experiences three more tragedies.  The final incident at the end of this 476 page book will have you wondering if he’ll survive or not.  In this novel you’ll find a worthy read that will have you intrigued with the characters and you will also be able to associate with them.

Velocity

Four

 

Velocity

 

Velocity has a copyright of 2005 and was released in 2005 by Bantam books.  Not very often in our lives will we come across a novel so aptly named as Velocity.  There are novels that can enrapture you by page one hundred and there are those that can do so by page ten.  Velocity is a novel that gets you by page ten.  As I read through this book I thought about what I would do.  I am sure that you too will do the same thing.  A normal guy is left a note by someone who gives him a sick choice.  “Take this note to police…I’ll kill an elderly lady active in charity if you don’t I’ll instead kill a lovely blond schoolteacher.”  What choice would you make?  Could you make that kind of choice?”  Billy could not make the choice and did nothing so the insane killer killed the teacher.  Billy soon realizes that he is a part of a sick game of choice.  He also figures out that not making a choice and not playing the game is still a choice of deadly consequences.  All in all, this entire book will have you burning down the pages to get to the next one.  Velocity is 458 pages of pure adrenaline pumping action and suspense, and a great read.

Three

 

Lightning

 

One of Dean Koontz’s older books, Lightning is third on my list.  Lightning was copyrighted in 1988 and published under the Berkley Novel banner and released in 1989.  Lightning is a gripping tale of romance and science fiction.  The main character Laura is an object of fascination for the other main character.  Laura believes that this man who comes in at random stages of her life is her guardian angel—but is he?  This man continues to appear to her at different stages of her life while remaining the same age.  He comes in to save her from tragedy and inadvertently falls in love with her.  Is he the guardian angel she believes him to be?  Or is he a stranger from a distant land?  This book is 355 pages of pure reading bliss; I read this book like a ravenous beast thirsting for absolution.

The Good Guy

Two

 

The Good Guy

 

The Good Guy has a copyright date of 2007 and was released in 2007 by Bantam books.  In this 447 page novel you will learn that ordinary men are most often not ordinary in the least.  A standard case of mistaken identity happens in this novel when the main character Timothy Carrier is approached by a man.  The bar in which Timothy frequents after work sets the stage for the beginning of this wonderful novel.  The man is just a messenger sent to employ the services of a man mistaken for Tim.  Tim takes the envelope with the cash and photo and figures out that this woman has been marked for death.  He locates the woman and takes her away from some would be assassins.  The antagonist is a great creation of an OCD man who relentlessly hounds and hunts Tim and the woman he swore to protect.  This story will have you reading well into the night and also hooks you at page ten.  I ranked this book at number two because of the depth of character and surprise ending at the end of the book.

From The Corner Of His Eye

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From The Corner Of His Eye

 

From the Corner of His Eye has a copyright of 2000 and was released by Bantam books in 2000.  This book was chosen to hold the number one spot on my list because it is a novel of love and all the interconnectedness of the world.  The story follows Bartholomew Lampion throughout his life.  Bartholomew was born on a night of terror that will haunt his family for the rest of their lives.  When Bartholomew reaches the age of three he is blinded when doctors remove his eyes.  He has a fast spreading cancer in his eyes so the doctors just remove them to save his life.  Bartholomew and his mother work together to live their life while dealing with Bartholomew’s blindness, but he proves to be a prodigy.  When Bartholomew turns thirteen he somehow regains his sight.  I know impossible right?  Wrong.  Along the journey of Bartholomew and his mother’s life they meet a girl who was born as a result of a rape and they come across a man bent on killing Bartholomew for unknown reasons.  This book will take you on a grand journey of discovery.  It will teach you how life is connected and how each thing we do affects those people we don’t know.  The book is 729 pages and with all Dean Koontz’s books very quick to read.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a story that takes you on a fantastic voyage.

Author's Note:

 

In conclusion of this list, I hope that you see how wonderful a novelist Dean Koontz is.  His novels are ones that can be read within a couple of nights.  His characters jump right off the pages and are ones that you can relate to in some way or another.  His prose is always mesmerizing and reading his books is like watching a movie.  I highly encourage anyone who loves to read and who loves to be swept away with a book to read Dean Koontz.  As I have read all of his books except the newest ones, I can say without a doubt that they are all great stories.

 

Copyright 2009 by Wesley Cox

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Thanks Wes Gonna have to check this guy out.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

He is a great author. Thanks for stopping by and reading.


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TamCor 6 years ago from Ohio

What a pleasure to know that you are as big of a fan of Dean Koontz as I am! I've been reading his books for about 20 years now, since someone left a copy of "Hideaway" at our house, and I picked it up and then couldn't put it down, lol..

For the most part--I'm in agreement with your list, but my first three would be Watchers, Ticktock, and Lightening--they are my absolute most favorites of his! But, honestly, it's so hard to pick what my top ten would be, because I love all of them, lol...

Thank you for reminding me of Shadowfires--I have misplaced my copy, and had forgotten about it until now.

Have you read Relentless yet? I think it's a really great read--one of his better ones lately!

Okay--enough for now...this is your hub, not mine, haha...but thanks so much for this great hub--I really enjoyed it, as you can probably tell...:)


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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Tammy - LOL!! Trying to take over another hub! Good girl! I, too, am a huge Dean Koontz fan, but have no fave book to discuss. Great hub Wesley


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Tammy as I said in the first paragraph I enjoy all of his books and I actually did have a hard time picking the top ones. I completely agree with Watchers because that book I believe is another one of the great ones by him but I decided to cut it from the top ten, Ticktock was good but a shorter book so again I decided not to add it.

I was extremely surprised to learn that these books can be purchased from Amazon at such a low price but thats cool though.

I haven't had the opportunity to buy Relentless yet but I think I may get a Christmas present along those lines (maybe exactly if I play my cards right)

Candie: I'm glad you love the books by Dean Koontz too. I assume you are in agreement with my choices then? If not all at least the majority. Thanks ladies for reading my hub.


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claudialepo 6 years ago from Firenze

I've read some Koontz's books years ago. My first one has been "Phantoms!". I've read it during my classes of latin at the high school. I found it well written. A good horror book, much more interesting than a class about latin metric! I enjoyed also Fear Nothing. I'll try to read some others from your nice list! Thank you!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Thanks Wes, I used to read his books all the time. I think I will look him up again. Thanks so much for reminding me.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

He is a good novelist. His characters are often warped to believable standards. Good Hub.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you for stopping by and reading this hub. It was fun to write.


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Dame Scribe 6 years ago from Canada

I love this author too. Great books too! :)


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Indeed he is a great writer. Thanks for visiting.


Pachuca213 6 years ago

Sadly I cannot say I have ever read his work. I have heard of him though. Thank you for arousing my interest in his books.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Pachuca, Dean Koontz lives in southern california and it is strongly reflected in his scenery of his books. I highly recommend him, if you choose to read his work start with From the Corner of His Eye.


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alovelyliz 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Wesley I thought you did a terrific job of making me want to read this author. I've seen his books around, but can't honestly remember reading any. Another author for me to discover! Thank you.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Your welcome alovelyliz, I hope you get a chance to read his books.


poetlorraine 6 years ago

great review, not read any


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you. you should read some when you get a chance.


becca 6 years ago

i picked up a koontz at a jumble sale my nan dragged me to and immediately fell in love! i agree with your number one. The child-like yet adult interactions between barty and angel are adorable and i especially love miss velveeta cheese, throwing a pig and i almost cheered when tom vanadium survived!! thanks for the list will deffo help in my next purchase!!


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Becca, I thank you for reading my list and hopefully I helped you discover a couple other of his books that you may not have read. Thank you.


Danielle 6 years ago

WHAT??? I COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH THIS LIST. I'm sorry but "Life Expectancy"? That book was one of his worst. Where is Watchers? Where is Intensity? Where is Sole Survivor?


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Danielle thanks for visiting.


Crazdwriter 6 years ago

Gotta love Dean Koontz! I have yet to read any of these books though they sit on my shelf...no wait take that back I did read Shadowfire and I agree...GREAT BOOK! :-) glad to know a fellow Koontz fan! Keep me posted on what books of his are a good read. :-)


Danielle 6 years ago

I didn't post to be patronized. I'm serious. Why aren't those books on there? Have you read them?


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Crazdwriter: Just about all of Dean Koontz's books are great reads. The only one I wasn't overly fond of was "The Key To Midnight." The book was good but a little slow for me to get into.

Danielle: I assume that you have read this article in its entirety so I would also imagine that you know "Watchers" is at the very top of this list. "Intensity", and "Sole Survivors" though good did not make my top ten list because I didn't want to put them on there. If you don't like my list that is your problem not mine. Further, if you don't want to be patronized, don't type at me in all caps. All caps indicates yelling and you are blessed that I didn't delete your rude comment. Good Day.


Danielle Schultz 6 years ago

lol, i wrote one sentence in all caps do indicate my shock at how ridiculous your list is...and lol @ being blessed that you didn't delete my comment...go ahead and delete it...i dont give a shit, you dont even know good books when you read them...buh bye


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randslam 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Thanks, Wes. I just finished reading Odd Thomas and Odd Hours...one of Koontz's most unique characters...Odd sees dead people but they can't talk. I'm a little surprised Odd didn't make the top ten, but what can one do? I'll be reading more of Koontz as his prose is like watching a movie...good for any writer to learn from.

Thanks,

Rand


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Randslam: Odd Thomas is a great character and a great series of books. Thank you for visiting and commenting.


umi 6 years ago

One of the books you forget to mention in your list is the infamous: twilight eyes.


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rpims99 6 years ago from Maryland

I thought I had read most all he had written but looking at your list, I've got some catching up. Your #1 is a great story. He has two continuing characters, Odd Thomas, who is very likeable, and I can't remember the title of the guy who cannot go out during the day. Koontz is prolific and even with shelves of his books I am sure there are many to read. Your list will help.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

I thank you very much for your wonderful comment. The character you are referencing is good old Christopher Snow of the books, Fear Nothing and Sieze the Night. Those are excellent books and Mr. Snow is an endearing character. Thank you again for reading and for reading Dean Koontz's books.


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rpims99 6 years ago from Maryland

thanks, i have read all of them but, i read so much i find that sometimes the names or titles escapes me but I can talk all about the subject. Thanks again.


Ben Puckett 6 years ago

Wiener dogs in outer space


Thomas Fogarty 5 years ago

Great list! I've only read The Husband and Velocity and I'm reading Shadowfires right now. I also thought Mr. Murder was great too. I will be sure to look for the rest of them.


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you Tom for reading, I am glad you enjoyed the list and I am positive you will enjoy all of Dean Koontz's books as I have.


ayla824 5 years ago

Just finished Intensity. Up until now, From the Corner of his Eye had been my favorite. Intensity is an absolute in any Koontz fan collection. False Memory,and Sole Survivor also rank high on my list. The question now, is which one to read next.

In any case, I *highly* recommend Intensity to any reader looking for an excellent thrill!


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you for reading and I fully agree with your comments. In answer to the question, it matters not which one you read just that you read them, they will be sure to please.


Parker 5 years ago

Lightning was the book that hooked me on Koontz and i have to say is one of the better books i have ever read.Funny you didn't mention Watchers? most who liked Lightning also enjoyed Watchers.

Thanks for the list..


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Parker, I do indeed love the book Watchers and it can be difficult to write a top ten list when there are over 50 books that are great to read. Watchers would probably rank 11 or 12 on a top 50 list. Thank you for reading and enjoying.


James Peter 5 years ago

The Taking should of made this list! :) AND Shadowfires deserved to be in the top 3... it's genius how Koontz describes the day by day moments of the resurrected sob and his decent from humanity...


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Ah, Fear Nothing and Sieze The Night! I was just reading your list & trying to recall the name of the main character who has the disease and has to stay out of the sun. I thought those books had a neat sense of humor! You have great taste in authors!


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Jean thank you so much for reading my article here and am also glad that you agree. I thoroughly enjoyed the books you mentioned partly due to the humor in them but also for the main character.


Parker 5 years ago

Just finished Strangers and found it to be another great book by Koontz.I have allot of catching up to do regarding his work and have also finished all of the Odd Thomas series as well...Koontz has me lock stock and barrel.

Now i have to decide what's next...and as ussual i start at your list which is bookmarked in my favorites section...thanks again for this great list and starting point to Koontz's work.

Parker Shultz

p.s not related to the crazy Schultz that had issues with your list...hah ha


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Parker I am honored that you refer to the list of books I wrote to help decide which Koontz books to read and more so that you bookmarked my page. As for the other Shultz I completely forgot about her retarded ranting. Thanks again and enjoy those books.


Tracy 5 years ago

Thank you for this list. I received a Nook for Christmas and decided to read Koontz, as he was a favorite of mine wayyyy back when I read as a teen. I just finished Lightening (LOVED it!) and was eager for some other suggestions. Seeing that Lighting is on your list and your brief descriptions of each book, I am sure I will love your top ten as well. Thanks for pulling together this list. I really appreciate it!


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Tracy: Thank for reading my list and I am glad that you enjoyed it and found inspiration from it. Thanks again.


Cass 5 years ago

I found this article because I am going on a cruise soon and have 5 newish DK books to read and was wondering which 2 to bring with me. I have been a huge DK fan since 1993 when my dad loaned me his copy of Cold Fire...totally fell in love with DK with that one book and since then I have bought and read all of his books, with the exception of the newer ones and have read my faves (Lightning, Strangers, Watchers & From the Corner of his Eye) many, many times. Just wanted to say thanks for helping me narrow down my choices :)


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Cass Thank you for reading my hub and enjoying his books. Take care and enjoy your cruise.


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cindi h 5 years ago

Wes I think you're my new best friend. Along with Stephen King, Dean Koontz is one of my all time favorite authors. I share many of my 2427 books with friends but I will never share my S.K or D.K. since I mistakenly lent a rare S.K 1st edition to a friend and never got it back!! I am a junkie when it comes to these two authors, if I don't have a book to read, I go through withdrawals. I love your hub. Thank you.


wesleycox 5 years ago

It is a true pleasure to read such a gracious comment. I am thrilled that there are people out in this world of instant gratification that still enjoy the thrill of a good book. Thank you for reading.


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CJamesIII 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

I have read all of Koontz's books except 2 (Icebound, too slow and different style, and Strange Highways, just haven't finished it). He is the most adept living writer in the English language. Don't forget about the two best novels ever written (in this genre :))Midnight and Watchers. I wish all writer's read Dean Koontz, quality and content would be better everywhere.


Luke 5 years ago

I have to agree with Danielle, as a top 10 of Dean Koontz novels, this is pretty poor. Most of his newer books don't come close to his classic 80's/90's work. Where's Strangers, Midnight, Twilight eyes,Intensity or The Bad Place? And Watchers s the best of all. In my experience most Koontz fans would agree those are some of his very best.


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Luke: You are absolutely right about his early books being phenomenal as I have actually read all of them. However, as my list I like the books I put in here better. I appreciate the fact that you are an avid Koontz fan whether you like my list or not and we can agree that Dean Koontz is one of the better authors of this era. Thank you for reading and adding the valueable information.


Luke 5 years ago

I appreciate these are your choices, and i still love all the books on the list, i'm just surprised an avid Koontz fan did not include a few more classics. But everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, and i always respect somone wise enough to their spend time reading Koontz's truly amazing books!


Edward Gertschen 5 years ago

Your top 10 is pretty similar to mine actually. From the Corner of his Eye to me is by far the most amazing book he has ever written. I understand some people will fight to the death and say Watchers is the best, yeah it's great and all, but it doesn't encompass the depth of humanity what with compassion, love, hate, empathy, desire, obsession, trust, faith, etc. etc. etc. You can go on and on about it lol. Anyways it's my favorite book of all time.

1. From the Corner of His Eye - Dean Koontz

2. Atlas Shrugged - Ann Rand

3. Gangster - Lorenzo Carcaterra


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Edward: Thank you for reading my hub. It is even more pleasant that you agree with me about From the Corner of His Eye as that is why I loved it. Thank you also for adding some more books for the readers to possibly enjoy.


Temle 5 years ago

Watchers doesn't encompass human compassion, love, hate, empathy, desire, obsession, trust or faith? Have you actually read it?! It deals with all of those issues and more. I could start giving examples, but i'd be here all day.


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Temle: I am glad that you enjoyed reading Watchers. I also enjoyed reading Watchers but personally I enjoyed From the Corner of His Eye better. Thank you for reading my hub and being passionate about Koontz books.


Stephen King 5 years ago

I am way better than Dean Koontz.


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Stephen King: I am surprised that you haven't read my Top Ten Stephen King Books hub. Take a look at it.


James Patterson 5 years ago

I am better than both Koontz and King.


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rocksandal 5 years ago from victoria bc

Dear writer,

your list is really very informative for any reader . You have done very good job . You have told to new reader which books are important of life and this mean you are guiding the reader in right direction. There are lots people but we love very few people .Like this ,there are so many books but some are really for readings.But your all collection is lovely.

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CalebvvvvS 5 years ago

what about the Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series? those are the best in my opinion


Wesley Cox 5 years ago

Thank you for reading and I agree with the Frankenstein books. They are some excellent books. Keep reading Koontz and check out my new store.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

I have loved dean's books since I read The Bad Place, one of my favorites, also love The Taking, Twilight eyes Lightning Phantoms, Frankenstien series. just a great writer.


Crissi 5 years ago

Hey Wesley! I've been an avid Koontz reader for about 6 or 7 years now, started with my friend recommending Odd Thomas. I couldn't believe how quickly I got hooked on reading one particular author. I haven't even considered another since I started reading Koontz. I love your list, and I also love Intensity as some other people said, but just because it isn't on your list doesn't mean it isn't a fabulous read. Irritating that people think YOUR list should include anything but YOUR favorites. I have read all but I believe 2 that are on your list including Watchers and One Door away from heaven. I also need to check out Lightning because it sounds familiar but I can't exactly remember if I've read it. Also, the "One door away from heaven" sounds an awful lot like "The door to december" have u read this one?

I'm currently reading Your Heart Belongs to Me and I CANNOT PUT IT DOWN!!! Started it a couple days ago and will probably finish it tonight.

Overall great list!


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Crissi: I am glad that you found Dean Koontz, I found his books in 1996 with an interesting book called Shattered. That book took me two nights to read and back then it usually took me a month to read a 300 page book. So with that I went on a Dean Koontz reading frenzy and read every book I could. Each Christmas I always ask for his newest book. I have read all of his books except for the newest ones, What the Night Knows and the new Frankenstein book. I will read it soon though. Thank you for reading.


Erik 5 years ago

I've tried many koontz novels and can't seem to get into any of them. The one book I actually enjoyed was Velocity. That was the only book on the list I had read. Now I have a list of a few that may work for me. Thanks!


caleb 5 years ago

i stated dean koontz with the frankenstein series, and i've started reading more of his. but i have to say watchers is in my top 5 all time books if not number 1. its probably tied with Prey by Michael Crichton. Hes really good too


ann 5 years ago

Just finished Life Expectancy... and it was fantastic... enjoyed his writing style and suspense!My first experience reading his work will not be the last.. can't wait to read all of the above!! Ann


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you all for reading my hub and most importantly Dean Koontz's books. Enjoy the reading.


Bonnie 5 years ago

Great List.

Every time I read a Dean Koontz book I think "man that would make a great movie".

Just finished by the light of the moon. Very funny and entertaining.


Ann 5 years ago

Really can't believe I found your top choice at my place of work!! And a coworker expressed her fine regard for this work of art too!! She wants to read it again... not till I do!! I found 2 of his works and and now reading Winter Moon.. Soo I want to finish what I start EH?? Thanks for the insight look forward to chatting soon Ann


floyd young 4 years ago

great list!!! loved from the corner of his eye. the one book you left off the list was the face.


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dawnowens 4 years ago from Jersey Girl

Great hub; enjoyed reading it. I'm an on again/off again Koontz fan, but, I agree with your inclusion of Lightning. That was the first Koontz book I ever read & I loved it. I listened to "From The Corner of His Eye" via audiobook and liked it right up until the end. I was just so disappointed in the ending. My other favorites of his has always been Strangers, and, among his latest work, Odd Thomas and The Taking.


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you all for reading my hub and most importantly reading Dean Koontz's books. They are all a great way to spend the evening or two.


Nick 4 years ago

Uh,has anyone ever heard of The Bad Place?Number 1 and always will be!


Nick 1 4 years ago

If you love Koontz as much as you think then you must check out Richard Laymon!I would suggest Body Rides or Island to start.Laymon takes you where Koonts sometimes wishes he could go but realizes he would be playing with fire if he should go there and he knows this...


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Nick: Thank you for reading my hub. I liked The Bad Place quite a bit but alas it didn't make it. I have also read Richard Laymon's "Body Rides" as well. At first I didn't think I'd like it but he got me wrapped up in the story within 10 pages and the ending, holy crap it was awesome. Thanks for commenting and reminding me of Body Rides.


Nick 4 years ago

Your welcome.I am almost finished with Laymons Savage for the second time and since reading your hub and not agreeing with your top ten I am determined to read a Koontz novel.A book that I remember leaving a large impression on me is titled By The Light Of The Moon.Why its not in your top 10 is crazy!Well,Twilight Eyes,Whispers,Watchers,Midnight and The Bad Place are not there either so who's to say whats going through your mind?If possible could you comment on By The Light Of The Moon before I begin reading it?There is something about that book..I shall find out shortly why..


t.j. 4 years ago

the first dean koontz book i read was in fact Fear Nothing. i'd never heard of the author. the title caught my attention. when i began to read about the character's skin condition, and his adventures, i found myself reading far too much late into the night even tho i had to get up early - i couldn't close the book. i was sad when i was done. i've read others since then, but most recently i read the husband. it too was a good read, but my favorite dean koontz book continues to be Fear Nothing. well done.


Fluffytigerb 4 years ago

I love Dean Koontz. The first book I read from him was the Lightning, and I loved the fact that it had a plot, I'm going to have to check out some of these books. Thanks for the list.


Rosspy 4 years ago

Poor list... here's a better one...

1. Strangers

2. Watchers

3. Midnight

4. Fear Nothing

5. Twilight Eyes

6. Intensity

7. False Memory

8. Dragon Tears

9. The Bad Place

10. Whispers


Goldens Rock 4 years ago

WATCHERS is Dean Koontz!

His love of dogs shines in so many of his books but Einstein is the doggie hero I will never forget! I haven't read many of his newer books but the Frankenstein series broughtme back to the fold. Midnight and Strangers are must reads too. Thanks for your list now I will start reading some of his more current books.


Dianne1 4 years ago

Loved Dean Koontz books for years but then started reading James Rollins, Childs & Lincoln, J.D.Robb, Janet Evanovich, etc., etc. Need to catch up again with Koontz. Loved: Watchers, Strangers, Whispers, Lightning, Shattered, Intensity, etc., etc....only book I liked of King's was "It," and Patterson's are too shallow. :)


BODY RIDES 4 years ago

Wesley where are you?You have a fan club of your own you know and we expect your insight into Koontz...Doth thine deserteth us?


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

T.J Fear Nothing was a fantastic book and it immediately makes you relate to the character. The second book Seize the Night was also awesome, I highly recommend that one to you. Dean Koontz has been reported as saying that he is interested in a third Christopher Snow book. I look forward to a release and bet that it would be awesome.

Fluffytiger: I too loved the book Lightening. I would recommend you read From the Corner of His Eye and The Taking, they are similar to Lightening.

Rosspy: Thanks for disagreeing with my favorites the books you list are awesome, essentially it doesn't matter what books you like as long as you like Dean Koontz.

GoldenRocks: You can definitely tell Mr. Koontz loves dogs, in Watchers and many others. Most notably is The Darkest Evening of the Year among his recent books. Trixie Koontz also has some works out there. It is called A Little Big Life. I haven't read it but am planning to.

Dianne1: I agree except with Stephen King and James Patterson. I enjoy reading and the three names mentioned are my favorite authors. Of course the classics like Of Mice and Men and Two Cities and all those will always be on top for literary excellence. An excellent book you may be interested in reading is called Thr3e by Ted Dekker. Awesome book.

Body Rides: I am here I always am but sometimes my job makes me disappear for lengths of time periodically, sorry for my absence.


David 'Odd' Lee 4 years ago

Cool Site, i was only really into the Odd books, from Mr Koontz. Sometimes, i fear trying to read an authors other collection, but upon reading your reviews, i will give his other books a go.

But i am totally amazed at how much Mr Koontz has written, in one life time! all i can say is WOW.


Rachel 4 years ago

I love the horror genre and started out with Steven King. I honestly didn't like many of his works and just last week my mom came home with the book Intensity. My brother used to read Dean koontz all the time so I picked it up and suprisingly finished it in one night. I was so thrilled with his writing style that I went to the library and got another two books, the face of fear and whispers. I already finished the first one and am starting the second one right now. thanks for this list of other books I was having a hard time choosing the next one :)


brandi fortune 4 years ago

hey dean koontz fans any idea when he will be releasing a new book? i think he's amazing but i have read everything so far really looking forward to something new


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Rachel: Thank you for reading. Though the above is a list of my favorites I highly recommend you read his classics like Whispers, Watchers, and Phantoms, in addition to Lightening.

Brandi: He has a book coming soon about a haunted house. Very spooky and exciting. He is also working on more Odd Thomas books, he has talked about revisiting Christopher Snow in a third book and another Frankenstein book is due to come out.


Ann 4 years ago

My forth and soon to finish is Lightning... seek the pure of heart... what will I choose next sweetie?? Ann


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Ann: I recommend you read Watchers, Whispers, Phantoms, and Darkfall. Any order but definitely Watchers first.


ahmedtijjani 4 years ago

dean koonz is a wonderfull writter that never fails to enthrall me whenever i read is novels.i just keep wondering where this great writter is getting is fascinating plots.


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Nolimits Nana 4 years ago from British Columbia

Dean Koonz has been one of my favorite authors for many years, but I've lost touch with his books lately. Thanks for the reminder about him - I have some catching up to do!

I agree with your #1 choice. From the Corner of His Eye was one of the last I read, and I loved it.


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Nolimits Nana: He has some more great books out and that are coming out. Happy reading.


Caleb C. 4 years ago

Is the funhouse good I just started it and I was wondering because this is my first Dean Koontz book.


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

I loved "The Funhouse" I thought it was a really fun book to read and it was a little spooky. You will enjoy it. Pretty soon you'll find yourself rushing through to the end.


Nancy 4 years ago

I just loved the book intensity. This stuff happens in the real world. And yes, his love of animals, i love that.


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you for reading Nancy, I appreciate your appreciation for Mr. Koontz. He is a great author and has several more out in stores.


Nick 4 years ago

I started reading By THE light OF The Moon yesterday and can hardly put it down.My Kindle that is.What an idea for a story.Being injected against your will with a magic serum.Is that the right word?Please comment on this novel and I would appreciate knowing why it didn't make your list.Its better than One Door Away From Heaven.


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

I loved "By the Light of the Moon" it was a great book. It's as good of a word as could be. Thanks for reading and commenting.


Jeff 4 years ago

Twilight Eyes and Watchers are my favorites. Didn't care for Fear Nothing

or Seize the Night.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I am a huge fan of Dean Koonz books! Thanks for sharing your top 10....after reading this I am just itching to get to the bookstore! Great article, voted up, awesome, interesting and useful!


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you for reading. I'm glad you enjoy reading Dean Koontz.


Lorraine 3 years ago

Thank you so much for this list. I have, amongst loads of others, 75 of Dean Koontz on my ebook. The first I read was A Big Little Life, brilliant, then Watchers, and recently finished From The Corner of His Eye. Then I found your list, searching for comments on From The Corner of His Eye. So happy to see it as your number 1, as I thought it was the bestest too !! Brighten your corner and you light up the world ! Thank you so very much, The Good Guy or Lightning next.


Ann 3 years ago

Now reading my 10th and 11 th book by the exceptionally facinating Dean Koontz.! Reading False Memory and Odd Thomas , Forever Odd. I still have Watchers on my list to read too!! My Favs have been : Lightning, Life Expectancy, One Doorway away from Heaven and Odd Thomas.


Nick 3 years ago

Wesley,do me a favor and really read the part in wich the characters in 'The Taking' finally find themselves with the children and try like myself to understand what Koonts is trying to tell us from an authors persepective..It is very deep and moved me very much...Start on chapter 64...It is something that deserves attention unlike the previous 63 chapters...


kinglerxt 3 years ago

Im coming from being an avid Stephen King fan reading almost all if his novels, now looking for something new to read. My first Koontz novel was Watchers and I loved it. Read it in 2 days. Very good.i got lucky picking a top 5 book for my first. Just finished Lightning in 3 days. Liked it but wasn't as tied to the characters as I was with Watchers. Now looking to read my 3rd Koontz. Any suggestions? I liked the tiein/homeage/reference to Watchers that he made at the end of Lightning. Did you catch it?


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wesleycox 3 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

I would read some of his older books to start with. Whichever one you choose it'll be good. Thanks for reading.


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findwholeness 3 years ago from Midwest

When I graduated from young adult "scary books," I discovered Dean Koontz in my teens and devoured a number of his books. I have a lot of respect for the guy, and kept reading his stuff until I came across one I didn't like, and then started exploring other authors. I don't think I actually read any of the ones on your list, but maybe they are new since I moved on. I agree with Rosspy - that's a list I can relate to.


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realtalk247 3 years ago

Love Dean Koontz. I've read over 12 of his books. Life Expectancy was great. He always keeps you interested in the characters every move. Dean Koontz rocks!


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BenUriel 3 years ago from Yokohama Japan

I would only add The Key to Midnight somewhere to the list. Am also not as fond of From the Corner of His Eye as you are. I felt like Koontz was feeling pressured by King's Dark Tower mythology and thought he should do something similar. I notice that except for parts of the Odd Thomas series -where he played to his strengths and was consequently, I think, much better- he has not followed up with that sort of thing. His characters in From the Corner of his Eye veer far to much to the campy and the precious and Koontz is far and away a sufficiently skilled and gifted writer to avoid that when he puts his mind to it. Overall however I liked and enjoyed your list.


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I have such a deep respect for Dean Koontz- my ultimate favorite author. He mixes humor with his thrillers and I love that he loves golden retrievers (as I do). My faves are Watchers, Intensity and The Husband. Can read those over and over again. As a matter of fact, I think I will go fish out those books now. Thanks for posting! Awesome hub!


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BenUriel 3 years ago from Yokohama Japan

Now I will have to read the Watcher and Intensity. The Husband is a sleeper but I agree with you in that it is one of my favorites. The eerie yet magical descriptions of Northern New Mexico were transcendent (even if in a creepy context), the level of suspense was maintained at an excellent level for quite a long time, and there was little or no let down factor in the exposition of the mystery.


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I have to start reading 77 Shadow Street again. I started to read it, but it was very detailed...good, but detailed, and I had put it down. So I want to read it one more time and finish it this time! Have you read that one yet?


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realtalk247 2 years ago

Tick Tock.


KU 20 months ago

Loved all of these books but I have to disagree with a the order... Life expectancy is with out a doubt the best book ever!! ive read my copy so many times the front and back covers fell off! Also my top ten would have to include odd thomas and watchers!


susan 15 months ago

Definitely Watchers. My all time fave. Also loved The Bad Place.


Mark Truesdale 12 months ago

Totally agree with Rossby, this is a poor list of Dean Koontz' best books. It would suggest you have not read that many. Watchers should definitely be in the top ten, as should Strangers and Midnight. Dark Rivers of The Heart, Intensity, and Tick Tock also all much better than most on the originally posted list.

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