By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon

eBook - 2003
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Dylan O'Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. He's on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious "doctor", injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him ... or transform his life in the most remarkable way. Then he is told that he must flee--before the doctor's enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police. Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life ... and straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery--and wondrous discovery.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2003.
Edition: Bantam export ed.
ISBN: 9780307414267
0307414264
Characteristics: 460 p. ; 18 cm.
Summary: Dylan O'Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. He's on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious "doctor", injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him ... or transform his life in the most remarkable way. Then he is told that he must flee--before the doctor's enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police. Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life ... and straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery--and wondrous discovery.

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Apr 07, 2017

I had to read this book for an English essay project that I have to do, and I thought I would be forcing myself to read this, dragging myself on and on until I finished the book, but to my surprise, that was not the case. By the Light of the Moon is a nail-biting suspense and horror that really gets you thinking.
One thing I love about this book is the plot. Basically, three people are restrained by a smiling, old scientist, then injected with a mysterious substance, which the side effects are unknown. They are then on the run from mysterious men who the scientist warned them about. However, the side effects soon kick in and the side effects are unique and are displayed on each of the characters in a very interesting way. I cannot say much or it would spoil, but I would encourage you to figure out by reading this book, you would never expect it.
Another aspect I enjoyed about this book are the characters. We have Dylan, a patient artist described as "a scary, bear of a man, with the heart of a lamb". There's also Jilly, a strong, clever woman who never has a lack of words on her tongue. Finally, we have Shepherd, Dylan's younger brother, who is autistic. Koontz writes Shepherd out very humanly and accurately. I thought I would be rolling my eyes at yet another inaccurate description of an autistic character, but I was wrong.
There are very few things I can complain about, but I felt as though some parts dragged on, such as the car ride at the beginning of the book. However, even that quickly picked up the pace with a plot twist, and made me excited to read the next four chapters in a row.
All in all, I would rate this book a 8/10.
- @Sonorous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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LoveChild60
Sep 17, 2013

It had been years and years since I'd read a book by one of my all time favourite authors, Dean Koontz. And I thought By The Light of The Moon sounded awesome and couldn't wait to get it started. Well, after 10 chapters, I couldn't wait to END it! What a waste of paper! I skipped over all the "filler" that I personally didn't need or WANT to know, so I got to chapter 10 pretty quick! This was THE most boring, filler-full book! Has he lost his touch or what. I gave it half a star simply because it wouldn't let me do less. Sorry Dean, but this book sucks and I think it will likely be awhile before attempt to try another of your books. I ended with a horrific headache and shoulders that just won't relax.

lrusley Nov 14, 2011

Fast paced, with unexpected twists and turns. I didn't like the main characters in the book as much as I usually do in a Dean Koontz novel, but still a good read.

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