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Book Review: After Death

After Death was written by Dean Koontz and published by Thomas and Mercer in 2023. You can purchase it on Amazon/Kindle and you can visit the author on Amazon and on social media.

I enjoyed the story and at the end, the message to our society in regard to how far science and all of us should go.

Michael Mace, head of security at a top-secret research facility, opens his eyes in a makeshift morgue twenty-four hours following an event in which everyone perished—including him and his best friend, Shelby Shrewsberry.

Having awakened with an extraordinary ability unlike anything he—or anyone else—has ever imagined, Michael is capable of being as elusive as a ghost. He sets out to honor his late friend by helping Nina Dozier and her son, John, whom Shelby greatly admired. Although what Michael does for Nina is life changing, his actions also evoke the wrath of John’s father, a member of one of the most violent street gangs in Los Angeles.

But an even greater threat is descending: the Internal Security Agency’s most vicious assassin, Durand Calaphas. Calaphas will stop at nothing to get his man. If Michael dies twice, he will not live a third time.

From the tarnished glamour of Beverly Hills to the streets of South Central to a walled estate in Rancho Santa Fe, only Michael can protect Nina and John—and ensure that light survives in a rapidly darkening world.

Dean Koontz has always attracted my interest as a well-known and top selling author however, as I have said before, his descriptions of places and people and other subjects in his novels are way too long for me. It takes away from the plot and causes me to rush over paragraphs, which is a good indicator of it not receiving a five-star review. That being said, I enjoyed the story and at the end, the message to our society in regard to how far science and all of us should go when we weigh the pros and cons of the subjects that the novel mentioned. The characters are likeable and interesting, and I enjoyed the read. From a solid 3 star- it barely made a 4 star. I loved it.

I give After Death 4 out of 5 stars.

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