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Critique of Winter Moon In Winter Moon by Dean Koontz a cloudy Los Angeles California day is shattered when a hot Hollywood director turns a city street into a fiery abyss A heroic police officer Jack McGarvey is badly wounded in the inferno and will not be able to walk for months Little does Jack know that a series of events will lead him and his family to a ranch in Montana On that isolated ranch they discover their destiny in a horrific encounter with a ruthless and puzzling enemy from which neither the living nor dead are safe Koontzs novels seem to have one thing in common Their themes are about how the human mind and spirit relate to things in life He doesnt stray from that commonality in Winter Moon Koontzs purpose in writing the book was to show that the power of the mind is yet an unmatched force Both my mother and I agree that he accomplished this very well His use of characters also fits a pattern that has developed in his writing Koontz uses the same two characters in many of his novels the heroic faithful male and the strong female Koontzs employment of indirect characterization is impeccable and makes the reader feel as though they really know the characters At the beginning the book can seem confusing whereas Koontz jumps back and forth from character to character I feel that after the reader has become accustomed to it the switching between characters creates good stopping points However my mom found it annoying and didnt like the switching Koontz explodes into action during the first chapter which grips the reader and holds their attention throughout the rest of the book The novel starts out as two separate stories a police officers family living in LA and an old retired man living in Montana As the book progresses the two stories become more connected and finally intertwined
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