Bartholomew Lampion is born in Bright Beach, California, on a day of tragedy and terror, when the lives of everyone in his family are changed forever. Remarkable events accompany his birth, and everyone agrees that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen.
On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He doesn't know who Bartholomew is, but he embarks on a search that will become the purpose of his life. If ever he finds the right Bartholomew, he will deal mercilessly with him.
And in San Francisco a girl is born, the result of a violent rape. Her survival is miraculous, and her destiny is mysteriously linked to the fates of Barty and the man who stalks him.
At the age ot three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons reluctantly remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As the growing boy copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother, an exceptional woman, counsels him that all things happen for a reason, that there is meaning even in his suffering, and that he will affect the lives of people yet unknown to him in ways startling and profound.
At thirteen, Bartholomew regains his sight. How he regains it, why he regains it, and what happens as his amazing life unfolds results in a breathtaking journey of courage, heart-stopping suspense, and high adventure. His mother once told him that every person's life has an effect on every other's, in often unknowable ways, and Barty's eventful life indeed entwines with others in ways that will astonish and move everyone who reads his story.
People magazine has said that Dean Koontz has the "power to scare the daylights out of us." In this, perhaps the most thrilling, suspenseful, and emotionally powerful work of his critically acclaimed career, Koontz does that and far more. He has created a compulsive page-turner that will have you at the edge of your seat, a narrative tour-de-force that will change the way you yourself look at the world.
This novel is among the best novels I have ever heard. The narrator is spectacular, and the story excels everything else I have ever had the honor of reading. This is the ultimate novel of good and evil, and so spell bounding! I highly recommend this audio version as well as the written version to everyone I know. Read it or listen to it at least once in your life. You will feel better for all the mistakes as well as all the things that went well in your life.
One of my favorites
Re-reading it now - haven't done that since junior high.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did an excellent job conveying the different characters, without going overboard. This is the first Koontz I've picked up for 20 years. Back then, aside from a few gems, most of his books seemed to have too similar a general story line, so I stopped reading his work. This is definitely a gem. This story is rich, emotional & thought provoking. Look forward to the sequel.