Tuesday, October 30, 2018

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 


First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.   

Today I'm featuring my current read, Watchers by Dean Koontz.  The excerpt shared is from a paperback version I purchased. 


Part One
Shattering the Past

On his thirty-sixth birthday, May 18, Travis Cornell rose at five o'clock in the morning.  He dressed in sturdy hiking boots, jeans, and a long-sleeved, blue-plaid cotton shirt.  He drove his pickup south from his home in Santa Barbara all the way to rural Santiago Canyon on the eastern edge of Orange County, south of Los Angeles.  He took only a package of Oreo cookies, a large canteen full of orange-flavored Kool-Aid, and a fully loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Chief's Special.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I must admit that this is not a book or author I would have chosen for myself, but one of my book clubs selected it.  Previously, what I've heard about the author's subject matter and the book covers I've seen have been too scary for me.  I've read a few chapters and it is indeed scary.  Guess that makes it a good read with Halloween fast-approaching.  It is also worth noting that this book made it to the PBS Top 100 Great American Read Book List, coming in at number 79.  (I was in the live audience when it was announced!)  

Have you read this book or others by Dean Koontz?  I'd like to know what you think.

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  1. Dean Koontz is not an author I've read, but I like that first paragraph.

    Catherine: I would love to hear more about being in the audience for the Great American Read. I followed the project and actually voted almost every day. Please consider a post on your experience.

  2. Hmm... this is an author I've avoided for reasons I can't remember - I'll be interested to hear what you think of it apart from the obvious scariness!

  3. WOW, our book group would never pick a Koontz or King book LOL - I haven't read this author in a long time, I'm curious.

    Here’s my pick:

  4. Have I read Dean Koontz? Oh, yes, but many years ago. Is this a newer book by him? I read his very early books and then he kind of fell off my radar. I have not read his 'Odd' series, but have heard good things. Orange Kool-aid sounds icky to me though. LOL

  5. I haven't read Koontz for ages, but what I have read was enjoyable. Great opening lines that make me wonder what will happen next. I could already sense the intensity. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. I've never read any Dean Koontz before, so I might be tempted to read this book, judge by the first paragraph. Here's my 'First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday' https://theavidbookreviewer.blogspot.com/2018/10/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday_30.html

  7. I haven't read a Koontz book in a very long time. I like the beginning.

  8. I haven't read Dean Koontz either because I'm a wuss and scare easily. See what book Susan is featuring at Girl Who Reads

  9. It has been years since I've read Koontz.