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Koontz, Dean | Life Expectancy | Signed First Edition Copy
Life Expectancy | Koontz, Dean | Signed First Edition Book


First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket , signed by the author. 2004 NY: Bantam ISBN 9780553804140
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Life Expectancy
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With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacy—a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between.

Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.

What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson—five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twenty-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth.

Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly—the unexplained anomaly of fused digits—on his left foot. Suddenly the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance.

What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous—a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.

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5 of 5 I couldnt put this down!!! November 2, 2010
Reviewer: Nikki C. from TX United States  
When Jimmy Tock comes into the world, he is faced with 5 prophetic dates that will change his life forever. His very birth sets things in motion, as the catalyst for these events take place the very night he is born. The thought of having 5 specific dates brings to light the changes to the human pshyche and the Tock's coping skills are tested. It was intriguing as well, to see how a person who knows certain dates bring eminent danger, harm, or tragedy learns to accept and deal with this situation an continue with life.There are many twists turns in the story, involving revenge, madness and the unexpected that comes full circle in the end.

This book was awesome. I grabbed it blindly off the shelf, and it was worth every page! Forewarning...if you have a fear of clowns, this book will give you the heebie jeebies.

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5 of 5 Life Expectancy January 12, 2010
Reviewer: Mark van Dijk from Katwijk ZH, Zuid Holland Netherlands  
Once again a fantastic story of Dean Koontz. Jimmy Tock grows on you and will never let you go. There are many twists is the story and it reads as a train. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. You wont be sorry.

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