Sep 2, 2014

The City

The CityThe City by Dean Koontz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Different then his other books but still very good. The young boy Jonah Ellington Basie Hines Eldridge Wilson Hampton Armstrong Kirk in some indefinable way reminds me of Odd Thomas.

Jonah is a young African American boy growing up in the 1960s. His Father (Tilton Kirk) married his Mother because she was pregnant and then deserted his family. He comes back to her briefly when Jonah was eight. Tilton soon takes up with an upstairs neighbor Aurora Delvane, and Jonah's parents divorce.

Jonah meets the mysterious Miss Pearl who claims to be the soul of the city and helps him at various times throughout the book mainly by sending him prophetic dreams.

When Fiona (a girl from his dreams) moves into Jonah's aparmtment building Jonah is suspicious of her, she threatens him when she catches him snooping and he goes to his neighbor Mr. Yoshioka (Japanese American who was placed in the internment camps during WWII). Mr Yoshioka uses his network of friends from the internment camps to check out Fiona, Mr Smaller (the apartment building superintendent) and Lucas Drackman (a killer from Jonah's dreams). Unfortunately the information is gathered to late to save Jonah.

When Jonah's Mother (Sylvia) loses her singing job they move in with Grandpa Teddy. Jonah (a piano prodigy) then makes friends with two white children who live in he neighborhood Malcolm (who plays the saxophone) and his older sister Amelia. Amelia starts taking the two younger children on field trips when she has the time. When they visit a bank renown for it's architecture Jonah spots his Father and Fiona and realizes they have planted a bomb in the bank. Jonah attempts to warn everyone. Amelia is killed and Jonah is severely injured and will never walk again.

Lucas is infuriated that Jonah and Mr. Yoshioka thwarted his plot and the terrorist make plans to exact revenge on them.



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