A couple of weeks ago I finished the very disappointing The City, but I had downloaded this short story a couple of months ago when it was on offer and felt it was time to give Mr Koontz another try. Oh boy I’m glad that I did. Ricochet only took me about 90 minutes to read, but it is brilliant.
Joe, the hero, suddenly finds himself drawn to rescuing people in danger. He doesn’t know how he knows that people need his help, or what kind of situation he’ll find himself in when he gets there. He is aided by his girlfriend Portia, who seems to know more than she lets on. Joe suddenly finds himself immersed in a long drawn out battle between good and evil, and he has been recruited by the good guys.
The reluctant hero with some kind of paranormal gift isn’t a new theme for Mr Koontz, as he hasn’t written similar tales in the Faceless series, in Cold Fire and the Odd Thomas series. Incidentally, Odd Thomas is one of the very few Dean Koontz books to have been turned into a film, and very good it is too. Initially the way that the battle between the two forces reminded me of the larger story arc in Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack series, but it then occurred to me that Ricochet Joe was much closer to the excellent 1987 film The Hidden starring Kyle MacLachlan. Another film you should check out along with Odd Thomas.
The book also has Kindle in Motion features, where may include art, animation, or video that can be viewed on certain Fire tablets. These features were not available on my bottom of the range Kindle, but I doubt if I was missing anything too exciting. Anyway I gave Ricochet Joe 5 out of 5 on Goodreads. All of my other Dean Koontz book reviews can be found here.