Saturday, October 10, 2009

Book 2009_02: "Hideaway" by Dean Koontz

I know, it's been a long time since I've written anything. I haven't been reading much, I'm so sad. I have to learn to resist crack TV, but it's just sooooo tempting.

I know I've read a couple of books since the last time I posted, but I was too lazy to write about them. I need to stop being lazy too!

I just finished reading "Hideaway," it was pretty good. Richard recommended it. Well, he recommended Dean Koontz, but apparently he never read the book.

The book to me was sci-fi with a hint of Catholicism. The main characters Hatch and Lindsey, were driven off the road by a truck driver. She survived the drop, but he died for 80 minutes. Luckily, a doctor named Jonas was developing a new type of medicine: resuscitation. He was able to bring him back to life, along with Uriel the Archangel.

Apparently, Uriel had come back to battle Vassago, who according to mythology was one of the crown prices of hell. Vassago had latched on to Jonas' son and turned him into a serial killer. Nyebern had been influenced early in life by this book that glorified hell. Apparently, this hell was based on Star Wars, basically a bunch of Darth Vaders running around. So Nybern tried to follow the author to hell by killing his mother, sister and then himself. Jonas was able to bring him back, but he brought Vassago back as well. Which is why Uriel came back with Hatch.

It was a basic battle between good and evil, and I always love it when good wins out in the end.

One of my favorite characters was Regina, she was a young girl that Hatch and Lindsey adopted after his resuscitation. She was kind of a smarty pants, a survivor who wanted to grow up to be a writer. She had a good imagination, too, and would go on to win some writing awards. My favorite reflection in the book was the following:

She no longer talked to God. It seemed childish to chatter at Him. besides, she no longer needed His constant attention. for a while she had thought He had gone away or had never existed, but she had decided that was foolish. she was aware of Him all the time, winking at her from the flowers, serenading her in the song of a bird, smiling at her from the furry face of a kitten, touching her with a soft summer breeze. She found a line in a book that she thought was apt, from Dave Tyson Gentry: "True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable." Well, who was your best friend, if not god, and what did you really need to say to Him or he to you when you both already knew the most-and only-important thing, which was that you would always be there for each other.
I really like that thought, the idea that He is always there and I couldn't have said it better myself!