Dean Koontz is a master of prosaic tension, a literary genius with a flair for Dickensian descriptions and edge-of-your-seat narratives. Though the man might be one of the most prolific fiction writers of this generation- with more than a hundred novels to his name and an almost equal number of short fiction pieces- he still manages to write with creative vigor, and keep his books unique and fresh each and every time.
Final Hour showcases Koontz’s gift for telling stories that merge action and suspense with the paranormal. The book (which is the second in a novella series aimed to be a prequel of sorts to Ashley Bell, Koontz’s next novel) tells the story of Makani Hisoka-O’ Brien, a woman with a mysterious power that can both be considered a gift and as a curse: she can delve into a person’s deepest and darkest secrets through touch alone.
Though she tries to keep her power a secret, an incident (saving a strange person from an accident) forces her into an encounter with unknown evil forces. Furthermore, she experiences a deeply, disturbing vision that has her racing against time to save a woman from peril.
The best thing about Final Hour is Makani herself. It is clear that Koontz loves his characters, and Makani is a clear indication of the fact. She’s smart and capable, someone that readers want to root for despite her flaws and insecurities about her power. At its core, Final Hour is a classic tale of good versus evil, told in that trademark Koontz style. While this novella is pretty brief, it still it manages to pack a lot of suspense and action that some full length novels can only hope to emulate.
Overall, Final Hour is great as a stand alone novella. It’s probably one of Dean Koontz’s best works in recent times.