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A Darkness in My Soul Superman – or Supermonster?That’s the tagline to this bookIn my honest opinion this is not one of his best books but it is one of his earlier onesFYI this is a 2 minute review Aka it took 2 minutes to write Anything would have been a wasteThe main character Simeon Kelly was created artificially in a laboratory as an experiment to aid the military He mostly manages to live as his own man but when they call he is obliged to answer albeit extremely reluctantly He can telepathically extract information from the minds of othersSimeon is called in to extract information from the mind of their latest creation another mutant who Simeon refers to as ‘Child’ ‘Child’ is a vicious and extremely insane genius with the appearance of a shrivelledageing childUpon entering Child’s mind Simeon discovers it to be vastly different and dangerous than an average individual’s mind He becomes stuck inside ‘Child’s’ mindAfter that it’s a bit of a surreal trip through Child’s mind A very good early Dean Koontz novel Highly enjoyable ehh A very weird metaphysical story exploring the issue of esp and what happens when powerful espers who are rate in society start to get delusion that they are supermen god like beingsNot one of Koontz's best stories No it is not a very good book But yes it is a real Dean Koontz and is was only 1972 Everybody has to begin somewhere 1010 would recommend if high on cocaine or marijuana Some wonderful imagination cannot disguise that this is a bad story poorly told Imagination without limits readily presents a daring answer to the age old uestion of Life It may not be a correct one but it certainly is a bold attempt All of these old sci fi era Koontz books are just embarrassingly badly parsed like Twilight levels of exposition Superman or Supermonster Although he was the first successful product of the Artificial Creation laboratory the government workshop for the production of new talents by tampering with the genes of the unborn Simeon Kelly would work for them only under compulsion And the compulsion the generals applied to get him to probe the mind of the thing called Child had to be the greatest Because Child was anything but that In that incredibly monstrous infant appeared to be the potential for whole oceans of inventions and an entire cosmos of total creativity But Child was vicious insane and short livedThe encounter of Simeon Kelly inside the soul mind cosmos of this final gene construct is a novel which spans the crises of the present with the whole ultimate mystery of Creation itself possibly the most serious novel ever written by the rapidly rising SF talent of Dean R Koontz

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