Ricochet Joe

Ricochet Joe Review

Can an ordinary guy make extraordinary choices in a battle between humanity and unearthly evil?

Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary town—a college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. When a series of strange intuitions leads him to a crime in progress, Joe jumps headlong into danger without hesitation. In the aftermath, he wonders about the uncanny impulse that suddenly swept over him.

Until new friend Portia Montclair, the strangely wise daughter of the local police chief, explains to him what sent him ricocheting around town like a crazy pinball. Portia tells of another reality, a reality more thrilling—and terrifying—than Joe ever imagined. Timeless, elemental forces of good and evil have come to the quiet town of Little City: a cosmic entity capable of infecting human beings, and the seeker who has chosen Joe to find it.

To stop the malevolent invader, this average Joe must be braver than he ever thought possible…and face the hardest decisions of his life.


Title:Ricochet Joe
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Bobby Underwood

    “I might be a writer someday.” — Joe“Oh, I hope not. You seem so nice.” — PortiaIt’s deadly serious as this wonderful little novelette from Dean Koontz begins, but in telling how young J...

  • Juli

    Joe Mandel is an average guy. He leads a normal life, has normal friends, a normal family and normal life plans, if wanting to be a writer is normal. He even volunteers to help his comunity. The day h...

  • Adrien Julious

    Of Course There’s A Golden RetrieverA phenomenal short story by Dean Koontz that includes all of Koontz’s magical story elements; love, mystery, death, magic, pondering life and its meanings and o...

  • Jim C

    This is a short story from Dean Koontz and I believe it is not connected to any of his novels. In this one, Joe has developed powers that when he touches an item he sees it connected to another item t...

  • John C. Hathaway

    Ricochet is right!If you have not read The Silent Corner or Whispering Room, I suggest you do though it's not completely necessary. Art Bell had a fantastic interview with Dean Koontz on parallel univ...

  • Karl

    Throw away all your concepts of reality, people. This story twists and turns and pushes you to a conclusion a character adjusts to with maddening pace. You can pretty much get used to anything, can't ...

  • Jessica Russell

    This was a silly little self-indulgent novella. My parents love Dean Koontz, and I used to really enjoy him, but this was not particularly intriguing, interesting, or engaging. ...

  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    So I saw "Ricochet Joe" reviewed on another blog and it sounded like an interesting enough novella, especially given there was a time I would devour several Koontz books a year. I was hesitant because...

  • Jane Stewart

    It was engaging. I enjoyed it. But it’s the beginning of a story. It’s not fully developed or complete.This is a 95 page short story. It’s fun with new ideas involving good and evil creatures on...

  • Guy Mclimore

    A modern fableIn Ricochet Joe, Dean Koontz has produced a tightly packed story with heroes you can recognize and love, facing a nameless and repellent evil from Elsewhere. Just as Joe goes from innoce...