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Tick Tock by Dean Koontz

Tick Tock takes place in present day southern California. There are two main characters in this novel. Tommy Phan is a Vietnamese-American who isn’t true to his Vietnamese roots. He is 30 years old, and a successful novelist living in southern California trying to live the “American dream.” He is cursed by a witch doctor and is hunted by a demon throughout the story. Tommy is helped by Deliverance “Del” Payne. She is a Young blonde that Tommy meets in a diner. She helps him survive the night and helps fight the demon that is after him. The two fall in love during the events of the book and eventually get married.

Tommy Phan is on top if the world. He had just purchased a brand new Corvette and is living his fantasy of living the American dream. On his way home he calls his mother to inform her of his new car. After feeling guilty about the conversation, because he is living his dream and not living with his family and working at the family business. On his way home he stops at a diner to get something to eat, he meets a young blond.

After he pays he speeds up in his new car so he can arrive home.

When he arrives at his home he notices a small rag doll on his doorstep. Confused, but intrigued he picks up the doll and carried it inside. He proceeded up his stairs to his computer work with the doll still in hand and placed it up against a lamp. After he sits down he studies the doll more carefully and notices a small folded note with a pin holding its place next to the small hand. The note is written in Viennese, not knowing the language since he was eight, he puts it down and examines the doll and sees two stitched crosses where the eyes should be, one for the nose, one over the heart, and five for the mouth. He leaves the room and when he enters the doll isn't where he left it and there is a message on his computer that had not been there before. It reads " the deadline is dawn ". Scared by the note he tries to find the doll. When he picks it up off the floor, he props the doll next to the lamp where it had been before.

He starts to work on his books, about a detective named Chippen Wen a charming, brave man who can do anything if he has a gun and his fists. A small pop alarms him and he looks at the doll and notices that the stitching across the heart on the doll was not there. He picks up the doll and places his hand over the heart and can here ticking, almost like a heart beating. Another popping sound and he could see eyes and a mouth. Breaking out of the cloth that it was wrapped in the demon leaps off into the darkness. Not only is it quick and supernatural but it is intelligent. The demon creature is bent on killing Tommy and after trying to kill it he decides to run away.

He hops in his new Corvette and drives away. After a while he hears noises in the engine and realizes that the demon disabled his



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