"...the story and the characters themselves drew me in and the whole formulaic thing didn't even bother me anymore."
I'd like to start this off by saying I haven't read a Dean Koontz book in quite a long time. I would say--except for one momentary slip with Odd Thomas--it's been at least ten years. This doesn't mean I don't like Koontz. Far from it. The only issue I have ever had with his writing (and this took time to develop) is that over the last decade and a half it has become incredibly formulaic. Which drives me insane.