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Chase | [Dean Koontz]

Chase

Ben Chase is a war hero, but a reluctant one. He struggles with bitter memories and feels alienated from the culture to which he has returned. When he claims that a psychopath is stalking him, he has by then made such an outsider of himself that no one believes him. He must resurrect the repressed warrior within to save himself and a woman he comes to love. Heroes need monsters to slay, and they can always find them - within if not without.
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Publisher's Summary

A frightening novella from the #1 New York Times master of suspense…

Ben Chase is a war hero, but a reluctant one. He struggles with bitter memories and feels alienated from the culture to which he has returned. When he claims that a psychopath is stalking him, he has by then made such an outsider of himself that no one believes him. He must resurrect the repressed warrior within to save himself and a woman he comes to love. Heroes need monsters to slay, and they can always find them - within if not without.

©1972 K. R. Dwyer (a pseudonym for Dean R. Koontz), published by Random House, New York, New York; revised version © 1995 by Dean R. Koontz. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 07-14-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2015

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Past Imperfect"

    Chase is a Koontz novella from 1972. I enjoyed the protagonist and a number of story elements, but Chase had less character development and interesting action than the many longer (and better) Koontz novels. The romantic interest (and the protagonist’s only friend) is introduced quite late in the book, with little time left for development. I enjoyed what there was, but it ended far too soon, feeling truncated, and like about one-half of a really good Koontz novel. The narration is very good, clear, clean, and with subtle emotionality that enhance the story. I won’t read this again, but enjoyed what it was.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 07-30-14
    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2011

    I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.

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    "Not His Best"

    I love Koontz's work, and I routinely give him two thumbs up on most anything he writes, because they are usually delightful. This one starts darker than some of his others, and sweeps to a conclusion faster than most of his work. The last couple of chapters of the book feel like he just got tired of writing this one, and it feels like a rushed effort. The story was still enjoyable, but the bad guy in the end was disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Will Piscataway 07-13-14
    Will Piscataway 07-13-14 Member Since 2014

    Newbie to the book listening game. Photojournalist for a local TV Station in New Jersey. Enjoy history, Mysteries & Thrillers.

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    "Interesting, dark, and disturbing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a listen that kept me involved with the character. Chase clearly was dealing with demons, and his actions specifically at the end was a moment I didn't see coming.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure, nothing to really change.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Yes, Nick's performance was great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, the racist related component extracted an emotion out of me, the end really surprised me, I was caught off guard.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 06-20-15
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 06-20-15

    And Buffalo George

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    "A Short Wow"

    A very quick read; not like most King novels, this one could happen to anyone. Published in 1971, Love interest for our Vietnam war depressed hero makes him feel like life is worth living. Good characters, nice twists. The hero takes the situation in his hands and does the right thing. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 05-11-15
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 05-11-15

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    "Flawd Hero takes on a Killer~ 4 STARS~VG~"

    PLOT: War Hero Ben discovers a killer and hunts him down.

    EARLY Koontz still a very good story~ Flawed Vietnam War Hero Ben CHASE likes to drink to escape the memories of killing civilians in Viet Nam. He is pretty much a local hero when his reward is a new CAR~ ending up at local hang out he spots a man sneaking up on a couple making out in their car. Ben's training has him saving the girl but the boy dies of wounds. Ben's post traumatic stress disorder and alcoholic tendencies have the local law doubting his story. Ben is soon receiving phone calls from a nut called "The Judge' who decides he needs to get rid of Ben for wrecking his plans to carry out' his form of justice' for sinners. This story holds the interest and moves along very well. I give it 4 STARS~ for interesting detective work and finding the "JUDGE".....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian D. Hawkins 02-18-15 Member Since 2014

    Blogger and business book reviewer for Success Reads.

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    "You start to become Ben Chase"

    In true Dean Koontz fashion, as you lose yourself into the book, you feel that you are experiencing the story of Ben Chase and life suddenly becomes very exciting. I'd love to see other books about Ben Chase.

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    danielly 06-22-14
    danielly 06-22-14
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    "again wish i hadnt gotten a audio book"
    What would have made Chase better?

    after a first bad experience , i tried out another audio book, i love Koontz, however although the voice of the narrator is easier to listen too , it gets very monotone, and he misses cues for dramatic effect as well as rhythm, taking it back to a bad overall experience, i couldn't listen past the first ten minutes.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dean Koontz before, how does this one compare?

    no other experience not willing to take a chance again after this


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    poor rhythm, trying to speak for a female character and sounding like a man mocking a woman's voice


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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