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.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
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.
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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.
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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.
Not sure, nothing to really change.
Yes, Nick's performance was great.
Yes, the racist related component extracted an emotion out of me, the end really surprised me, I was caught off guard.
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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.
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.
no other experience not willing to take a chance again after this
poor rhythm, trying to speak for a female character and sounding like a man mocking a woman's voice
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