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Fear Nothing | [Dean Koontz]

Fear Nothing

Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer.
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Publisher's Summary

Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer. Chris' natural element is the night, and his parents, both academics, chose to live in Moonlight Bay because in a small town Chris can make the nightscape his own, roaming freely through the town on his bike, surfing in the moonlight, exploring while most people sleep.

But Chris' brilliant mother, a scientist, was killed in a car accident two years ago, and as the book opens his father, Steven Snow, is dying of cancer; Chris' protected life is about to change forever. We meet Chris as he is carefully preparing himself to go out in the late-afternoon sun to visit the hospital. In his last moments of life his father tells Chris he is "sorry" and that Chris should "fear nothing", cryptic words that Chris cannot really relate to.

Steven Snow's body is removed to the hospital basement for transport to the funeral home/crematorium, and when Chris goes downstairs for a final moment of farewell, he witnesses a frightening and clandestine encounter: the funeral director and another man Chris doesn't recognize are substituting the body of a hitchhiker for Steven Snow's body, which is being taken not to the crematorium but to some secret destination.

For Chris, this scene is the first intimation of a conspiracy that he will come to realize envelopes many of his townspeople. His parents knew of it and wanted to protect Chris from it. His best friend has had hints of something wrong because of the frightening nocturnal visitors that have come to his beach house. And the first person to try to explain to Chris what's going on, and warn him about the special danger he himself is in, will be hideously murdered.

©1998 Dean Koontz; (P)1998 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"Szarabajka's reading, like Koontz's writing, sweeps listeners into the exciting adventure and keeps them rooting for the unlikely hero." (AudioFile)

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    Mark Puyallup, WA, United States 12-07-07
    Mark Puyallup, WA, United States 12-07-07
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    "Wax and wane"

    Koontz is a good storyteller, which is why I listen to him (and read his occassional book), but I find in this book he spends WAY too much time inside the subject's head explaining over and over to the reader (listener) such unimportant mind-numbing minutia about him; how decent of a person he is, how sensitive he is, how understanding he is, how patient he is, how wonderful his relationship is with his girlfriend, about his great and godly dog - so much waxing and waning over and over throughout the book. It wouldn't be so bad if it were leading to something, and only discussed a couple times, but he keeps going on beating the same sensitive pony tail crap about the hero into our heads that it drove me to fast-forwarded the ipod. I would hit play to see if I went too far, but would find that he was still talking about some issue that he already beat to death through the previous chapters. Aside from that, the basis of the story is a good one, but the ending is predictable and soft. It is a good time killer, but don't look here for any real literary or deep writing.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Randell Weston, CT USA 09-09-06
    Robert Randell Weston, CT USA 09-09-06 Member Since 2004

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    "Boring"

    I agree with the previous reviewer - I found this book too long by a great deal and really stretched out. For a book of this genre to be good, it should have a constantly unfolding plot, with the protagonist finding out clues in clever ways. I felt that Koontz was blatantly treading water, creating scenes in which nothing really happened, long riffs on totally unrelated topics, etc., to give the impression that the plot was unfolding, which most of the time it wasn't. When it did, it was just because some character just told Chris a set of facts. Often, this was a friend, who could have just told him had he asked before. Sometimes, he discovers someone who knows something, and decides not to ask. The only reason I could ascertain was because it would make the book too short.

    I really liked the beginning of this, my first Koontz book, and was optimistic that I had discovered a new author to read. His character development of Chris Snow in the beginning is very good, and I actually like his literary techniques - some of the analogies, metaphors, etc. ,though he goes over the top frequently. However, once the book became an unfolding thriller, it totally ceased to thrill. Like the other reviewer, I was thinking of my to do list rather than listening to the book. Once in awhile, I'd realize that something had actually happened, and I'd have to reverse to hear it.

    I would not recommend this book. The amount of plot development in this entire book is less than, say, one single chapter of The DaVinci Code, and not even in the same league in terms of cleverness of how the plot was revealed by the prime character.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-22-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Too weird. No good story underneath."

    Events not supported. Lots of threats. Things not explained.

    Most of the story takes place during two nights. Chris visits several people. There are long, vague, incomplete conversations with each person. There is a conspiracy/mystery and Chris is trying to figure out what is going on. Most people tell him things like “stop investigating. If you know too much you will regret it. The end of the world as we know it has begun.” A couple of people are angry and accusing toward Chris saying “You are responsible for this.” Most people know things, but they won’t tell Chris. Instead they say “you shouldn’t know all of it, just enough to forget what you saw.” There is a tell all at the end where Chris finds answers in a letter. I did not enjoy it. I felt like I was watching the author’s dreams.

    Here’s an example of Chris visiting Roosevelt, a friend. Roosevelt knows what is going on but he won’t tell Chris. Instead it’s a long scene with Roosevelt talking to Chris’ dog Orson and talking about other pets and animals. Finally at the end of the scene, Roosevelt tells Chris that he must not ask any more questions or “they” will kill Chris’ friends, but “they” are not interested in killing Chris. He won’t give any more details.

    Too many things are not explained, for example: Why some revered Chris and were in awe of him and wouldn’t kill him. Why wouldn’t people tell Chris the whole story? What happened and why with the hitchhiker. The title of the book didn’t make sense. Those were the dad’s last words to Chris. I wanted more details about why and what happened to the dad. Why Chris’ friendship with Manuel is now over. Why did Orson hate Chris temporarily three years ago. What was the cause and motive for Chris’ mother’s death? What are the motives for why some monkeys are killing humans. What’s the deal with dolls that looked like Chris? I wanted to know more about the leader of the monkeys? How did that work? How did that start?

    What I liked: Chris had a genetic disorder. He will develop skin cancer and eye cancer from light bulbs and the sun. It’s almost a miracle that he’s lived to age 28. He knows he doesn’t have a long life ahead. I liked his attitude about living. After a major crisis that almost killed Chris and his friends, a friend asked “what do we do now?” Chris said “get a beer.” She said “after that?” Chris said “Can’t drink beer forever. Catch a wave.” Although he’s carrying a gun (for the first time in his life) he’s not worrying about things. It’s calming to see his attitude.

    The narrator Keith Szarabajka was excellent. I’d be interested in another book just for his narration. At times his voice is gravelly and low. I really liked listening to him.

    Genre: mystery suspense.
    Ending: good for now.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy M. 08-14-14
    Wendy M. 08-14-14
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    "Love the story and I adore the narrators voice!"
    Would you listen to Fear Nothing again? Why?

    yes I would. I really enjoyed the story and the narrator had a great voice that was easy to listen too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fear Nothing?

    The monkeys in the house. Too creepy!


    What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

    His calm sexy voice. Very easy to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Damn Monkeys!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nathan 06-05-14
    nathan 06-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, bad recording"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is great, but the chapters in the book are out of sync with the chapters in the recording. Narration is good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie San Diego CA 03-27-14
    Leslie San Diego CA 03-27-14 Member Since 2013

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    "TOTAL ENJOYMENT"
    If you could sum up Fear Nothing in three words, what would they be?

    Great book to get lost in


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole gang Including Orson and Mongo Jerry


    Have you listened to any of Keith Szarabajka’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't think I have, but HE WAS AMAZING. I will look for more of him as narrator.


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

    was caught at the edge of my seat in a few places... even kept car running in parking lot to finish some chapters..


    Any additional comments?

    I read this set a long time ago and couldn't remember who the author was.. The story stayed with me and it took some time, but I hunted the story down and bought it the next day! It didn't disappoint even though I knew the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-18-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Fear Nothing"
    Any additional comments?

    Audiobook. The characters in Fear Nothing are well done. The lead, Christopher Snow, has a genetic disease that pretty much enables him to do what ever he pleases, so long as he is completely unexposed to all but the dimmest of light. He has a handful of friends that love him and basically, he’s a happy guy. Not a spoiler with that information, you’ll get that within the first few paragraphs. The remainder of the story involves the efforts of Snow to explain mysterious changes in the people and animals located in the small town of Moonlight Bay. Suspend beliefs, it’s science fiction. However, genetic manipulation is probably farther along than it was at the time this book was written. Although in typical Dean Koontz fashion, the story is presented in a manner to be spooky, the unknown capabilities of genetic science gives one pause.

    Took me a while to get used to the narration of Keith Szarabaika. He worked hard at delivering the netherworld-scary rhythm … maybe a little too hard.

    Personally, I found the ending a bit anticlimactic, and was hoping for more heroic efforts on the part of Christopher Snow and his band of friends. Ultimately he does not right the wrongs of others … no happily ever after scenario. Think the worst and you’re pretty close to the truth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charle Talbotton, GA, United States 03-05-14
    Charle Talbotton, GA, United States 03-05-14

    Ready for the next stage.

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    "Loved this story"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The surf addicted, closet millionaire, Bobby. Or maybe the bad ass girlfriend, with the unrevealed but intriguing past, Sasha. Who can choose!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Orson meeting Monkey Joe.


    Any additional comments?

    I would totally date Christopher Snow. He's the coolest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Dayton, OH USA 06-07-13
    Amazon Customer Dayton, OH USA 06-07-13
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    "Incredibly boring, hard to get through"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was a struggle to even finish listening to this story. I am a big Dean Koontz fan, but this one was just not good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary LAKELAND, FL, United States 06-03-13
    Mary LAKELAND, FL, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fear Nothing the most enjoyable?

    Since this is part of a two-part series, I became quite attached to Christopher Snow. He reminds me quite a bit of Koontz's other multi-book hero, Odd Thomas. I've always loved Koontz's underdog heroes and Christopher Snow is no disappointment. The usual weirdness is present, but there's also a social slant (i.e. when do you move from science to playing God?) It took a chapter or two for me to warm up to the narrator, but once I did, I can't imagine anyone else doing Christopher Snow and if Koontz ever writes more in this series, I sincerely hope the same narrator performs them. The action was good, the science believable. As is typical with Koontz's writing, there are times when passages go on a bit longer than they could have, but it's not a deterrent. Koontz loves his words and he'll jam as many in there as he can. There are times when heit seems like he writes with a thesaurus sitting right next to his keyboard, looking up the least used word possible for a description. He tends to be a bit verbose, but, I don't mind. In the end, it almost always pays off. All of the typical Koontz elements were present: dog, check. Sarcastic friend, check. Strong-willed, smart, sassy woman, check. A truly enjoyable ride.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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