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.
"Szarabajka's reading, like Koontz's writing, sweeps listeners into the exciting adventure and keeps them rooting for the unlikely hero." (AudioFile)
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.
I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.
I thought I read all of Dean Koontz books. Then I came across Fear Nothing. As usual Koontz know how to keep you wanting more. Unless your a Koontz fan, you may not want to listen to this book. If you are a Koontz fan, I suggest that you listen to this one. Christopher Snow has XP xeroderma pigmentosum. light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylightI And his special dog Orson who is almost human. After his father dies, he stumbles across a man who's eyes where gauged out. And his adventure begins. It's about military experiments. And how his mother had something to do with it. He can't trust no one, but Orson. This book was fun and entertaining.
The narrator Keith Szarabajka did a good job with this book.
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.
And doesn't slow down! Very fast paced, good tale. Dean Koontz does not ever disappoint me!
It took me awhile to appreciate the narrator, whose monotone does not do justice to the pace of the story. By the end, I was comfortable with him, but I suggest he refrains from narrating female characters altogether.
Dean Koontz never disappoints... A riveting read... Excellent characters and the performance an easy listen.
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Probably my second favorite audio book.
The monkey scene, when they are chasing Christopher Snow. It was very intense.
He really brings the characters to life, especially the main character. He also does great with female voices.
It held my attention. I never cried, but I did laugh a few times.
The audio book is outstanding and a must listen to, IMO.
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