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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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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-22-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2015
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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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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 05-07-12
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "An Oldie but a Goodie!"

    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.

    2 of 3 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 2011

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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 10 people found this review helpful
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    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 07-29-15
    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 07-29-15 Member Since 2015

    Dog lover & book addict.

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    "Koontz is the King of Weird."
    What did you like best about Fear Nothing? What did you like least?

    The story was a bit slow in parts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This narrators voice was raspy and made it hard for me to hang in there. I'm wondering if I should just read the sequels instead of listen to them, because of this.


    Could you see Fear Nothing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Bobby should be Keanu Reeves. Main character should be someone like Shia LeBouf. His girl friend needs to be someone like Michaela Conlin (Angie from Bones TV Show).


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, if-fy narration, will probably read the other books rather than listen to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 07-17-15
    Tammy 07-17-15

    Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)

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    "Disappointed from a Koontz fan"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think any Dean Koontz fan could really enjoy this nor anyone else.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story is so descriptive about subjects not related to the story. Dean could of cut out a whole lot of description and added more information pertinent to the storyline. In fact I kept fast forwarding through some parts and didn't really miss anything. I am a huge Koontz fan, and feel bad for being negative but this is not his best work.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Keith Szarabajka?

    I liked Keith's voice, it was deep and smoky sounding, but he lacked emotion in his narration and when he read some characters it was so breathy sounding to the point of being annoying to listen to. I don't think this was the story for his voice. He made the characters fall flat, a narrator with more excitement in their voice might of helped the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fear Nothing?

    I would cut about half the story and asked Dean to reach deeper into his imagination. The story had great potential, but the bloated descriptive thoughts and likenesses were so distracting from the story line that i fast forwarded through most of it, not really missing any of the plot line.


    Any additional comments?

    For Koontz fans, choose another novel from this great author, maybe save to read this once you've read all his other works. For those who never read Koontz, don't make this your first read. Start with Odd Thomas for something supernatural or Intensity for a horror thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Odevinstr 07-07-15
    Odevinstr 07-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fear Nothing"

    The story is good, solid, and complete. I liked the narration and the plot quite a bit!

    I enjoy Dean Koontz books and loved the Odd Thomas and Frankenstein series.

    However, and this is a minor thing when considering this book, it didn't leave me wanting to read the next in the series.

    I highly recommend Fear Nothing as a stand alone, but I doubt I will read/listen to the next in the series. It is just that good at closing the loops!

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    tmanXX Antelope, CA USA 06-20-15
    tmanXX Antelope, CA USA 06-20-15
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    "Great but needed more"

    I really enjoy Koontz. This book met my expectations as far as the writing and the story. This book just didn't seem to have as much good context or substance quite like so many of his other books.
    When it ended, I was surprised. I was expecting the snowman to be moving on to something else or there be more happening.
    It's the start of a series and I am sure it will get better. Koontz almost never disappoints. I'm anxious to start the next!

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    Dan 06-03-15
    Dan 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    I like this as much as the odd Thomas series. I am going to read seize the night next.

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    Sam Evans, WA, United States 06-01-15
    Sam Evans, WA, United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2010

    Self-employed autodidact. Recipient of an unconventional education. Be a "Generalist" and never have a dull moment!

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    "Koontz at his best narrating in the first person"

    If you love Dean's Film Noire/catholic/deeply-weird imagination, with all its gothic atmosphere and dog-centric philosophy, but dislike putting up with seemingly endless clinically detailed sickening descriptions of the interior thoughts and emotions of the criminally insane, then Moonlight Bay is the Koontz-o-sphere for you. I often fail to jive with stories written in the first person, due to the frequency of an egocentric tone and a monotonously monologing point of view that begs the question "when would this type of person ever end up telling/writing their story this way???" But Koontz has succeeded in presenting a main character who is totally believable AS the teller of the story. He also does this in his categorizable book "Innocence". Nick Carraway has company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 05-13-15
    Michelle 05-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Listen"

    I enjoyed this book. The narrator was superb!!! Excellent voice
    I would recommend this to all Dean Koontz fans. Great !!!!!!!! Book ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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