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)
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.
I'm a hardcore reader and art student. ;)
Funny Mystery Thriller
Yes it did. I didn't foresee the people who help the main character would have something major done to them.
This might be weird, but I like where he fought the animals, and were he mention Nancy Drew.
Yes, I had a lot of laughter from it.
Yes, it's a great story.
Although I loved the book, I was disappointed that it is only half of a story. Dean Koontz Usually at least has a resolution to the situation in each book even if he uses the same character in a new book...this one is "to be continued"
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This was a good read but I wish he would have come out with the meat of the story earlier as to delve further into the more interesting part of the book. As always good Koontz characters. Loved the pet parts. The narrator was okay, a little monotone for me.
Dean Koontz as Never disappointed me and Fear Nothing certainly didn't ! Great Story with some Really Cool Surfing Life Style insights!
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
"Fear Nothing" has a sort of ho-hum protagonist, Chris Snow, who can only come out at night..no he's not a vampire...he has a rare disease that causes him to get cancer from exposure to the sun. He lives in a small California town where strange things happen, has a best friend, who surfs at night with Chris, a dog for company and a girlfriend..both the best buddies are too cool for words and I wonder why they hang with the uber boring Chris.
I liked this book well enough to buy the following novel..there is supposed to be a third-back in 1990-but it's never showed up.
Lots of strange happenings made me need to replay bits of the reading because I got a little lost,but the narrator is really good. The plots are pretty involved. And there are quite a few sub plots and happenings.
I'd recommend it if you're a Koontz fan..if not, pass it by. It's not fantastic.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
A long-time Koontz fan, I read the second volume in this duology first by mistake. Reading this book some years later it clarified some parts of the second book.
It all started when Christopher Snow, a 28-year-old man with XerodermaPigmentosum, travels to the local hospital to visit his dying father. Chris' condition, XP for short, is a rare genetic disorder that renders him dangerously vulnerable to ultraviolet light. This means he can't leave his house during the day or enter a normally lit room, since even brief expsure to V light, even if infrequent, can have severe longterm effects. Upon arriving at the hospital, Chris is shown to his father's room, where the dying man gives him a cryptic warning. "Fear nothing." It's soon afterward that Chris gets the first hint that something is wrong. HHaving gone to the hospital basement for a final moment of farewell, he accidentally witnesses the director of the funeral home engaged in a clandestine meeting with another man, in which the body of Steven Snow is switched with that of a brutally murdered drifter. And the only person who will speak of these bizarre events will be hideously murdered before she can finish.
All in all this is yet another excellent Koontz tale and Keith Szarabajka's narration doesn't leave much to be desired. His deep, slightly husky voice is well-suited to this type of story and he does a surprisingly good job on the surfer lingo found throughout the novel. All in all a very good listen.
the story and characters develepoment was good,always like a smart dog, now along with a cat, but wish would have been a finished ending didn't like Seize the Night in that regard.
That's a better title for this book, nothing happened, and I am a BIG Koontz fan! My favorites are Tick Tock, Mr. Murder, and Relentless, so with that in mind, believe me...this one sucked!
This was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read and I think it was also the first audiobook to which I ever listened. This book is seeping with creepy. It is "walking alone through a creaky oak forest on Halloween," creepy. It is "footsteps in your backyard but nobody is there," creepy.
I repurchased this book to play for some friends on a road trip. I will tell you that they thought the beginning was slow, but as the details of the story are slowly fleshed out, they were eager to return to the story after rest stops.
Narration is perfect as there is just enough "cool" in the character voices without becoming campy. Well, except where the writing stumbles a bit.
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