The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's fortified compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an insidious killer - and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life.
Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.
A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation, The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill you with hope.
©2003 Dean Koontz; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Great kudos to Koontz for creating, within the strictures of popular fiction, another notable novel of ideas and of moral imperatives." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler." (The Times (London))
"...The suspense builds smoothly and steadily in Baker's hands." (AudioFile)
A little bit lighter than his books lately (not as gory!). Interesting premise about anarchy. One of his best!
Disappointing effort by Dean Koontz. He seems to fill the book with meaningless words and long, repetitive, overly colorful descriptions that contribute nothing to the story. I grew weary of hearing the weather described over and over with silly metaphors, and found myself wanting to just get to the end of it.
This story was great. I listen to/from work and I had a tough time putting this down. He is a master.
This is in contrast to a review I just made of the Lake House. The Lake House was the worst audiobook (out of about 100) that I had ever downloaded. I couldn't finish listening to it. The Face, on the otherhand is one of the best downloads.
I highly recommend this.
I did not find this book uplifting, provoking, nor did it make me laugh. The author's play on extraordinary happenings seem very real in other books he has written. But this one, I just couldn't buy in to it.
I'm so happy that Dean Koontz can still write a suspense/horror novel with esoteric undertones. This book isn't his very best but is written so in his style that anyone who loves his work will love this great effort. All the characters had depth and the story makes you think about good and evil in only the way Koontz's work can.
Dean Koontz is the master of building up suspense...and this book is no exception. Though the book is very long, the story and plot is very good. The ending in my opinion was a little bit of a let down after all the buildup. However, I recommend it to all Dean Koontz fans and those who love this style of writing!
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