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The Face | [Dean Koontz]

The Face

He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, who is worshiped by millions and hated by one twisted soul. His existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the security systems of his Bel Air estate. The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's compound. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems of his legendary Bel Air estate.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Mark Santa Fe, NM, United States 06-19-03
    Mark Santa Fe, NM, United States 06-19-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Welcome back Dean"

    Not the best, but certainly good. Very well read with the typical Dean Koontz mix of reality and the supernatural. I throughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to D.K. fans.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Derek B. A strange midwestern city, United States 05-04-10
    Derek B. A strange midwestern city, United States 05-04-10 Member Since 2014

    It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!

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    "I read it and now I listend to it....."

    I read it and now I listend to it and it was even better than the wonderful book that I first read a few years back. It is pretty long compared to a lot of his work but I was so glad for that because when the book started to flow it was a very enjoyable litarary ride. Five stars because it was well read and it left a great memory.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. D. Mitchell Kansas City, MO USA 06-19-09
    C. D. Mitchell Kansas City, MO USA 06-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"


    This is a fast-paced, addictive story with great characters. I don't think I've read anything with such an utterly evil and frightening an antagonist. The reader is perfect for this book and brings the characters easily to life. Highly, highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 05-19-09
    Cindy 05-19-09
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    "Classic Koontz"

    I loved this book! In true Koontz style...the story is long, the descriptions are vivid, and the ending is happy. I love the way he develops the characters so you feel that you know them intimately. I'm always a little sad when I finish a Koontz book because I will miss the story. This is one of his best works!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Norman, OK, USA 03-11-04
    Angie Norman, OK, USA 03-11-04
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    "Excellent book"

    I thought this book was very entertaining. The characters were compelling and I found myself very engrossed in the book from the beginning. I loved the narrator. I thought he added so much life to the boys character. There was a bit to much description at times but it didn't stop me from listening to it twice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Norfolk, VA, USA 07-16-03
    Craig Norfolk, VA, USA 07-16-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Koontz is on his game"

    Usually I reserve the commute for audible time. I listened to this one when I was supposed to be doing yardwork, when I was supposed to be sleeping and when I was supposed to be studying. It could have been longer and gone a bit more in depth into some of the characters, and a few plot lines weren't developed, but it was still very enjoyable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jannice Sugar Land, TX, USA 07-09-03
    Jannice Sugar Land, TX, USA 07-09-03
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    "The Face(Unabridged)"

    I have read many Dean Koontz books, most of them on tape or Audible, and I rate this as one of his finest works. It has his familiar themes of a flawed or damaged hero trying to save an innocent from evil, tragedy reaching for redemption, and still manages to put together an exciting, edge of your seat suspense story. As always, his narrative is detailed and obvously well researched, but never tedious. His characters are vivid and you find yourself caring deeply about what happens to Ethan, Frick and Yancy, while wondering how Corky can be stopped. I found the ending especially moving, as I didn't see it coming. Koontz uses language in a visually descriptive way that is especially enjoyable in an audible format. I have always enjoyed listening to his books more than reading them for this reason. In the hands of a good reader, of which "The Face" is a good example, Koontz's books are almost theatrical. This is well worth choosing either as a first Koontz work, or for those already hooked.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Taylor Mill, KY, USA 06-08-04
    Victoria Taylor Mill, KY, USA 06-08-04 Member Since 2005
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    "Who wrote this book?"

    I have read almost all of Dean Koontz's works-and loved them. His characters usually have so much depth. Lately, however, I'm beginning to wonder if he isn't using a Ghost Writer. WIth that said, this book is somewhat entertaining-however, I would recommend you choose something else. The worst part was the narrator. He whines through the reading in a horrendously nasal voice-agonizing! I almost decided not to listen to the book after the first 5 minutes based on this alone. I will never purchase another book spoken by ths narrator. Don't bother buying "The Taking" either. I just finished reading this book and it was terrible. It had about as much depth as a plate glass window.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 08-26-05
    Amazon Customer United States 08-26-05 Member Since 2009
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    "It's OK, but please..."

    I enjoyed the book; I really did. However, it's like Hollywood where they take an enjoyable story and then they just have to throw in the graffic sex, body part descriptions, and strange sexual fantacies. I wish that these writers would just stick to what they are good at; writing stories. I don't like to skip fast forward through these types of descriptions. Expecially when they have nothing to do with the overall flow of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis 174 12-18-04
    Phyllis 174 12-18-04
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    "The Face"

    Wordy, descriptions went on and on....left little to the listener's imagination. Since it was choppy, it took a bit to get into the story. HOWEVER, once the characters and the story came together, I was hooked! Even the extensive descriptions were overlooked. I could hardly wait for the next opportunity to listen. Glad I stuck it out....it was memorable. I will probably listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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