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The Face of Fear | [Dean Koontz]

The Face of Fear

Don’t look down.... Because you’re trapped on the 40th floor of a deserted office building by a psychopath called "The Butcher". Don’t look down.… Because you’re an ex-mountain climber and a fall from Everest left you with a bad leg and a paralyzing fear of heights. Don’t look down.… Because The Butcher hasslaughtered the guards an.d short-circuited the elevators - the stairways are blocked, and for you and the beautiful woman with you, there’s only one escape route. Don’t look down.… Because 600 feet of empty space are looking back at you.
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Publisher's Summary

Don’t look down.…

Because you’re trapped on the 40th floor of a deserted office building by a psychopath called "The Butcher".

Don’t look down.…

Because you’re an ex-mountain climber and a fall from Everest left you with a bad leg and a paralyzing fear of heights.

Don’t look down.…

Because The Butcher has slaughtered the guards and short-circuited the elevators - the stairways are blocked, and for you and the beautiful woman with you, there’s only one escape route.

Don’t look down.…

Because 600 feet of empty space are looking back at you.

©1977 Nkui (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Abstractchick Utah 08-09-13
    Abstractchick Utah 08-09-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Some good surprises in store..."

    I thought this would be a stock hero hunting a killer story. It is actually pretty good. I had to keep listening to it all the way through! Thank goodness it isn't a long book because I wouldn't have been able to get anything done! I always hesitate to read thrillers because they are gory or get too much into the detective or cop detail, but Koontz has a good pace at building the story and seems to have a pretty good knowledge of a couple of areas. Be aware there are a couple of graphic parts if you are sensitive to that. The story is full of surprises all the way to the end. I have not listened to Koontz novel before and after this listen, would choose another of his books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 12-29-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 12-29-13

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Good Old Koontz but…"

    This early Koontz is not his best work, but not his worst. I found it mildly interesting, but a bit derivative, a bit formulaic, and at points a bit silly. The situations sometimes become absurd. Other suspense authors do this ad-nausium, but Koontz usually can be relied upon to get quite strange, but almost never dumb. One of the things I like best about Koontz is I almost never find myself thinking “Oh come on, that is just silly”. The Face of Fear is one of the few exceptions. The very Columbo-like detective seemed derivative and was not compelling. The story as a whole was also more formulaic than the best of Koontz. There were a few things I liked about this story but far from enough to make this a great Koontz.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 12-17-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "A cat and mouse game."

    I read this book when I was a teen and I always thought it was one of Dean Koontz best books. Since this book was written quite a long time ago you can tell the story is dated written in the late 1980's, where there are no computer or cell phones. Still good after all this time, even if a story like this has been done many times by now. I would say this is one of Dean Koontz tamer books, not too much paranormal or sci-fi in the story. I have always been a fan of the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 08-12-13
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 08-12-13 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Okay Mystery"

    Koontz has been one of my favorite mystery writers. However his last few book have fallen short I think. This one The Face of Fear was ok in that the plot held my interest but the characters were neither here nor there. The scary guys weren't terribly frightening and the good guys weren't very likeable. One of the things I think Koontz does best is to give the reader/listener interesting characters and here he disappoints. So for me this book is forgettable at best.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Arkansas 12-17-13
    Jan Arkansas 12-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Early Koontz Suspense"

    I read this book many years ago, and read it again a couple of decades later. A suspense/thriller, and not his best by far, but I find that the mediocre works by Koontz are often above the best efforts of other authors in the same genre. In this book, an ex-mountain climber has to refresh his skills quickly to get away from a psychopathic killer. Whether it's the early works or the later works, Dean Koontz does a great job of getting you "right there" with his character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie G. Degroat The Woods of Northern NY 05-30-14
    Julie G. Degroat The Woods of Northern NY 05-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good enough for some light entertainment."
    Would you listen to The Face of Fear again? Why?

    Probably not, as it just wasn't Dean Koontzy enough for me.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    His voice is lovely!


    Any additional comments?

    this is an ok book, but it just didn't do it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Sieb 05-07-14
    Denise Sieb 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Seriously?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better characters. The main characters have to be some of, if not the worse, ever conceived by Koontz. The ridiculous nature and the flip flopping of personalities was terrible. One paragraph the character is strong and overpowering, the next whimpering. Better story. The ending was lame. I wish I had a more elegant way to say it but lame.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dean Koontz before, how does this one compare?

    This book took forever to get going. I have read almost every Koontz mystery and the best ones are the ones that get going on page 1. i.e. Intensity.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    How to describe the narrator? I'd say every bad parody of a NY cop rolled into one. While it was not nail on a chalkboard bad it was close.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Face of Fear?

    I would remove every "I don't know" from character dialog. ANNOYING!


    Any additional comments?

    The concept of this story had so much promise. Terrible characters and a lame story just killed the entire experience. Add to that the narrator and I wish I had not spent the money. One high point was the self deprecating Det.Ira Preduski. Reminded me of Columbo and found him completely entertaining. Build a series around him! Sorry to the Koontz die hard. I know you are going to pile on but it was what it was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 02-05-14
    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "ANOTHER GREAT BY KOONTZ"

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat. This is not a short story, but being 6+ hours seems short for most of Koontz's books. It kept me guessing, though, until near the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald United States 01-07-14
    Ronald United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Never disappointed by Dean until now"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator and a better story. This is the first time I have ever stopped reading or listening to a Dean Koontz book half way through. It was painful!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will always try Dean again, he has captivated me with his writing/prose so many times before. Everyone is entitled to one bad one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible diction and no personality for different characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anguish !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Moab, UT, United States 09-17-13
    Larry Moab, UT, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Koontz's worst book ever."
    What disappointed you about The Face of Fear?

    The main problem is the reader. He should be reading Mary Poppins books or other fairy tales.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    The story isn't too bad but his character development is long and boring. He'a tried to make his police detective into Colombo. Nice try but didn't work.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

    His voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Face of Fear?

    Chapter 35 should be eliminated. This was not supposed to be a porn novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I bought it with a coupon, it wasn't worth the $10 price. If this was my first Koontz read, I wouldn't try another. What a mess and disappointment .

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Good early Dean Koontz novel"

    Face of Fear is an early(ish) work from one of the outstanding writers of modern times, this one is a fast paced thriller that never gets boring and is just about the right length.

    Patrick Lawlor does a very good job on the narration & the whole thing is quite a satisfying experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    TADWORTH, United Kingdom
    8/29/13
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    "Surprisingly good and not too supernatural"
    If you could sum up The Face of Fear in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery, Suspense, Action


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Face of Fear?

    The surprise ending


    Any additional comments?

    On the whole, I'm not keen on supernatural books but this one is more of a murder mystery where the main character happens to be psychic. Well written and well read. My only complaint would be that there's not much breadth to the plot or characters but as a quick dose of a good story it works well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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