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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Terrible diction and no personality for different characters.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
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.
The main problem is the reader. He should be reading Mary Poppins books or other fairy tales.
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.
Chapter 35 should be eliminated. This was not supposed to be a porn novel.
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 .
I think this is one of the nest books he has written in quite a while..Patrick Lawlor did his usual excellent job as narrator. If there is anything negative to say at all is the way it ends. It's like there are two endings/ Other than that it exceeptionsl. A real page turner!
PLOT: psychic Graham Harris sees his own death at the hands of the "butcher".
a SEXUAL serial killer loves to mutilate his "victims" and then eat a hearty meal afterwards has the city in a panic. Psychic Graham Harris has worked with the police before. But this time he sees himself being SHOT by the man known as the "butcher". Graham is pulled into the lastest investigation using his "gifts" and the local news hounds have him in several articles. The Killer decides GRAHAM has to "go" to save himself. The Butcher sees himself as a "superman" who deserves to live and "inferiors" can be killed at his leisure.
This is a very good thriller as Koontz blends the hero's climbing skills into the mystery and action. Koontz "sharing" the brain of the Butcher who shows 'why' he loves to kill.and some good plot twists. This BUILDS and is one of Koontz best early stories. over all 4 STARS.
"Surprisingly good and not too supernatural"
Mystery, Suspense, Action
The surprise ending
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.
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