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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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.
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.
Probably not, as it just wasn't Dean Koontzy enough for me.
His voice is lovely!
this is an ok book, but it just didn't do it for me.
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.
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 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.
I would remove every "I don't know" from character dialog. ANNOYING!
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.
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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.
then lost me with the hours of excruciating detail about getting down the building Got it - you know about mountain climbing. This left very little plot. The story could have ended very soon after the descent started. Did he run out of steam - really half baked idea.
Good, suspenseful early Koontz with no supernatural elements. But I swear it sounds like it was written as a screenplay for an episode of "Columbo", particularly as read by Mr. Lawlor.
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A fairly quick and easy read. It was enjoyable and fast paced but nothing special. Predictable plot with a killer named "the butcher." He had to make it up, it's so mundane. The use of a clairvoyant in the plot added only a little. Why does Koontz write under a pseudonym?
"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.
"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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